Douai Abbey concert

Many thanks to Reading Phoenix Choir for asking me to photograph their rehearsal and concert at Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton on Saturday 21st of October, 2023.
 
The acoustics were absolutely amazing and therefore the choir sounded beautiful. Douai Abbey looked pretty good in photographs too!
 
If you would like to know more about Reading Phoenix Choir and their upcoming concerts, please take a look at their website : https://www.readingphoenixchoir.com/

Congratulations to Michelle and David

24 hours earlier was one of the wettest day on record in Reading! What a difference a day makes!

Many congratulations to Michelle and David – wishing them a lifetime of happiness together.

Making A Difference

BBC Make a Difference Awards community champions

The winners were announced at a BBC Make a Difference Awards ceremony organised by BBC Radio Berkshire at Reading Town Hall, presented by Bridgette Tetteh. I had the great honour of photographing the event.

The categories ranged from great neighbours and inspirational fundraisers, to thoughtful volunteers and outstanding key workers. Congratulations to everyone nominated for all their work, time and dedication. Particular congratulations must go the winners who are listed below:

  • Annie Hodgson – Volunteers for SPICE in Slough and teaches ice skating to children and young people with additional needs such as autism, Down Syndrome, and cerebral palsy
  • Remap Berkshire MakeAbility – Community group. Twenty eight volunteer engineers in Woolhampton making free gadgets and equipment for people with special needs
  • Ed Smith – Fundraiser Mr Smith, from Newbury, took on several charity challenges since losing his wife to cancer, including the SAS training walk and rowing the Atlantic
  • Caroline Saunders – Care manager at Hillview in Newbury, which provides supported living for adults with learning disabilities
  • Briony Palmer-Reid – Campaigned for safety railings to be put up after a boy drowned in the Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Laura Mackie – Key worker. Lead bereavement midwife at Basingstoke hospital
  • Freely Fruity – Environmental Award. Based in Winnersh supplying local grown fruit and veg for those in need
  • Sarah O’Neill and Rachel Walker – The Together Award. Ms O’Neill and Ms Walker run Helping Hand in Shinfield, worked in a pop-up food bank, and launched surplus food project SHARE Shinfield

Craft Study Centre photoshoot

It’s always lovely to my photographs used on customer’s websites – it’s a true sign of how much they value my work.

Thankfully the Craft Study Centre in Farnham are using some of my images online. So I can finally get to know more about the objects (I’m too busy thinking about lighting, composition, focus etc on the day). Here is just one of the objects photographed that day – a plate. A very shiny one at that – with lots of details on both faces. To find out more about this plate please visit the Craft Study Centre blog.

Dino’s Music video

A few weeks back, we got together to record this taster track and video.
Dino’s are a covers band playing classic rock from the 1980s and onwards with the emphasis on ‘big’ songs that will have an audience up on their feet. Check out the final result here.

MERL: 51 Voices project

It’s always interesting to learn about some of the items that I photograph.
In January, The Museum of English Rural Life embarked on a new year-long project, celebrating The MERL’s 70th anniversary through 51 new interpretations of MERL objects and archives: 51 Voices.
Below, we explore the first four of our 51 Voices, which are now available for you to see in our online exhibition!

Have a MERLy Christmas!

I made this little stop motion video for the Museum of English Rural Life: not bad for my first attempt at stop-motion and done in my living room. It’s made from 80 still frames then edited to show the stop motion effect as well as timed to the music. Some animated text later and it was complete.

The knitted reindeers are made my a volunteer at MERL but due to COVID I haven’t seen her in long time. It was therefore lovely to be able to show her in person at the beginning of December what I had made with her reindeers.

To all the volunteers especially during this festive time – have a MERLy Christmas!