This new life in the USA

This new life in the USA

I never wanted to be a photographer   It wasn’t a life ambition, not the career I dreamed of at school.  Back in those days I dreamed of being happy, not getting such a hard time, perhaps living a life which had smiles in it.  In fact the only career aspiration I had was to be the next ‘Kate Adie,‘ if you are too young to know who she is feel free to log off now!  Or perhaps a Hollywood actress, there’s still time I might give it a try. Spin back the clock for almost a decade & I started on this path to be a photographer.  I’d already been in Sales & Marketing, having left school and home by 16 I needed a job not a career but had been pretty good at it.  Trained as a florist, started an events company and produced three children..plus a few other sidelines in between..a true ‘female’ Del Boy.  A ‘Jack of All Trades’, & Master of none?  But actually, maybe, I disagree, I mastered the art of moving in the direction that life took me, seeing an opportunity, recognising the skills needed and putting myself out there. Taking pictures came from nowhere..I love advertising and the imagery, posed myself on the odd occasion but held photographers in high regard and didn’t believe that I could be one..with three young children I needed to sell my demanding events & floristry business and found myself needing something more to do. I took myself off to college to study photography, I was 33 years old. A decade ago. Did I become a Master of this one thing?  My photography...
Day 10 50/50/50 UK 2011 Nick

Day 10 50/50/50 UK 2011 Nick

Day Ten: 50 Portraits 50 Days 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! Today I wanted to get a lady…..easy tiger! I mean try and find a female subject. I drove to a couple of salons all busy and because it keeps raining I didn’t want someone to stop for me and get wet..So I went to the pub…no not for a drink but to photograph a nice lady bar person, no lady but I got Nick the owner, I will try to get a lady tomorrow! Nick has owned The Surrey Cricketers for seven years a nice village pub in Windlesham. He has a wife, Meral and a daughter Zara, and very soon baby number two, who’s dues in November.Nick has served a few famous faces whilst at The Cricks, notoriously Russell Crowe whilst he lived in the village as he was filming Robin Hood, the big hair duo Brian May and his Wife Anita Dobson who live nearby and recently Alex Reid…although don’t tell anyone that, he doesn’t want to put people off the place.Nick also manages his own property portfolio and fancies himself a bit of a farmer with his 8 Chickens, 5 Ducks, 3 dogs and 3 fish!Born in Hampshire, Whitchurch he says he has never done anything major or adventurous but I’m sure thats not true, I’ll go back and find out from his regulars one Friday night what he really gets up to!If you ever visit buy him a drink..a large Pinot Grigio...
Day 8 50/50/50 UK 2011

Day 8 50/50/50 UK 2011

Day Eight: Denis Pugh 50 Portraits
 50 Days
 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! On a trip to The Wisley today and admittedly scouting for an interesting subject I was lucky enough to bump into Denis Pugh. Denis is a Professional Golfer but more well known as one of the worlds leading coaches with pupils in the past of Colin Montgomery and more recently Ross Fisher and the Molinari Brothers Edoardo & Francesco.

Denis can also be seen on Sky TV at least 3 times a week presenting Golf Night.

With homes in Putney & Munich he lives with his German wife Netti.

Denis jets around the world on frequently, enjoys fine wine has a love of The Opera and wont say no to a trip to the...
Day 7 505050 UK 2011

Day 7 505050 UK 2011

Day Seven: 50 Portraits 50 Days 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! Now this challenge has really got me…until I have that image in camera I’m on edge all day. On my way back from a night in London I was avidly scanning the streets but its tough to just say stop the car !! I will get arrested….then it started to rain hard! Nearly home and I spotted a stables, so wearing flip flops after severe rain (not a good idea) I looked for my next subject. Meet Sophie, a trainee Veterinarian with her gorgeous horse Snobben. He was a Swedish Polo Pony before he came to England and after one previous owner became Sophies’ new love. Sophie also loves Rock Music and enjoys playing Bass Guitar! I could do this all the time, I’m meeting new interesting people, interviewing on the spot and then taking their picture..crazy but...
Day 5 505050 UK 2011

Day 5 505050 UK 2011

Day Five: 50 Portraits 50 Days 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! Its great fun armed with my camera looking at everyone and seeing who I am going to approach next, I get butterflies and feel very odd as I make my approach but as soon as I explain and show some ID people seem happy to oblige. Now this next image is in B&W as I want to be consistent but it was this young ladies shot of red hair with the flower in it that caught my eye in Marks & Spencers! (Just nipping in for a coffee ;0 ) She looked older as these young girls do but she was only in fact 16 years old and Mum needed some reassurance quite rightly that I wasn’t at all dodgy. Georgie loves to sing & Dance and is a pupil at Italia Conti School, just about to go into sixth form. The middle child of three she loves Rihanna & Beyonce and has that sparkle of a big star soon to be discovered…hopefully I have caught the first portrait of the next big thing..well you never know...
Day 4 505050 UK 2011

Day 4 505050 UK 2011

Day Four: 50 Portraits 50 Days 50mm lens No pre planning, no fixed poses, just people doing their thing..so on the most part they will be strangers, so courage required too! Meet John, he’s 73 years old a retired Chartered Accountant and now a Childrens Minister. This man has so much energy and enthusiasm he puts many of us to shame. When he isn’t teaching kids to line dance, playing rounders or running around with the kids he can be caught with a jar or two at the local or showing off his fancy footwork in the dance hall. Not one to shy away from the ladies he cant resist a flirt, even at church! And husbands beware he is a Greenbelt! His motto in life: ‘One day I will grow...