Out of hibernation

Summer came to town yesterday!!! Just as the trees were putting on their new green jackets we were all stripping off the layers and I was basking in the sun wondering if I was already in the South of France? Oh, did I mention that that’s where I’m heading next week – just for a few days in Nice followed by, drum roll, my first Cannes film festival experience?!

In case you’re wondering how that came about, well ostensibly I’ll be supporting my partner, Fred, who will have a couple of films there that he’s worked on. I know what you’re thinking and, yes, it’s just one of those tiresome things you have to do for someone you love. I could be doing something much more interesting instead – like sitting on a crowded underground train, painting my bathroom or unblocking the drains, but it is my duty to be there for him – on the red carpet if needs be; or even at that cocktail party on the beach. Sigh!

Not convinced that I would drop everything for love to endure sunshine, sand and celebrity soirees in the south of France?  Well, actually I may well be doing my own little bit of networking there, as I’ve also taken a bit of a cinematic detour myself over the past year. Yes, I admit it. I’ve been neglecting important duties like this blog because I’ve been caught up in the intoxicating world of movie making. More precisely I’ve been dabbling in stills photography; publicity shots; premieres and actors’ portfolio pictures.

It’s been a lot of fun – especially getting an insight into the process of a film being made. One documentary that I worked on meant leaving London just as winter was taking a grip, to spend two months in Paris and Rome photographing the likes of Roman Polanski and Wes Anderson. I do keep making these sacrifices I’m telling you!

Anyway darlings, my shrink (everyone in the movie business has one don’t ya know) tells me that I need to keep things real and not neglect my original fans just because I’m now mingling with celebrities (well not exactly, but I did go to Tom Hanks film premiere last week, does that count?) So, I’m picking up the blog again – just to keep my feet on the ground and because, joking aside, what’s the point of taking photos if no-one sees them?

So, hello, is anyone still out there??? For anyone that may still lingering on, here’s a sunrise photo taken in Miami earlier this year. Well, it’s a new dawn after all…

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A room with a view

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This was the view from the villa in Montisi where I was both photographing and staying (to be immense delight) for a client in Tuscany. Naturally the ancient villa was incredibly beautiful, so it wasn’t too difficult getting some lovely shots (I’m hoping the owner will let me share some here). And my job was made even easier, and even more pleasurable, with vistas like this from my window. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

 

Walking Bowser

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I’m back in the UK, in lovely Oxfordshire (not quite Tuscany but beautiful in its way). I’m not sure that I’ve timed my return very well though as a severe winter is predicted to commence tomorrow – with intense snowfall and temperatures around -15 degrees. What’s more it’s scheduled to last for three to four months. Crikey!

I thought I had better sneak in an ‘autumnal England’ picture, seeing as though today unexpectedly appears to be the last day of the season here!

So, here’s my mother walking my sister’s dog, Bowser (or rather patiently waiting for me to stop lagging behind taking photos so that they can continue their walk).

Watch this space for England in the snow pictures, possibly coming soon…

Back in Italy!

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It was tough getting on a plane to leave India, but made easier knowing that I had a couple of photography jobs lined up that would take me back to Tuscany in Italy.

So here I am back again in my favourite European country after nearly a year’s absence, feeling thankful that nothing has changed. The Tuscan sun is still as glorious as ever; the olive trees, vineyards and wheat fields are still stunning; and the food and wine hasn’t lost any of its wonderful flavours.  With so much blissfulness I’ve a feeling there could be more airport tears coming up…

(Incidentally, returning to European soil doesn’t mean an end to my Indian posts – I will have the major task of cataloguing all the Indian and Nepalese photographs once my Italian jobs are completed, and no doubt posting my favourites along the way!)

Autumn / Fall (1)

After spring, Autumn is my second favourite time of the year (it would be favourite if I didn’t know what was to follow!). The colours in Italy seem to be extra stunning this year, like fire, so I could be posting a few of these pictures in the next few days. But then again, the trees seem to be losing their leaves incredibly fast (they were falling like rain today and it wasn’t even windy) so autumn may have gone before we know it.