Here we are at picturesque North Berwick. I was instructed by a local where to get the perfect picture postcard shot of Craigleith (the rock out to sea in the centre of the frame).
Craigleith hosts a thriving colony of birds, including puffins, gannets, and other seabirds. The Bass Rock appears white, but this is due largely to the gannets and their guano (bird shit) that cover much of its surface.
One of the first things you start to notice when you cross the bridge to Deer Isle in Maine is not only the stunning scenery but also the amount of rubber left on the tarmac.
I spent last week on vacation in and around Stonington, the main town on the island and each day as I went out for a bike ride one would come across fresh burnouts, evidence of last nights fun and games.
Turns out of course I am a little late to this local phenomenon as it has been well documented already in a 2006 documentary ’Tire Tracks‘ from island resident and first time director John Steed. Great review and insight in to the ritual here from David Carr at the NYT.
Following last weeks debut of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we have the new Late Night (later tonight) with host Seth Meyers. And whilst I have not yet had the pleasure of photographing Mr Meyers I did get to snap his new band leader Fred Armisen some time back for Maxim.
It was one of those fun shoots where Fred got to spend $500 of Maxims money however he chose. I seem to remember the purchasing of antiques, instruments and copious amounts of Momofuku Milk Bar treats amounted for most of the cash. I also read that Portlandia fans have nothing to fear as Fred’s new gig will not interfere with filming of future series. So there.
I am in the midst of a major website overhaul and update (ye yes my dears I know the excitement surrounding such a shiny new thing is palpable and whilst we don’t have a launch date set in stone it will be very very soon I promise) and came across this outtake from the shoot which will feature on the new site. How’s about that then for a sneak peak…
Here it is in all its printed glory ‘Boomtown Nashville’ for the September 2014 Travel + Leisure style and culture issue.
In case you are none the wiser Nashville is the hot spot at the moment. There’s a lot more to this town then country music BTW. What with Jack White, The Black Keys et al the scene crosses all genres with ease and then some.
BUT music is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot of cool cool tasty shizzle happening across the board; the arts, culture, food, drink, business, etc etc etc.
At times it kinda feels like Williamsburg (especially up and coming East Nashville), all bearded and tattoo’d out only with none of the attitude or pretense. All that easy going Southern charm just oozes out of everyones pores. Even the immigrants who have moved in in droves and are adding their own blend to an already exciting mix have embraced the Nashville ways of creativity through community.
Finally stuck a proper point and shoot in the Pantani jersey for Sunday’s ride. Although once the roads started to go up, the camera seemed to come down with a severe case of sticky pocket and not want to come out to play as the pain and gradients rose…
Anyways it was a glorious day for it. Train transfer from Grand Central to Beacon, then across the bridge to Newburgh, Storm King Highway before Bear Mountain ascent, Seven Lakes Drive, 9W, GWB and the hell ride that is the West Highway bike path on a Sunday afternoon.
Good times with the four man breakaway Robert ‘go faster Rapha Pro Team Jersey stripe’ Wright, Jonathan 'I go to 11’ Winton and Brett 'chaffed undercarriage’ Sahler…
And finally for the week a proper photo. This one was taken in Florianopolis, Brazil back in March while on assignment for ESPN the Magazine when southern hemisphere summer was in full effect. Have been meaning to post more pics, outtakes etc from my adventures on here. I promised Mr Minty Fresh himself that I would get on it months ago. Here’s a start what with beach weather looming…
No better way to get one ready for a hard day on the links then with the nutritious ‘Full Scottish’ at The Golf Inn in Gullane.
Thats some sweet-cured streaky bacon, 2 pork and leak sausages, 1 black pudding, freshly caught haggis, 2 grilled tomatoes (well two halves so 1 whole), mushrooms, baked beans, a tattie scone, toast, butter, two fried eggs and a nice cup of tea.
The only way to keep your game regular over 18 holes apparently…
I think I got the call about 1.00pm on a Friday. Could I be at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre off Times Square at 5.00pm to shoot the photographers friend Alec Baldwin for The Hollywood Reporter’s New York issue.
Alec could not be photographed inside the theatre so I would have to shoot him on the street. The mag were unsure of how long Alec would give me, to be prepared for the worst and to try and get at least two different options.
I managed to get home, get my gear and made it to the theatre with no time to scout about 4.45pm. At 5.00pm on the dot Alec walked out the stage door, said he had an idea for the photo and just like that we were off for a quick tour of Times Square, where he posed with some bemused tourists before we walked once around the block. Alec was being interviewed by the writer as we went and broke free of the tape recorder only this once en route.
There was no set up time so it was all seat of the pants stuff and had to practically beg for the second option (above) when we finished our lap. All in all about 5 minutes of rat tat tat, with about 40 usable frames. Alec was a bit of a blinker so anything else decent was lost to shut eye.
Worked out well in the end. Sometimes having no time to think isn’t a bad thing at all. All you need is one or two in the end…
Big thanks to Carrie Smith and The Hollywood Reporter crew.