01
Oct
2014

September’s Happiness!

From left to right”

1 – Great sign in an empty parking lot.

2 – Daylight tax?

3 –  A very small close up of an extremely large project I’m working on.

4 – “Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres in your skull.” – Orwell 1984.

5 – “Sisters are different flowers from the same garden” – Anon.

6 – You might say it’s just the underside of a skirting board, I say it’s beautiful!

7 – Redwood.

8 – …”drowned the sense in odours; stirred by the air / That freshened from the window, these ascended / In fattening the prolonged candle-flames, / Flung their smoke into the laqueria…” – T.S. Eliot A Game Of Chess.

9 – Lost your head?

10 – Bird.

11 – I believe I stumbled across this somewhere on Essex Road N1

12 – lonely page from a book spotted on the street.

13 – Peeking.

14 - Sea waves are green and wet,

But up from where they die,

Rise others vaster yet,

And those are brown and dry.
They are the sea made land
To come at the fisher town,
And bury in solid sand
The men she could not drown.

She may know cove and cape,
But she does not know mankind
If by any change of shape,
She hopes to cut off mind.

Men left her a ship to sink:
They can leave her a hut as well;
And be but more free to think
For the one more cast-off shell.

- Robert Frost Sand Dunes

15 – She faces the sea.
16 – Dry land.

17 – Black sheep.

18 – Waving not drowning

19 – The Gower in Wales.

20 – “Nobody sits like this rock sits” – Albert Markovski I Heart Huckabees

21 – Horizon facing

22 – Brighton Mosque

23 – “It’s up to me now, turn on the bright lights” – Interpol NYC

24 – The Old Queen’s Head.

25 – Breakfast for squirrels.

26 – “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.” C. S. Lewis That Hideous Strength

27 – Birdwatching.

28 – The first leaf to fall.

29 – The Lemon Tree.

30 – When you are old and gray and full of sleep

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with false love or true;

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing faces

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead,

And his his face amid a crowd of stars.”

- W. B. Yeats When You Are Old.

10
Sep
2014

August’s Happiness!

Well August was a ridiculously busy month, hence the very late posting, but what an incredible month it was!

1 – This is just to say.

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox

and which

you were probably

saving

for breakfast

Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold

- William Carlos Williams

2 – A helping hand.

3 – Roof/leaf

4 – Gorges de Pennafort

5 – One of the Seven Statues of the Massena Square in Nice, France by artist Jaume Plensa

6 – Sea

7 – Sky

8 – “In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, – for someone to play against himself is absurd …
It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.”

- Stefan Zweig

9 – Same, same but different.

10 – Channel crossing

11 – Spotted en route to Cologne

12 – Cologne Cathedral

13 – Light shadow

14 – Textured bit of ceiling not officially on display at the Ludwig Museum

15 – Frond

16 – Sea too.

17 – “May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it” – Irish blessing.

18 – The breathtaking Black Mountains, site of the wonder that is Green Man Festival.

19 – Spiral

20 – Green man.

21 – On a public street in Hackney

22 – Ah but is it art?!

23 – Robin

24 – Rain + shop shutter + traffic light = this.

25 – Waste not, want not…especially when it comes to peppermint tea!

26 – Two different kinds of light.

27 – Graffiti somewhere near OIld Street.

28 – Tradescantia zebrina

29 – End of The Road festival fun

30 – What waking up in a tent at a festival looks like.

31 – Peahen and peachicks under the Garden Stage.

31
Jul
2014

July’s Happiness!

July…one of my favourite months, busy fun packed days followed by long summer nights….and the odd few days on holiday if you’re lucky!
From left to right:

1 – A friend’s brightly coloured painted fingernails.

2 – A dog’s paw print in the pavement cement.

3 – A yellow rose given to me on my birthday by another talented friend just coming into bloom several days later….check out her website here.

4 – A ticket to see the wonderful Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican in my very generous cousin’s pocket..he’s a meditation wizard check out his blog here.

5 – Shadows on shoes.

6 – I’d love to stay and chat but i really moustache…

7 – Stumbled upon in Southwark

8 – Sinister sidewalk spot.

