I am going to try and make this a monthly thing; that is if I do anything of interest in a month!
First, I started off at Beacon Barracks for the opening of a new Signal troop from 37 Signal Regiment (Reserves). There was a recruiting stand and a Bowman FFR set up for people to come and look at.
Sig Dicker stands in front of his Land Rover FFR (Crown copyright)
On Sunday 3rd May, I travelled down to Houndsville, Wellington for Beaglefest. We have a Beagle called Jasper and what better way to spend our afternoon than with over 50 other Beagles. With over two acres of enclosed space, the hounds had enough space to be let off and do what they wanted for two hours.
This is Jasper chewing on some grass.
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That evening I was at Lakota Nightclub shooting a regular gig of mine for Banjax. They are a Bristol based Deep House and Techno night that have established themselves as one of the top nights in Bristol. They welcomed Doorly to Lakota for part 3 of the Banjax Spring series. He was supported by Bristol's most established techno night, EMPATHY plus the Banjax residents.
Here are a few images from the night-
Banjax promoter Craig Brown
Headline act DOORLY
Next on my agenda, was on the bank holiday Monday for Bristol based Record label, Circus City Records. I have been working with them for a while now and they needed some images for a new concept for the record label. This shoot was with The Centrefolds, we had the theme, costumes and location sorted. It was just up to the guys to perform on the day. The theme was Victorian Acrobatics.
Here are the results-
The Centrefolds doing their best at acrobatics.
On Saturday 9th May I was asked to cover Art for Africa for TEMWA . I had done some work a few years back for Pigpen Social and Russ (the promoter) now works for the charity TEMWA. He gave me a call and asked if I was available to cover the Art for Africa event. The event was a charity auction with works from hundreds of artists. The auctioneers were Little Rock of Babyhead and Jo Hook, founder of Temwa. They raised a staggering £13,500.
Some pictures I took during the event-
I was tasked to go to Swynnerton training area to photograph EXERCISE GRIFFIN SPANNER on Sunday 17th May. I spent all day darting between the different stands that had been set up to test REME regular and reservists on trade specific and military tasks. They ranged from assault courses to recovering a old Abbot 105mm self propelled gun from its bogged in state.
REME soldiers from 10 Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment recover a Abbot 105 Self Propelled gun. (Crown copyright)
REME Soldiers on EX GRIFFIN SPANNER (Crown copyright)
A quick re-charge of the batteries and dump down of images and I was off to The National Memorial Arboretum on the Monday for The Naming Day Ceromony. The annual event to dedicate the names of those killed on duty has taken place at National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas. The service at the Armed Forces Memorial was attended by the families of the 12 servicemen that were killed in 2014. The names, which were individually read aloud during the service, were engraved onto the memorial’s wall during the past month.
It hammered down with rain the whole time. Luckily I had my chamois cloth with me to keep most of the rain off my kit. The Nikon D4 is pretty tough but hours in the rain is not good for it.
The Padre gives the service at The NMA (Crown copyright)
Midweek I got a call from the press office in Brecon. They needed a portrait of Deputy Comander 160th Inf Bde, Col Lance Patterson for Equipped magazine. It was to be used on the front cover of the magazine.
Deputy Comander 160th Inf Bde on the front cover of the magazine (Crown copyright)
The following bank holiday Sunday I was back working for Banjax again. This time they had moved back to their spiritual home at Timbuk2.
Banjax filled up Timbuk2 once again.
I finished off the month with a wedding.
More to come on that soon though!