Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A damn fine year

2013 is over, and wow what a great year I have had. I feel really honoured to be able to reflect on such fascinating experiences and I am massively thankful to everyone who has given me opportunities along the way. It has definitely been my best year yet, by far, with my camera leading me to many amazing places and to meet many amazing people...

Personal Work

Brits Abroad

Simon Williams - from the new project @ brits-abroad.com

When it comes to personal work 2013 for me has been about starting my Brits Abroad project. Producing a large body of work like this is a fascinating experience and it was wonderful to be completely immersed in the lives of those who I photographed and discover the challenges and joys that immigrants face in a new country. 

Linda Hutchence - A Brit Abroad
Francesca Sadlier - A Brit Abroad
Paul Campbell - A Brit Abroad
Carole Hesketh-Smith - A Brit Abroad

I'm really proud to say that the project has so far been featured in the following places:
Fingers crossed in 2014 I will be able to expand the project to other countries and include a wider selection of British people who live abroad.

See more from the project here: brits-abroad.com


The Sunday Times Magazine: Clare Foges in 10 Downing Street

Clare Foges, David Cameron's speech-writer photographed in 10 Downing Street, London

Top of the list of coolest places to visit this year has been 10 Downing Street. The Sunday Times Magazine sent me to photograph the lovely Clare Foges, David Cameron's speech writer and I was allowed a decent couple of hours scouting around this amazing building and photographing Clare in a variety of places. It was an honour to be sent on this commission, plus there is a possibility you might see me collaborating with Clare in 2014, but I can't say anything more yet...

British Airways Business Life: Sugru on the ceiling

Jane NĂ­ Dhulchaointigh upside down

My most republished photograph of the year was from a photoshoot with Jane who is the founder and inventor of an awesome sticky substance called Sugru. She was great letting me dangle her from the ceiling. Following on from photographing Jane for British Airways Business Life magazine the photographs have also been published in other magazine in the UK such as Libertine, but has also gone international in both Germany (Business Punk) and next month in Italy (Elle Decor).
You can see how we stuck Jane to the ceiling in a behind the scenes video here: LINK

Healthy Magazine

I continue to work with Healthy magazine regularly and enjoy the trust the editorial staff give me to be creatively free. Here are a couple of examples from my work with them:

Jean Henry is 105 years old and lives by herself in North London. I photographed her for a feature about ageing gracefully. See more: LINK

The Survivor Birds are a trio of three amazing women who have all survived life-threatening illnesses and now promote embracing life to the full. See more: LINK

Crew Clothing

Ben Fogle

I have also continued to work with the lovely people at Crew Clothing, including photographing some of the people they work with closely to help promote their brand. This included their newest ambassador Ben Fogle who I had five minutes with at an event in London to capture the adventurer's personality.

Other bits

Sarah Baskcomb said lovely things about working with me

The creative and inspiring Sarah Baskcomb, who I have worked with on many projects at Crew Clothing, talked about my approach to photography. She was wonderfully honest and said some really lovely things. Do take a moment to check out the video: LINK

Fifteen Magazine Covers

I have just done a count and I believe my images appeared on 15 magazine covers this year, amazing. I have done a lot of work with the fine people at Archant, regularly doing cover shoots for them. My photographs have also been used by Wardour and The River Group on covers of magazines they produce. It's always great to see your photograph all shiny on the cover of a magazine.


A huge thanks to all the picture editors, art directors, art buyers, designers and editors who keep believing in me and sending fascinating assignments my way. It is a pleasure to work with you all.

Also massive thanks to everyone I worked with over the last year: from assistants to make up artists, and stylists to producers, I couldn't have done any of it without you.

It is also impossible to do this without family and friends, so thank you to those closest to me for all your help. In particular my biggest thanks has to go to Olga for supporting me through everything and telling me that a few of my ideas are in fact good ones. Here she is looking beautiful as always:


Which leaves me looking forward to 2014, bring it on! I cannot wait to see what is in store for me...


