I met the grounded, charming and exceptionally talented Namvula in Notting Hill, to make a portrait to accompany a Rhythm Passport interview.
Check out her beautiful album Quiet Revolutions on Bandcamp.
A portrait/promo session with musician, composer and producer Louise Havell.
A giant globe of light suspended from the trees above a round table. As dusk falls, the globe creates a focal point, bathing the leaves, gravestones and festival-goers in an ethereal glow, visible from deep in the woods.
This was Knight Feast – an installation by Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds and Katherine Daish, and part of Shuffle Festival, held in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on the August bank holiday.
On the table/stage, there were music and theatrical performances by Greg Hall, Lea Collet & Marios Stamatis, Electro Improv Street Performers, Fear of Fluffing and Talulah Haddon & Elijah W. Harris, culminating in a crazy musical space-jam. (Which, unfortunately, was shut down by zealous council enforcers as the decibels were breaching agreed limits).
Shuffle consists of music, bars and cinema screens peppered throughout the overgrown cemetery. It’s a Danny Boyle project and has been running for a few years, but the word hadn’t reached me until now. It was an entertaining, thought-provoking and visually intriguing evening and I’ll definitely be marking Shuffle weekend in my calendar for next year.
Purdue Convocations, one of the oldest collegiate performing arts promotors in the US, has licensed my image of Daymé Arocena for the cover of their 2017-2018 season brochure.
Andrea, weaver and textile seller, Panajachel
A colourful character in Panajachel, often seen zipping around town on a BMX.
A bit slow to report this (still in Guatemala with all the distractions and technical limitations that implies), but my photo has won an award!
Along with the excellent Angelika Berndt, I am joint winner of the Public’s Choice Award at the Photofusion Salon/16 exhibition for my photo of Charlotte & Fenton from the Night Tube series.
Charlotte and Fenton, Central Line, 23.30, Greenford to Mile End. Going to a warehouse rave.
Nubiya Brandon, singer/MC with the musical collective Nubian Twist.
Another year of portraits, although I missed my daily portrait after I completed the year-long challenge in February – I may embark on something similar again in 2017. There’s something about showing up to make work every day, independent of any project or commission… It isn’t always what you want to do but the rewards of discipline, practice and serendipity outweigh all of the inconvenience.
Anyway, here are some of my favourite portraits of the year, one for each month.
Happy new year :)
Lucy & Thomas, Clissold Park, London
Cleo Cobb, kids’ clothing designer, Victoria Park, London
Comedian Spencer Jones, album artwork shoot for Hackney band We Used To Make Things
Cuban singer and composer Daymé Arocena in Shoreditch, London
We Used To Make Things, Hackney Marshes
Opera singer and cabaret artist Nara Taylor, on her narrowboat on Regent’s Canal
Dancers Julien et Aude, Nowhere Festival, Spain
Singer Inna Modja at WOMAD festival, Wiltshire
Bookseller James, Word On The Water, Regent’s Canal
Fenton and Charlotte, on the Night Tube
Musician Alex Tinlin in Shoreditch, London
Photographer & student of anthropology Aline Aronsky