9 –  ”That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.” – Egyptian tomb inscription, circa 1400 BC

10 – Amazing find in Firefly Books on Chatsworth Road.

11 – Stamp from a swing dancing class.

12 – Artwork in Stour Space in Hackney Wick.

13 – Kwaffee.


14 – A washing machine spray painted gold given out as a booby prize during the launch party of The Mongol Rally by The Adventurists.

15 – A sample from a few hours experimenting with a new photographic technique in the dark room at Chats Palace.

16 – Pavement target in Soho.

17 – Ping Pong @ The Book Club

18 – Table for two at To the Jungle Cafe.

19 – Is it just me or is that a child holding hands with a monster running away from it’s own shadow?  Just me?  ok…

20 – Raiding my dad’s record collection with permission has surfaced some amazing stuff…

21 – Jiminey.

22 – On holiday in the South of France…this is the Lac de St. Cassien.

23 – The best swimming pool in the world…probably…

24 – Bagnols-en-foret.

25 – Beautiful red painting chez mon pere.

26 – Water, baby.

27 – midday sun.

28 – The view on the morning bread run.

29 – Wonderful wooden sculpture by Loris Marazzi.

30 – Pantone.

31 – Nice plage.

02
Jul
2014

June’s Happiness!

Ok, so I’m a few days late posting this, but in my defence it was my birthday at the end of the month so there was a fair amount of recovery time required from the celebrations! More and more these days I find myself wanting to express gratitude for the amazing people I have in my life, be they family, old friends, new friends, friends I haven’t seen in a long time, or people I have yet to get to know properly.  So again, many thanks to all of you!

Here are some snippets of things that made me smile last month:

1 – Thumbs up – graffiti outside The Old Dentist on Chatsworth Road.

2 – Painting on the walls inside Passing Clouds

3 – Yellow.

4 – The irrepressible Hoffman Trio playing at Oui Madame

5 – June is the month of roses!

6 – Gluten free, dairy free home made madelaines…delicious!

7 – Frond.

8 – Sometimes you just have to pay attention to the signs!

9 – Sky feather.

10 – Freshly painted graffiti near Old Street.

11 – You snooze you lose.

12 – That’s my kinda billboard.

13 – “Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you.”  - Jacques Prévert

14 – Ripening strawberries in the garden.

15 – One of my favourite bands Polar Bear playing in the foyer at the Southbank Centre.

16 – A hair beautifully out of place.

17 – “Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the shadow.” – T.S Eliot  - ‘The Hollow Men’

18 – Foxy.

19 – Pause.

20 – My red shoes.

21 – Hampstead Heath in between rain showers.

22 – Kwaffee.

23 – Graffiti in central london

24 – So much depends upon a red watering can…

25 – A wander around Hackney Marshes where I bumped into a trumpet player practising in a field…as you do…!

26 – Still so much of London to discover on foot…this is Holborn Viaduct.

27 – Ace exhibition ‘Message In a Bottle’ by Sebastian Kite and the hard working folk at Jotta.

28 – Another little visual memento from The Old Dentist.

29 – Fantastic gig from Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra playing with The Sachal Jazz Ensemble at The Barbican

30 – Great record playing at one of my favourite local venues…

01
Jun
2014

May’s happiness!

Unbelievably glad that we seem to be almost in full summer swing weather-wise…wonderful to have so many hours of daylight and finally have the energy to make full use of them!  Plenty to be happy and grateful for this month…

From left to right:

1 – A wander around Hackney Marshes on a sunny weekend.

2 – Painting/graffiti

3 – A little insight into synaesthesia

4 – Photosynthesis

5 – Happy knees

6 – It is a very, very, VERY long time since anyone has been kind enough to order some flowers for me and have them delivered to my door….these were from an incredibly generous friend!

7 – Skyboat

8 – Graffiti sample

9 – Colouring outside the lines.

10 – Funky design on a chair at one of my local hangouts.

11 – This summarised my enthusiasm/impatience at the time!

12 – I am unfortunately allergic to wine, but thankfully that usually means there’s more to go round for everyone else!

13 – Always nice to meet someone who appreciates stripy socks as much as I do!

