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Greggs Jolly Genius Ho Ho Ho!

So it’s the talk of the town! Clever old Greggs has thoroughly entertained everyone who has been gazing into Fenwick’s window this Christmas. The display is tasteful and colourful, celebrating 40 years of the iconic Christmas character The Snowman in 2018.

Greggs is situated directly opposite Fenwick and had the fabulous and playful idea of switching it’s front of shop signage to reverse when the crowds flocked this Christmas. So currently when you look in the window or snap with your phone, the Greggs brand is there shining brightly back at you, the right way around!

It surprises you the first time you see it, makes you chuckle and it feels a bit naughty! Greggs and Fenwick are great pals so it’s all above board and people are loving it, sharing across social media, shouting about it in the press and so it’s around a little longer than planned. Very clever advertising indeed!

So here’s where I come in….. Greggs got in touch with a really interesting and fun branding project to create a portfolio of lifestyle shots in a documentary photography style. The aim was to capture real imagery of their diverse customers in Newcastle city centre.

Whilst I was chasing people with their pasties in the rain up Northumberland St it would have been rude not to have got some of this beauty for their archives! As a documentary photographer I thrive on this type of shoot, and working for such an established well known  North East brand makes me feel proud.

Many of you may have seen it either ‘in the flesh’ or even in the “RONIGAAAL” (Chronicle that is…) but those who haven’t you may like to see the effect in my photographs below. But those who plan to visit soon, please look away NOW!

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Träkol at By The River Brew Co

Träkol Food Photography
for Event Magazine Mail on Sunday
September 2018
If you are lucky enough to live in or near Newcastle and Gateshead you’ll have seen how exciting places to eat and drink are popping up in lots of new spots. As a bar, restaurant and food & drink photographer there’s suddenly lots of fresh opportunity to take interesting shots at attractive local venues. This year has been particularly lively with the opening of Route on The Side, Brinkburn Brewery in the Ouseburn and By the River Brew Co on Gateshead Quay to name but a fab few. I have been buzzing this summer as I’m a big foodie nerd outside of shooting hours and having all this choice and exceptional quality is just brilliant!
It’s not just the food that is amazeballs (Hawkers market at By the River Brew Co offers international street food, Träkol, Route and Brinkburn Brewery sophisticated small plates) it’s the venue locations that make them really exhilarating. Most are set within historic and very photogenic industrial Newcastle including terraced spaces within the Tudor architecture of the Side, a bar with an entrance to the underground Victoria Tunnel and river side under the 7000 tonnes of sturdy Tyne Bridge steel. So when the Mail on Sunday got in touch to ask me to take photos of Träkol restaurant I was pretty enthusiastic!

The brief from the Mail picture desk was to capture Träkol’s shipping container exterior sat between the beautiful bridges together with the interior design and restaurant’s open fire cooking. I was given a list of dishes Tom Parker Bowles had sampled the previous week to be reviewed in the Sunday supplement Event magazine on Sunday 23rd September. Träkol’s dishes of Surf Clams, Octopus Ceviche, Osado Cooked Lamb, Pig Tails and the Half Pig Head feast were prepared expertly and presented beautifully by the chef for me to photograph. The dishes were such a beautiful mixture of textures, colours and garnish that a week after I booked to go experience it for myself. I was blown away by the flavours, atmosphere, service and the high quality of the food. I really recommend a visit starting with an ale by the Tyne, then after a night cap in Hawkers Market. The location and views are exhilarating! Hurrah for these canny new businesses in the North East, giving us amazing new experiences and something to feel proud, show off and shout loudly about!

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Life’s Robots Then and Now

Robots Then and Now

Life Science Centre has a new amazing exhibition! It is the story of robots progression from 16th Century mechanical automatons to the fascinating humanoids of today and the future. The exhibition was created by the Science Museum in London and after travelling to Manchester now us northerners are lucky enough to see it locally at the Life Science Centre Newcastle.

Last month Life promoted the new exhibition with a robot humanoid duo from Berlin being photographed in character all around Newcastle. It was my job to as event photographer to capture great PR and editorial shots of the robots as they mingled with perplexed shoppers in the city centre. They also travelled on the Metro to much amusement of commuters, shopped in the Grainger Market for their fruit and veg then relaxed and entertained on the Quayside Seaside with staff on their lunch breaks.

This type of event photography is so much fun and really keeps you on your toes as everything is so  unpredictable! The moving metro is a technical challenge as the light changes by the second but standing back and photographing genuine public reactions is what makes it so entertaining! Below are a selection of my images shared from that day by The Chronicle and the International Life Science Centre. Even an image of me shooting which was kindly sent to me via the press from a very kind Dariusz Brodowski who was trying out a new lens at the Monument!

Watch this space for more robot shots of the opening of the exhibition. If you havent been to see it make sure you make some time this summer!

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Durham Wildlife Trust’s Rainton Meadows

Outdoor shoots like this are so enjoyable when the sun shines as it did this day! I was invited to Rainton Meadows, part of Durham Wildlife Trust to capture photography of their nature reserve facilities and portraits of their volunteers. The imagery was to use for their marketing material designed by local design agency Intimation Creative, to attract more people to visit the local nature reserve.

The birds conveniently flocked to the sky whilst shooting the bird hide, disturbed by my venture into the marshes. The autumnal sun was low and striking, with light bouncing everywhere so there were some excellent photo opportunities for high contrast silhouettes and reflections.

The smiley happy volunteers were clearing the pond area of vast amounts of rushes and were happy to stop to have portraits taken for the “My Wildlife’ poster campaign that features strong photography of the people who make the Durham Wildlife Trust such a great place to visit. The sunlight was challenging as I used it to light my subjects and inevitably it caused people to squint, however pointing my camera in this direction away from the sun gave me the most fantastic rich blue sky backdrop. A handful of the shots from the day are below and I am sure you will see more rolled out across the website and at the Rainton Meadows and High Barns centres.

To visit a Wildlife Trust near you, visit http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/ to find out more.

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The All Seeing Eye, Fluid Group Newcastle

The All Seeing Eye opened two weeks ago by owner Oliver Vaulkhard of Fluid group in Newcastle. Heineken’s Star Pubs and Bars have invested in the refurbishment of what was The Blackie Boy’s rarely used function room upstairs. The historic features have been exposed with the roofs rafter’s, rustic red brickwork and 30’s satined glass windows creating a cool New York feel together with ornate Moroccan tables and velvet furnishings adding a laid back vibe.

The brief was to capture PR portraits of Manager Dave Walker and his staff along with photography of the bar interior design showcasing the large atrium, the light features and the relaxed low ceiling snug area. The lighting and colours created dramatic compositions perfect for PR & marketing photography for todays Journal to promote this fantastic new late night bar in Newcastle city centre.

The article is in today’s Journal on this link http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/popular-pubs-receive-240000-makeover-7120118

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