James Joyce: A Love of Language exhibition is on at The Museum of English Rural Life (until 2 February 2024). It’s lovely to see some of my photographs on display but enough about my work – it’s all about James Joyce. If you get a chance to visit – please do so. If you would like more information see here: https://merl.reading.ac.uk/…/james-joyce-a-love-of…/
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
Congratulations to Karishma and Dhruv on their marriage on Saturday 20th August at Trunkwell House, Reading.
I was on live stream duties : the edited wedding ceremony can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dxJ9ytDj-Y
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.
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.
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!