Travel Photographer of the Year Finalist!

Further to my nomination at the Landscape Photographer of the Year I have just found out that one of my photos – Water II –  has been nominated as a finalist for the Travel Photographer of the Year competition in the category ‘One Shot – Water’ Great news!! Keep your fingers crossed for me for an award!

Greenwich Visitor Newspaper offer

If you read my advert in the Greenwich Visitor Newspaper you will see I have an offer of an A2 print for £95 only, normal price £125 (plus delivery)!

This offer is only available for deliveries within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Blackheath area. To redeem this offer please email me direct at  [email protected]

All you have to do is choose the image you would like by looking at my portfolio (you can search the portfolio by typing your keywords eg. Greenwich in the the search box on the right of the page) and email me the name or URL of the relevant photo and I will be in touch to process your order.

This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

If you would like to choose a different finish or size then you can still make use of my other current offer.

PhotoMonth East London – Snapshots Exhibition

I shall be exhibiting four pieces of work (along with work from eight other artists) at the Brick Lane Gallery Annexe 93-95 Sclater St E1 6HR from 25 October – 4 November 2012 with a Private View Wednesday 24 October 6 – 8.30pm The Snapshots exhibition is part of PhotoMonth East London.

Do try and come along to see the exhibition there should be lots of great work to view!

Mike

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012

I just found out yesterday that two of my images have been shortlisted for the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012! The first image is Drax Power Station IV in the Urban category and Greenwich Park Fog II in the Your View category which is for more creative/abstract work. I’ll keep you posted as to how I get on, but wish me luck!

Devon in the rain!

Well it been a while since the rain, work or my social life has allowed me to capture any landscape images! A brief trip to Devon for a week seemed promising, yet I had no time to do any research about the areas I was going to. I normally allow a day or two at least to do research, but sometimes you have to just take pot luck.

It was just as well my weather forecast app WeatherPro is so accurate as I needed it to keep dodging the relentless rain! Storms or moody skies I dont mind, but flat grey cloud and heavy rain I struggle to do anything with. Out of the week there I managed just two days/evenings shooting going where the weather was predicted to be good, and considering what it was like most of the time it wasnt a bad haul of photos. On day three the forecast got worse and worse and in the end I decided to come home, not something I have ever done before on a landscape shoot, but it just didnt seem like the rain was going to stop for even a minute!

I suppose the moral of this tale is sometimes you have to just turn up and take your chances, but also know when to give up and go home for a hot cup of tea!

Three new prints on display at Made in Greenwich gallery

For the next two weeks you can see three new examples of my photography at the Made in Greenwich gallery – 324 Creek Road, Greenwich, London SE10 (opposite the Cutty Sark DLR station). I have gone for an eclectic mix of abstract night shots taken in the New Forest and Devon and a early morning shot taken from the Isle of Grain. All were very long exposures of about 3-5 minutes and use various effects including light painting. Do try and get down for a look!

The gallery is open from Thursday – Sunday 11am to 5.30pm.

Exhibition in Canary Wharf Shopping centre and Article in The Wharf newspaper

I was delighted recently to be interviewed by The Wharf newspaper following the recent opening of my mini exhibition of three large, 1500mm panoramic prints in the Canary Wharf shopping centre. The prints are of Canary Wharf, Greenwich and The QE2 bridge as you have never seen it before! They produced a full page article concentrating on my photography career and highlighting my exhibition to enncourage local readers to visit.

The mini exhibition is opposite Robert Dyas (next door to Waitrose) and is on until Friday 25th May.

Exhibition at the new gallery Made In Greenwich

I am pleased to announce I will be exhibiting some of my photos of Greenwich at the new gallery in Creek Road, Greenwich, called ‘Made in Greenwich’

I will be showing five large prints, all taken around the Greenwich area. As well as some new takes on conventional views I have included some more abstract works taken in Greenwich Park which were inspired by various artists I admire. The gallery will be hosting many disciplines, including glassware, ceramics and fabrics and is really worth a visit. There is some great work there! Please come down and support a local business.

The gallery will be open Thursday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and is located at 324 Creek Road, Greenwich SE10 9SW and is opposite Cutty Sark DLR station.

The exhibition ends May 5th.

Hope you can make it!

Mike

New shot of Canary Wharf

Today I published a new shot of Canary Wharf (you can see the whole shot here) which I really like. I was lucky to get this shot as a heavy mist was forming and would soon obscure my view completely, but as it hung over the City of London it absorbed and dissipated the bright lights at street level and created an eerie glow which hung, radiating light above central London (on the left of the image) in a small pocket of mist. The mist moved in quickly after that and ruined the view, but I was lucky to see it forming.

I took four shots on my P25+ with a 35mm lens to get the whole view, then cropped it to the aesthetically pleasing 6×17 panoramic format.

You cannot get an impression of just how sharp this photograph is on my website, so I have attached here a crop of the detail from the bottom left hand corner. Just click on the small image above this text to see it enlarged. It even surprises me how sharp it is sometimes!

I dont think I have ever been so cold as when taking this photograph, it was already -3C, that on top of the wind chill factor made it seem much colder. I was lucky the mist was coming in so the wind dropped!

Long Service Award – from the British Institute of Professional Photography

I received a nice surprise this morning in the post, my Long Service Award certificate (20 years continuous membership) from the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography)! It doesn’t seem that long ago since I joined!! There are a couple of other milestones this year, my 50th birthday and I am also celebrating my 30th year as a professional photographer! Quite a momentous year all in all.

When I look back at how my career started, it was my positive attitude that helped me get started. I got my first job interview in the Selfridges Portrait Studio by just turning up and asking for a job, I thought that’s how it was done!. There weren’t any going at the time, but they interviewed me anyway as I was there, and three month later when they were short staffed I got a call offering me a job if I could start the same day. It seemed a bit mad sat at home one minute then helping out on a shoot photographing a Nigerian Prince and his extended family later that day!

After leaving Selfridges to start my own business, I was told a year later that the current studio (my old employers) was closing and so made an appointment to see one of the directors to try and get the contract for myself. They were not sure at first, given I was only 24, but I think our enthusiasm won them over and we were given a chance subject to some very strict targets to meet. If we met them we were in! We ended up exceeding all our targets by miles and securing a working relationship with Selfridges on our terms that lasted 12 years.

It just goes to show, ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’, which is something that is as true today as it was then. If I hadn’t been brave enough to walk into Selfridges and ask for that job my career might have taken an entirely different path.