Tuesday, 12 May 2015

If you go down to the woods today...

Over the weekend I decided to make the most of the sunshine and the changing seasons and ventured out to see the wonderful spectacle that is bluebells in bloom.

I really enjoy the different plants that appear with the seasons of the year, and after seeing the arrival of the snowdrops, then daffodils, I was looking forward to the appearance of bluebells - they certainly didn't disappoint!

I often think about how very lucky we are in Norfolk to have such a diverse range of landscapes and wildlife habitats to enjoy. I was very fortunate to have access to this private woodland over the weekend, and even more fortunate to have the company of two very special little people!

Spending time with the little people is very important. We like talking about all the plants and animals, and generally just having some fun and giggles.

There is always a small moment for contemplation too, and appreciating the REALLY little things in life (bluebells).

A lovely day was had by all.

If you would like photos of the small people in your life, or even the grown up ones, please do get in touch.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Paper Aeroplanes at Norwich Arts Centre

I haven't been to Norwich Arts Centre for ages, so what better reason than to see the wonderful Paper Aeroplanes, who are touring their new album JOY.

JOY is the third full length album recorded by Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn, and is a bit less folk, a bit more pop than the previous two. I am enjoying the new sound - and I like the new direction - it's always really interesting seeing the different journey that bands take with their music. I first began following this particular journey in 2006, and thoroughly recommend taking a listen if you haven't heard them yet.

Support came from Brooke Sharkey, who is well known in this part of the world. She is now very successfully doing her thing down in London. Again a great journey to be following, having first seen her busking the streets of Norwich some years ago.

Here are a few photos from the evening. The full set can be found here.

Embracing the geek of my photography blog, most of these photos were shot at between ISO 4000 and 6400. I love my camera for performing so amazingly in such challenging conditions.

Many thanks to Paper Aeroplanes and Norwich Arts Centre for having me along.


Friday, 1 May 2015

DMP Presents Blue Rose Code and Jess Morgan (trio)

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Octagon Unitarian Chapel in Norwich to see Blue Rose Code and Jess Morgan. Organised by Ian at Dreams Music Promotion, it was one of a stunning line up of concerts coming up this year at this beautiful venue.

Norwich is the kind of place that has plenty of surprises, and once in the venue I kicked myself for not having checked it out before. Tucked away on Colegate, this grade II listed building is not only a chapel, but is also a great music venue. Situated on two levels, the seating is such that you can see the stage wherever you are.

On arrival and through the first set the sun was only just beginning to set, so the chapel was naturally quite brightly lit. As the light faded it was very atmospheric, with the blue sky of dusk contrasting with the stage lighting. The acoustics were lovely too, I particularly enjoyed being upstairs right in front of stage.

First up was Jess Morgan, who has recently started playing as a trio with Jose McGill (The Vagaband) on double bass and Noel Dashwood (Dumbfoundus) on dobro. It was really nice to hear Jess' songs with a different dimension to them and the harmonies were great. We are really fortunate to have so many good musicians in this part of the world.

As well as some familiar songs, Jess also played a few new ones. "Down in Flames" from the new Bournemouth EP sounded really good, and in fact the presale of the EP on CD has already sold out (don't worry, you can still order the digital version here).

Next up was Blue Rose Code. It was my first time seeing him, and with full band, and I was really impressed. A beautiful sound with 4 very accomplished artists around him. I love that he has released all of his records without a label, and he has been very successful with it. Definitely one to watch for the future.

A lovely end to the evening was Jess joining Blue Rose Code and band to sing.

The full set of photos can be found here.

The next gig in the series is Kathryn Williams on July 2nd 2015. Tickets are available here.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Another taste of India....

A while back I spent a whole afternoon undertaking a rather mouthwatering task. This was photographing the beautiful Indian food created by Madhu Choudhry, founder of Ethnic Fusion, based near Dereham.

After running a very successful catering business and popular cookery workshops for several years, Madhu now has some of her food available to buy online.

I got to know Madhu through my previous work, and then signed up to one of her full day cookery workshops, which has totally transformed my curry creations and made me very popular with my friends. You can read more about that here.

I returned to Ethnic Fusion to help Madhu create some photos of her dishes for the new food sales section of her website, the aim being to make the selected dishes look just as good as they taste. It was a great day, where I also got to help with styling the food, which was really good fun. And at dinner time, as a special treat, I got to try some of the fabulous food. I can highly recommend the Spicy Kerala Prawn Curry...

To see the photos of Madhu's creations, as well as find out more about her catering and cookery workshops, visit www.ethnicfusion.co.uk

Thursday, 28 August 2014

PinPinFinds Autumn and Winter collection

On Sunday 24th August, the PinPinFinds Autumn and Winter collection launched at the Norwich Gift Emporium. PinPinFinds was created by Norwich designer and NUCA graduate Natasha Lloyd in 2011, and her designs are grabbing attention from far and wide.

Arriving early to carefully unpack all the items from her collection, much time was spent displaying all the different designs.

Many items in the PinPinFinds range is laser cut from sustainable birch wood. Natasha has gone to great lengths to ensure her products are ethically made and this is something that I really like about the work she does. The imagery comes from Victorian books and cigarette cards, and together they make the unique and eye catching pieces in the range.

The launch evening was a great success, with customers arriving from far and wide to appreciate the new collection and preorder items. Many pieces from the existing collection were also snapped up. All in all, a really nice night and it was good to meet so many people strolling around the Norwich Lanes.

There were nibbles...

...and a little celebration

Launch night was busy!

Taking preorders

Checking out the new collection

PinPinFinds new collection can be found in Norwich Gift Emporium, along with hundreds of other handmade products from Norfolk and Suffolk artists. 

Snowflake earrings, being checked out by some porcelain animals

Hand painted porcelain animals

I’m really enjoying being part of the Emporium and meeting other creative folk. 

You can view the PinPinFinds range at http://www.pinpinfinds.co.uk/
You can keep up to date with all the latest news from Norwich Gift Emporium at https://www.facebook.com/norwichgiftemporium

Natasha with part of her Autumn and Winter collection