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Back to the wall - Part two

Having felt privileged to have been in Berlin before the wall came down I decided to re-visit some of the places I had photographed as a young photography Student back in 1987.

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Finding the prints from 30 years ago was the first hurdle to overcome for which a trip up into the loft was ultimately required and I was delighted to find they were still in good order.

This was followed by a concerted effort to find the locations of the shots I had taken without the help of geo tags & the like.

Eventually, a map secured in the DDR museum was my point of reference for trying to retrace my steps along the wall to recreate the shots I took all those years ago from the Western side of the wall and beyond.

My decision to shoot in B&W in 1987 was largely to represent the "cold feeling" the wall gave me in what was actually a very decadent and colourful city as opposed to the approach taken by most of my fellow students who opted to shoot in "full technicolor". Two different approaches which gave a very different representation of the wall and its legacy which I suppose only came to prominence two years later with the fall of the wall.


Thankfully my monochrome approach back in 1987 served to further illustrate the stark differences in this once divided city between then & now.

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One location in the former East Berlin that I couldn't track down was way ahead of it's time. Recycling food was widespread in the DDR.

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Back to the wall - Part one

A recent trip to Berlin gave me a chance to reacquaint myself with a wonderful city that I hadn't actually visited since 1987 - two years before the fall of the wall.

The Eastside gallery now contains the largest section of the wall still standing which became an "official" canvas for a selection of artists after the fall of the wall and for the hordes of tourists alike.

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Retail people

Shooting the Board of Directors and senior management team for Debenhams 2016 Report and accounts gave me the chance to shoot some really nice group shots in an interesting environment, with some room to breathe for a change.

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It also gave me the chance of an altogether more illuminating experience, shooting in-store scenarios in my natural reportage style, to cover all kinds of activities from the clothing rails to the make-up counters, featuring a wealth of individuals who drive the business of this retail giant. 


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Getting your kicks

A chance meeting at a networking event with Ken Pankiewicz from KickFit gave me an insight into his world of running a Martial Arts School.

A couple of months later I found myself shooting an event for him where the full repertoire of Martial Arts skills were on view.

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A Private view

As Summer comes, so do the End of Year Shows.

Further to a project for Wycombe High School for Girls towards the end of 2015, I returned to capture the culmination of creative achievement from the Art Department on the opening night of the exhibition.

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