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Marina Rinaldi

Marina Rinaldi is a beautiful shop selling clothing for normal-sized women. They were having a refit in the summer and it was a great pleasure to take photos of the new set-up with some stunning interior features.

Career Ready

Career Ready is a charity that places promising kids from disadvantaged backgrounds with mentors in businesses. I visited a number of them doing internships at locations around London, mostly in the City and Canary Wharf. There were some inspiring stories.

Addison Lean

Taxi company Addison Lee recruited Olympic champion Laura Kenny to publicise a cycle safety campaign aimed at reducing “car-dooring”. The purpose was to teach drivers to open the door with their opposite arm as this naturally positions their head to be facing backwards so they see cyclists approaching from the rear before their door is fully open. Laura was a real pro and we got some great shots in a very short time. Images were quickly edited to make afternoon papers.

Jon Snow and Hilary Ineomo-Marcus

It’s a great pleasure when one’s profession brings allows you to meet your heroes. I’ve always been a big fan of Jon Snow and have seen him in the background of a number of ITN commissions. This time he was very much in the foreground posing for some photos while chatting with former prisoner and now talk-show host Hilary Ineomo-Marcus. Jon is a patron of the charity Reprieve and was interested in helping Hilary in his new career.

After the News

ITN are launching a new news show with Emma Barnett and Nick Ferrari. The latter is someone who’s never appealed to me on the radio/tv but in person he was charm itself. Nick and Emma were having a run-through with production staff playing the role of the shows guests. I couldn’t help feeling they might have outperformed them.

Christies Modern Art

I returned to Christies two weeks later to cover a private view for their modern art auction. There was an incredible array of work from Francis Bacon’s Red Pope, cloistered away in it’s own little chapel, to Ansel Adams, surrounded by chrome. I was particularly pleased with the opportunity to out-meta Thomas Struth with a photo of people looking at his photo of people looking at a Pollock painting!

Christies Audrey Hepburn

I’ve always liked Audrey Hepburn’s films but I wasn’t aware of how highly she is regarded by some as a cultural icon. At Christies gathered some serious Hepburn aficionados along with one of her sons and some friends of the auction house. The exhibition was stunning.

Tower Bridge autism event

Every few months Tower Bridge Exhibition opens early on a Sunday to let a small number of Autistic children roam the site in relative peace.

City of London Academy Islington football

Arsenal FC generously hosted the final of a north London school’s football tournament. It was my first visit to the Emirates and the walk out of the tunnel on to the pitch was breathtaking. Sadly my team threw away an early lead but they were definitely the more photogenic.

East West Institute

Every year a small contingent of well-connected and extremely wealthy folk gather to discuss how they are going to better the world. Though there is something unsettling about a group of individuals taking on the foreign policy of a small county their approach was admirable and refreshing. They focussed on non-controversial areas and set about solving specific, surmountable problems that other organisations were either unwilling or unable to address. The star guest was HRH, Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan.