People

The Shed Artist at work

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The Shed Artist - Martin Andrews

The Shed Artist at work : the multi-talented Martin Andrews at work in his garden studio. What a real privilege to photograph such a humble man and exceptional artist. I have known Martin for many years but have only had glimpses into his art world. I am not only impressed by the range of work he produces but also by his down-to-earth approach.

Video

Timelapse video

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Hard top timelapse

Timelapse video of the packing of a Toyota MR2 hard top for Pack & Send in Reading: YouTube video is here.

1.5 hours of work in 35 seconds in the style of a silent movie (film scratches, projector noise, music, black and white and titles). Many thanks to Pack & Send for their cooperation, hospitality and the amazing insight into the world of packing. So whether it’s furniture, musical instruments, artwork, hard top for a car, electronic equipment, antiques, a stuffed giraffe or anything in between – they can advise the best way to pack and send your goods. For more information about their services, visit the Pack & Send website.

Music by Audio Network

Video

Video Review 2018 has been completed!

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It started last year when I made a short video containing some of the photographs taken in 2017. It was fun to continue the tradition this year but with some added video clips as well.

The range of photoshoots has been immense in 2018: a stuffed giraffe, graduations, award ceremonies, portraits, weddings, parties (including the one where all the kids dressed as superheroes), artwork, interior and exterior architecture as well as photographing on a rowing boat on the Thames. That very same rowing boat and crew are currently competing in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – their current position is here: 19° 53.28 N, 032° 27.90 W.

The YouTube video can be viewed here: Bennetto Photography 2018 Review

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).