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!
I saw these birds in Central Park as I was passing through and saw the first sign of some snowdrops (Galanthus) this year. Hoping for some warmer weather here on the East Coast, this winter just won’t end…
An interesting video published by the National Press Photographers Association on the true value of having photographers on staff……..
Finally relented and joined the Instagram…..
I saw a pair of house sparrows bathing in a stream the other day. It looked like something you would see in early spring not the beginning of January!
I needed a few images to mark the end of 2014 and managed to score a nice sunset behind the Statue of Liberty….Best wishes for the coming New Year…….Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!
It has been a strange old year with a real mixture of assignments. I met some amazing people along the way and was lucky enough to be sent to Uruguay, Chile, South Africa, Wales, a few other places and of course Staten Island. I’ve posted a few images from some of the various jobs that I was assigned over the past twelve months. Hopefully 2015 will be a good year for all. Wishing everyone Happy Holiday’s, a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
I was recently assigned to do a portrait of singer-songwriter Sam Smith. We had very limited time to photograph Sam, something close to five minutes before he headed to Madison Square Garden for a concert with Taylor Swift. We needed something that put Sam in New York, so we scouted a location on the roof, of which Sam was game despite it being more than a little chilly outside, brass balls to be exact! I ended up shooting it on a 100mm lens, to compress the background with a shallow depth of field. Two lights were used, one with a medium softbox to light Sam and the other light from behind with a grid to give him some separation from the darker background.
Ethan Plumb scored the winning try for my old high school Ysgol Brynhyfryd against Ysgol y Berwyn. Nice one Ethan!
Here are some sportrait images that I actually shot of Bill absolutely ages ago but have just finally edited and uploaded them to the SPORTRAITS gallery on the website…….
John is understood to have been driving to his brother’s house in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday when a driver jumped a red light and ploughed into his pick-up truck. The former U.S. Marine achieved worldwide notoriety in 1993 when his then wife Lorena used an eight inch carving knife to cut off his penis as punishment for what she said were repeated beatings. John is believed to have suffered a broken vertebrae and slipped disc in his back during the crash, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Remembering all of those who gave service to their country and those missing in action.
It was a huge privilege to be invited to go up to the nearly completed Observatory floor at the top of One World Trade Center with writer Annette Witheridge. Having sadly covered the September 11 attacks and witnessing first hand the collapse of both of the twin towers, it was a strange feeling but a good one being at the top of the new tower. It’s an amazing piece of architecture and a fitting memorial to all of those, who lost their lives on that fateful day.
My nephew’s Charlie and Angus are over here visiting from the UK. They are both avid Tae Kwon Do enthusiasts and will soon be black belts. So I wanted to do a quick sportrait and some action shots of them to go with a photograph I took of them both a few years ago, back in Wales.
I was assigned to photograph actor Michael Sheen, OBE reading from the centenary edition of ‘The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas’ edited by Swansea University’s Professor John Goodby at Bauman Rare Books on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
In the good old days, we used to store film in the fridge and apparently I still do. Cleaning out the fridge the other day I came across these old rolls of 35mm black and white film. I haven’t the heart to throw them out despite them being out of date and not shooting a roll of film since 2005……….
I just recently photographed my friend’s James and Trish’s baby in Central Park. Anna is only eight months old, loves to show off her new toothy pegs and was brilliant in front of the camera!!
I was recently assigned to photograph Tamara Mellon, OBE at her penthouse apartment on the Upper Eastside in Manhattan, New York. Her penthouse is up for sale, it could be yours for a cool $34,000,000 dollars! Tamara is the former Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, a luxury designer shoe brand. She stepped down from the company in November 2011 after its acquisition by Labelux. In 2013, Tamara announced the creation of TAMARA MELLON, a luxury fashion line offering a full range of clothing apparel, shoes and handbags. The brand launched in November 2013 with a select group of high-end retail partners in Europe and the USA.
I flicked on the TV and saw that the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Goodfellas’ was on. I was instantly reminded of the day my brother Jack and I spent with Henry Hill, visiting his old haunts in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Henry was definitely a character, no longer with us but his notoriety lives on!
Piers Morgan, former CNN talkshow host, has been appointed editor-at-large of Mail Online’s US operation. The British journalist, who parted company with CNN after his primetime talkshow was cancelled, will write for the Daily Mail’s US website several times a week. Mail Online said Morgan ‘would bring his own experience and perspective to bear on the big US stories of the moment’ Piers will continue contributing a weekly column to the Mail on Sunday newspaper and hosting Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV in the UK. Morgan described Mail Online as an “addictive pleasure” and the “most successful and dynamic platform in the world of news”…………
The continued problem of illegal fox hunting using dogs in the UK has again become the focus of many animal welfare charities. The lack of policing, enforcement and prosecution is proving to be a hotly debated topic amongst Members of Parliament, celebrities like Patrick Stewart and a concerned British public.
Remembering the fallen on the thirteenth anniversary. It’s amazing how quickly time passes by but for many it only feels like yesterday the towers fell. The pain of losing someone never ending…
The Fire Department of New York in addition to the 343 firefighters who died on the day of the attacks, a further 89 have died from illness over recent years and many others continue to fight poor health.
