Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being asked by RAC Club Magazine to photograph three classic cars and their modern counterparts. The cars were Fiat 500, Porsche 911 and Land Rover, they were all beautiful cars and I was a very jealous photographer! You can read the full article and see more owners and their cars on the link here.
It started on a very very cold 6am February Sunday morning in Brighton. As the sun rose it made for a beautiful background for the Steve Ovett statue on the sea front.
During the Brighton event I met and photographed some amazing people and characters. I was continually amazed how people could run 13 miles, when most people were still in bed on an early Sunday morning, in some of the crazy outfits and costumes.
And they're off...
Next up was the Bath Half (that's apparently what you are meant to call it) with a slightly later start but with a chance of rain!
Part of my brief was to capture images of runners who were blogging about the event, showing their pre race routine, warm up and stretching. I have since learnt that most runners warm up before a half marathon by running!
Even Radio 1 DJ Greg James ran it with a giant boob strapped to his back for CoppaFeel.
Next up was North London with the inspirational @Mo_Farah warming up the crowd and starting the race.
The Reading half marathon ended up being a hot and sunny finishing line in the Madejski stadium, but that didn't stop two guys running it in a camel outfit!
Liverpool was a totally different experience, it rained and rained and rained!
I've been commissioned by The Financial Times over the last 6 months to photograph for House & Homes.
I love property and love to see inside people's houses and look at how they have styled their homes, combine this with shooting a few portraits and you have a great day.
The properties ranged from a lovely house in the Barbican, a millionaire art collectors mansion to a Tower of London residence.
Well what can I say about Rob Young, he is an amazing man who is attempting to run a marathon a day for a year while raising money and awareness for the NSPCC, Dreams Come True and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
I'm very lucky and humbled to have worked with Rob to produce some striking images for his Press and PR campaign.
You can donate and read more about Rob's epic challenge at www.marathonmanuk.com
Unfortunately the Aston is a pure track car with one seat and nothing else, so I was offered a ride in the WRC Escort Cosworth. What I noticed as I climbed in was the lack of, well, everything! I clipped myself into the 5 point racing harness and heard the loud growl of the 360bhp engine start. As we started off I was told not to touch the handle next to my right hand, this was the hydraulic brake, that allows for handbrake turns on the course and is very effective!
Pulling out onto the road I'm pushed back into my seat, leaving my stomach behind, as the turbo kicks in with savage force. The noise is deafening and amplified with all the stripped back to metal cockpit.
What can I say about the little Cosworth, it was unbelievably loud, cold, uncomfortable (not used to harnesses) and smelt of petrol but what it did do was put a MASSIVE smile on my face, one of the best driving experiences of my life, I want to go rallying now!
Here is the layout of Oliver Proudlock in the Autumn / Winter 2013 specsavers magazine.
We shot the autumn / winter spread at the height of the UK summer heat wave. Oliver was a lovely guy and a true professional soldiering on wearing autumnal clothing when everyone else was melting in shorts and flip-flops!
Some of you may have seen last months post about the acquisition of my Sir Ranulph Fiennes Portrait by the National Portrait Gallery London for their collection (very chuffed!)
This month I thought I would show a round up of publications it has recently been used in.
Yes it even made it onto the TV to my surprise!
The image has also been used numerous times online, here are a couple of links.
The Times in Cape Town - http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/03/01/frostbitten-uk-explorer-airlifted-to-cape-town
The Big Issue - http://www.bigissue.com/features/letter-my-younger-self/1989/sir-ranulph-fiennes-sas-threw-me-out
My blog posting has been very quite due to a heavy workload but I've decided to start 2013 with the cover shot and part of the article on Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, for Sage Solutions business magazine.
Charlie was a lovely guy and while we got ready for the cover shot he stood chatting with a cuppa, it made for a great shot!
The article layout gives a behind the scenes look at my lighting set up for this shoot. As you can see power is always an issue when shooting on location and I use a lot of Elinchrom Ranger and Quadra gear with various modifiers.
© Chris Winter, London, United Kingdom Tasting session with Michelin Chef Sat Bains at his restaurant of the same name in Nottingham with journalist and author Rebecca Hardy. Photo credit : Chris Winter