I was recently asked by the NSPCC to cover a charity dance event (much in the same vein as a well known dance themed TV show aired on BBC 1) being held at what used to be my old high school, now a rebuilt brand spanking new fancy pants academy with vending machines and everything. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to do my bit. I thought it would be a really nice idea, while I was there, to put my much unused and sadly neglected lighting kit to good use and shoot some portraits of each of the couples taking part, which I did very quickly during the brief but opportune gaps in the evening’s hectic schedule. You can see the results below. The event was a great success, raising around £8000 for a super worthy cause. Well done to all involved!
When The Wife used to work in Castleford we’d drive across Heath Common on our daily commute where, especially during the foggy winter months, we would see the shadowy silhouettes of the Heath Common ponies grazing in the early morning light. At the time I inexplicably became somewhat obsessed with the ponies, trying to catch a quick snap on my phone while I sat in traffic, so the idea of making a photo study of them has been circling around the magic roundabout of my mind for quite some time now.
The ponies are owned and cared for by the local traveling community who have kept them on the common for many a year now. Up close they are magnificent beasts, each with their own personalities, some inquisitive and some a little shy. Some were a little jumpy too, so it could be a little tricky gauging my approach as everything I shot was on a 35mm lens, meaning that I had to be stood right next to the ponies to get the close up shots. A quick stamp of a hoof usually was my cue to back away gently.
All in all this was a really enjoyable shoot and I hope you enjoy the results. Here is a small selection of the shots I captured. Thanks for looking.