Hazel Spencer Chapman

Stoked we got the chance to do shoot with West Country surf girl Hazel Spencer Chapman just before she left Australia on her travels through Sri Lank & India, and home to the UK. A talented designer, an adventurer, and water woman at heart....she'll be missed by her friends in Bondi! New surfing and motorcycle adventures from her to come on @thelittlerocket

All natural light with the help of some ideal white wall pillars to bounce some of that lovely light around…

Natural light portrait of @hazelinanutshell

Natural light portrait of @hazelinanutshell

Cuban travels

This was my first trip to this charismatic and beautiful island. Compelled to explore ‘before it all changes’, but soon realising that the country’s charm and lure will not simply vanish over-night (thankfully!). While so many things really do make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1950s (1850s when it comes to Trinidad!), a cultural shift is definitely in progress and it's an exciting time to be in Cuba.

I was keenly anticipating impressive old American cars, matured multi-coloured building facades, cigars and rum. But it’s not until you are actually there do you really feel the island’s rumba heartbeat, and absorb its peoples’ pride and very evident sense of community. 

You also can’t help but be compelled to learn more about it’s history over the last century; especially with revolutionary icons such as Martí, Fidel and Che so visibly revered.  In Hababa Vieja, Hemingway seems to be next on the list of national heroes, with seemingly every bar enticing travellers with the claim that he used to drink his mojitos or daiquiris there!

Things we’ll remember:

  • The energy, music and history of Old Havana
  • Long cross-country Taxi Colectivo rides (6-8 people + bags stuffed into a well aged American classic)
  • The vivid colours, timeworn lifestyle and tropical backdrop of Spanish colonial Trinidad.
  • Scuba Diving in the beautiful blue waters near Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs)
  • Our Cuban hosts' extra warm & helpful hospitality (and humouring my made-up Spanish)

Cars, colours and Cubans in Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus province

Cars, colours and Cubans in Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus province

Milwaukee Art Museum, USA

I have always wanted to visit and shoot this stunning Santiago Calatrava designed lakeside building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The 'Burke Brise Soleil' is the main feature; a massive moveable wing like structure which acts as a sunshade and automatic wind defense. Winds aside, the huge bird folds it's wings down twice a day. It is such a beautiful thing to witness in person.

Santiago Calatrava designed: leading suspension bridge, mast and Burke Brise Soleil

Santiago Calatrava designed: leading suspension bridge, mast and Burke Brise Soleil

Morocco. Black & White series II of II

2nd part of this little black and white series...

During a very hot, dry Ramadan last July, we travelled east from the beautiful confusion of Marrakesh, up over the vivid High Atlas mountains and across the dusty baked savannas to the the desert village of Merzouga on the Algerian boarder.  From here we took the southern loop back around to the shabby Atlantic surf town of Tagazout, and finally a few kms north to the artisan city of Essaouira for Eid al-Fatr.

Our journey gave us ancient medinas, soukes, and legions of minarets. Timeworn and abandoned riads, lush palmeraies, Saharan sand dunes and Berber desert camps. Nerve-racking low-fuel car journeys through the 50°+ desert tracks, a camel ride crash (yep, that happened), surprising local musical encounters, and the promise of the infamous Argan fruit-pooping 'goats in trees' (Eilidh reckons she glimpsed this phenomena from the car, but I didn't see it?!)

Sahara silvers

Sahara silvers

This last shot again taken by Eilidh.... me waiting half asleep for the the sunrise over the Sahara Desert 

Morocco. Black & White series I of II

Just a year ago, one of my oldest & greatest friends Eilidh and I took a little adventure to Morocco. I thought it about time I put a few of the images up (sorry its taken me a while Eils!)

During a very hot, dry Ramadan last July, we travelled east from the beautiful confusion of Marrakesh, up over the vivid High Atlas mountains and across the dusty baked savannas to the the desert village of Merzouga on the Algerian boarder.  From here we took the southern loop back around to the shabby Atlantic surf town of Tagazout, and finally a few kms north to the artisan city of Essaouira for Eid al-Fatr.

Our journey gave us ancient medinas, soukes, and legions of minarets. Timeworn and abandoned riads, lush palmeraies, Saharan sand dunes and Berber desert camps. Nerve-racking low-fuel car journeys through the 50°+ desert tracks, a camel ride crash (yep, that happened), surprising local musical encounters, and the promise of the infamous Argan fruit-pooping 'goats in trees' (Eilidh reckons she glimpsed this phenomena from the car, but I didn't see it?!)

West Sahara.  Morocco, North Africa

West Sahara.  Morocco, North Africa

This final photo by Eilidh McGregor.... before my camel crash