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Northern Lights & Banana Loaf

I was spending New Year’s Eve in Scotland in a house by the beach when I noticed the occasional person walking past staring out to see. Eventually I realised they were trying to spot the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). As midnight approached it became stronger so I grabbed the camera and took this of my son Ollie. On this occasion I had no tripod as was on holiday travelling light so I borrowed my wife’s foil-wrapped banana loaf and rested the lens on it for the 30 second exposures. Using a 2 sec self timer reduced movement further. Banana loaf tasted great too.



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The last deep coal mine for The Sunday Times

Last week I spent a day at Britain’s last deep coal mine scheduled to close next month. Here is my short photo essay from Kellingley Colliery and published in The Sunday Times last weekend. To read the captions and see pictures properly please click on the vimeo logo below and make sure HD is chosen.



Enid Bakewell Veteran Cricketer in Sunday Times

Here is my portrait of Enid Bakewell, one of England’s most successful lady cricketers and still playing at 75 years old. Here, Enid is trying out her brand new bat in her back garden near Mansfield just after giving me a cup of tea and piece of ginger cake and just prior to dashing off to play bowls. Last week she was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sportswomen of the Year Awards. The picture was published yesterday in The Sunday Times, a sponsor of the awards.



Louise & Adam’s Cambridge Wedding

Here are some pictures from Louise & Adam’s wedding at her family’s home near Cambridge. The stubborn rain eventually cleared so the pictures go from brollies to evening sunshine. Almost every wedding I have photographed this summer has had similar weather and I’ve lost count of the number of umbrellas I have left behind. A particular talking point was the flowers which were truly exceptional courtesy of Louise’s friend Kate at


Becci Ellis in Sunday Times

Here are some of my pictures of Becci Ellis as used front page and inside of today’s Sunday Times Driving section. Becci suffered relatively minor injuries after crashing her motorcycle at 254mph. Already the fastest woman on two wheels with her record breaking 264.1mph Becci was trying to go even faster on her specially designed (by husband Mick) turbocharged 650bhp Suzuki. It took quite a battering and Mick is now in the process of salvaging parts for a new machine as cracks have formed in the original chassis. Remarkably all of this is done by a small team of volunteers in a garage workshop in Gunness just outside Scunthorpe. Air ambulance paramedics cut her from otherwise lightly damaged leathers. Thanks to their Kevlar lining she escaped with just a broken ankle and some internal bleeding around the ribs. She has vowed to be back in the saddle as soon as she recovers.




The remains of her bike and the Kevlar leathers cut head to toe by the paramedics, below.