I was lucky enough to be able to take a short(ish)break WITH MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER to New york in between weddings this year.
i've been before, a good few years ago, and shamefully didn't really take any photos at all, this time i made a concerted effort to not be a lazy MOO and to document the whole thing. This is really a tiny selection of what I saw and interested me but what i found more interesting was the atmosphere there since the rise of Donald TRUMP. THERE WAS DEFINITELY A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SECURITY AND POLITICAL AWARENESS THAT WASN'T AROUND LAST TIME I VISITED. WE SAW COUNTLESS PROTESTERS FOR AND AGAINST (MOSTLY AGAINST) AND MOST OF THE NEW YORKERS WE SPOKE TO HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS OVER THERE, ALMOST APOLOGETICALLY WHEN THEY REALISED WE WERE FROM THE UK. I DO THINK IT'S KIND OF SAD THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE A SENSE OF FOREBODING OVER THIS AMAZING CITY, A FEW PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT THINGS ARE CHANGING FOR THE WORST AND THAT THEY FEAR IT'S NOT GOING TO BE OVER ANY TIME SOON. IF I HADN'T BEEN WITH WITH MY DAUGHTER I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SPENT THE WEEK PHOTOGRAPHING THE VARIOUS PROTESTS AND TALKING TO PEOPLE BUT 12 YEAR OLDS AREN'T REALLY INTO THAT KIND OF THING SO WE WENT TO ALL THE ZOOS,ATE A LOT OF JUNK FOOD, AND SAW A LOT OF DOGS WEARING SHOES.
I DEDICATE THESE PHOTOS TO THE DOG THAT WAS BEING CARRIED IN A BABY SLING AND WEARING SPEEDO SWIMMING GOGGLES AS WE CROSSED THE ROAD TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, I WASN'T BLOODY QUICK ENOUGH WITH MY CAMERA TO SHOOT YOUR URBAN CITY STYLE BUT I WILL REMEMBER YOU FOREVER.
I DID GET A SHOT OF SOMEONE WALKING THEIR CAT ON A LEAD IN THE MUSEUM THOUGH, SO SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS....
We took a lovely couple of hours break down to the seaside this week, I was very aware that this could be the last time this year we get to enjoy the beach as I know this sunshine isn't going to stick around for much longer, which makes me sad..
Made the most of it by having ice cream and taking the Leica M out for a bit of street photography.
Shot on the Sony A7RII and the Sigma 35mm Art
Just a quick shot trying out my new Nikon 58mm lens, hopefully lots more to follow with this little gem!
Took a few photos today, it's been raining and pretty much freezing cold, which has left us confined to the mothership!
Taken with a Leica M9 + Voigtlander 28mm and a Nikon DF + Sigma 35mm ART lens respectively.
LAKE COMO- ITALY
Recently I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Lake Como in Italy along with a couple of my fellow wedding photographer friends. This place stole my heart from the moment I arrived. Shooting a busy wedding season can be exhausting, so getting away and taking time out for a few days to somewhere this beautiful was a real tonic, these are just a few of my personal images taken whilst I was there. All shot on a Leica M9.
I love his films, this is no secret! So what do you do with a bunch of retro clothes and a record player?
Try and emulate the great man himself obviously!
Taken with a Nikon D800e and the fantastic Sigma 24mm ART lens
THE NEW SIGMA 24MM ART LENS
Just a few test shots trying out this new and amazing bit of kit from Sigma, more to follow once I've had a chance to step away from the computer!
Updated- I just can't get enough of this lens, it may now be my favourite next to the 35mm. I'm looking forward to trying it out during wedding season as it will be great for small spaces and crazy dance floor shots.
THE TINY HOUSE PROJECT - ICELAND
My good friends at Sigma very kindly loaned me a Sigma SD1 Merrill and a 18-35mm Art lens to take with me on my recent trip to Iceland, it's a truly astonishing piece of equipment and I'm kind of in love with it so although I am a primarily wedding and portrait photographer, I quickly realised that Iceland is a country full of the most amazing quirky little houses, so I decided that I wanted to photograph as many as I could in the short amount of time that we were there.
The detail that the Foveon sensor produces is nothing short of amazing and Iceland is like a giant softbox, reflecting light everywhere so conditions were perfect to test it out.
I really can't say what caught my attention about these buildings, maybe it's the fact that they seem to fair so well in such extreme weather conditions and that also they all have their own little personalities, it's so refreshing to see buildings that are so simple but efficiently built, whilst still retaining character and charm.
The Sigma 18-35mm Art lens was perfect for my needs and did't skip a beat, in fact, considering the sometimes harrowing weather conditions they both performed fantastically.
I'm hoping to return to Iceland in the summer time (maybe to shoot a wedding if i'm lucky enough!) and will definitely add to this series.
I feel like I've barely captured what Iceland has to offer, it's a visual feast for the eyes and soul.
All images were taken using the Sigma SD1 Merrill and the Sigma 18-35 Art lens and edited with VSCO film.
Also, I made a cool little book from my trip with a new app called "Steller", I plan to be using this more often from now on as it's a really nice way to view photos!