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polatraits

  • Posted by james
  • 14 October 2010

So after two and a bit weeks on the road, shooting for the Spring/Summer catalogue in the rain, I'm now starting to take stock of all the photos, and start the editing process... so far 35 rolls of film have been processed and 140Giggas of digital files downloaded, this is gonna take some time.

In the meantime, here is a selection of polaroids, of some of the people, that make the catalogues look so darn good...

Lydia Savage, at our secret little cove all wrapped up for summer...

Mr Nick Radford, music maker and surfer...

99% of the team that puts the catalogues together, Mr Peter Davies...

Miss Elsie Pinniger, queen of custom wetsuits (and cool cars)...

Miss Camilla Marotta, producer extraordinaire...

Mr Dan Yeomans, rides bikes, paints and looks good in howies...

Ms Lisa, designs the mens clothes and styles them too...

nice people...

nice quiver...

...and a nice little camp out.

(if you like these, I shoot lots of them and share them here, oh I love polaroid)

Couch Two and Three

  • Posted by james
  • 3 October 2010

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From Cornwall to London to Newtown to Bristol to Tenby to Cardigan to Cornwall and back to Bristol...the (couchsurfing) photoshoot continues.

This week I've been crashing in Bristol visiting howies skater Joe Habgood, whom despite the almost complete darkness and drizzle, tore the park we visited to shreds in front of a bemused crew of micro-scooting kids in tracksuits. Joby was following Dan Yeomans around Newtown and tracking Minh Ai down in London. Next up to Wales for the busy part of the shoot, where in-between torrential downpours and gales, we got glimpses of sunshine and reminders that there once was a summer not that long ago. Tomorrow I'm back down to cornwall to hook up with Elsie Pinniger and Nick Radford, waves look good, weather looks bad... halfway there.

Here are some of the good bits so far...

Ruben 'Actionman' Lightfoot

Millie 'Saves the day' Marotta

'Just one cornetto, give it to meee' (the funny thing is, Jack is actually asleep here)

Nick 'concaves' Radford

Yeah, this kinda hurt

Dan 'the howler' Yeomans

Couch Number One

  • Posted by james
  • 27 September 2010

So here I find myself tucked into my sleeping bag and in the familiar territory of a mates couch, on the road again for a howies catalogue photoshoot. The task I have been set it to visit a selection of howies team riders and spend some time with them, documenting their lives through photos, in the place they know the most, that is, home. First up on my list is Holly Fifield in deep west cornwall. Holly's a talented surfer and a lovely lady to boot. We drank tea in her little windswept cottage in St Just, discussed surfboards over coffee at her dad's café, rode bikes on the busiest country lane in cornwall and surfed fun waves at a beach down the road (where we bumped into fellow team rider, Nick Radford).

All in all,  it's been a grand few days down here.

I leave couch number one, tomorrow morning, destined for mates couch number two in Bristol and skateboarding instead of surfing.

Fingers crossed the next couch is as comfy as this one.

Pushing Up

  • Posted by james
  • 9 August 2009

It's my last day with James McKnight and his crew out in france and we've spend the last few days doing some serious rides. Pushing bikes up over 1000 vertical meters of Alp, camping out in a mountain hut to escape a storm, then riding down 2000m of virgin singletrack in the rain. Im stiff today.

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Worlds most scenic trails

  • Posted by james
  • 6 August 2009

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Yesterday we shot James McKnight and his boyos at possibly the most scenic set of trails in the world. Nestled in the Chamonix valley and in the shadows of the Mont Blanc glacier we spent 6 hours shooting these puppies in the sunshine.

Anyone know of any contenders?

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McKnight

  • Posted by james
  • 5 August 2009

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So I'm in Morzine and four days into documenting the life and times of howies team rider James McKnight for his forthcoming guidebook project, and I feel like a wreck!

Yesterday I found out the true meaning of the term 'epic ride' as we scaled up 2000m in assents (partly with the aid of chairlifts and a good 300m or so carrying the bikes over a high pass) and 2200m of decents...a 7 hour epic covering all sorts of terrain, from high speed fire roads to unridden technical singletrack decents.

Today we hit some trails in Chamonix, to mix things up with some BMX.

Good times.

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In the can

  • Posted by james
  • 24 February 2009


I've just returned to Hong Kong, after the spending the day shooting in the howies denim factory in china, the main goal and aim after all this traveling. It was definitely a highlight that's for sure.

It's an amazing place they have going out here...not what you think when you see 'Made in China' and I hope the pictures do the place and people justice.

So now, I guess...thats it...job done.

The Numbers...

Days on the road: 21
Distance traveled: 7940 miles (roughly)
Trains caught: 8
Trains missed: 1 (thanks to the welsh snow)
Time spent on trains: 9 days 2 hours
Photos taken: 1371 x digital, 396 x 35mm, 29 x medium format, 19 x polaroid, 1 x camera phone
Countries visited: 9
Visa's issued: 5
Visa's rushed through last minute: 5
Amount of money spent on visa's: too much
Books read: 3
Instant noodles eaten: 16
Man flu caught: 1
Man flu downgraded to mere cold: 1
Flights taken: nil
Best job's ever: 1

OK, You may think why didn't I fly, or as someone quite rightly commented on an earler blog, 'isn't all this travel bad for the environment'... well yes it is. But personally I'm not going to stop, I can't. I do it for work and I do it for pleasure...it's just me. So this was an experiment into another way for me to travel, a way that treads a little lighter. Slow Travel.

Tomorrow I'm leaving Hong Kong, but i'm not coming home...I may be some time yet.

Honkers

  • Posted by james
  • 19 February 2009

17 days, 11 countries, 8 trains and nearly 8000 miles later... I've made it to my final destination, the great city of Hong Kong. 

Phew. That was some journey to work howies.

I'm pooped!

Nine Million Bicycles

  • Posted by james
  • 17 February 2009

Well I've made it to China and Beijing. Today was my 'day in the city' as I leave Beijing tomorrow on yet another 24 hour train ride down to Honkers (the final destination) and even though I walked till I dropped, I barely even scratched the surface of what this city has to offer. So after mulling my options over a coffee this morning, I decided to bail on the tourist route and just wander...up and down the back streets, through the old hutongs, ate 'who knows what' from the street vendors, chatted chinglish to cheery old blokes, took plenty of pictures and got properly lost.

A good day. Time for a beer to wash down the dog meat.

Cheerio, more from Hong Kong.

p.s beijing is swarming with amazing skate spots, next time I'm bringing my board.

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