Monthly Archives: November 2013

King’s Cross is changing…

I mean it. It’s a shadow of the place I knew (and feared) growing up in London North. The derelict castle which previously resembled Dracula’s town house is now the 5 star St Pancras Hotel and the shady forecourt of Kings Cross Station has traded drugs and desperation for aspiration and aperitifs. Well done town planners – way to regenerate (or simply push the unattractive social underbelly out of the eye-line of this international hub).

The work is not yet complete, however. There are fine people drawing fine plans, getting funding and making models for the rest of the site which sprawls northwards past the canal towards Brecknock. And that’s where I come in – employed to photograph some of the architectural models for the area built by the skilled craftsmen of Pipers Modelmakers. This is a small selection of images from a recent shoot I did for them.

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Clive Anderson portrait at RIBA

I was asked to cover the English PEN fundraising quiz at the extraordinarily beautiful RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) last week. The night was deftly hosted by presenter, author and former barrister, Clive Anderson. It was star-studded night, bringing together the great and the good of the London’s media and literary worlds. Mr. Anderson did sterling work with an exuberant crowd. I took his portrait at the end of what was a very long night – I think he projects an air of being simultaneously satisfied yet exhausted.

Clive Anderson portrait

Clive Anderson in reflective mood

RIBA

RIBA

Tense competition saw the Daily Telegraph’s team take pole position by just one point, ahead of teams from The Guardian/Observer and The Literary Review, which tied in second place. A team from the London Book Fair secured third place. Other teams taking part included: Agile Agents, Bob&Co, Suzie Boyt, Black’s Club, Bloomberg, Canongate, Carter Ruck, Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph, Faber & Faber, The Guardian/Observer, HarperCollins, Orion, The Times, Little, Brown, The Literary Review, London Book Fair, Press Complaints Commission, Random House Penguin, Political Quarterly, The Financial Times, and Isabel Wolff.

Conference

Conference

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Lewes Bonfire Celebration 2013

On November 5th I scooted down to Lewes to witness the events in what is known as the bonfire capital of the world. Of the 30,000 people there 14 were arrested and 86 were treated by medics. I left before it got too hairy opting to watch the fireworks display from high up on the South Downs instead. I did get a few snaps of the procession before I left though.

Overall it was a sensory feast although I do have problems with white people blacking up to impersonate native Africans and Americans, which there was quite a bit of. Perhaps I’m unaware of the context and I didn’t pick up on anything racist from the crowds. Still though…..

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