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Fashion editorials for The Resident

The Resident - November 2013 Cover

Over the last year or so I have been shooting regularly for The Resident magazine and its sister titles. These high-end local magazines are distributed all around London. They went through a rebranding a little while back and decided to feature mainly fashion images on their covers. It is great to work with a wonderful and creative team on these photoshoots, I am always amazed with the fantastic locations we get to shoot in and the amazing clothes the stylists source. Thanks to the editorial team at The Resident for these opportunities.

The HIll Resident - December 2013
Living North Christmas 2013 Cover

Thanks to the many awesome people I've worked with on these shoots:
Vivienne Masters - Stylist
Lauren Miller - Stylist
Gina Conway Salons - Make up and Hair
Christelle Pellecuer - Make Up Artist
Angela Gallagher - Make Up Artist

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Dame Wendy Hall for The Sunday Times Magazine

Dame Wendy Hall photographed for The Sunday Times Magazine

I am sometimes asked to tell visual stories about something that is just not visual - its a fun challenge. If I'm asked to make a story about a sailor, or a cook, or a carpenter then there are so many ways you can use their surroundings to create interesting images. But a computer scientist who just needs a laptop to do her work is more of a challenge. This is exactly what I was asked to do for The Sunday Times Magazine.

Dame Wendy Hall is a fascinating lady who is researching the internet in a way that not many others are. She is currently making the Web Observatory which aims to track trends on the web and the spread of information and ideas in a way that nothing currently is. The only problem for me is that is basically impossible to show in a single photograph of her.

However, when you meet Wendy you soon realise why she is so successful. She is full of energy and enthusiasm and it suddenly made sense what I needed to do. Out came the coloured gels for my flash lights to show the high-tec part of her life and very soon she was telling me all about the internet, the challenges of her job and the excitement of the Web Ovservatory. All I needed was a moment showing her entusiasm and the hint of a computer and the message came across well.


Find out more about Wendy here: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/wh/
Find out more about the Web Observatory here: http://webscience.org/web-observatory/

A huge thanks to Wendy for being wonderful to photograph and to The Sunday Times Magazine for sending me to meet such an interesting person.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Photo Professional runs a 6 page feature about my Brits Abroad project

Brits Abroad is featured in Photo Professional magazine

It is wonderful to be featured in Photo Professional magazine this month. The article talks about my Brits Abroad project including the challenges of making a project of this scale come together and the opportunities that such an undertaking can bring. 

Head over to your nearest newsagent now to take a look...


If you are around York on the 28th of November then do come and find out more about my Brits Abroad project when I give a lunchtime talk and show prints of my work. More info here: LINK

More about the Brits Abroad project: brits-abroad.com
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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Brits Abroad talk and Exhibition - University of York 28th Nov

Brits Abroad Presentation and Exhibition - 28th Nov in the University of York

I will be talking about my Brits Abroad project and showing nice big prints of the photos from it at the University of York on Thursday the 28th of November.

Thursday the 28th November
13:00 for 13:15

I will be showing my project as part of a seminar looking at immigration hosted by the university. My lunchtime presentation is open to the public and I hope as many people can come along and see my pictures as possible. I'll also be telling stories from my time in Spain photographing the project and telling everyone what I learned about life as an expatriate. 

Carole Hesketh-Smith - A Brit Abroad

Here is a copy of the press release about the seminar:

A photographic exhibition challenging stereotypes of ‘Brits Abroad’ will be staged at the University of York as part of an event looking at emigration.

Photographer Charile Clift travelled to Spain to photograph British expatriates living near the Mediterranean coast and hopes his images will make people think differently about immigrants. From bowls clubs and bars, to beaches and schoolyards, each person photographed is shown in a location that defines their new life in Spain, giving the viewer an insight into their way of living. The British people pictured range from those who cannot speak Spanish and have hardly integrated with the locals, to others who have married Spaniards and educated their children in Spanish schools. The Brits Abroad photography exhibition and lunchtime lecture on Thursday, 28 November is open to all and free to attend. The event is part of the Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at Home and Abroad project, a White Rose University Consortium funded research collaboration, involving the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield.

The project aims to bring together multi-disciplinary migration researchers from the three Universities and to strengthen and establish new links with academic and non-academic partners in the UK, the EU and internationally, through a series of seminars which began in September.

