Magician Michael J Fitch entertains at the Notcutts event hosted at the Crowne Plaza, Marlow. Notcutts celebrated 120 years in their industry with multi-session seminars, fun, laughter, learning topped off with an awards filled evening to recognise their talented members of staff.
Magician Michael J Fitch has been on many TV programmes (Channel 4’s ‘Freaky Magic’, and BBC’s ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’) and his close up magic certainly entertained everyone at Notcutts. And, yes, his magic was too fast for my camera – I never caught anything that would help explain what we all witnessed! Doh! See more about Michael at his website
X Factor Auditions at the Broad Street Mall, Reading as photographed by Bennetto Photography. Many gathered at the Broad Street Mall, Reading last week to audition for the X Factor: here are just two! Young and old alike auditioned for the X Factor – many thanks to everyone who allowed me to photograph them. Many were carrying their guitars or accessories and there were plenty of characters (as you would expect).
Good luck to those who are through to the next stage!
Congratulations Anita and Ryan on their wedding in Uxbridge Registry Office on Saturday 11 February 2017. The warmth and love in the room was more than enough to outweigh the cold, snowy weather outside.
Huawei: Year of the Rooster Celebration. I had a wonderful evening on Friday at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre (Madjeski Stadium) photographing Huawei’s Year of the Rooster Celebration. There was live music, a Dragon Dance, childrens’ games and much more. The fabulous ITM AV supplied the AV tech and stage – including one the largest portable screens that I have ever photographed. It looked amazing!
In December, I completed a video editing project together with the University of Reading, Lucy Wallace and Rachel Warner for Islay Heritage, a charity devoted to furthering knowledge about Islay’s past, and the many ways in which it can be explored and enjoyed by everyone: Islay Heritage This small charity has just received brilliant news: they have received a donation of £310,000 from the Lagavulin 200 Legacy fund to continue their work on the island.
Lagavulin itself is part of Islay’s heritage; 2016 having been the 200th anniversary of the iconic single-malt whisky. Happy Anniversary!
175 years in the making… The British inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), produced his first ‘photogenic drawings’ in 1834. Talbot created accurate images of the world, i.e. trees and leaves, through mechanical and chemical means.
Some 175 years later and here are my modern versions of Talbot’s leaf images: the leaf images were supplied by the University of Reading’s Herbarium. With thanks to Alistair Culham. I tried to capture the colour, texture and background found on Talbot’s originals but in electronic form, utilising the natural world in the backgrounds too.
The prints are displayed at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.
I have been trying to get a decent photograph of this hedgehog since spring but it always eluded me. I have been tempting it into my garden with dog food and peanuts and finally got a half decent photograph, not bad for photographing through the patio doors whilst lying on the kitchen floor!
RUSU wall graphic: impressively colourful and engaging. I have just seen, for the first time, the impressive wall graphic of this year’s Reading University Students’ Union Officers. Yes, it really is an entire wall. It’s been up for a while but I finally popped in to see it and it was well worth the wait! It looks fantastic: I checked out my photography skills and photoshop cutouts. Luckily everything was in order and it looked pretty perfect to me (although my opinion is probably slightly biased).
My first YouTube video has gone live.
The ‘then’ photographs were taken by Philip Osborne Collier (1881-1979). He was a commercial photographer and postcard printer based in Reading, Berkshire. A collection of 6000 glass negatives are held within the Museum of Rural Life, Reading. Take a trip around their new website here: MERL
The ‘now’ photographs and video editing were done my myself. Free online music by http://www.bensound.com
The locations are Caversham, Earley, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Shinfield, Sonning, Twyford, Wargrave, Wokingham and Woodley.
The Huffington Post quiz: identify bizarre MERL items : ‘What are these historical contraptions?’ All objects are from the Museum of English Rural Life, in Reading which has just reopened after a major refurbishment.
Ten items to identify in total: my featured image is either 1. a bee inseminator, 2. carrier pigeon tattoo kit, 3. cow ear punch or 4. de-lousing kit. But I cheated and asked when I photographed the items. Of course, I asked – wouldn’t you? See the article and quiz at: Huffington Post Quiz