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Carre Ducker – shoe makers


Some more pictures from my Hand Made In London project, this time from the studio of Carre Ducker – cobblers and shoe makers. After meeting at master bootmakers, Lobb, and competing an apprenticeship there, Deborah Carre and James Ducker set up in partnership to make traditional shoes with a contemporary twist.

It takes more the 40 hours of skilled work to make a pair of shoes and the pair make everything from scratch, even waxing and twisting the twine that sews the shoes together.

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Along the sea wall – pt 2

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The rest of the shots from my evening walks along the sea wall between Heacham and Hunstanton in Norfolk. Plus a couple of others that snuck in from walks between Blakeney and Wells.

Shot on either 28mm or 50mm with a 5Diii.


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Jeddah – finding the right shot.

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While we were working our way through the back streets of the old quarter of Jeddah, shooting video for a TV documentary on Arabia, I saw the strong afternoon light catching this bicycle outside a bakery shop. It was around 3pm and very hot and quiet as many people were at prayer. I made the rest of the crew stop and wait, handed my C300 to the producer and shot a sequence of pictures. Even though I knew the others were waiting I tried to work the scene and to figure out the best shot. Looking back at them in Aperture, it’s possible to see how the sequence developed to the final shot which I think is the best.

First I tried working with the bright yellow of the bike’s rack and its reflection in the window, lit by the strong shaft of sunlight.


Then I tried switching to landscape format and including more of the street scene.


I liked the way that was working but wanted someone to bring movement and some back light into the top left of the frame. So I hung around for a few minutes and waited for some people to come by…


That seemed to be working well. But then I saw a small boy, wearing a yellow top, come out of the bakery and run off up the street.  I took a couple of shots, tracking him as he ran, switching halfway through from portrait to landscape, before capturing the final frame that I like the best.

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London & Riyadh, two cities, two recces…a world apart


It’s been one of those schizophrenic weeks that working in documentary and commercials occasionally throw up. I started the week with a recce for a commercial we’re to shoot in London later on in May: we looked at a location in Essex and then also the classic views of Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath. Then 2 days later, I’m on a recce for a shoot in Riyadh, exploring the viewing platform of a massive tower called the Globe.  See if you can tell which shot is from which city…. 539A0591

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Ptolemy Mann – Weaver


Ptolemy Mann is an extremely skilled weaver, artist and colour consultant and  she makes both pieces of cloth and woven art.  She trained at the Royal College of Art and has since exhibited widely as well as producing many commission pieces.

Ptolemy’s process, is complex. It starts with the winding of the warp: laying out the individual strands of the cloth that run from top to bottom.   Next the plaited warp is dyed: Ptolemy uses multiple dye baths that produce vivid colours and gorgeous transitions between colour on the warp.

Next the warp is strung onto the loom in a process that can take several days. Then, finally the weaving itself can begin….

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