SMS Creative Photography and Parallax Art Fair - London - 6 & 7 July 2019

A collection of sought-after photographs of rock music legends and the cars they love to drive.

I am delighted to be taking part in the Parallax Art Fair which is being held at the magnificent Kensington Town Hall on 6 & 7 July 2019, I will be exhibiting and selling my limited edition classic & supercar photographs from the collection ‘A Drive Down Memory Lane’.

I would also like to welcome Stephen Colegrave, who will be exhibiting with me a wide selection of limited edition photographs of rock music legends, such as David Bowie and Debbie Harry and other greats from the 70s and 80s, by New York based photographer Bob Gruen and others; if you came to the studio during Christmas time you would have seen some of the photographs at our pop-up exhibition. 

The Parallax Art Fair at Kensington Town Hall

The Parallax Art Fair at Kensington Town Hall

A little bit more about what to expect, the fair exhibits more than 7000 works of fine, decorative and applied arts from around the world. The exhibitors range from recent graduates to highly experienced artists and photographers with international exhibiting experience. It is a place where different cultures mix and new ideas are shared all in uplifting surroundings and to the accompaniment of classical and jazz musicians. It is an experience not to be missed. 

This year for the first time in this fairs history, there will be a book shop with some interesting titles, the founder is hoping to have a book out which explains the history of the fair as it was one of the first of its kind after the financial crash!

It would be a pleasure to have your company at the twenty-sixth edition of Parallax Art Fair, at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street (just off Kensington High Street), London, W8 7NX, please come and visit us at booth number C9.

To register for your free ticket please visit the link below.

https://www.parallaxaf.co/tickets.html

We look forward to seeing you.

Stella

Led Zepplin by Bob Gruen

Led Zepplin by Bob Gruen

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

David Bowie on the Trans Siberian Express 1974 by Leee Black Childers

David Bowie on the Trans Siberian Express 1974 by Leee Black Childers

Stephen Colegrave’s Pop-Up exhibition at the studio last December.

Stephen Colegrave’s Pop-Up exhibition at the studio last December.

 

Your Family Meadow Photo-shoot Experience 2019

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Now that the bluebells are past their best, and yes they were stunning this year, we move on to planning our Meadow Photo-shoots, which take place in a nearby private meadow nestled beneath an undulating backdrop of the North Downs.

I have been photographing in this meadow for the past three years, I stumbled across it during an Open Garden weekend in July 2016, it was an overwhelming abundance of buttercups and daisies and smelt heavenly!

I couldn’t resist asking permission from the lovely owners to go back to do a family photo-shoot and since then they have very kindly welcomed me back each year to share the beauty of Mother Nature with others.

Every year since then it has flowered differently, in 2017 it was mainly a variety of beautiful grasses with a few daisies during late June early July, however last year, 2018, it flowered in late May with a wonderful display of buttercups, daisies and grasses too, much earlier than expected! I just managed to gather a few photo- shoots in early June before it went to seed and had to be mowed in preparation for the following year.

It is with this in mind that we are offering the opportunity for you to gather your loved ones for a photo-shoot of your own, the examples above give you an idea of what to expect and this link tells you more.

If this is something you would love to experience then please do get in touch, so we can let you know as soon as it is ready, we will just have to wait to see how and when it will flower this year.

As it’s a private meadow there are limited times and days available with confirmed bookings already in place.

Our contact details are 01883 722282 - or do call into the studio to confirm yours.

Thank you, looking forward to a little piece of heaven on our doorstep, let’s see what Mother Nature delivers this year..

Stella

 

Last Call For Your Exclusive Family Bluebell Photo-shoot 2019

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We have been so lucky these past few days to have enjoyed such glorious weather during the Easter weekend and to have this coincide with bluebell season I could not be happier!

With another week or two to enjoy the ancient woodlands at Staffhurst Woods at their best, I have been busy with exclusive family photo-shoots, in carefully selected places at specific times of day to make the best use of the wonderful light seeping through the canopy of trees, and when the fragrance is particularly noticeable.

Do get in touch on 01883 722282 if this is something you would love to experience for your family or as a gift for loved ones, but hurry these wonderful wildflowers don’t last for long!

Our website tells you more here.

Thanks

Stella

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Oxted Gasholder April 2019 - Going, Going, Gone!

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Welcome to my fourth blog about the demolition of the gas holder that I’m photographing for posterity and to satisfy my own curiosity.

Since I last wrote on 15th March a lot has happened at the demolition site and the gas holder, as you can see has gone for good!

As expected, once the roof was dismantled early last month as described in my previous blog, the next stage to remove the surround of 9 rings high took less time as a cherry picker was used with an operative working to cut away until it was at a manageable height for the next stage to take place.

