Scape: a view or picture of a scene - we encounter these every day, whether in the city or the country, from far away or up close. Slowing down to take them in seems all too often like a luxury, this is a record of scapes I felt worth freezing. These photos were all shot on 35mm film.
Precision is an attitude, the way light shades between white and black provides us with all the information we require to appreciate depth. In a world full of superficiality depth may seem like a challenge, yet as with many things like this the adventure is the reward.
Visuals are increasingly important for Musicians in an ever-more competitive marketplace. Classical Music is a genre that I particularly enjoy shooting.
Tbilisi is a city in transition, within it collide many different influences, the Oriental, the European, the Soviet, the Modern, mend-and-make-do vs international design. it’s exactly these juxtapositions that make the city so visually arresting - much of my photography is about recording this transition.
The aesthetics of what we eat have been pushed to an artistic level, my challenge was to capture the artistry of Italian Chef Enzo Neri and do justice to his creations ensuring that the quality of presentation was transmitted to the viewer. The Pkhali is at Shavi Lomi in Tbilisi, the lemons are at Euphoria Wines in Sighnaghi and the market is Deserters Bazaar.
My best friend Irina is an artist, she produces unique clay sculptures that stretch the technical possibilities of what can be done with ceramics. These are some portraits of her as an artist
Symmetry, lines of sight and ratios are the bedrock of good architecture - the same is true of architecture photography
This selection of portraits is focused on the role of women as professionals, all too often the abilities of women in the workplace are overlooked, I wanted to use my photography as an enabler - to portray women in the way that we don’t see nearly enough - Cristina: Finance Director, Kate: Barrister, Mari: Lawyer, Nuka: Marketer, Svetlana: Lawyer
Medium Format Film is a medium that I’m still growing into, all images are shot on a Hasselblad 500 c/m with either Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 or Distagon 50mm f4
After dark light is scarce and thus more interesting, chasing this light is something of an addiction once we discover how the light looks when photographed
I have been interested in the way painters worked with and portrayed light, Being English Turner is a great influence for landscapes - when it comes to still life however Vermeer is the biggest inspiration for me, this shot is the start of a longer project, a tase if you will.
In a country like Cambodia which has seen one of the widespread and brutal genocides in recent history belief takes on a higher meaning. In the mountains of the Greater Caucasus people from Georgia and the occupied territory of Samachablo (South Ossetia) gather only on Lomisoba to celebrate rituals with roots before Christianity and pray for the health of their families.
This photo is taken from my long-term project on Wheelchair Basketball, many of the players in the Georgian National Team are veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars. The aim of this project is to show what differently-abled means and to shift perception in Georgian society. What strikes me about this image is that you notice the action first and any impediments just seem to fade away. It takes real courage to do what these guys do.
“Do you have any Tobacco?” asked the Shepherd. Surely enough I did, so I gave him a palmful. “Now, take my photo” he instructed me in broken Russian. Who was I to refuse? and so it came to pass that I shot my first Shepherd portrait. Joseph was a different matter, he was running for Tbilisi City Council elections, et voila my first political portrait. The Orthodox Priest was baptising my friends daughter; First Priest Portrait. Finally Nathan is a successful author who needed some new images for the back of his books, you guessed it: first author portrait.
3 days. 150 Swedes. One wedding. Georgia. At a winery… what could possibly go wrong? In the tent where dinner was served there were these terrible pink lights that turned everyone who stood up to speak pink and blue. Fortunately that could be fixed in post-production. This image has to stand alone, it can’t be displayed next to any other. At the end of dinner a band played and a disco started. This photo created a feeling in me just before I took it, I slowly moved into position and made my composition, everything moved in slow-motion. I knew as I pressed the shutter that I had the “story in one shot” kind of photo we all hope to take. Ilja is stealing Caroline’s coffee as the bartender looks on and another guest looks wistfully at her Aperol Spritz. The colours worked perfectly and quite honestly this is one of my favourite photos.
South East Asia is the future. I became convinced of this when I witnessed the speed and quality of development on a trip there. Europe suddenly felt very outdated and non progressive. When you buy high-quality electronics products they are likely produced in China, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan or Cambodia. The camera and lenses these shots are taken on were made in Vietnam - Central Kuala Lumpur is a city we have no equivalent of in Europe and Phnom Penh is growing faster than anywhere in Europe. I find these places truly fascinating.
Whether wild and free or tame and calm hair is an essential part of our appreciation of beauty, these photos are an appreciation of amazing hair.
Fruit is a major element of life in the Caucasus, whether it’s the flavoursome grapes used to make wine, lemons for cooking or the soft stone-fruits of midsummer or winter apples there’s always some colour to take in
Georgia is an on-trend location for electronic music, it is also considered the cradle of wine civilisation. There is a crisis in wine production that goes unspoken - the young people don’t want to go out on the land and tend the vines, maybe that will change as Georgian Wine becomes a more appreciated commodity. Time will tell.
The Capital of the Republic of Georgia is a wonderful city, hosting art-deco through brutalism to modernism - it currently has a bit of an aversion to the building built during the Soviet occupation of Georgia, but digging a little deeper we discover some truly beautiful structures.