14 – Some good ol’ fashioned research for one of my exhibition proposals.

15 – Graffiti

16 – “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen

17 –  “So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don’t know what work they are accomplishing within you?” – Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.

18 – Record sleeve as wallpaper

19 –  Triffid.

20 – Love this typeface on an ancient looking air conditioning unit.

21 –  “Je te l’aisserai des mots”

22 – Graffiti Old Street

23 – Gotta love Soho.

24 – “The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey, don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” – Bill Hicks.

25 – Some days even the condensation on the bus window is enough of a view for me!

26 – Chalk love letter left on the pavement a few doors up from my house.

27 – New record!

28 – The canal at magic hour.

29 – “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” – Jung

30 – Amazing Bella Freud jumper I spotted…the front says ‘Ginsberg is God’.  ”A story should have a beginning a middle and an end but not necessarily in that order” – Jean-Luc Godard

31 – Beautiful temporary tattoos gifted to me…almost wish I had the courage to make them permanent!

30
Apr
2014

Happiness is…

April’s been a month of challenges and a bit rollercoastery for a lot of people but absolutely packed full of little reasons to be cheerful!

From left to right:

1 – Signs of the Earth coming back to life as Spring get’s underway.

2 – A day spent in the darkroom  preparing for a workshop.

3 – Do you see what I see?

4 – Put it in your hat.

5 – mmm….banane.

6 – Fantastic newish Keith Jarrett album gifted to me.

7 – Anyone else (not so) secretly want to be Bernard from Black Books when(if) they grow up?!

8 – Slate.

9 – Even the floor at the National Portrait Gallery’s pretty spesh…go check out David Bailey’s ‘Stardust’ exhibition if you haven’t already.

10 – Spotted on Camden Road

11 – Magic hour at Old St. Pancras Church just before a gig I was filming.

12 – Stealing a few moments of sunshine in the garden between edits.

13 – Sometimes I still get lost scurrying around London and on this occasion I ended up in my old neighbourhood Hackney Wick…graffiti by the inimitable Sweet Toof.

14 – Spotted this stern looking fella on a bus ride to pick up some workshop supplies.

15 – Tan.

16 – “Destined to see what is illuminated and not the light” – Goethe.  A print I made after a workshop I was giving on how to create photograms – prints made without a camera.

17 – Unexpected gifts, especially of the chocolate variety (even if I can’t currently eat them) are always guaranteed to make me happy!

18 – Synchronicity.

19 – Ooh this shoot was fun…editing it now.

20 – Strange markings on a window belonging to the new BBC offices in central London…random occurrence or the beginning of a zombie apocalypse?

21 – Toilet humour.

22 – Sadly not a shoot I was involved in…maybe next time!

23 – Had a quick visit to Bristol..

24 – …and then a jaunt to the seaside for a day.

25 – Found in a book in a fellow jazz fiend’s room…amazing portrait by Chuck Stewart.

26 – Lofts…you don’t go up there for years and years and then you find the oddest remnants of a life gone by…

27 – I have no idea what this is called but I am reliably informed that it was designed to find out whether or not light had mass…a defunct idea now but still a beautifully designed instrument nonetheless.

28 – Lazing on a sunny afternoon…

29 – As a friend remarked upon seeing this photo ” Y-orchid-ing me?”  Not entirely sure this is actually an orchid…but the sentiment is a sound one!

30 – “Annie, there’s a big lobster behind the refrigerator. I can’t get it out. This thing’s heavy. Maybe if I put a little dish of butter sauce here with a nutcracker, it will run out the other side.”

31
Mar
2014

Happiness is…

The third update of my ongoing attempt to document everyday moments of happiness…

From left to right:

1 – Daffodils for St. David’s Day.

2 – A beautiful vintage camera I unearthed at Camden Market.

3 – Frog graffiti.

4 – A friendly squirrel.

5 – Magic hour in Clapton.

6 – Funny sign outside a shop on Brick Lane.

7 – The saddest and most comfortable looking bear in the back room of a shop that sells nothing but chairs.

8 – Amazing graffiti.

9 – Chalk graffiti.

10 – Fantastic sculpture near East India Docks.