The final rings of the structure came down very fast indeed with the help of a very experienced operator who, with much precision controlled a cutting machine, which resembled a pre-historic creature that chomped its way through the steel, in what appeared to be an effortless operation.

We experienced much rumbling here at the studio which sent me running with my cameras in hand to capture some of the final stages which happened within 3 days at the end of March.

I’m going to leave the photographs to do the talking as they show the final stages of the demolition process.

It really was a matter of going, going, gone and for good!

The below sequence is from the top of Snatts Hill.

Now that the demolition process is nearing completion, next month in May, St William, the contractors will take their positions on-site to put in place the start of the building process for 111 luxury - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses.

You can see a very impressive model of the housing development at Robert Leech Estate Agents opposite the studio, it really is worth taking a look if you are keen to buy one or are just curious to know more.

The below sequence looking from a window at Priory House Dental Practice.

From Station Road East, between Carpet Right and Gloss.

A look on-site.

Various viewpoints.

It really has been a captivating and mesmerising experience photographing the process so far from various viewpoints. The photographs I have shared are just a small selection from a greater number that I intend to share at a later date.

I am going to be continuing the story over the next two years during construction and the completion of Courtyard Gardens, a wonderful new addition to our unique town - Oxted.

I hope this glimpse has taken you on an insightful historical journey.

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In the meantime enjoy the weekend and I’ll be back next month with the next instalment.

Bye for now…

Stella

Mother's Day Gift - Exclusive Bluebell Photoshoot

Surprise your mum with a Mother’s Day voucher to enjoy with the family next month!

Surprise your mum with a Mother’s Day voucher to enjoy with the family next month!

The bluebells are beginning to flower and soon the woodlands will be filled with a carpet of fragrant smelling wonderful wild flowers.

This is one of our most popular times of year, with exciting photo-shoots for returning families and to welcome new ones too.

Try not to miss this opportunity because the bluebells are in flower for only a limited time and are at their best for no more than two to three weeks, from past experience this is usually late April early May but does vary depending on the weather.

It’s time to enjoy the experience of a bluebell photo-shoot so do get in touch so I can reserve your time and place - simply call the studio on 01883 722282 or even better come and say hello at the studio, our opening hours as below.

We can personalise a gift voucher just for your mum to let her know just how special and valued she is, go on you know she’ll love it!

Follow this link to our ‘Bluebells’ page where you can find out more.

STUDIO OPENING HOURS

Tuesday-Friday 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm

Thank you I look forward to photographing you!

Stella

 
 

Oxted Gasholder - Demolition - March 2019

Crane in position for the dismantling of the roof structure..

Crane in position for the dismantling of the roof structure..

Welcome to my third newsletter about the dismantling of the gas holder.

Documenting the process of the demolition of this beast is an eye opener as I watch small and large segments of the roof being cut away and dropped into the pit of the structure.

From the outside it doesn’t look like too much has happened but I can assure you it has, the contractor John F Hunt has been working carefully to dismantle the roof in the first instance, leaving the sides free for dismantling.

So far almost 500 cubic metres of metal have been removed from the gas holder and taken away in skips for recycling and that’s just from the roof!

As the studio is so near to the site we can occasionally feel the ground rumble as we hear pieces of metal falling, other than that it’s easy to forget that such a vast demolition is taking place just a stones throw away!

There are various viewpoints I choose to photograph from to show the progress and the difference for comparison further down the line, I have access to photograph on site too as some of the photographs below show.

The mobile crane has now been exchanged for a cherry-picker which gives extra stability at height, allowing the team to work under greater wind speeds.

As part of the installation of the new utilities into the development for gas, water, electricity and data, St William will soon be undertaking two trial holes in the pavement outside the project on Station Road East. The purpose of this is to establish the location of the services within the pavement to determine the requirements for any service diversions or reinforcement to the pavement build up.

Other useful information to know is that site investigation has been undertaken at various points around the former Johnsdale car park, and there is more to be done around the gas holder in the coming weeks.

This work involves hand digging small trial holes for soil sampling, then cable percussive and rotary drilling to establish the depth and description of the geological make-up of the ground.

The gas holder is going to look very different this time next month as the sides come down reducing the height bit by bit.

I’ll be out and about during the course of next month photographing the different stages, it should be virtually down by the end of April, let’s hope the weather is fine and dry so as not to slow down the process.

I went on site this morning, Friday 15th March and wanted to share the latest update photographs as below! The sound of the metal as it is dumped in the container is deceptive, it sounds like it is falling into a huge deep pit as the sound resonates.

That’s it for this month!

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Bye for now.

Stella