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.


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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

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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:

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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