If you come to Bristol to see the ‘Shaun in the City‘ charity arts trail, and you pop in to see the Shaun at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens, leave time to whizz in to the gardens … it’s looking fantastic at the moment, particularly the gorgeous natural pond…. the flowers are blooming, the trees are magnificent and its also educational. So mix up some plant diversity and plant evolution with your sheep-spotting. Here’s a photograph of the pond, late afternoon. Go on, Ewe won’t regret it. (sorry)…
Bristol University Botanic Garden Pond
Last week I had a lovely, but long, day photographing a house refurbishment done by the TV architect Charlie Luxton and his team at Charlie Luxton Design. The house is hidden away in a village in Wiltshire and is very typical of the area… its a soft-coloured rambling house with warm stone and a rambling garden. The architects have added a modern vaulted kitchen using traditional and contemporary materials, and the interior layout has been totally redone. Architectural Photography requires that you arrive early, and stay late, to ensure that you got a selection of images that will show the building at its best…. the light is best at these times, and the angled light can show the features and details better. Charlie loves the pics and I’m off soon to do another of his projects…
Architectural Photography for Charlie Luxton Design
I hadn’t been to the Isle of Wight since childhood, but what a surprise! Its an old fashioned (in a good way), quintessentially english sort of place…. not that I had time to explore, but there are some great old gardens, some fantastic scenery and some interesting history. The George hotel feels like its been there forever (Charles the second stayed in one of the rooms!) and its position on the seafront in Yarmouth makes it a must-stay hotel on ‘the island’. We spent two days photographing the rooms, the restaurant, the staff and the exterior. The recent refurbishment manages to keep all the charm, but with a modern and stylish twist, and much of the hotel has views to die for. Not difficult to photograph really 😉
The George Hotel, The Isle of Wight.
I have just returned from holidays in Nerja, Spain, and was bowled over by the sub-tropical planting in the gardens surrounding our ‘villa’. All sorts of palm trees (Washingtonia, Phoenix etc) and colourful, showy flowers, all beautifully kept. It’s so different from the gardens we get over here, and I couldn’t help but snap away with my Fuji X-Pro 1 (mostly with the 60mm macro)… some nice material for the picture library!
Colourful Sub Tropical planting in Nerja, Spain
I was proud to be invited to photograph the Minehead Beach Hotel in Somerset for the YMCA, who bought the hotel in 2013. They are fully committed to helping young people in the community to shine, and offer apprenticeships, training and support to develop the talent in their kitchens and other services. Many of the apprentices go on to become full time additions to their staff team. Its a big place, right on the sea front, and right next door to the iconic Steam Railway. The kitchens are run by Paul Ruttledge, and the food they bought out for me to photograph was excellent…. fresh, colourful and tasty… eat your heart out Jamie Oliver in fact 😉
Photography at Minehead Beach Hotel in Somerset
I just read this post on the Guardian and was astounded by some of the figures… If you haven’t already, take a look at the app and have a real good root around… there are some amazing photographers working with it (and a lot of not-so-amazing too!) and it works so intuitively. I have been posting all sorts of stuff, shot on my Iphone 6… flowers, interiors, pubs, views and travel images, and there’s a lot of food, coffee cups and selfies (not from me!) too…. as with all media platforms, you have to sift the wheat from the chaff! you can see my work at @markboltonphoto on Instagram (or click the button at the side of this blog..)
Some of my recent Instagram posts
I have just finished photographing with a kitchen company in Bristol, Beaufort Kitchens. I first worked with a guy called Chris Holland about 15 years ago (in the days of film and polaroids!) and it turned out he’s one of the people behind the company! so it was nice to join up with them again, and see some of their amazing work… sleek and contemporary kitchens that are beautifully made. They never go out of fashion… unlike film photography!
Beaufort Kitchens photography, summer 2015
Just spent a great evening at Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Dorset, out on the terrace, drinking cocktails and picking at canapes…. actually thats not strictly true… it was a bit chilly, there were people wandering about and the napkins were flying around in the wind. Yes, another ‘trickier than I thought’ hotel shoot. Thanks to Gemma and the team at the hotel, we got the right image and it was all worth it!
Christchurch Harbour Hotel, an evening on the terrace
Hotel Photography at Penally Abbey, Wales
‘We’re not hoteliers,’ says Lucas Boissevain, who together with his wife Melanie bought Penally Abbey in Tenby, West Wales in 2014. Well, strictly speaking they are not. You wouldn’t know it though as you watch them buzz around the place dealing with staff, sorting menus, charming their guests. In just eight months, they’ve transformed what was a slightly tired hotel into a gorgeous boutique retreat. It helps that Melanie is an interior designer while Lucas knows all there is to know about business. It helps too that they have one of the most beautiful buildings in the area crammed with Strawberry Hill Gothic features and boasting (to use an estate agent’s favourite word) heart-stopping views to Caldey Island and the Gower. Who needs hoteliers!