Le Tour

They called it Le Tour De Yorkshire.  With typical regional pride, us Yorkshire Folk have gone out of our way to make the first two stages of the 101st Tour De France our own.  Wanting to show the world how we do things in Yorkshire. So with plenty of good cheer and beer, we saw the riders on their way.  The race passed through the village where my mum lives on both days, so there I stayed and while my kids played the village experienced a kind of carnival.  It was grand.

Instagrams from Bhutan

In May I was on a Trek through the mountains of Bhutan to photograph.  Quite an amazing place.  I had never been at that altitude before (we reached just shy of 5000 meters) nor on a trek of that duration (6 days) though I am familiar with tents..

I'm still editing the work and will be writing a piece to accompany the photographs, but for now here's some photos I took with the quite excellent camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Calvin Klein Live in Singapore

I recently shot a social media campaign for Calvin Klein during their Calvin Klein Live event in Singapore. The photos were posted on their tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and used for PR of the event. 

That's the interesting thing about this job: one week I can be trying to explain to someone why I need access to a situation because I'm doing a story on migrant workers that I think is important and needs to be told, and the next week I can be sitting in a hotel bar photographing a top model sipping Singapore Slings. And both are equally as tough, but for very different reasons.

So anyway, here's how the photos appeared on Instagram.  Check out the other Calvin Klein social media pages for more...

Singapore Airshow

The other week I was down at the Singapore Airshow for a couple of days, shooting for the EPA.

They were still setting up on the media preview day, so there was a bit of behind the scenes action going on.

I've never been to an airshow before.  It was somewhat impressive watching those pilots fly those big noisy jets.

I especially enjoyed the Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles, and not just because my wife is Korean.... 

Also watching the huge new Airbus making slow turns through the sky was mesmerising. I'm used to seeing big passenger aircraft like that roar on and off runways in straight lines, not making such graceful motions.

All us photographers were doing this:

Meanwhile, commercial airline execs, politicians, manufacturers and the military were making all kinds of multi million dollar deals.... Quite the event.

People seemed to be enjoying themselves....

My favourite shot from the whole show was of an Israel Aerospace Industries Super Heron Heavy Fuel unmanned aircraft - in other words a drone - under wraps before it's unveiling.  Unfortunately the editors at the news desk didn't run it, but I like to think I got a shot that says something about the clandestine nature of how this technology is being used..

Or at least, that's what I think.