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.
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.
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.
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.
With all the madness of Marrakech going on around me it was the scooters flying around in the narrow streets of the souks that captured my eye. All sorts of locals young and old weaving through the bustling crowds and in amongst the buses and taxis on the busy roads of this frenetic city. With brands like Docker and Mate being the prevalent models the ubiquity of this personal mode of transport and the characters riding around gave me an interesting insight into the people living and working in the city.
In the last couple of years I have found myself wandering around in shopping centres throughout Europe, shooting annual report projects for Eurocommercial Properties.
Being a child of the 80’s with a penchant for Kraftwerk inspired electronic music I was naturally drawn to the elegance and simplicity of showroom dummies, images of which I continue to shoot as part of an ongoing project.
For some nostalgia electronica take a look at this rare treat.
In my “other life” as Chairman of my son’s Fencing Club I’m often found wandering around “off piste” trying to capture the action unfolding in front of me. In spite of the fact that fencing generally takes place in dimly lit sports halls and needs to be shot at fast shutter speeds to freeze the action with very limited angles to shoot, occasionally there are some nice shots to be had.
This is where my trusty Nikon D4 really comes into its own allowing me to shoot at previously impossible ISO levels to capture what can be a very explosive sport.
A recent trip to the English Youth Championships in Hertfordshire Sports Village allowed me to capture some of the club’s fencers in action.
To see some more of the action you can visit the TRYB fencing club website which I have designed and continue to manage as well as providing a large proportion of the content.