Are all Bass Players Deranged?

The bass player used to be the statue the back of the stage, hardly moving and just supplying the constant thrum to compliment the drum beats. Meanwhile upfront and centre was the exuberant guitarist, strutting his stuff, writhing around the stage in bouts of ecstasy whilst alternatively teasing and thrashing his instrument. However these days the bass players have sharpened their elbows and thrusting themselves to the front, no more hiding near the drum kit, the inner animal has been released. Some of the bass men that I’ve photographed over the last couple of years have been as entertaining as…

What’s in the Bag?

My Social Media feeds have been reminding me all week that I’m usually somewhere warm and tropical at this time of the year. Eight out of the last ten years I’ve been away with the camera. Each year there is the usual angst about what to take and what to leave at home. As I never put camera equipment in the hold of the aircraft it means everything has to stay in the cabin. Airlines have got stricter about the weight of cabin bags and often weigh them. Jeanette and I have the same discussions about how we carry all…

New Direction & New Heroes

It can’t have escaped anyone that either follows me or is friends with me on any of my social media platforms that 2018 was for me a year when I added a new photography genre into my portfolio. Live Rock photography. All my life I’ve been a rock music fan, mainly classic rock music with Led Zeppelin being top of the tree for me. Travelling as much as I do in my car I’ve had thousands of hours listening to my iPod/iPhone over the years whilst visiting customers. During that time I’ve sometimes complained that I would like to experience…

Feeding Station Marauder

Today was supposed to be a ‘payback’ day for disappearing yesterday to photograph Waxwings, my penance was to paint the bathroom ceiling and door. A day of sanding, filling, painting & cleaning began whilst listening to music and occasionally joining in with the lyrics. Mrs G even went out to get additional supplies to keep me employed with my brushes, getting every possible minute out of my DIY day. I’m a reluctant painter, but once I’ve started I like to crack on and get it done. With the ceiling filled and painted I started on the door jamb when I…

Finally off the mark

January 2019, not an image, not a shutter press, a photographic non-event. Lack of opportunity or inspiration or whatever but not a single picture recorded by my cameras. Of course, there is always the useless images I may have taken with the iPhone but not worthy of saving. So, I was always going to go and do something this weekend with the promise of decent light and weather, but what? Waxwings! It has been a good few years since I have photographed Waxwings, and, although it has not been a bumper winter for them in the UK there have been…

Garden Safari

We’ve lived in our house for 25 years and I’ve always kept an eye on what wildlife we have had in the garden during that time. Over the years I’ve had a lot of different birds either fly over or land in the garden. A couple of years after we moved in during cold winter I watched 5 species of thrush feeding at the same time on my windfall apples. Five years ago on Christmas Day I finally connected with Waxwing, although this was observed ‘from’ the garden. I remember one Spring we had a pair of amorous & noisy…