To me, coffee is so much more than a caffeine hit. It is social, a ritual and a habit that, barring no major disasters, kick starts my everyday.
I can't quite pinpoint the time in which I first discovered the existence of the Lofoten Islands but, from the moment I saw an awe inspiring image of Hamnøy, a tiny fishing to the South of the islands, it was a done deal. I was going. Granted, I think it took the best part of two years to turn the dream in to a reality but, I can confirm that good things are worth waiting for. This was truly an adventure of a lifetime....
Enter.... Iceland, the Ring Road edition! The challenge, to complete the ring road in 7 days while hitting up as many of these photo stops as possible. Initially, having let my good friend Shula loose on plotting some epic shot stops, I thought 'no way', but she reassured me by sticking to a tight schedule we'd make it. Of course, the whole operation was entirely weather dependent and, while we didn’t win every day, ‘wow’ we made the most of it.
After 6 years of working with Sony's top end mirrorless systems, I've put two bodies through their paces. They've stood on precarious mountain sides in sub-zero temperatures, been dangled over the edge of speed boats, practically drowned under monster waterfalls and endured heat infused Saharan heat ... never once to have failed on me! Which, is what makes the untimely end to my current A7rII so infuriating.
New York city is undoubtedly my favourite city in the world, without question. Please take into consideration that London doesn't count; as a home-town, it is in a league of its own! The vibes, the skyline, the food, the hustle and all of the micro-cultures existing in such a compact space, create the most amazing energy. I was instantly inspired to shoot and explore everything and anything. Where to start?
It's been a pretty fun 10 years. In total 34 stamps, which have taken me to 16 countries, including 9 US States. Certainly no world record, but I feel very fortunate to have seen and experienced such a variety of landscapes with my wonderful friends, new and old, as well as my ever supportive family.
It is 05:30 the following morning and we're getting a boat loaded with three GoPro's, two cameras, a couple of surfboards and a wakeboard. It was almost dark at this point but I could see the light beginning to creep up from the horizon behind the marina skyline.... this was going to be something else.
My first image had been captured and fully processed by the time I had touched down at Dubai International Airport, a sure sign a fruitful trip lay ahead. I'm a sucker for that cliche plane window snap, but only on condition of there being either an amazing landscape lying below or an explosive sunrise/sunset. The excitement of being in a window seat when flying home over Central London never gets old; it's my favourite city in the world, and looks spectacular from the sky... the only other city that comes close for me is New York. I am on a quest to capture Central Park surrounded by Manhattan's densely packed suburbs, preferably in the golden hour, but I'm not too fussy! On this occasion all that lay below were endless stretches of dry and barren desert. However, above the clouds, we were treated to this spectacular sunrise to welcome us to the United Arab Emirates.