11 – Beautiful light at the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the RCA…on ’til the 6th of April…a MUST see.

12 – When I was growing up we moved house something like 7 or 8 times, but in every house with a garden my mum would always plant a magnolia tree…now whenever and wherever I see one I somehow feel home.

13 – Hard to get hold of 127mm film as I don’t think they make it any more…but needed some to test out my new camera!

14 – Cloud watching.

15 – Attic window.

16 – Iphones really leave something to be desired in low level light conditions but couldn’t resist trying to capture the full moon.

17 – Crumbling painted wall.

18 – I’ll be your mirror.

19 – Shiny…soooo shiny.

20 – Hampstead Heath…by far the best place in London to go clear your head and get some perspective.

21 – Door with flaky paint.

22 – Street art just off Liverpool Street.

23 – I wear a LOT of rings!

24 – There’s something to be said for getting off the bus a few stops early sometimes…The Red Tree in real life…(see Shaun Tan’s beautiful illustrated story)

25 – Beautiful green glass carboy in my back garden.

26 – The space between 4 framed photographs.

27 – Frond.

28 – Beautiful flowers (apparently called ranunculus) on Portobello Road Market.

29 – Texture.

30 – Sometimes there’s more truth in the shadow.

31 – SO happy to add this to my record collection!.

25
Mar
2014

The Transcontinental Race 2013

I was lucky enough to be asked by The Adventurists to cover the launch of the first Trans-European solo unsupported bicycle race, from London to Istanbul via checkpoints at some of cycling’s most iconic locations.

For more info head to The Transcontinental Race webpage, following them on twitter @transconrace, or join the facebook group and check out the amazing series of documentary videos entitled ‘Melons, Trucks and Angry Dogs’.

25
Mar
2014

Harry Escott

Way back on a swelteringly hot summer’s day last year it was my privilege to venture to the wilds of South London to photograph the fantastically talented composer Harry Escott.

He’s worked with Michael Winterbottom on both A Mighty Heart and The Road To Guantanamo,  Steve McQueen (Shame), as well as British crime thriller Welcome To The Punch, The Selfish Giant, and a host of BBC and Channel 4 dramas to boot.  Keep an ear out for his work in upcoming historical Channel 4 drama New Worlds.


02
Mar
2014

February happiness!

Well February fairly flew by!  Here are a few moments of happiness I snapped to keep in a memory pocket for a rainy day…From left to right:

1 – Bright sunshine streaming through my bedroom curtains

2 – A skull type shape seen in a fabric pattern.

3 – A beautiful piece of burnt wood I found on a sunny wander by the canal.

4 – Afternoon light refracted through glass on a wall.

5 –  Copper fabric on a food menu. (Momos – hadn’t been there in years…so tasty!)

6 – Scarves available in any colour on a stand just off Oxford street.

7 – My current favourite hat.

8 – Huge cloud, tiny plane.

9 – A streetlight through a rain slashed bus window.

10 – A painting of a lion and a bird in one of my favourite local haunts.

11 – I like it when the road seems to give you directions.

12 – Raccoon!

13 – Tree bark…I believe this is a copper birch.

14 – Well it was february 14th!

15 – Best password to free wi-fi in a cafe ever.

16 – Tiny part of an amazing exhibition by Cristina Guitian

17 – A reflection in a silver bowl seen on the windiest day of February while waiting at a bus stop.

18 – A clapperboard bought from a local charity shop that a friend told me about…we’re planning to make a little video together later on in the year.

19 – Hackney Central overground station platform in the sunshine.

20 – Very little makes me happier than when someone buys me flowers, and tulips at this time of year are especially welcome!

21 – Satsuma rabbit.

22 – Light play.

23 – Snowdrops…giving gardeners everywhere hope that spring is just around the corner…

24 – Mimosa…pure sunshine…and smells great too!

25 – A tiny skateboard I found wandering around Walthamstow

26 – Flaky wallpaper in Bloomsbury I happened across after checking out the Scarti exhibtion at TJ Boulting…highly recommended!

27 – Hospital curtains casting shadows.

28 – Great alternative to a stag’s head mounted on the wall at Brooks B1866 store in Covent Garden