Monday, 28 September 2015

Brits Abroad at 12 Star Gallery

Simon Williams - from the new project @

Brits Abroad
12 Star Gallery 

32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
14th-23rd October 2015

My project Brits Abroad will be on display at 12 Star Gallery in London from the 14th-23rd of October. Do drop in a take a look.

About the project
The project aims to take an alternative view to the debate on migration by capturing the lives of British people living in Spain. As a Brit myself I chose not to focus on immigrants into the UK but to look the other way and focus on British people who are living abroad. I photographed emigrants in Spain capturing images that show these people in locations key to their life. Some cannot speak Spanish and have hardly integrated with the locals whilst others have married Spanish people and educated their children in local schools.

Preview Evening
If you would like to join me for a free glass of wine and a chat over the photographs then please do come along to the preview evening.

6:30-8:30pm, 13th of October
12 Star Gallery, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
Join the guest list by emailing:

Linda Hutchence - A Brit Abroad
Sean Mitchell - A Brit Abroad
Francesca Sadlier - A Brit Abroad
David Marshall - A Brit Abroad
Carole Hesketh-Smith - A Brit Abroad
Stacey Lloyd - A Brit Abroad

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Cycle Shambles - Pacific Coast Cycling


700 miles cycled
0 bikes broken
5 people broken
4 tubs of sunscreen finished
97 energy bars consumed
1239 photos taken

Starting in Portland, Oregon. Four friends and I followed the pacific coast all the way to San Francisco on our bikes. Along the way we met seals, vultures, massive trucks, giant redwoods and many amazing views. Our thighs also increased in size quite considerably.

Oregon and California, I shall be back.


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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Ideas are dangerous things - pouring 150 litres of wine over a friend

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Ideas are dangerous things. For example “what would happened if I poured copious amounts of wine over a person?”

This was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a shoot. Once someone has allowed themselves to be utterly covered in a substance then the ideas just keep flowing. How many different ways are there to pour wine over a friend? Let’s try them all and see what looks good.

The idea first crossed my mind after photographing a wine journalist a little while back and as great ideas do it got stuck. Pictures kept appearing in my head of what it might look like. I ended up having to find a way to make the shoot happen.

Thankfully my friend Nik is rather into wine. In fact he loves his wine so much he started his own wine business called Red Squirrel Wines. So I asked Nik if I could pour 150 litres of wine over him and got a single word email in response: “Yes!”

Of course I then had to figure out how to make it happen. It is not easy to get that amount of liquid all dropping on a single person and being able to control it enough to capture a photo. However, many hours sat in front of google can solve all of life's problems it seems - it can even acquire you 150 litres of wine to photograph and a barrel to pour it from. So we had a date and we had the wine and the kind people at Machine Shop had supplied us with a device to pour it from.

The shoot was hilarious and wonderful. Nik was brilliant in front of the camera: he had plenty of ideas and didn’t mind having to shower every 15 minutes only for his identical outfit to be soaked yet again.

Anyone else want me to pour stuff all over them?

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Here's a little video of the madness from my instagram:

Monday, 24 August 2015

Helping Pathway to help the homeless: they need your support

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Have you ever been in a hospital? Not a nice feeling. Now imagine being homeless and needing help from a hospital. This is what Federico Garcia asked me to do. At Frontera he has created a wonderful idea to raise money for a homeless charity and we need your help to fund it.

Pathway is a charity that works on improving the healthcare standards for rough sleepers and homeless people across the UK and thus improving their chances of getting on the path out of homelesness. They work with hospitals across the country ensuring that the most vulnerable groups receive compassionate care leading to a more positive life path.

Pathway have just launched a campaign promoting their work in which seven former homeless people who benefited from the charity’s work donated items of clothing dear to them to fashion designers across Europe to upcycle for charity. The pieces hold particular significance as the ones they valued most from their time on the streets. The fashion designers will upcycle them and the owners’ “stories of rebirth” will be stitched to the inside of the clothing.

Frontera asked me to take portraits of the seven donors to help promote the campaign and in particular the crowdfunder which will hopefully pay for the organisation of the auction where the upcycled clothes will be sold.

The stories the sitters told me were heartwrenching. Each different and each uniquely touching. From stories of abuse at home that led to running away from home and life on the streets, to seemingly small accidents leading to the same outcome. These people have been through awful things and I was honoured that they wanted to share their stories with me in front of my camera.

If I had learnt one thing it is that sometimes a few moments of bad luck can turn one’s life upside down. Stability is not a given: even with a successful career just one unfortunate trip on the underground can lose you a family and the life you’d known. Luckily, it works both ways - even from a life of prostitution people can turn around and help others in need. We need organisations like Pathway to help the bad stories turn into the best ones.

You can find out more about Pathway on their website:

Support their work by donating:

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Hong Kong


I recently had the pleasure of going to Hong Kong for a commission of which I can’t tell you much about yet. What I can, however, do is share some of my photos from the day I had to explore the city. It was my first visit to the Far East and certainly not the last one. Hong Kong is a thrilling place: hot, misty and busy. Visually stimulating on every corner - from the high rising buildings to the lively markets down below - it just begs to be captured. People are always on the move, the traffic is insane, even the lights at night put on a show.

I saw the maids (apparently the profession makes up 3% of Hongkongese population) enjoying a day off in makeshift cardboard booths, tried fish-flavoured congealed rice (tastes as interesting as it sounds) and made friends with a few locals keen to show me the best of the city. One day is not enough to capture Hong Kong, but I feel my photos show at least a glimpse of the buzzing, teeming feeling that Hong Kong will greet you with.

Nick Lovatt - A Brit abroad: Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for The Sunday Times Magazine


I was asked to photograph Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for Sunday Times Magazine for an article about the letters she receives from people in need. You know you’re in for a treat when the sitter describes herself as a "leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Shia Muslim, part-Pakistani, and ... a very responsible person". In a brief sitting Yasmin told me of the letters she receives from the Muslim community asking for support. You may have heard of her alerting the police following a letter she received from from a victim of sexual abuse by BBC’s former presenter Stuart Hall. Since then, there have been many other letters and Yasmin works tirelessly to provide support to those in need.

Thank you to The Sunday Times team for the eye-opening commission.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Wilfried Zaha for the Premier League Kicks


“I guess that will have to do” was the only thought that came to me when I was given exactly 30 seconds to photograph Wilfried Zaha for the Premier League recently.

The Premier League runs an initiative called “Premier Kicks” which aims to inspire and help children from less advantaged backgrounds get into sport. I was invited to photograph a recent session of Premier Kicks in Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha was the guest star of the evening and he certainly did provide the kids with inspiration. They were so excited I felt a bit sorry for the man trying not to get mobbed by the loving crowd. He did a quick presentation of his football skills and took his time letting all the kids take selfies with him. The fact that he himself was a Premier Kicks kid before his successful career as a midfielder for Crystal Palace really sparked the kids’ imagination.

At the end of it all, I had 30 seconds to take a few portraits of Wilfried to promote the Premiere Kicks initiative. He was then swiftly whisked off by his management leaving the kids with dreams of fantastic football careers and cars like his Lamborghini.

I also met George Henry who is a coach for Premier Kicks - another ex-kid from the Crystal Palace Kicks program proving that with a little bit of passion and a helping hand in inspiration, we can all do great things. After the madness of the event I jumped in the car with George and grabbed a few photos of him in the neighbourhood that he grew up in. He still lives there and tries to give as much back as he can through the work he does inspiring kids with sport.

Thank you Premier League for making me a part of your great initiative.

If you would like to know more about Premier League Kicks, here is a link: