Monday, 28 September 2015

Brits Abroad at 12 Star Gallery

Simon Williams - from the new project @ brits-abroad.com

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: comm-lon-exhibition@ec.europa.eu




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

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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: