Huawei: Year of the Rooster Celebration

Huawei Year of the Rooster Celebration - Dragon Dance

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!

Islay Heritage project

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…

Fox Talbot images

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.

Wildlife photographer? Well, technically yes!

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

RUSU wall graphic

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).

then and now: a photographic journey through Berkshire and beyond


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

The locations are Caversham, Earley, Hambleden, Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Shinfield, Sonning, Twyford, Wargrave, Wokingham and Woodley.

Huffington Post quiz: identify bizarre MERL items

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



Daniel Galmiche, TV chef at Salon Culinaire 2016

Daniel Galmiche, TV chef at Salon Culinaire 2016 Ascot Racecourse

Daniel Galmiche, TV chef at Salon Culinaire 2016. I photographed Saturday Kitchen guest chef Daniel Garmiche during his skills session at Salon Culinaire 2016, Ascot Racecourse where he cooked Norwegian Fjord Trout.

Michelin starred chef, Daniel currently works at Restaurant 190 at the Gore Hotel, London having previously worked at the Vineyard, le Gavroche, Cliveden House, and L’Ortolan.