Monthly Archives: September 2012

Whitelands College for Penguin Photography

I took this picture of the Whitelends College graduates and staff the other day for a company called Penguin Photography who specialise in top end formal set ups like this one. I used a couple of lights either side of me at different powers to fill in the shadow made by the sun coming in on the right. I thought I’d be able to momentarily leave the lights on their stands with umbrellas while I weighed them down, but that was a schoolboy error. As I finished putting up the second light the first one blew over. BOOM. I ran to its aid and the other blew over behind me. BOOM. Nobody likes feeling like the bastard love child of Laurel and Hardy but fortunately my blunder went unnoticed by anyone of consequence. I broke both the brollies but the lights are OK thanks for asking.

Whitelands College

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See Emily play

I fist saw Emily perform at Wilderness Festival the other week. I’ve seen hoop girls before but Emily blew everyones minds. Her diminutive size only added to the overall charm of the performance which  overlapped into burlesque later into night (or early into the next day depending how you are wired). Her stamina was legendary, hooping for hours and gaining energy off the mass of excited people that quickly surrounded her all hypnotised by the skill and rhythm in her movement.

Its no surprise she uses these skills professionally – being paid to perform in clubs round the UK and gaining access to which ever festival she approaches. I had the privilege of driving her hoops back to London and when she came to collect them I  took this portrait.


Portrait of the Hoop Girl


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