August seems to have flown by. I’ve been on the move a lot this month on four wheels driving around the country for work and on two wheels cycling for 4 days from London to Paris for a quick holiday.
I’m also preparing for two upcoming exhibitions. The first one I have is for the Hereford Photo Festival, the longest running of its kind in the UK. My work will be on show from the 28th Oct – 26th Nov (more details to follow). The second is further afield in Toronto for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival 2011 which also opens in November. I will be exhibiting images from my Dubai series at both.
As part of my new series looking at regeneration zones in the UK, I will be including Hereford City on the list. On a recent visit to meet with the staff at HPF, I shot a few images on my large format. The photo above looks across a part of the city due for regeneration. On the left hand side you can see the cattle sheds which are in the centre of town. These are now redundant and are due for demolition in the next couple of months.
Below is a tear sheet from a recent portrait shoot I did for the Independent on Sunday’s New Review Magazine of designer Ron Arad and cellist Steven Isserlis. It was a bit of a rush as it was a the opening day of Ron’s new installation Curtain Call at the Roundhouse Theatre. Nevertheless, I managed to get ten minutes and photograph them in the café downstairs. Both Ron and Steven are fascinating characters who have been great friends for a long time. They were brought even closer after the death of Steven’s wife Pauline. Steven wrote very eloquently about the struggle he and Pauline went through when it came to treatments for her cancer. You can read the article here.
Lastly…. as you may know, I shot a series on the Athabasca tar sands a while back. The environmental destruction the industry is causing in Alberta Canada is already mind boggling, but now with the approval of a massive pipeline running from Northern Canada all the way down to Texas, it looks like the damage is going to spread much further afield. Read this Guardian article for more info.