There are some people who reckon the only place to live is London and invariably trot out that overused Samuel Johnson quote to back up their argument. Given the economics of living in today’s London I’m not convinced about that one, and it’s only when I visit other places that I realise that the quality of life is also very significantly better elsewhere. The other day I was prowling round Bordeaux late in the evening, like you do, after work with my camera getting some night views of the city. From a safety perspective this could be questionable but I could feel the friendly vibe of this city and felt pretty safe there. This led to this all night traipse around the banks of the river between the bridges with my camera and tripod. During the evening I talked to a number of young guys at different times, all interested in the photo-taking. In this instance, I was just concentrating on a street shot using the ambient light when I was approached by this friendly chap who stopped to chat. Then in a second he posed and I clicked. It just happened – and this is him. Bordeaux is a pretty city well worth a few days of your time – with friendly locals, and very drinkable wine. So what are you waiting for?
A very good friend of mine likes the kind of boats that appeared in my previous post about Guernsey – boats for sailing. She thinks I am a bit of a yobbo, but I like speed. It’s one of the few areas where I am aggressively competitive. This is why until recently my daily car use was an old car with acceleration measured in hours rather than seconds. I have to be first, if just to ensure that I am not stuck behind some imbecile who wishes to drive at ten miles per hour less than my good self. I don’t pretend to have a great love of the sea, but I have always liked the idea of having a speed boat as I love the exhilaration, and so it was with some envy that I watched the competitors in the Guernsey Powerboat trials a week ago….
A break in schedules photographing lots of people allows time for some landscape shots on this beautiful island….
There are some amazing creative make up artists out there and a few of them got the chance to flex their muscle with Seventa Image last month at Winterpride in Tobacco Dock. I was there ready to get them in their finery….
Amazing headsets by Alien Foxx Designs @alienfoxxx
Make Up Sponsor Seventa Image @SeventaImage
You may recognize the models – it’s Class A doing the promo!
These amazing people of all ages and genders took part in a 45 mile marathon (yes 45 miles) to raise money for The Childrens Trust and Teach Africa. These photographs were taken just seconds before the finish line and had I been a participant I doubt very much I’d have looked quite so chirpy and fit. At this stage I’d have been slithering along the towpath looking like something fit to be condemned. Their success was a massive feat of endurance.
Salon du Chocolat was held at Olympia and I was shooting the behind the scenes photos and for the fashion show itself. It was a celebration of all things chocolate, with stalls of small artisanal producers from England and France producing some divine products. If you didn’t get there, you missed a treat but it will be repeated next year so make sure it’s in your diary – if you are a chocoholic like me it’s an essential visit!
Salon du Chocolat
Client: Seventa Image
UniQ Shoots Promo from Simon Bennett on Vimeo.
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I took this photo on 35mm thirteen years ago and have only just come across it. I was obsessing with the scratches- the small detail on the train window – and the grime on a bleak day, and although photographed on colour film, it is almost monochromatic.
At the moment I am based in the North of England for family reasons and my brother in law has got involved with Triathlon. He suggested that I get myself over to Liverpool for the morning last Saturday to check it out. I took the camera and wow! All ages were taking part on one of the hottest stickiest days of the year. People from teens to seventies were out smiling and putting their efforts into competing around Liverpool’s Liver Building and nearby docks. It was an impressive sight. Check out the photos.