Architecture

easyHotel Reading

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easyHotel Reading

I photographed the new easyHotel in Reading recently. It’s on Caversham Road in Reading, so it’s really convenient for transport link and central Reading. As any ‘Easy’ service, it’s low cost, convenient and no-frills.

There are different room types to choose from, they even have two accessible rooms. For more information, visit their website at: easyHotel Reading

Here are a few of the images taken…

People

Reading Phoenix Choir celebrates 50 golden years

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Reading Phoenix Choir group photograph

The Reading Phoenix Choir celebrates 50 golden years. I photographed the choir beside the Reading Abbey Gateway and within the Abbey ruins. As their name suggests it was important to connect them with Reading and what better place than the ruins and gatehouse.

Over the years, Reading Phoenix Choir has raised over £300,000 in support of various charities. As well as a busy concert schedule, the choir participates in national and international competitions, BBC recordings, their own CD recordings, singing tours and run workshops with local schools to get young people excited and passionate about music. Take a look at their website for more information about their upcoming concerts: Reading Phoenix Choir

Here are a few of the images taken on the day:

Objects

Fashion photography

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Rado-Hicks scarf 3

Sometimes you take a set of photographs and you never see them again – for a number of different reasons. However, sometimes, you know they will eventually be used (you just don’t know when) and this shoot fits into that category. I took them some time ago and the client has completed their website which is now live.

Rado-Hicks scarves are luxury hand-made Italian scarves. For more information please visit Andrea’s website: Rado-Hicks

People

Two different photographs from one location

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max composite

One location can often provide more than one look to a photograph (even if the subject is the same – okay, with and without a jacket on). This was the case when I photographed Max recently. We went to the Showcase Cinema in Winnersh and took these two shots under the flyover. And they couldn’t be more different.

Now – can you guess who he looks like?

Education

Postgraduate student photoshoot

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Forbury Gardens
Postgraduate student photoshoot by Bennetto Photography

Recently I undertook two photoshoots at the University of Reading for the Postgraduate Prospectus. They included Whiteknights and London Road campuses along with Reading town. I had a productive but tiring time travelling around with a group of students and staff. I hope that the images reflect how wonderful Reading and the university’s campuses really are. It always makes a difference when the sun shines…

Events

Fairbrother Lecture 2018

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Rodrigo Zenun Franco delivering the Fairbrother Lecture 2018

Would you let your phone tell you what to eat?
Designing technology for personalised nutrition advice

The 2018 Fairbrother Lecture took place on Wednesday 21 March and was delivered by Rodrigo Zenun Franco, a doctoral researcher in Computer Science. Over one hundred people gathered to hear Rodrigo talk about his doctoral research developing an app that can deliver tailored dietary advice to your phone, tablet or computer.

Rodrigo undertook an undergraduate degree in Brazil, before coming to Reading for his MSc. His PhD is supervised by Dr Faustina Hwang (Biomedical Engineering, School of Biological Sciences) and Professor Julie Lovegrove (Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, School of Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy). The work is supported by the British Nutrition Foundation and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Accompanying the lecture, there was a display of work by a number of other outstanding doctoral researchers from across the University: Vincent DeLuca (Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences); Anna Freeman (Geography & Environmental Science – see image to right); Rita Goyal (Henley Business School); Sophie Payne (Literature and Languages – see image below) and Suzannah Ravenscroft (Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences).

People

Heads Together and Row

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Heads Together and Row team on the River Thames: Toby

Heads Together and Row team to row the Atlantic. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will see Heads Together and Row compete in an unsupported 3000 mile rowing race from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua. To put the challenge into context: more people have climbed Everest or been into space than row the Atlantic!

The race is estimated to take between 40 and 90 days the crew will row in pairs in two hour shifts around the clock. The 24’ x 6’ boat carries all their equipment (and spares), food and a water maker turning sea water into drinking water.

It will not only be a huge personal challenge but they will be raising money for mental health charities. Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership at Henley Business School, will be working with them on a research study before, during and after the race, looking at individual and team resilience.

I was invited onto their boat on the River Thames. Happily I didn’t fall in, the camera and lens survived and I got some really interesting action shots. Having being on a very calm river I cannot imagine what facing 40 foot waves will be like. Good luck to the team!

More information can be found here: Heads Together and Row website and Henley Business School Heads Together and Row

People

Scott Marley from Science Theatre in action

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Scott Marley from Science Theatre

I recently photographed Scott Marley from the Science Theatre in action. Science Theatre create shows and workshops mixing stage performance with demonstrations to explain the most incredible ideas in science – in the most memorable way. He presented his Astronomical show in front of Year 9 school pupils visiting the University of Reading.

Scott studied astrophysics at The University of Manchester before joining the Bradford Robotic Telescope group at Bradford University to run their outreach program. It was a really interesting, interactive and informative show which everyone really enjoyed.

I initially was disappointed when all the room lights were switched off: great for adding atmosphere and continuing the space theme but not great for capturing engaging images. I was therefore delighted to get this image – a perfect profile shot for an astrophysicist!

Find out more information about the Science Theatre, their shows, pricing and contact details here: Science Theatre

 

People

Centre for Ageing Better staff photoshoot

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Centre for Ageing Better staff

I had a lovely time in London taking photographs of members of staff and the trustees of the Centre for Ageing Better. They are a charity who work to create a society in which everyone enjoys a good later life.

“We believe that more people living longer represents a huge opportunity for society. But changes are needed so more people enjoy good health, are financially secure, are socially connected and have a purpose in later life. We bring about change for people in later life today and for future generations. Practical solutions, research about what works best and people’s own insight are all sources that we draw on to help make this change”.

Centre for Ageing Better

To find out more about the charity, click here: Centre for Ageing Better