I was assigned to photograph singer-songwriter Gary Barlow who co-wrote the music for the hit Broadway show Finding Neverland. It’s been over twenty years since I last photographed Gary and he’s still the nice affable guy he was back then.
I was asked to photograph Scottish actor Graham McTavish in New York. I was given a grand total of two minutes by Graham’s publicity people to get a portrait of Graham that illustrated that he was in New York. I set-up a light outside their offices on Fifth Avenue and prayed that the heavens wouldn’t open and that another mail van wouldn’t park up again in our location blocking the view! Graham, luckily for me is an easy man to deal with and is extremely affable, it makes the job so much easier when you have so little time with someone. At 6ft 3″ he’s the tallest Dwarf from Middle Earth that I have ever photographed, I’m glad I was wearing my heels! Graham is currently starring in the Outlander series. He’s also a top bloke.
I was assigned to photograph Judith Miller. Judith is an American journalist and has recently penned her autobiography The Story: A Reporter’s Journey. She is formerly of the New York Times Washington bureau, where she became embroiled in controversy after her coverage of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction program both before and after the 2003 invasion was discovered to have been based on faulty information, particularly those stories that were based on sourcing from the now-disgraced Ahmed Chalabi.
I was assigned to photograph singer-songwriter Josh Groban for a piece describing his perfect weekend in New York. We needed something that put Josh in situ, so we went for a location that was a short walk near our meeting point in Central Park. It was a little chilly and the wind would pick up at every inopportune moment blowing hair and the lights in all directions. Josh was a great sport though.
I had the pleasure of photographing X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Husband Craig, Brooke, Tommy and baby Miley the other day. They are one of the nicest celebrity families I have ever photographed. I wish I could of spent more time with them on their trip to New York. We managed to get in some ice skating and a snowball fight or two! Everywhere we went Sam was recognized by fans and she took the time out to sign autographs and pose for selfies, so humble and incredibly talented. She’s a top bird and she has a great family. Thanks again Sam, Craig and kids for making it so easy and enjoyable!
Slightly off topic but are Cadbury’s using tiny chickens to lay their Creme Eggs now. I’m sure they used to be bigger?
A photograph I took during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in Queens, New York is used as the front cover of the National Fire Protection Association Journal’s April edition.
I had the pleasure of photographing ‘Hulk’ the world’s largest pit bull weighing in at 175lbs and still growing. He’s a handsome dog with an amazing temperament…..just don’t piss him off. The weather was a frigid -14 degrees celsius in New Hampshire but we managed to get a couple of nice images despite the tight UK deadline, the cold weather and the exhaustion from his new found fame!!
I’ve been on the road for the past week or so in Arizona and was assigned to photograph Sheriff Joe Apaio’s notorious Tent City Jail in Maricopa County. We had full access to photograph Tent City, the inmates and the chain gangs out in the field including burial detail. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff”. His infamy comes from his tough stance on crime and the criminals involved. He does not think twice about putting women prisoners in chain gangs and forces male prisoners to wear pink underwear under their black-and-white-striped jail uniforms. “Tent City” lacks even basic air conditioning, temperatures regularly top 130 degrees, causing heat-related health issues amongst its jail population. The Sheriff once boasted that he spends more feeding his police dogs than he does on feeding his prisoners: “The dogs never committed a crime and they work for a living,” he said to justify the poor quality of the food served in his jails.
For more pictures, please go to the America’s Toughest Jail gallery
I’m here in Arizona to cover The International UFO Congress Convention in Scottsdale. The convention is a fascinating event and there are some interesting and colorful characters here, all with a story to tell…. A believer or not, you will be entertained!