Dr Neil Lunt, from the University of York’s Department of Social Policy and Social Work, is one of the project leaders. Dr Lunt said: “The Migration and Economic Crisis project aims to address an important gap in current migration research – the migration-related responses of the British at home and abroad to the current economic crisis. 
The numbers are significant. Over 5m British people live outside the UK, with almost 3,000 Britains moving abroad every week.  Around 700,000 British expatriates live in Spain.”

Dr Majella Kilkey, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, is also one of the project leaders. She said: “Despite these numbers, British emigration has typically been invisible in policy debates. There is, however, increasing attention focused on what (if anything) can be done to stem a ‘brain drain’, how to reconnect with the overseas British emigrant population; and ensuring a smoother return for those who re-emigrate back to the UK.”

The photography exhibition will be held as part of a Migration and Economic Crisis seminar focusing on graduate and professional mobility. The seminar will bring together around 30 academics to discuss issues around the migration of graduates from the UK and Ireland to countries such as Canada and Australia, as well as looking at Euro-commuters.

Portrait photographer Charlie Clift said: “Immigrants are often spoken about in terms of statistics or stereotypes, but I wanted to show how different each person can be.
“Although many expatriates I met had traits of that commonly known figure of a British person living in Spain, they often surprised me with other parts of their personality or lifestyle. Almost no-one I met in Spain fitted the stereotype we know in the UK. By focusing on British people who are immigrants in other countries, I hope to help a British audience to think twice about immigrants in general.”

The Brits Abroad exhibition and lunchtime talk will take place at the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building at the University of York, on Thursday, 28 November at 1pm. Open to all, admission is free and no ticket is required. The exhibition will move to the University of Sheffield in January. The seminar, the second in the Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at Home and Abroad project, will be held the same day from 11am to 4.30pm at the Tree House, Berrick Saul Building. 

To book a place on the seminar or for further information contact Dr Roxana Barbulescu: r.barbulescu@sheffield.ac.uk

Francesca Sadlier - A Brit Abroad

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

I visited number 10 Downing St to photograph Clare Foges for The Sunday Times Magazine

Clare Foges, David Cameron's speech-writer photographer in 10 Downing Street, London

My job can take me to fascinating places where I often meet fascinating people. I think this one is top of the list so far and may be hard to beat. The Sunday Times Magazine asked me to photograph Clare Foges, who is chief speech-writer for the Prime Minister David Cameron. She works in Number 10 Downing Street and allowed me and my assistant Phil to visit for the photoshoot. Going inside a place with such immense history was amazing. Walking the corridors I couldn't help thinking how many Prime Ministers, heads of states and world leaders had also walked there. So many vital and important decisions had been made within the walls, it was great to see within. Plus I got to see the Cameron's cat Larry, who was totally uninterested in me - I guess I'm not as interesting as some of the other people he has met.

Clare writes Cameron's speeches and was a marvellous lady to photograph. She was full of interesting opinions and insights and I got the impression if I said something stupid she certainly wouldn't let me get away with it unquestioned. It was wonderful to hear that she highly valued her position and wanted to make the most of her time in Number 10. She still cannot quite believe that every day she goes to work in Downing Street.

Couldn't resist having our photo taken outside the famous front door. Thanks to the policeman who captured the moment for us. 
Thanks so much to The Sunday Times Magazine for the commission and to Clare for being such a fascinating and brilliant person to photograph.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The small town of Atrani, just around the corner from Amalfi
Amalfi from the see
An Amalfi resident fishes on the side of the main beach
Rooftops of Amalfi
The island of Capri
The Emperor's steps - Villa Jovis
The garden in Villa San Michele
A small shrine to Mary
Looking down on the Capri coastline
Capri from the sea
The garden of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Drinks in Ravello
The main beach in Amalfi
Locals playing cards in the evening
Sunbathers on the beach in Positano
The harbour dog, Positano
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, taking inspiration from the many restaurants
A typical Amalfi street
Olga in Atrani
The beach in Atrani 
An Amalfi resident
Hand made paper drying in Museo della Carta
Traffic on the only road linking the towns of the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi from the sea
The main beach, Amalfi

See more photos here: LINK

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