Getting onto a train with a large suitcase, a bag of Tassotti Boxes and a Billingham camera bag along with computer and cables is, quite a precarious event, especially when the train is a fair distance away from the platform. ‘Mind the gap’ as heard so often at London’s Bank station could not be more appropriate here.

Leaving Amsterdam for Maastricht this morning I felt a sense of longing to return. Having only had one evening of the atmosphere of this eclectic city, I was happy to know that at least tomorrow I will have the canals and architecture in front of my lens.

I am off to Maastricht today to begin the Boxing Project, with the Nederlanse Dansdagen festival.


Today is my last day on the  BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Harris Tweed tour with Dany Mitzman. From what started out to be a ghastly rainy day, the sun broke through and we had what I think was probably one of the most beautiful in terms of weather (and people we met), that I have encountered up here. Dany and I went to the two mills and showed the book, interviewed Anna Macallum the Chief Executive of the Carloway mill and then went over to Tarbert to see Catherine Campbell, great niece to Margaret Campbell and daughter to Katy, who appeared in the book. I am so terribly sad to hear that Katy passed away in January and so happy to hear that Catherine is really keeping the family business fluid.

Today on my travels around The Outer Hebrides, (for BBC Woman’s Hour), I was invited as a guest on the Drive Time radio program at Isles FM.  Armed with my Harris Tweed book I went to visit the team at the radio station to have my first EVER live radio interview.

I remember the casual chats that Richard Bacon holds during his radio shows and imagined it would be just like them, so at ease I sat at the corner of the desk opposite the presenter ready for my 5 minutes of fame.

Intoto_poster_1_copyOne of the delights of my  career is to photograph dance. From community workshops through to production and rehearsal shots for the Royal Ballet. Something that I will never stray from, despite my wonderful expeditions to Monte Carlo for Motor racing, or to the Outer Hebrides for Harris Tweed. Dance will always be inherent to my photographic practice. To capture something in flight, something that the eye simply cannot achieve by itself.

Intoto Dance Company

What in your world can you honestly say will wake you up to go and look at something? Perhaps a pair of running shoes, a long journey to break, or even a loved one beside you. But for me it is the confidence that what ever is put in front of me at 5.30 in the morning, armed with my Leica M9 and my Noctilux lens, I will be ready to see it.

 

billinghamHere I look at my collection of Billingham bags; 550, 225,Hadley Large, 335… I have acquired them over the years. Sometimes second hand camera kit comes in its own Billingham and I have simply collected them. On no account will I sell them on, they are my storage of kit and my uniform of duty.

I use them all at different times, well, the large bag stays at home and stores my spares. I need the ‘Billingham’ look for re-enactment jobs such as Goodwood Revival and  English Heritage Medieval days.