Mark’s AfricaSolo.

Another portrait assignment from a few weeks back, this one of Scottish adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont. And not the usual Scottish editorial photography location, this one took place during a few days trip over to Cairo, Egypt, to photograph the start of Mark’s AfricaSolo World Speed Record expedition to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town.

The idea with this portrait was to shoot something the day before Mark began his expedition, to get images which could be used by himself for his social media, his record of the expedition, and for use by his various sponsors back home in Scotland. Instead of shooting in downtown Cairo, in anonymous looking streets, we headed out to the Pyramids, something nice and iconic to place Mark as being in Africa, something that would appeal to the Scottish newspapers the following day for their reports of his expedition beginning.  Our use of the Pyramids as a backdrop was slightly hampered by the zealous forces of security that patrol the desert and the Giza Necropolis checking for filming and photography permits, and this dictated where we shot the images and some piece to camera interviews.

Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont, in Cairo, Egypt, 9 April 2015. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.
Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont, in Cairo, Egypt, 9 April 2015. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.

The above image and some of Mark cycling, warming up his legs and bike, did indeed run the next day in the UK newspapers. But by that time we were onwards, the expedition had begun with a 7am start at the iconic Cairo Tower, the point where regulations stated the Guinness World Record had to begin. There Mark was met with various media, well-wishers and fellow cyclists who helped him get out of the city in fine style, with a Friday being chosen for the ‘Off’ as the street would be quiet due to the day being a holiday…

Mark Beaumont, in centre, on the countdown ready to start, Cairo, Egypt. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.
Mark Beaumont, in centre, on the countdown ready to start, Cairo, Egypt. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.

And from there it was out of the city, myself and a film crew scrunched up on the back of a jeep vehicle, filming and photographing through the bumpy streets and then out past the first military checkpoint and into the desert country roads…And soon after this was where I parted ways, Mark was on his own, and I was heading back to Cairo to send images back to the UK from a coffee shop with decent wifi. The normal life of a photographer, “flat white, a triangular sandwich and your wifi code please.”

Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont departs Cairo to begin his Africa Solo expedition. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.
Scottish adventurer Mark Beaumont departs Cairo to begin his Africa Solo expedition. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved, 2015.

 

And did Mark succeed you all ask? Yep, 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes after that 7am Cairo Tower start, Mark cycled into Cape Town, South Africa, and into the record books! Congratulations Mark!

 

Soil Sleuth in Aberdeen

A couple of weeks back I had an early morning editorial portrait assignment up in sunny Aberdeen, Scotland,  a pleasant rush hour drive from Glasgow.  The assignment, for the prestigious science magazine Nature, was to shoot a portrait of Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute, to accompany a forthcoming article.

Prof. Dawson is a ‘soil sleuth’,  a scientist with the know-how to profile the DNA of soil, and along with her team, help detective teams the world over examine soil forensic evidence in crimes. I shan’t try in my layman terms to explain the in’s and outs of her job, but the article is here should you wish to read it.

I post below the portrait of Prof. Dawson as used by the magazine, on a left hand full-page, a crop from the original image (also below).

Prof. Lorna Dawson in Nature Magazine.
Prof. Lorna Dawson in Nature Magazine.

 

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensic Science, at the James Hutton Institute, in Aberdeen, Scotland, 13 April 2015.
Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensic Science, at the James Hutton Institute, in Aberdeen, Scotland, 13 April 2015. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.

And from the shoot, the below was the image I preferred. Interesting both myself, the picture editor and also the designers all chose different shots from the portrait shoot…and the one chosen by page designers is the one which made it onto the page.

Professor Lorna Dawson, of James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.
Professor Lorna Dawson, of James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, all rights reserved 2015.

 

Mark Beaumont’s Africa Solo

Last year I had the pleasure of trotting through the Commonwealth with Mark Beaumont, Scottish cyclist, adventurer, television presenter and endurance athlete. I had to run to keep up.

But none the less, over late 2013 and early 2014, I worked with Mark on 4 continents and through 42 nations and territories, as we both accompanied the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Mark was presenting a programme for BBC and I was the photojournalist on assignment covering the baton relay, and taking care of the story-telling side of things with the Twitter feed and writing a daily blog.

Mark Beaumont, in Turks And Caicos, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Mark Beaumont, in Turks And Caicos, 2014. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

Now I’m pleased to team up with Mark again to do a little more work. In just less than a month’s time Mark sets off once more on travels, to cycle from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town in South Africa…and not just cycle it, but to break the speed record for that route. With the world record currently standing at 59 days and 8 hours, Mark hopes to complete the arduous 10,000km route in 50 days! You can read more about the upcoming trip, called Africa Solo, on Mark Beaumont’s website and in due course once it begins you’ll be able to follow his route and journey updated by GPS every 30minutes. It’s bound to be a great adventure and trip and I’m sure it’ll make for great reading and viewing, and of course I hope you join me in wishing Mark all the best on the journey, and on raising sponsorship for Orkidstudio (a humanitarian architecture and construction charity that Mark is proud to be Patron for) that the trip supports! Send Mark a message of support on his Twitter.

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Mark Beaumont (in white shirt), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.
Mark Beaumont (in white shirt), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.

I recently caught up with Mark to discuss his trip and to shoot a few photographs for him of his intensive training in the Glasgow Velodrome. Here’s a few, including a multi-coloured portrait shot one evening in Turks and Caicos on our previous assignment together… I’ll be posting more about Mark and this trip in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Mark Beaumont (in white shirt), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.
Mark Beaumont (in white shirt), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.
Mark Beaumont (on right), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.
Mark Beaumont (on right), training in the Glasgow Velodrome. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2015, all rights reserved.

 

Wise words from Dorothea Lange

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera”, the words of Dorothea Lange, American photographer who worked in the Farm Security Administration in the 1930’s, on a board outside of Stills Gallery, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

People often mention to me things such as “wah, how did you see that?”, or “you really notice things huh?”. I often just joke back, “I get paid to notice things”, and really that is the essence of this job, I do notice things, I get tuned to how people move whilst they talk, whether it is a CEO in a boardroom, or someone chatting outside a hut in Papua New Guinea. Being a photographer, whether it is for editorial reportage or a corporate portrait, working on assignment is about taking notice, seeing, predicting when things will happen and how and being there ready with the camera.

But even if you’re not working on assignment, not carrying a camera, there is beauty and interesting things all around us, not to mention a fair amount of misery. It’s all there for us to see, if only we’d actually notice instead of just looking without seeing…

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Shot and posted on my Instagram feed @JshPhotog, where I post images from behind the scenes on photography assignments here in Scotland and further abroad, and little moments as I walk through the streets and life. As of January 1st 2015, when it goes live, I will be contributing to the new group @EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed, posting images on climate change and the hopeful solutions. I hope you can join me/us, take a look. Many thanks.

Outstanding in her field.

So with a Document Scotland (and guests A Fine Beginning) show to produce for Street Level Photoworks gallery, Glasgow, beginning August 26th, I’ve been out shooting portraits. I’ve been outstanding in my field.

So it was a few nights ago as I set up my backdrop, a la Richard Avedon’s In The American West, and awaited the arrival of the people I would immortalise photograph, and hey ho, who should walk past as I waited, none other than Tina the goose.

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The photograph comes from my Instagram feed @JshPhotog, please join me there to see little snippets of life as I’m out and about on photographic assignments, thanks.