A few shots from Tom Hodge’s 70th birthday party at a his home near Wittersham in Kent. A thoroughly civilised affair, Tom’s friends and family were treated to champagne in the garden and a leisurely lunch followed by a tea dance with a jazz band in the marquee. I was lurking paparazzi-style around the property and playing back the pictures as I shot them through a projector, an equally satisfying and frustrating situation as although I could see I’d got a few ok shots, it leaves no time for the all important editing process.
I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to photograph my daughter’s school ballet class last week. They’re a feisty bunch but with the inspirational and authoritative Mrs Gunn at the helm, they behaved and danced immaculately. I’m not sure exactly why there weren't any Billy Elliotts, their male classmates weren’t involved, but as you can see in the last pic, they were completely transfixed.
Some of the cowboys and cowgirls from Tim Henderson's 50th party in Buxted. They were mainly an authentic looking bunch especially considering we were in a tent in a muddy Sussex field. It's an enduring theme and a look that people of all ages seem to be able to carry off with ease. However, the western feel, lost it's way a bit, later in the evening with performances from a Take That cover band and a Michael Jackson impersonator from Britain's Got Talent.
I was commissioned to get some shots of Watts Farms in Kent for their new website. They grow and supply herbs, salad leaves and various exotic vegetables for supermarkets and restaurants. It's a fascinatingly high-tech set-up where skilled, mainly nepalese pickers and packers can earn up to £1000 per week and ways of growing popular fashionable crops, that you wouldn't expect to be grown near the M25, are researched and quickly put into practice.
Parkinsons UK assigned me to cover their participation in The Hardest Hit rally against cuts in disability benefits. It turned out to be the biggest gathering of disabled people ever in this country. I met some really inspiring people, It was a great day and a truely worthwhile cause. The lady in the wheelchair here was the real star of the show!
A few shots of a recent From Mud To Matisse art history workshop for children. The course is run by my wife, Nicola and art historian Henrietta Gibb. It's proving to be a great success, really engaging children of all ages in the work of old masters and modern artists, as well as enabling them to create their own still-life masterpiece on canvas.