Sunday, 22 December 2013

I think it would be fair to say this has been an extremely difficult year on a personal level. In the spring my family was rocked by the sudden death of my father, killed in a road traffic incident while riding his motorcycle. This came only a year and a half after the death of my mother.
I've still been working this year, and that has no doubt helped keep my mind occupied during some of the more difficult periods. There has been some good shoots, meeting some very interesting people, but certainly for the second half of the year at least my time has been dominated by events away from my work. Dealing with my fathers estate, and the police and justice system. The year finished with a young car driver being guilty of causing my fathers death, but I took no satisfaction with the outcome - there are, as they say, no winners here.

The Place Where My Father Died, 2013

We have always been a close family. My parents were happily married for over forty years, and my brother, sister, and I always went back to spend Christmas in the family home. This year Christmas is going to be strange, a difficult time. I am now taking a break, taking some personal time to sort out my own feelings about what has happened. I'll still be spending some of Christmas with my family, my brother and sister and our own families. There is a wedding too. The first week of 2014 will see my brother's wedding to celebrate. And a best man's speech to write. The former I'm looking forward to, the latter not so much.
I am also taking some time to travel, leaving this week and getting back to the UK in February. The trip has been some time in the planning, arranging a time window in work isn't always easy. But I'll be enjoying the personal time, and no doubt taking a lot of photographs as I travel. Work will begin again mid february, and I'll show here some new photographs, and try to write more often in 2014.

I wish you all a good Christmas & New Year.

Friday, 11 October 2013

A Photograph Is A Secret...

‘A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.’
-- Diane Arbus

Monday, 5 August 2013

A self-portrait. I don't do these often but I was making so many personal photographs while away in Greece recently, turning my camera on to everything around me, that I shot a couple of myself too. This was shot on the outskirts of Athens.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Aynsley Lister Promotional Portraits;

A little while ago I shot the promotional portraits for the new album by Aynsley Lister. The shoot was done in one day in London and consisted of indoor and outdoor set ups. Aynsley is one of the better known British blues guitarists, singer / songwriters,  and this being his first album for his new label we wanted something visually strong and with a certain mood and feel to it. These are a few of the portraits we shot that day.

Aynsley Lister, London © Michael Robert Williams

Friday, 14 June 2013

Charlie Paton Portrait;

A portrait from a recent shoot with Charlie Paton, of Seawater Greenhouse, for a magazine feature. Seawater Greenhouse enables, as their website explains, 'year-round crop production in some of the world’s hottest and driest regions. It does this using seawater and sunlight. The technology imitates natural processes, helping to restore the environment while significantly reducing the operating costs of greenhouse horticulture.' This month they were included in 'Sustainia100', the new sustainability guide.

Charlie Paton, of Seawater Greenhouse,
London © Michael Robert Williams

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Finally finished updating my print portfolio for upcoming meetings. Had a new book made and printed all new prints from scratch. Slow job but worth it, and loving the new printer I bought.

Shoot-wise work has been a mix of music & portrait shoots, an album artwork session, and some personal snaps out & about - a few of which are below...

London UK 2013, Taken with Instagram

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Everything Everything;

An unpublished portrait from my shoot with the excellent Everything Everything. I really like it so I thought I'd share it here.

Everything Everything, London © Michael Robert Williams