Kaleidoscope Multiverse…

This is why it’s important to always keep the copyright to your own images, and to have them in an agency working for you…

Last night I nipped down the local supermarket here in Glasgow, Scotland, as you do, last minute baguette to go with dinner, and as ever when sent to the supermarket I walk past the magazines and newspapers, scan the headlines, scan the covers for anything that jumps out. Not particularly looking for my own photos, more just scanning them all to see what is happening in life, see any nice designs or some image by someone else which is a beauty. So last night, one jumped out, I thought, huh, that looks like an image I took. And the funny thing was I wasn’t sure, as it could have been a scene shot by any photographer, but there was a silhouette of a head in the bottom right corner, and it struck a chord with me, seemed to be something I remember from my own shot of that scene in Harajuku shopping mall, in Tokyo from a year or two back.

Anyway, as you do, flick to the contents page and scan for a byline, and yep, my name, my agency. Excellent. A baguette and a magazine cover. Worth nipping out for.

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To see the full image, uncropped, unobscured with text then take a look here, photograph of Harajuku mirrored shopping mall, Tokyo, on Getty Images.

 

 

Caribbean Wind.

So I’m on assignment right now, hence the silence on this blog, apologies. I’m on the final section of a 3 part assignment through the Commonwealth for a client, and as eve on assignment time is flying, time is busy…especially with this schedule.

Part 1 saw me go through eight Asian countries back in October and November. Then the epic that was Part 2 was in January and February, 18 countries through Africa, a monster of a trip, but incredible, tiring, exhausting, intense, hot, thousands of images, and great fun.

And now I’m in the Caribbean, a nice way to end this assignment. I’ve been on the road for a month now, through Antigua, Montserrat, Jamaica and a few more. I sit writing this in Miami airport, on my way from The Bahamas this morning to Belize this afternoon.  Still three weeks to go until my last destination for photographing, Gibraltar…

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band member, in Nassau, The Bahamas. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band member, in Nassau, The Bahamas. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2014, all rights reserved.

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!

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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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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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