These are home to eight years of mind maps, meeting notes, funny quotes and anecdotes, web links, contacts, late night thoughts and early morning notes. They are the output of my mind, from my brains left and right … my creative hub, my agendas, my to do lists … all blend together and become one.
We are swamped by today’s digital age, immersed in tapping away on our keyboards and staring at computer screens. I however, remain a firm fan of the written word, recoding things on a tangible object. A notebook is the ideal but anything goes be it store receipts, cinema tickets, parking fines or Read the full post >>
Being the 20-year anniversary of the Dubai Tennis Championship meant that some super cool promotional gig was inevitable. Seven years previous, they had Agassi and Federer playing a match on the rooftop heli pad of the iconic seven star Burj al Arab hotel. The imagery hit the world press with aplomb. Times have moved on now with Novak Djokovic taking pole position in international tennis rankings and a new angle was sought to create some buzz to mark the tournament’s 20th year.
The shoot tied in with VIP interviews on the helipad, followed by Djokovic and Federer spending some quality time together. The million-dollar question had to be what they were talking about. Was Roger sharing his Read the full post >>
My presence at this years Ras Al Khaimah half marathon was not on assignment but rather to support my dear friend Chris. I have no doubt he’d agree that I’m better at taking pictures than keeping his track clear.
Just before the water station at 15 kilometers, I went ahead on the bike to take some action shots of him coming through the checkpoint. Meantime, little did I know that Read the full post >>
Brrrrr. At minus 5c, this must have been the coldest I’ve been for a while. I was in Dubai’s iconic fridge aka Ski Dubai, shooting nine adventure ladies, testing gear for Rip Curl in preparation of an Arctic adventure next month.
Expedition leader Julie Lewis runs Mountain High, a company specialising in unique trips around the world with one single ingredient; the joy of Read the full post >>
I am amazingly proud of the team thanks to a great idea, a client who loves groundbreaking products and a team who more than delivered. What more could you want? What resulted was a Gold Award at the Middle East International Print Awards, a step up from the Silver awarded last year. Entrants came in from the Middle East, India and Levant with masses of great work.
A big thanks to the amazing group of people who made it happen. The benchmark has now been set and the only way is up …
How odd … the moment my camera came out of my bag, the wind kicked in like crazy. There I was with Karin, stunning in her wedding dress on the outskirts of the big dunes. We had only just talked about how nice and peaceful it was, a pristine quietness that starts to feel almost spiritual.
I had in mind three locations to nail this one shot Karin wanted to print in large for her new hubby. All good, we had a plan but as I said, no sooner that I opened my camera bag did the wind make itself known. Ladies in beautiful wedding dresses and expensive photo gear don’t handle sand storms Read the full post >>
The annual Wadi Bih run is a great gig comprising the perfect balance between sport and entertainment, social runners and competitive athletes. The 72km out and back course is generally run as a relay in mixed teams of five; I say generally as there are always a handful of hardy soloists.
Starting in the small Omani coastal town of Dibba, the first few kilometers of tarmac are fast replaced with a track leading into the mountains, followed by a dried wadi canyon with a kick ass hill at the end. An exhausted arrival at the top however, Read the full post >>
Organised by Gulf Photo Plus, the screening of James Nachtwey’s ‘War Photographer’ proved to be an eye-opening evening.
It’s a touching film about the life of a dedicated war photographer. Indeed if ever you find yourself wondering what it takes to deal with the emotional burdens that come hand in hand working in conflict or war-torn territories … if ever you wonder how a war photographer deals with maintaining some sanity amongst such insanity … if ever you want to find some meaning behind the words “take the express elevator to hell” … then this is the film to see. In fact, I recommend it full stop as a reality check to put some perspective into our every day lives.
James’ imagery is truly stunning with strong black and white story telling frames. He’s worked, among other places, in war zones throughout Africa and in areas of great social poverty around Asia. An interesting quote I picked up was Read the full post >>