Set in the heart of Soho, London’s Chinatown is a small but densely packed hub of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and shops all located in and around Gerrard Street.
Chinatown is a fantastic spot for any street photographer looking for an ever-changing and vibrant location, with its iconic restaurant windows displaying roasted ducks hanging while they await their final destination on a lucky diner's plate.
London's City Hall was the obvious choice. Designed by Foster + Partners and showcasing some impressive architectural eye candy, with its iconic spiral ramp staircase winding through its core. So, with the choice made all I needed to do was queue and shoot.
Product and brand photography for Johnny’s Chop Shop. A London based barbershop and male grooming brand whose products are available worldwide and in UK stockists, Boots, Topman & ASOS.
Johnny’s Chop Shop required a wide range of photography to promote their brand and products via social media. With a focus on the barbers, products and their flagship Marshall Street shop.
Social media content for Instagram and Facebook was required, with the key theme being product photography in urban and street environments designed to appeal to their core demographic.
To quote The Gyoza Guys, “everyone loves a dumpling as much as we do.” The brainchild of 2 dumpling loving dudes Kien and Amir, The Gyoza Guys are taking London's street food scene up a notch and asked me to capture them at work on a busy Saturday lunchtime at Maltby St Market.
One of the oldest food markets in London. Borough Market can be found just south of London Bridge, next to Southwark Cathedral. I've spent countless hours wandering its nooks and crannies, and it's a must for any street photographer. Bridgette Jones used to live here, but I read somewhere she finally found love and moved to a semi in Croydon.
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The Camden Watch Company can be found in the north yard of Camden Stables market. A grade II listed building which was once a horse hospital. Founded by Anneke Short and Jerome Robert, The Camden Watch Company draw inspiration from their surroundings and Camden’s history with many of their watches inspired by the unique history of the area, and its people.
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Hintze Hall is one of the most photogenic spaces in London. I've heard rumours of a famous museum attached to the hall. However, I've never ventured that far into the building. From 1979 up until 2017 a skeleton cast diplodocus was the main attraction. Now you can find an actual skeleton, this time of a Blue whale named 'Hope' who in 1891 became stranded in Wexford Harbour. Hope spent years in the nosebleed seats of the Natural History museums Mammal Hall, mostly unseen and unloved. However, she can now be seen in all her glory, diving into the sea of visitors staring slack-jawed into her gaping mouth.
The London Underground is a little over 150 years old and used by millions of people a year. Most, like me, use it to get to and from work, which can be a super relaxing experience with zero stress. Ahem. But there is another side to the underground network, one which is full of character and great architecture. You just need to forget about that early morning meeting and admire your surroundings to see it.
I'm obsessed with symmetry, and one place that has it in bundles is the underground. Its Tunnels, trains, and stairwells almost all have moments of near perfect balance as an essential part of its architecture. Put simply, the underground is catnip for a photographer.
The Adams Plaza Bridge, designed by Adamson Associates and clad in space age cladding has become one of the most recognisable and photographed locations in London since it opened in 2015. With its repeating structure and vanishing point, it’s easy to understand why photographers have flocked to capture this incredible piece of architecture. It’s so photogenic a hedge fund manager with a Blackberry could take a good photo of it. Which is convenient, considering the locations propensity for Blackberries and arseholes.
The Bike Shed is one amazing exhibition of custom bikes, photography and everything else imaginable related to the new wave custom bike scene. Hosted in East London’s Tobacco Dock for the fourth year running, it was, without doubt, the biggest and best it's ever been
Packed to the rafters with unusual bikes and people. The Bike Shed 2017 was a photographer's dream, and the countless hours I spent wandering the various rooms provided me with a remarkable array of photogenic goodies to snap.
With practically every wall covered in art and photographs, all relating to the new wave custom bike culture, along with various bits and bobs to give your bank balance a hammering.
In case you’re wondering how all this motorcycle madness started. Here is a pretty cool interview with The Bike Shed’s founder, Anthony “Dutch” van Someren.
Another visit to Tobacco Dock in East London and this time to see what the London Tattoo Convention had to offer. For any photographer, photographing people is fascinating, especially when they are half naked and covered in tattoos. So I knew I'd come away with some great shots.
With 400 of the world's top tattoo artists showcasing their twitching needle skills, the ink flowed and so did the imagination. Mixing among these hugely talented artists is an incredible inspiration for anyone, and I cannot recommend it enough. It's great to see such an ancient art form so impressively represented in the 21st century.
Switch house is the latest addition to London’s ever developing skyline, but this time things are a little different with the architects of the Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron choosing a latticed brickwork and acute geometric angles to create a building which looks genuinely interesting in a modern London obsessed with glass and steel.
This 65-metre brickwork curiosity houses the new galleries of the Tate Modern, creating 60% more capacity and space for over 800 works. Connected to the original galleries housed in Giles Gilbert Scott‘s original Bankside Power Station, which was transformed by the same studio, Herzog & de Meuron back in 2000.
While providing a modern twist, the latticed brickwork of Switch House’s exterior in part matches the brickwork of the original power station. Perhaps it’s brickwork for the Instagram generation, with perforations allowing light to filter in during the day, and out during the night, resulting in the building glowing at night. The whole effect inside and out is a little bit special, and a must see for anyone and everyone.
The latest vapour sculpture by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya is located on the terrace of Switch House, the recent extension the Tate Modern.
Fujiko Nakaya has created the sculpture by pumping water through 300 specially designed, high-pressure nozzles, which produce an enormous cloud of thick water vapour. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the mist, which at times reduces visibility to less than a foot.
Fujiko Nakaya has been making vapour sculptures since 1970 and has won numerous awards in a career spanning almost 60 years and the effect created is an eerie scene of disorientated people slowly shuffling through clouds of vapour.