This was actually my third trip to Iceland, although my first as a photographer. I was out for a friends stag do but it would have been a crime not to have booked some time to explore before hand. Iceland’s landscape is unique, it’s stark, it’s barren and it’s incredibly beautiful. Bare black volcanic beaches, huge majestic glaciers, ominous skies and enchanting waterfalls dominate the landscape. There are barely any trees in Iceland and only one native (and elusive) animal – the arctic fox. I hired a car and spent a few days touring the south coast with my good Icelandic friend Sara (thanks for putting up with my photographic escapades Sara and for being my muse!).
I will never forget my first siting of Lofoten. Tall craggy peaks fringed with snow jut out of the Arctic Ocean like some kind of ancient monster. They appear so inhospitable from the sky (and the land for that matter) that you wonder how humans have managed to survive here for 6000 years. Well they haven’t only survived, they have thrived. Every winter the meeting of the Gulf Stream and the icy Arctic Ocean draws huge amounts of Arctic Cod past the Islands and the area is a very lucrative place for fishermen. Almost everywhere are huge drying racks filled with thousands of fish and the ubiquitous smell carries almost everywhere throughout the islands. Lofoten is situated in the North of Norway and I picked it for my latest trip after seeing photos in National Geographic. The village we stayed in, Reine, was named one of the top 10 most picturesque villages in the world and you can see why, the beauty of the area is simply staggering.
This was my first time in what I would call ‘proper Africa’ (Egypt doesn’t quite count for me). We gave ourselves a full schedule without a day off but that’s how I like my holidays! We sat with Gorillas in the jungles of Rwanda, climbed a mountain in Tanzania (I got a cerebral oedema – not pleasant!) and we spent 3 days on Safari. The below cover image is myself and my friends half way up Kilimanjaro watching the sunset; the views were breath taking every day of the 7 day trek.
I have to say I was quite excited by this wedding right from the start and it didn’t disappoint. Set in the Phulay Bay Krabi, a stunning 5 star resort in Thailand down by the beach, with over 60 guests in attendance (which is quite a turn out for a destination wedding), an elephant (yes, you heard me right) and such a fun couple, it was never going to be a difficult job. I photographed Alicia’s sister Millie’s wedding in Australia last year and when Alicia asked me to photograph hers in Thailand I jumped at the chance. I will let the photos tell the rest of the story! (click below to see more)
I am a big fan of thunderstorms and I couldn’t resist a walk down the beach tonight to capture the most impressive one I’ve seen in a while. I am currently in Thailand to shoot a wedding and it’s nice to get over to some decent weather (even if the humidity plays havoc with my equipment every time I leave an air conditioned room or car). There have been some impressive sunsets here too which I have got to witness from my hotel (click ‘see more’ below to see extra photos), fingers crossed the storms hold of for the wedding tomorrow though!
I haven’t posted in a while so I thought I would share this with you. This is a mix of two photos I took in Kazakhstan last year. The first is of the long straight road at sunset, and the second was taken of the amazingly clear night sky there. Below you can see the two separate photos that I mixed. Obviously there is a bit more to it than just pasting them together, you need to blend and colour them. It’s actually easier than it looks though. More posts soon!
I had some commercial work in Brighton last weekend. I have only been once before and only for a short time so I really enjoyed exploring the city. It has a great vibe and vivaciousness about it. Here are a couple of shots I took, the first is from the end of Brighton Pier looking back towards the city and the second is obviously of the pier.
I feel very fortunate to be out in Australia at the moment to photograph a friends wedding. The weather is beautiful and I hear the location is perfect so I am looking forward to the big day this weekend. On the way out I flew with Qatar Airways and decided to stop over for a couple of days to break up the journey and to see somewhere new and a bit different. Here’s a couple of shots from my day and a half there:
So after the most incredible wedding in Australia last week, we went on a camping trip to Lake Towerrinning which is a beautiful spot about 3 hours drive south east of Perth. We got to spend the whole weekend enjoying the sun (and a couple of storms) and wake boarding. I have just arrived home in the UK and am still aching. One of the best things was the night sky there. It really is in the middle of nowhere so there was no light pollution. I went for a wander round some of the eerie landscapes by myself after a couple of ciders and managed to terrify myself (theres no shortage of huge spiders and snakes out there in the bush and I was walking through thick grass and trees). I found a lake full of these ghostly looking dead trees. With the stars reflecting in the clear water it looked incredible and I sat there taking photos for quite a while.
43 days, 19 countries and 9058 miles from the UK to Mongolia. The Mongol Rally lived up to every expectation I had of it. Adrenaline, incredible scenery, some of the friendliest people I have ever met, bad stomachs, worse roads, blazing hot days, freezing cold nights, the clearest starry skies I have ever seen. I could spend all day describing this trip, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words so here are some of mine.