Early morning editorial shoot at Billingsgate Seafood School.
My photographs of wonderful accessories from LONDONAIROBI were featured in this month’s inflight magazine for Kenya Airways - Msafiri. The brand supports, promotes and retails the most innovative independent African accessory designers. See more at www.LONDONAIROBI.com
Kamiti Bridge Estate in Kiambu, Kenya is where I sampled the best cup of coffee I have ever tasted. The family run coffee farm produces organic Arabica beans that taste intensely smoky and smell like tobacco. It was super to see the origin of what’s in my coffee cup, the vibrant coffee cherries, the work ethic of the farmers and delicious produce that makes those sleepy Monday mornings more bearable.
Spin x LCF at The Yard, Shoreditch - a Christmas urban bike show for the cultured coffee loving cyclist. Beautiful bikes, artisan coffee & food and lovely, creative people all under one very cool roof. Can’t wait for next year. See more photos at https://www.facebook.com/alwaysmaketeainapot
"One person is more precious than the whole world". Euphrasia Women’s Centre in Nairobi houses those who have experienced violent crime, unemployment, incidents of rape, domestic violence, abandonment and child neglect. The centre provides temporary shelter and vocational skills training such as sewing and cooking. The girls proudly show off their creations such as purses and bags made from colourful reclaimed fabrics. They learn how to become independent business women, giving them a sense of worth and hope for the future.
I made a journey to Kitengela Hot Glass - distinctive in spirit and design, not only are they off the grid in terms of electricity but they’re located on the edge of Kenyan wilderness, a 40-minute drive from Nairobi on the bumpiest roads known to mankind.
They produce original hand-blown glass works that are 100% recycled, inspired by the pragmatism of the Kenyan jua kali (hot sun) artisans who make shoes from tires, stoves and lamps from old cans, using discarded items to make needed objects.
A truly beautiful place. My wonky wine glass and imperfect gin tumblers stand pride of place in my London kitchen.
My latest commercial work for Zain Group, a pioneer in mobile telecommunications across the Middle East and North Africa. This advertising campaign has now been rolled out on billboards across South Sudan.
I spent the day at Richmond Park working with the Metropolitan Police Royal Parks Operational Command Unit. The teams provide 24/7 response policing to all of The Royal Parks.
The unit works against wildlife crimes such as illegal chestnut picking, fishing and antisocial behaviour by dogs.
I spent the day working with the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit for World Society for the Protection of Animals, who part fund the Met’s work against wildlife crime on London’s waterways.
The unit based in Wapping works against crimes on the water from illegal fishing, retrieving human fatalities to Warship outbound escorts and training David Beckham to drive a speedboat along the Thames.
Four out of five older people worldwide have no access to a pension, although it is one of the most effective social protection tools to reduce old age poverty. Help Age International are supporting elders in Maasai Country, Kenya, where protection provides secure incomes for people in old age and it provides long term benefits too. For instance, people often invest their payments in their family’s future by educating children or setting up businesses such as farming and growing crops to sell at the local market.
Working with Ogilvy & Mather New York we created an advertising campaign for Teflon nonstick pans that has been rolled out across the USA. This was a fun creative shoot - expert food styling skills were implemented to create the scenes and fulfil the brief. My favourite job was creating a UFO out of onion rings and a streaky bacon plane then suspending them with secret pins and fishing wire.