Welcome to my latest blog. Follow the trials and tribulations of one of the UK's top travel photographers ... a rapidly disappearing breed!!
On Sunday we were lucky in Shrewsbury to persuade Martin Roscoe to play a recital in St Alkmund's Church in the historic centre of town. He is a performer at the very top of his game. He has recently completed recording the entire 32 piano sonatas written by Beethoven, plus 3 other sonatas not usually included. He gave an astonishing and beautiful performance of the Appassionata sonata, one of the greatest sonatas ever written. Also music by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Maxwell Davies. One of those recitals that will stay with us till the day we die.
I did some promotional photos for his agency Hazard Chase.
An english woman, Anna-Marie Hilling, who spent 6 years cleaning and restoring a 15 foot crucifix stored in a side-room in Ognissanti Church in Florence has helped to uncover an original work by the italian early renaissance master Giotto. Cleaning away centuries of grime and candle soot revealed magnicent colours and the crucifix now hangs proudly in the main church.
Spent the day photographing art from the eaarly italian renaissance period in Arezzo Tuscany. What a beautiful old city. Piero della Francesca's fresco cycle in the Franciscan Church in Arezzo is absolutely stunning.
Good to hear from Kester Jones-Hanby who did some photoshop work for me when he was a schoolboy. He is now studying film at Leeds. Best of luck with your career!
Also had contact from Jonathan and Angie Scott who I travelled to Antarctica with some years ago. A fabulous couple of esteemed wildlife photographers and zoologists, unassuming and genuinely keen to help other photographers. They have a new series on TV this summer. Keep eyes peeled!