In September I was commissioned by Mabuhay Magazine (Philipines Airlines) to explore the bars and clubs at the forefront of London’s resurgent Jazz scene. From experimental underground happenings like Deptfords ‘Steam Down’ to Soho’s legendary Ronnie Scotts - Jazz seems to be enjoying a renaissance. BBC’s young Jazz musician of the year - Xhosa Cole (pictured) personifies this new generation.
In July a trip to rural Spain for Tui’s inflight magazine ‘Flyjournal’. Our focus was the inspiring story of a region in Andalusia that is undergoing a revolution in farming. Here a generation of farmers are attempting to re-introduce ancient agricultural methods with an aim to restore the local soil, which has been badly eroded through decades of unsustainable farming practices.
In June we ventured into the Dolomites and the picturesque region of Alta Badia for Easyjet Traveller magazine. Famous for its challenging cycle routes we took a more leisurely approach, taking a tour on a ebike. It may have made the mountain passes a little easier to handle but took nothing away from the regions outstanding natural beauty.
In June a commission to shoot the cover feature for Thomas Cook’s inflight magazine took us to the wonderful Caribbean island of Tobago. Our aim to explore the birthplace of pan drumming, its rich heritage and examine why this unique instrument has become a national obsession.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock festival Virgin Airlines flew us back to the location where it all happenned. In July 1969 a crowd of approaching 500,000 descended upon the tiny village of Bethel, New York State. About an hour from Woodstock itself, the site looks very different today. A huge museum complex sits within a few acres of very well maintained farmland - the site where the actual festival took place. We met a few of the original festival goers who recounted their experiences from that legendary weekend and some of the people involved with maintaining the regions rich musical history. Woodstock and the surrounding area is fast becoming a very desirable location for wealthy New Yorkers, but is determined to hold on to its original ‘Hippy’ charm.
In May a incredible trip to Punta Cana, Domincan Republic for Euro Wings. Our mission to produce a number of features that capture the highlights of the region - the activities, culture and beauty of this Caribbean paradise. Also a chance to experiment with my new toy - a Mavic Pro 2 drone.
In April a trip to Tenerife, Canary Islands to retrace the steps of legendary German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Actor and local Humboldt enthusiast Antonia Jaster was more than happy to get into character and show us around.
In March a trip to Copenhagen to shoot the former Head Chef at ‘Noma’ Matt Orlando at his new restaurant ‘Amass’
In March a ‘Through the looking glass’ glimpse into the strange, conflicted worlds of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Later in February a trip into the Atlas mountains to visit Morocco’s little known film studios and locations. Having provided the backdrop for such productions as ‘Gladiator’ and more recently ‘Game of Thrones’ these partially abandoned set’s now lay dormant like decaying monuments in the desert.
In February I was commissioned by Hong Kong Airlines to shoot Sean Bratches - F1's Managing Director of Commercial Operations at their London HQ
In December an assignment to shoot the cover for Tui Sensimar’s inflight magazine ‘Time For Two’. Our focus was the local cuisine on the beautiful island of Mauritius - not a bad way to finish a busy year.
Also in November we were asked to hike and bike along the little know Absinthe trail in Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. A tiny region near the French border that stakes claim to being it’s birthplace. Everything from sausages to ice cream seems to have one very important ingredient in this small Valley. You can even find bottles of Absinthe dotted along the route to help you on your way.
Jordan is a magical destination with some of the planets most iconic must see’s. In November an assignment took us to some of these. Swimming in the the Dead Sea, marvelling at the ancient ruins of Petra and camping in Wadi Rum were some of the highlights.
The landscape in Iceland is otherworldly and unique. Round every bend in the road lies another awe-inspiring natural wonder. As well as being home to some of the worlds largest glaciers and waterfalls. Iceland can also stake claim to having one of Europes last true wilderness regions - The ‘Westfjords’ - In September I took a road trip to explore.
In August Getty Images got in touch and asked me to shoot some London office worker lifestyle images
In August I spent a fabulous day with the legendary Raymond Blanc at his Oxfordshire restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. He was very generous with his time showing me round the extensive gardens that provide much of the fresh produce for the restaurant - stopping only for selfies with over excited diners.
In July we travelled to Cape Canaveral and NASA’s Space Centre. Our aim to find out what it takes to become an Astronaut. Meeting the real thing Astronaut Ed Gibson was about as close as we got.
A chance to take a trip to my favourite photographic destination in June- Iceland. It’s sheer beauty and otherworldliness never disappoints, no matter what time of year you visit. We circumnavigated the island experiencing some of Europes greatest natural wonders.
In June a trip to Ghana where we visited the the people and factories involved in upcycling the countries waste into into practical items - everything from fashion accessories to house bricks