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willcommen in berlin

I recently took a few days off to travel to Berlin for the first time. I had been told by many friends that it would instantly fall in love with the place. Skeptical as always, I found they had proved themselves correct. I did.

I particularly went to see “The One Grand Show” playing at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. The costumes were specifically designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Part aerial acrobatics, part song and dance cabaret, part fashion retrospective, this revue was well worth the trip. And a highlight among many.

But for me personally, it was experiencing the more recent history of this city that really hit home. Berlin seems to not shy away from the evils of Germany’s past. In fact, it seem to embrace them, to expose itself to hard truths. I was heartened by the amount of Jewish monuments and memorials to the holocaust that are casually scattered around the city. There, in among the everyday things, the everyday streets, the every day lives. Like at graffiti tag, it said that these fellow Germans were here, that they existed, and that their memory at least, is home again. It is tragically bittersweet. Continue reading “willcommen in berlin”

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wicked goes to youtube

On Tuesday 13th September, several principle cast members from London’s Wicked were invited to participate in a forum for YouTube Space London, as part of the upcoming celebrations for the show’s 10th year Anniversary. And I got to go along for the ride.

On the panel were Rachel Tucker, Suzie Mathers, Mark Curry, Oliver Savile and Anita Dobson.

the end of emma’s yellow brick road

I got to help out my very talented friend, Emma Hatton, with a little video editing for her YouTube message to all her friends and fans of Wicked. Emma’s final performance as Elphaba in the London production of Wicked was on Saturday 3rd Sept 2016, and this was her way of saying “thank you”.

The video features Emma’s rendition of the Elton John classic, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

london is open, mr khan

As part of the #LondonIsOpen campaign from the desk of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, many of the West End shows put forward photographs of their company’s showing support for the cause. And I’m happy that we were able to be a part of that, through Wicked London.

DSC_0029 Wicked Company with logo

I got to photograph the Wicked London company, who then posted it’s support for the campaign on their social media sites.

#LondonIsOpen is a major campaign launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to show that London is united and open for business and to the world following the EU referendum.

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A full showcase of these pictures from around the West End can be seen at Official London Theatre website.
Original Wicked UK post on twitter can be found here.

a crash course in cop21

The goodly people at The Daily Good gave their readers a crash course in COP21, the Conference of Parties, held in Paris in 2015. Indeed, it’s all about climate change and saving the planet, causes very close to my heart.

So I was happy to see that they used a picture I took of “Cool Paris”,  an installation on the banks of the River Seine by Transsolar and Carlo Ratti Associati. Inspired by cutting edge nanotech research from Stanford University, the team is exhibiting how new photonic membranes that reflect solar radiation could help reduce extreme temperatures in our cities, at zero energy cost and zero water demand.

You can view The Daily Good’s full article here.
Original image can be viewed on Flickr.

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my first cover

Pleased to announce that the good people at In Your Pocket guides in Estonia have given me my first cover. Recently they published their new 2016/17 series of guides (both print and digital pdf download) for Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu.

The cover of the Tartu guide features my picture of the “Father and Son” bronze sculpture by Estonian Artist, Ülo Õun (1944-1988). The piece was unveiled on Küüni Street in Tartu on Child Protection Day on 1 June 2004.

Very happy to have my work shown through In Your Pocket in Estonia.

For specifically In Your Pocket Tartu click here.
For all In Your Pocket Guides click here.