Some of my work has just been featured on Welsh photography website GWEAD It’s nice to be featured on a Welsh website, makes me feel homesick though…Diolch Rhodri!!
If you are interested and would like to see more, click HERE
Walking through Central Park yesterday, I saw an egret stalking in the pond at the southeastern corner of the park. The look of surprise on this poor fish said it all!
Robin Williams was a comedic genius, a true talent. A sad day for anyone that enjoyed his films or stand-up routine. There are very few greats and he was one of them. Hopefully he has found peace and will have everyone around him upstairs in stitches……….
It has been a busy three weeks starting with an assignment in Uruguay, followed by a feature on Arsenal’s new signing Alexis Sanchez in Tocopilla, Chile and then a trip to South Africa to photograph Great White’s. It’s nice to be busy, especially in this climate where newspapers and magazines are concerned. If only the print media would invest in quality features again, instead of filling the pages with garbage from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram……
Anyway I was sent to Tocopilla in Chile, the birthplace of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s new star signing to do a background feature. There are less than 25,000 inhabitants in Tocopilla, it attracted global attention for being the town in Chile that was most devastated in 2007 by an earthquake that reached 7.7 on the Richter Scale. It displaced over 15,000 people and destroyed 30 per cent of all standing structures including the school where Alexis attended.
Alexis returns each Christmas to ride through the streets alongside the mayor Fernando San Roman in an open top float to give out Christmas presents to local children. On his visit last December, a street was renamed in his honour following a vote by local residents. The road that was once ‘Cuarta Poniente’ now bears the name ‘Alexis Sanchez’. The significance being that Alexis took his first footballing steps on the ‘Cancha Lazareto’ pitch along this road. It is just around the corner from the family home….
I managed to sneak away and photograph the African Penguins at Boulders Beach, during my recent trip to South Africa. They are great fun to observe and to photograph…each having their own unique personality. It has been another great trip to SA but unfortunately it has passed so quickly….back to New York now…
There were a couple of predation events at Seal Island today and it appears the sharks are slowly re-appearing after a short absence from the Island. Unfortunately a twenty year old surfer was bitten by a white shark whilst surfing at Muizenberg Beach in False Bay and was airlifted to hospital this afternoon.
Shark incident in Muizenberg
Rescue | 01. Aug, 2014 |
At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach. The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.
NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.
NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.
On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.
A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.
The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.
He was assisted out of the water by his friend.
At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.
Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.
The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.
We are having some quiet time here at Seal Island as the sharks seem to have vanished and the predation has died down for the moment. Hopefully the action will pick up in the next couple of days….
The last surviving member of the US air crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Stone Mountain, Georgia aged 93.Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch”, was 24 when he became the navigator of the Enola Gay, the aircraft which dropped the atom bomb. The attack on Japan on 6 August 1945 killed an estimated 140,000 people. Dutch said he had “no regrets” about the mission and defended its morality, saying it helped to end the Second World War. His son, Tom Van Kirk, paid tribute to his father, who he said remained active until the end of his life. “I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father”, he told AP.
I’m packing to leave for South Africa to hopefully capture some new material on the great white shark’s at Seal Island. It’s always a stressful time worrying about logistics such as travel, weather, water visibility, will the sharks be hunting or are they even there at the island? There are so many variables! It’s always an adventure though and I have made many great friends out there on White Pointer II over the years. I love going to Seal Island. It’s such a humbling experience to witness and experience the amazing ecosystem that makes up False Bay. Anyway, here are some pictures from last years escapade….If you wish to see more, you can view the ongoing project HERE
Summer has arrived here in New York, it’s bloody hot and really humid. The worst is still to come….Anyway I saw this in between running errands and thought it would make a quick smudge……
I was assigned to do a very quick photograph of Shep Gordon and Louise Mensch in New York. Louise was interviewing Shep for a piece about his colorful life in the entertainment industry. The two minute portrait shoot was due to take place in a dreaded hotel suite. I found a location that might work down the corridor and luckily the door to a balcony was left unlocked….:) I managed to throw up a light and coerce the talent out of the hotel room to do a quick picture with a little taste of downtown in the background…
The film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, traces Gordon’s entire life, from his time as a hippie drug dealer hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to his nine-day stint as Pink Floyd’s manager to ushering in the era of the celebrity chef by repping figures like Emeril Lagasse. A central theme of the movie, however, is how fame ruins lives.
Pippa and James Middleton complete their epic Race Across America in benefit of the Michael Matthews Foundation. Pippa and James crossed the finish line just after 3am in Annapolis, Maryland, after covering 3,000 miles in six days, ten hours and 54 minutes. The younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was the only woman in a team of eight, which also included her brother James.
The Paws annual fundraiser was a great success. The event raised more than $25,000 and the Penguin photograph was sold for $700-00 during the silent auction. A nice feeling knowing that the photograph could contribute a little to a worthy cause.