Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Albania photo assignment

Albania are looking to join the EU as England are about to exit. These are from a story shot for the Daily Express. From speaking to a few Albanian's about joining it seems a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't.  Good luck to them I say and it will be interesting to see how they fare compared to England in about 15 years time.


   Brutalism in Albania

    Local obituaries

 Voho Kushi, Communist guerrilla

Live chickens for sale

 In Tirana, Albania you buy your own electricity cables then the government connects them to the grid  

 Pyramid of Tirana designed to honour the late Enver Hoxha. This now sits empty in Tirana, Albania

On guard. Durres, Albania

 Proud Albanian fans watching the football on the big screen in Tirana, Albania

 A Romanian family living in Albania

This chaps life's story reminded me of Papillon but without prisons 

   Seaside town Durres

 You can read more from the Daily Express and Albania here 
 Here's an old trip I did to Tito's Island in Croatia 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The little Italian job

I was sent on a photo assignment to Albania, more to come on that one. This involved a stop over flight at Rome, aka Roma airport. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to stop and look round on the way there but that changed on the way back due to delayed flights. This gave me a few hours and led me to catching a glimpse of Rome. On this trip I had been reading Whicker's War, which is an account of his war days in Italy working for the AFPU (Army Film and Photo Unit). I was beginning to wonder who would get to Rome first, Whicker, in my book or me by plane. Alas, on my return flight I got there first. With only a short span of time I visited the Coliseum whilst leaving Whicker discussing how his luggage sank to the bottom of the sea. Finally, London bound and to my joy, Alan Whicker made it to Rome with his first mission being to see the Coliseum. This tickled me and it didn't end there beacuse once I got to Heathrow it was now my luggage that had got lost. Life imitating novels. 

The book now finished (which I highly recommend) and the Albanian photo story fully edited. I shall be raising a glass to the good people of the AFPU. 

life imitating novels

Whicker and I

Mini Italian job

  When in Rome

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Brexit and loathing on the campaign trail

The Brexit debate is gripping Britain. Over at The Daily Express they put together a live Brexit debate taped in front of a live audiance. Hosted by Nick Ferrai with a panel including Chuku Umuna, Nigel Farage, Richard Reed and Siobhain McDonagh. The debate whent down pretty well with arguments being heard from both sides, it even trended on Twitter. I did some live photo blogging for the day feeding the news hungry hounds with plenty of pictures. You can see and read more about the day here   or simply enjoy my photo edit below. 

  Jacob Rees-Mogg

  Nigel Farage 

 Chuka Umuna and Richard Reed

Siobhain McDonagh

Question time
Anchor man, Nick Ferrai

Friday, 3 June 2016

Live photo blogging over at the Daily Express

Shooting live blog feed today for the Daily Express Debate on Brexit. Hosted by Nick Ferrai with a panel including Nigel Farage, Chuka Umuna, Kate Hoey, Siobhain McDonagh, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Richard Reed  You can see more here  

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Greetings from Tavira, Portugal

Okay, I'm actually back home now with the gloom of June, that being the London weather. But hey ho, I was won over by Tavira. I managed to eat my way through some tasty seafood dishes and took a few icy (well it was May) dips into the Atlantic ocean. Here's a few holiday snaps, enjoy. 

I bumped into my first car, a Nova Swing

  Head to the lively streets of Jacques Pessoa for some seafood action.

   An old water tower that is now a Camera Obscura

King of the castle. Tavira's castle. This place reminded me of Love's Da Capo album cover

   Local musician's. Helder Lopez  playing at Tavira's Castle.

 Local photography action Nafafotografia 

The Good old-boys. Ferry crew

   Three wheeling

   Waitng for the Ferry down at the beach. Life can be tough.