The 'benefits' of water shortages...

  • Posted by will
  • 20 October 2010

This year we had the driest start to the year since 1976 and it was the North West of England that was supposedly one of the worst effected.
For someone living in Manchester and riding to work in Salford every day the idea of a lack of rain didn't really correlate with the day to day experience - the concept of a drought in Lancashire is perceived to be somewhat of an oxymoron!  But a brief trip out into the Pennines quickly revealed (and I'm sure does still illustrate to some extent) how low the reservoirs were.
The upside to the lack of water in the reservoirs was that the drainage ditches and overflows were dry and ridable. A quick scramble down into this one opened up a very windy but untouched spot the likes of which are usually resigned to magazine pages and countries far afield.
A big thanks to Baito and Sparky for directions and to Northern John for the photos.

Will Jackson

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)

Foodscapes

  • Posted by hollie
  • 14 October 2010

If there are two things in the world i am a big fan of, it's food and photography.

If you are in London at all today then please go along to St Pancras International station and see the amazing Carl Warner's Foodscapes exhibition.

I was in London just last weekend and am a bit gutted i missed out on this one. He's a British still life photographer who creates insane landscapes entirely out of food.

The exhibition is totally free, and he'll even be at there at the station, working on, and then unveiling a brand new lanscape that's made entirely out of chocolate.

click here to visit Carl's website.

hmmm... i'm hungry.

sniffles & sunburn

  • Posted by hollie
  • 12 October 2010

I was out of the office yesterday, doing a little accessories photoshoot with Lydia and Rich.

So, a couple of weeks ago we had the Spring/Summer'11 shoot in the chilly pouring rain, and yesterday i was trying to shoot big lovely chunky knits  in the warm & sunny cloudless blue sky - it just doesn't make sense sometimes!

Oh, on a similar 'wintery' note...if anyone has any remedies i can use to get rid of this horrible sniffly cold i have then please let me know!

Beach ride

  • Posted by howies
  • 7 October 2010

Here are a few pictures from a great weekend down on the Kent coast.
It started with the internet purchase of a £40 pound old Peugeot racer (bargain) I spent a day fixing it up in my grandads shed, which is heaven -the tools are all antique, and everything smells of oil and varnish. It took a while but the bike fixed up a treat


The second it was finished I took it to the beach for a rainy ride. I was the only idiot there but I had the biggest smile on my face

Then the sun came out, my Dad finished work and rode down. He has just bought a mountain bike and has got the bike bug -which is perfect as father son time now involves a ride. Chuck that in with beach time and I'm happy.

I've always beach-combed since I was a little kid and my lass makes jewellery out of what I find. It's the most relaxing and satisfying thing to do and it's mad what the tide brings in. This hoard includes a plastic hand and half a china joker's face. To sum it up I'd say a perfect day -it couldn't be more stress free.

Cheers then Matt/45

my first shoot

  • Posted by hollie
  • 7 October 2010

Last week i went on my first howies photoshoot.

- Shooting a spring/summer catalogue in the blustery welsh autumnal weather you say? hmm.

Sure there was rain,

..and showers

...and maybe a bit of drizzle

but there were plently of sunny times too. I had a blast.

Took a few photos here and there. Below is an example of what happens when you let Lydia loose in a beach shop.

Thanks for letting me jump in the van guys.

Movember

  • Posted by howies
  • 6 October 2010

The month of Movember (formerly known as November) is quickly creeping up on us and plans for the 'Month of the moustache' are starting to take shape. Here in the Bristol shop we will be dedicating our gallery space upstairs to artwork influenced by the mighty moustache in order to support the international campaign for awareness of Prostate cancer. 

This is the first shout out for all of you to get your creative caps on and start thinking about possible moustache masterpieces that can be featured in our collaborative exhibition. It is definitely a case of 'the more (moustaches) the merrier'... if only to ensure that Matt H and his eggs with tache's don't take over the show. As you can see, anything goes... illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, film and eggs.

Watch this space for more info on Movember in Bristol, but until then take a look at Movember's website.
 

Spent a bit of time (maybe too much time) last night drawing some eggstra characters... 

Le Lomo!

  • Posted by mark
  • 1 October 2010

i've just returned back to rainy London after a trip to the sunny South of France with the wife, we took the eurostar to Paris and then the TGV all the way down to Nimes, i can't recommend the french rail system highly enough, it beats hanging round for hours in airports by a mile.

whenever we go away we take hundreds of photos on my little digital camera but by the time we return home we've already looked through them a million times, deleted all the ones that make us look fat and ugly and are generally pretty bored of them all, this time however was a little different. i bought sarah a mini diana lomo camera as a wedding present and this was our first opportunity to use it, it goes without saying that neither of us read the instructions and just made it up as we went along, i lost count just of the times we forgot to even take off the lens cap.

as we were both pretty excited about seeing the results i dropped the film in to get developed as soon as we got back and here's a couple of the better ones, they are both taken at Pont du Gard just outside the town of Remoulins.

the waiting for the photo's and the complete suprise as to what you end up with brought a whole new element to the holiday for us, i think it's safe to say we'll be taking it every we go from now on.

Long live 35mm

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.

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