An Hour in Barcelona (with a camera in hand)

What to do with an hour in Barcelona (and a camera in hand)?

Last weekend, me and the lady visited her brothers for a weekend of fun in Barcelona. While not exactly basking in the heat (in fact, there were very strong winds which threatened to topple any number of terracotta pots from the thousands of balconies lining the narrow streets of Barcelona), it was a far cry from the Baltic conditions of the UK at the moment.

We didn’t manage to get much sightseeing done, unless you count seeing the inside of many, many bars as such. I tend not to take my camera out to bars, so I didn’t get much photography done until the last day. We had a one hour window to stroll around La Boqueria Food Market and grab some tasty chorizo before heading to the airport, so the following images are a small selection of what we strolled past on our way there. It was enough time to remind me how photogenic this city is; even more so without the masses of tourists you get during the summer months.

 

An Hour in Barcelona

An hour in Barcelona


Wilburton Theatre Group – Bonnie and Clyde

It’s a new year and with that comes a new musical! Wilburton Theatre Group are currently rehearsing their latest show – WTG – Bonnie and Clyde. As you probably know, Bonnie and Clyde are the infamous couple that rampaged across America robbing banks in the 1930s, becoming a media sensation in the process. Without giving much away, this show is obviously a shade darker than your usual musical, and contains more than your fair share of guns and shootouts to boot.

The cast are still in the blocking stage and have yet to drop their scripts, but you can see how much fun they’re having with it, and I have to say the singing is top drawer. Tickets are now on sale at the Wilburton Theatre Group website, and the show dates are 23rd – 25th March, 7.30pm.

Anyway, here are some photos from last week’s rehearsal. I look forward to seeing you all there!

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WTG – Bonnie and Clyde


Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

Last week I was kindly pointed towards a public request for photographers to document the Mill Road Winter Fair 2016. Having not been to the fair before, I was planning on going anyway, but it was a good opportunity to take some photos, and do a favour for the organisers at the same time.

The Mill Road Winter Fair is a lively festival of food, drink and music, with lots of public performances lining the street as you stroll by. One minute you encounter a folk band, the next minute it’s morris dancers. Lots of people dress up – Christmas jumpers were ubiquitous. We also saw a Darth Vader, creepy clowns, Victorians and a bear to name a few.

The smells emanating from the food stalls entice you to buy their food, and there are plenty of beer and gin stalls to wash it down with. There was a parade, which had a Wizard of Oz theme, replete with cowardly lion. In fact, there was so much going on, it was hard to keep a track of what to photograph next. Lots of side streets and car parks would open up and contain music stages, and tens of different food and drink stalls. I’m pretty sure I missed a couple of hidden gems, but there is always next year to find them!

You can find more of my photos of the Mill Road Winter Fair on their flickr account, of which mine seem to be the latest added, and also on their website. For the time being, have a look at an edit of the day below:

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Mill Road Winter Fair 2016

 

Mill Road Winter Fair 2016


Through the Lens Competition

Two or three months ago I entered a photo competition called ‘Through the Lens’, hosted by Millennium Hotels and Resorts. The brief was to show how diverse and beautiful Britain is, so of course I opted to submit a desolate fenland landscape. However, it’s one of my favourite landscape pictures and has been sold a few times, so I fancied my chances despite the slim chances of winning.

Anyway, a couple of weeks back I received an email telling me I was highly commended by the judges, although sadly fell just short of winning anything. While it’s not ideal to promote coming second, third or tenth best in things, being judged to be in the top 100 of over 3000 entries is nice all the same. The standard was pretty high, although I thought a couple of the finalists and runners-up were poorly chosen. But that’s subjective art for you!

Anyway you can view the highly commended images (including my shot) by clicking here. You can look at the finalists by clicking here. Make your own decision on who should win!

 

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Through the Lens Competition


Fulbourn Barn Wedding Cambridge – Nigel & Tash

Fulbourn Barn Wedding Cambridge, Nigel and Natasha, 24th September 2016.

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Nigel and Tash’s wedding was quite the extravaganza. It was one of the busier weddings I’ve shot, with 100 day guests and a further 100 evening guests. This gave us a lot to photograph! The day kicked off as it meant to go on, with Tash and her bridesmaids a hive of frenetic activity. They all wore matching kimonos and each had a personalised coat hanger for their dresses, which was a nice touch. Nigel had very sweetly left Tash a gift to open in the morning, and tears had to be fought back, mostly so that the make-up wasn’t spoiled!

Meanwhile, the guys were getting ready in the best possible place – the pub. A couple of drinks were had to ease nerves and off they went to get the church ready for the service. The ceremony was beautiful, with Nigel and Tash choosing old primary school songs to sing as well as hymns (One more step along the world I go, anyone?).

After the ceremony, the congregation made their way to Fulbourn Barns for the reception. Of course, if you are going to invite 200 people to your wedding you better have a giant venue. And this barn was massive. Nigel and Tash managed to decorate the whole place, with lots of interesting tidbits dotted around the barn. There were old photos, quizzes, balloons, a photo booth, fairy lights and sweet stalls. A delicious punch was served as the guests arrived. Just before dinner, we had the logistical challenge of corralling a hundred people outside for the group photo. Fortunately the wind died down long enough for us to catch a photo without Tash’s veil blowing all over the place!

After the group shot, the congregation sat down for dinner. The speeches were very enjoyable, especially Nigel’s, who gave an emotional tribute to his father. Tash also cracked the cheesiest joke imaginable, with the punch line literally being ‘Nacho cheese!’ You can probably guess the rest.

The plates were taken away and the partying commenced. We were treated to lots of live music, including a rock band that blew the place away, and a friend of Nigel’s coming on to play a DJ set. Dancing went on long into the night, until approximately 2 in the morning, although I have to admit we didn’t quite stay that late!

Nigel and Tash’s wedding was a feast for the senses, and we left feeling like we were a part of something really special. So congratulations to both of you, and thank you for asking us to shoot your wedding!

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Fulbourn Barn Wedding Cambridge

Fulbourn Barn Wedding Cambridge