For a number of years Susie and I have stayed at this fantastic little place near Lands End in a small fishing village called Mousehole. We normally go off season and it tends to be the place where I kick start taking photos again after a couple of months in winter hibernation. We have become friends with the owners and recently I was asked if I could put together a new website for them .I designed the site using colour samples from the building itself and using photo I have taken over our numerous stays. To see the website in full check out http://www.flowershedmousehole.co.uk/
I recently put together a Behance Project to showcase some of my favourite photos from our 3 week roadtrip around Ireland and Scotland. Most of these photos were taken around the Isle of Arran, Glen Coe and Isle of Skye. We didn’t have fantastic weather unfortunately but that made the trip more memorable in many ways. Click on the photos to go see the collection.
Last summer I was awarded a joint teaching fellowship working BA(hons) Illustration module leader Dean Owens investigating the use of iPads for illustration and reflection. The project is well underway now and the students have produced some really great work using them too.
Really pleased to now share the link to our latest album. We recorded this earlier in the year at Buckland Abbey with the kind help of the National Trust. We are particularly proud of this album and think its the best sounding yet (though of course we are clearly biased It’s now available to buy on CD, or online at amazon, on itunes, etc. You can also listen to it on spotify here.
I created one of these videos for 2009, a selection of wedding photos from that year. I didn’t do so many weddings in 2010 due to getting married myself and wanting to keep my diary free around it but this year has been the busiest yet. We had lots of fantastic feedback which is part of the reason I find doing this work so satisfying.
My wedding photography company website can be found at www.outspire.co.uk
This month we (our small group of creative friends) have been holding another exhibition as part of the British Art Show being held in plymouth and in addition will be holding the Francis & The Drakes album launch for our latest album Home.
I recently filmed a new video with Francis & The Drakes. It was a great opportunity to try shooting footage with my SLR camera, I have tried it briefly once but never to film a whole piece. We were kindly given permission to film at Buckland Abbey in Devon by our friend Jon Cummins at the National Trust.
It was a bit fiddly to film a full music video with the restriction of only having one camera. In order to get around this we played along with the song 15 or so times recording a different camera angle each time. To make this work we had to put markers to ensure our positioning was consistent. The lighting also had to be carefully positioned so that we could film without casting any shadows.
I really wanted to get some dolly cam footage to get a really professional look and feel to the video. However with no budget it was a case of improvising. This involved a journey to a diy store, buying some wood, wheels and guttering. An hour or so of sawing, screwing and glueing later hey presto – home-made dolly trolley and simply a case of placing the guttering on the floor and running the trolley along it with the tripod and camera on top. It got plenty of use in the final video.
I recently visited my friend Ed who is a bit an audio wizard. Having spend many years doing sound for computer games working at Codemasters he has finally set up his own studio. To help him get things up and running a did a whole range of photos for him of the studios and mixing room. I also did him some 360degree flash panoramas too. Another good friend of mine James did the website design for him which is particularly good.
This month I finished a virtual tour project for the Theatre Royal / TR2 plymouth. It was great to have a look around their facilities and have a nose backstage etc. They are using the virtual tour in order to promote the fantastic facilities they have in the Theatre and also at their second space TR2.
TR2 boasts a number of rehearsal spaces along with full facilities for developing a show from wardrobe through to set design. I’m not quite sure when the tour will be live on their site so in the meantime you can have a look at it here.
For the last two years, my work at The University of Plymouth has been focussed on the PINEAPPLE project. For those not involved in education it was looking at supporting staff within colleges around the south west to work with something called APEL. APEL stands for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, its a tricky area and basically involves providing students with credits for a module if they can show that they already have good knowledge and understanding of what they will be studying, usually gained through work experiences.
One of my main contributions to the project involved designing and developing a web based system which can guide a member of staff step by step through a process for each student looking to claim. It also can support a number of different processes and allows staff to produce reports saying what was completed when. You can find out more at the project site www.pineappleproject.org.uk