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March 14, 2014
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Yes on a Friday Afternoon.



  Patrick, Yes Scotland campaigner, in Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

A cold Friday afternoon, and in the West End of Glasgow outside Partick train station, 6 campaigners from the Yes Kelvin branch of Yes Scotland meet up to distribute leaflets and canvas support for Scottish Independence. I joined them for an hour, shooting some reportage, and since there was a great red wall nearby, it seemed churlish to not also shoot some portraits…

Many thanks to Patrick and colleagues for their help.

See the full set of images, and licence them here, on Getty Images.


 Dave, Yes Scotland campaigner, in Glasgow, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

 

 

March 14, 2014
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Tony Benn.



Tony Benn, in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2008. © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2008, all rights reserved.

 

Tony Benn, the great Labour politician has passed away aged 88. I was fortunate enough to photograph him on many an occasion, mostly whilst he was in Edinburgh for his highly popular readings at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The shot above comes from one of those occasions. He always sat for photos and photographers with great patience, kindly and humourously obliging us with puffing on his pipe endlessly to give us the smoke we wanted in images.

There is great quote about photography by Tony Benn, “…photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”

I hope they have his favourite pipe tobacco wherever he has departed for. Godspeed Tony Benn.

 

 

March 13, 2014
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In the blue light of evening

In the blue light of evening, in the best of both worlds, Better Together campaigners were out delivering the leaflets, knocking on doors to deliver their argument for Scotland remaining a part of the United Kingdom in the September referendum on Scottish Independence.

I went with them in the streets of Glasgow to see what is happening, to meet the people doing the work, part of my photographing the run up to the referendum.









All images are ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved. But are of course available to licence for reproduction.

March 11, 2014
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A Man Alone.

As always I’m looking for something a little different from a photography shoot. Sure you get the head shot of the politician in the can, shoot it vertical, shoot it horizontal, but then what? What can I do to get something a little more unusual?

Today I was out with Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, as he opened a new digital business incubator lab in Edinburgh, Scotland. Not overly exciting sounding, but it was good. There was plenty of daylight streaming in from both sides of the room, lots of people about, some technology, and as ever the First Minister was joking and friendly, taking an interest. And I had plenty of time to photograph. Plenty of time to experiment and try for something a little different.

This was the frame I like best from the shoot, maybe not the most obvious, but it could be useful sometime perhaps. Alex Salmond had been doing interviews for television in a glass box-like room, and then the TV crew stepped out, leaving the First Minister by himself, between crews and interviews.



Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, in Edinburgh. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

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February 19, 2014
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Visualizator, Belgrade!

Well, there was a rumour. But sometimes you get an email which confirms the rumour, things become clearer, images show you proof.

My Roma portrait work had been shown in Bursa Photo Festival in 2012, kindly invited by the festival curator and photographer Jason Eskenazi, and then nicely it was taken out of their storerooms and travelled onwards to GaleriBU in Istanbul, then onwards again to be part of the photography work shown in Sofia Photo Festival. The work had a nice little life going for itself, again all facilitated by Jason Eskenazi, in the Balkans and Mediterranean. And I didn’t have to do much other than give consent by email for it to keep travelling. Great.

And then there was a rumour. “Can your work be shown in Belgrade, Serbia?” was the question. Sure I said, the more places the merrier. And then it all went quiet. Nothing. Submarine radio silence. Not even a ping from the depths.

Until yesterday when an email pops in, ping!, ‘Hi, the show went well. the work was well received. can we get a portrait of you for in the catalog.” Woooah! What catalog, what show, when was it? Sure enough my Roma Portraits had been shown once again, in November it turns out, in Belgrade at the Public Museum. Emails were exchanged and today I get sent some images of the show. And here is a sneak view of it, I’d recommend you go see the festival, see the show, but it’s finished. Three months ago. Alongside work by myself, there was great photography from Michael Ackerman from New York and Hai Zhang from China. I’m sure it would have look good. Congrats to all at Visualizator Festival for pulling it all together, their first photo festival. Here’s to your second festival this November!

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Michael Ackerman's work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Michael Ackerman’s work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Hai Zhang's work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Hai Zhang’s work, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

Roma Portraits, Visualizator Festival, Belgrade, Serbia.

 

February 19, 2014
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Back up, back up!

It”s like a post-party hangover. You undertake a 7-week, 18-country assignment, and then you awake and there’s a big clean up to do…

Thankfully on my recent trip through the African continent, from Sierra Leone eastwards to Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, then south all the way to South Africa, my images were sent back to Glasgow to my client on a daily basis. So I didn’t return home to any massive edit to do, everything was done and dusted on the road, and many of the roads I travelled were very dusty.

The only thing remaining on my return was the inevitable little laundry, a little rest, say hello to the family (hey, remember me?) and of course the backing up! All the photography work shot was backed-up to 3x 1TB portable harddrives whilst travelling, on a nightly basis, before the camera’s flash cards were formatted ready for the next day’s shooting… But of course when I get back the whole shoot, all 625GB of it, needed to be added to my main archive drives, and imported into my main Lightroom archive catalog. So, now as I sit typing this, scroll bars are scrolling, lights blinking, everything is transferring across. And then I do it again and again. My main archive exists in triplicate, 3 identical sets of drives, all kept in separate locations, so everything gets backed up 3 times. Cautious, moi? Oui.  The edit of the assignment has already also been backed up to my online archive.

And then, once it is backed-up it’s over. That section of the job is done. Part 1 of this assignment was 8 countries through Asia, Part 2 was this 18-country African rollercoaster. Next up, Part 3 begins in late March, a trip through the Caribbean for 7 weeks, I”m not sure how many countries, about 10 or so I think. Only one more thing to do and that is to renew my passport!

Visas

February 13, 2014
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Postcard: Lesotho #1

My time in Lesotho was short but it was full of action, full of photos. And incredibly enjoyable. From the beautiful landscapes up in the mountains to the friendliness of the people, everyhing was great. I hope to go back some day, but it could be tricky to live up to this first visit…

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February 8, 2014
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Postcard: Swaziland #1

Beautiful Swaziland. The landscape was great, and for once I was out in the country, driving through the verdant greenery, up red dirt track roads synonymous with Africa and running…

Great place, but has seen troubles in recent times with the spectre of HIV, and a large percentage of people being infected, hanging over the population…

But now I’ve left Swaziland. There are inly two countries left on this stsge if this assignment, Lesotho which is my next stop, then South Africa.

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February 7, 2014
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Postcard: Mozambique #1

I went to Mozambique with the words of Bob Dylan’s song ‘Mozambique’ ringing in my ears. I wanted to see the pretty couples dancing cheek to cheek.

Outside my hotel in the morning, men and women would sit, walk or stand to pray. Some spoke quietly, others shouted to the sky and sea…

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February 7, 2014
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Postcard: Mauritius #1

Once agsin, like the Seychelles, our brief assignment time in Mauritius felt very unlike being in Africa. Again a reminder that you can’t really talk of ‘Africa’ as a whole, all the nations are very different.
This assignment has been a good geography lesson.
I didn’t shoot a lot here, so I’m afraid you get a swimming pool shot…

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