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Thursday, 14 July 2016


This is a selection in no particular order of some of the still life photography that I have taken over the years. They have been fun to do probably because I learned so much doing them. 

The Alumni Boat Party 08/07/2016

The Alumni Boat Party 08/07/2016
I really enjoyed connecting with the various sets of people on this corporate photo shoot. Everyone was in good spirits and gave me something special. We were on a boat cursing the Thames into the evening. Special thanks to Daniel, and Maja from Alumni

Do You Know The Black Glitterati Photographer Bill Jones

Bill Jones, Photographer of the Black Glitterati, Dies at 81


Bill Jones at the “Hollywood in Black and White” exhibition at the Hollywood Museum in 2005.CreditFrederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Bill Jones, who, as one of the first black photographers working the celebrity beat in Hollywood, brought attention to Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and other black stars early in their careers, died on June 25 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, his granddaughter Latoya Jones said.
Mr. Jones first picked up a camera while serving as a sergeant in the Air Force and, after moving to Los Angeles in 1972, began photographing movie stars and entertainers. It was not easy breaking into the business.

“As a black man, it was very difficult at the time when I started,” he told The Mansfield News Journal of Ohio in 2006. “It was tough to get a space in what we call ‘the line,’ meaning the line of photographers taking shots of the celebrities.”

A Midwesterner, he relied on an open, friendly manner, a polite approach and a shrewd strategy. He trained his lens on black actors and musicians whom the white media often ignored, and soon became a fixture in Ebony and its sister publication Jet; the magazine Sister 2 Sister; Right On, a magazine for black teenagers; and newspapers like L.A. Watts Times, The Wave and L.A. Focus.

“It took me about three years before I could talk to all the people I needed to and get them to come to me instead of going to the line,” he told The News Journal. “Being the only black photographer, other black actors and actresses would come to me and let me take whatever pictures I wanted.”

Over the years his subjects included Quincy Jones, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson and Sidney Poitier. “My wife didn’t like it that I was gone every night,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 2013. “But she was impressed by the people I photographed.”

Mr. Jones photographed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he visited Los Angeles in 1964, and in 1990 he traveled to South Africa, paying his own way, to photograph Nelson Mandela as he was released from prison. At the 2002 Academy Awards, he photographed Ms. Berry and Mr. Washington, winners of the best actress and best actor Oscars, holding their gold statuettes aloft. It was one of his favorite images.

“For many years, he was one of few African-American photographers on the red carpet and had experienced unfair treatment, but he didn’t let biased treatment deter him,” Ian Foxx, a Los Angeles photographer and a close friend, told The Los Angeles Sentinel last week. “He treated his subjects honorably and they responded greatly, seeking him out at events, and posed for him voluntarily.”

From left, Halle Berry; Will Smith with Jada Pinkett Smith; and Whitney Houston, all photographed by Bill Jones during his career. Credit Bill Jones

William Benjamin Jones was born on Oct. 4, 1934, in Mansfield, Ohio. He was given up for adoption by his birth parents and reared by Willy and Bertha Jones. After graduating from Mansfield Senior High School in 1954, he enrolled in Howard University in Washington, but he left during his freshman year to enlist in the Air Force.

He stayed for the next two decades, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was trained as an accountant but became fascinated by photography.While stationed on Okinawa, he staged fashion shows on the base and took runway photographs. Later, when he was stationed in England, he took courses at the London School of Photography.

He took his first celebrity photo when Muhammad Ali came to London in 1966 for a return match with the English heavyweight Henry Cooper.
In 1956 he married Reva Ochier. She died in 2011. He is survived by two daughters, Michelle Jones and Natalie Jones; three sisters, Ruth Foster, Betty Jordan and Dorothy Sanders; a brother, Booker Jordan; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Jones moved to Los Angeles, where he earned a master’s degree in business from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1976. While making his early red-carpet forays — he started with a photograph of the comedian Redd Foxx leaving a restaurant on Venice Boulevard — he worked at the accounting firm Swinerton & Walberg.
The disc jockey and entrepreneur Hal Jackson hired Mr. Jones as the photographer for his Talented Teens International Competition.

In 1997, washing his car in front of his house in South Los Angeles, Mr. Jones was attacked by a neighbor with a baseball bat. No motive was ever determined. He lay in a coma for a month, with multiple skull fractures. Many of the celebrities he had photographed over the years raised money to help with his medical treatment.

After a long period of rehabilitation, he resumed his photographic work, using his left hand to take pictures. His most memorable images were collected in “Hollywood in Black: 40 Years of Photography by Bill Jones,” published in 2006. That year the annual Hollywood Black Film Festivalhonored him with a retrospective exhibition.

“My ultimate photo, I don’t know when it’s going to come, is to photograph all the black Academy Award winners,” Mr. Jones told The Los Angeles Times in 1997. “That’s gonna be down the road. But that’s my ultimate shot.”

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


The annual iPhone Photography Awards recognizes professionals and amateurs around the world using iOS cameras and digital processing apps to capture creative photos, and today the collective announced the winners of its ninth competition.

The applicants this year numbered in the thousands and spanned 139 countries around the world, but the grand prize was awarded to a Chinese photographer named Siyuan Niu for his work entitled "Man and the Eagle."

The image shows a 70-year old Mongolian man holding the gaze of his golden eagle while they pose in the foreground of the Tianshan Mountains. Niu, a professional photographer based in the Xinjiang Province, was busy shooting the snowy environment when he was approached by a man riding a horse with an eagle perched on his arm.

"The eagle must have noticed me as it started flapping its wings and screeching, very agitated and vigilant," Niu told Time Magazine. "The old man used his hand and his voice to calm it down. They were touching face-to-face. With my iPhone in hand, I took the shot."

Patryk Kuleta of Poland took first place while second and third went to American photographers Robin Robertis of California and Carolyn Mara Borlenghu from Florida. All three will receive top prizes that will be announced at a later time.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

2017 Sony World Photography Awards

If you are an aspiring or professional photography the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards are here. Here's all the info you'll need to find the right competition for you.

© Claudney Neves

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, the Sony World Photography Awards showcases the best photography in the world from the past year.
Free to enter and open to all photographers, the awards’ are an authoritative voice in the photographic industry, with the power to shape the careers of its winning, shortlisted and commended photographers.
In 2016 the total number of entries received since the first edition in 2007 surpassed 1 million images, reinforcing its position as one of the most respected and influential photography competitions in existence.

Each year a total prize fund of $30,000 (USD) plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers. Photographers are taken on a year-long journey, bringing untold exposure and providing a global stage on which to present their work.
The hugely popular Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, featuring a selection of winning, shortlisted and commended images, is curated at the prestigious Somerset House, London each Spring.

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions

  • Professional - 10 categories, judged on a body of work
  • Open - 10 categories, rewarding the best single images
    ○ National Awards - Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality (please check if your individual country is participating).
  • Youth - for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief
  • Student Focus - for those studying photography
Closing dates
Professional: January 10, 2017 - 11:59pm GMT
Youth & Open: January 5, 2017 - 11:59pm GMT
Student Focus: December 5, 2017 - 11:59pm GMT