The Richmond Cup

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We’re updating the grassroots pictures in our advertising portfolio and, as part of the project, I spent a recent Sunday at the launch of The Richmond Cup in south west London.

My priority was to get strong match action but I also kept an eye on what was happening off the pitch. The light was good and the football was competitive and entertaining.

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The People’s Pool

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Back in June I was asked to photograph a site visit to east London’s Haggerston Baths. An architect friend wanted pictures for a proposal to Hackney Council on the future of the building.

The baths were closed by the local authority in 2000, after almost a century of public service and it has now invited ‘expressions of interest’ to develop the site. My friend’s group is proposing a community-based alternative to the predictable commercial schemes.

We spent an hour on a guided tour of the place and I used the time to take these pictures. Years of neglect have left obvious damage which some visitors have sadly made worse.

How does such a historic public resource become redundant and fall into such a miserable state? What would the people who designed, built and enjoyed Haggerston Baths think?

Hackney Gazette – Haggerston Baths on the Market
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At the opening ceremony in 1904, the Vice Chair of the Baths Committee, Alderman E J Wakeling, swam the length of the bath under water.

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West End Wheels

I was asked to look at shooting stills on the set of a television commercial with cars. On advertising jobs I’m usually in control of the production, but this would be different with me in the background with no influence and only limited opportunities. The director and crew would be running things and I’d need to get what I could and stay out of their way. A bit like working round a football pitch or in the dressing room.

The creative team had a particular director in mind with a certain way of lighting things. My job would be to get dynamic driving pictures so I wanted to rehearse shooting under similar conditions to demonstrate the potential and identify any problems.

I decided that night-time at Piccadilly Circus, in London’s West End, would be a good place to start. There’d be lots of expensive cars and the huge illuminated advertising screens would – to some degree – simulate the lighting on set. I’d have no control over the traffic and there’s be lots of things in the way like street furniture and people. These are some of the results:

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Chingford Boys

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Back in February I got a call from The Sun newspaper: Did I have pictures of Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane with David Beckham from ten years ago?

I had no idea they’d met, but it seemed Harry was one of the kids from David’s old school in Chingford that attended his football academy launch in March 2005. We were official photographers for the project and covered the event so I had a trawl through the archive.

The Sun wanted a traditional ‘head-on’ shot of the two of them to camera and, funnily enough, Harry had been one of the two kids stood either side of the England captain in the team photo for the press pack. I’ve never seen the point of shooting the same angle as everyone else so all my pictures of this were from the sides and even the back. I did spot Sun snapper Dickie Pelham in one of the latter so gave him a ring and suggested he might already have the shot, which he did.

Even though I didn’t have the picture the paper wanted, I did have quite a few frames that would have been exclusive given the free access I had on the day. Here’s a few of them:

14 March 2005, The David Beckham Academy Launch, The Chainstore, London Current Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane (boy with shaved head) meets David Beckham. Picture: Mooneyphoto14 March 2005, The David Beckham Academy Launch, The Chainstore, London Current Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane (boy with shaved head). Picture: Mooneyphoto14 March 2005, The David Beckham Academy Launch, The Chainstore, London Current Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane (boy with shaved head) meets David Beckham. Picture: Mooneyphoto05031401_0478 14 March 2005, The David Beckham Academy Launch, The Chainstore, London Current Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane (boy with shaved head) meets David Beckham. Picture: Mooneyphoto14 March 2005, The David Beckham Academy Launch, The Chainstore, London Current Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane (boy with shaved head) meets David Beckham. Picture: Mooneyphoto

A more recent snap of Harry by Jon Super and courtesy of PA Images:

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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Bride with a Beard

I’ve been working on a film for the last couple of months and haven’t been thinking about photographs much. Now it’s finished and I’m tidying up hard drives, I’ve been going through the street pictures I shot while travelling around. The usual subjects are represented: notable windows, pavement dogs, typography, city light, striking individuals and public transport.

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