Humanity

I'm walking by Madison Square Garden at 10pm. It's not too cold but it's just started to drizzle. I'm taken aback by a man who is comforting and praying over a homeless man who is spending his 29th birthday on the streets of New York. Other pedestrians turn their heads as they walk by, witnessing the humanity of one individual who stopped and gave time to someone less fortunate then themselves.

I'm walking by Madison Square Garden at 10pm. It's not too cold but it's just started to drizzle. I'm taken aback by a man who is comforting and praying over a homeless man who is spending his 29th birthday on the streets of New York. Other pedestrians turn their heads as they walk by, witnessing the humanity of one individual who stopped and gave time to someone less fortunate then themselves.

Great Dane

Tom Kristensen aka Mr Le Mans has won the 24 Hour race an amazing nine times, six of which were consecutive from 2000-2005. Appearing at RaceRetro he commanded a huge audience throughout the day who listened to interviews, participated in Q&A sessions and lined up in orderly fashion to get an autograph on various Le Mans paraphernalia. Tom himself was in great spirits as the fans who respect him so much extend so much love to him. Tom threw on his fire protection shirt and gave me his look of steel which is so convincing that I'm sure it would carry him to a tenth victory this year if he so desired.

Laureus World Sports Awards 2017 / Monaco

14 FEBRUARY 2017 VALENTINE'S DAY

There can be worse places in the world to be than in Monaco on Valentine's Day but I'd much rather be sat across from my wife than my oldest and dearest friend, in a restaurant filled with young couples who arrive on mopeds dressed in their finest.

The business at hand on this fleeting trip to Monaco is to capture as many of the Laureus members to sign an exclusive signature sheet and capture their portraits to appear in their chapter in the Laureus Opus. Our schedule was busy but when possible we were also asking the members the same three questions on video about their careers which delivered diverse responses.

The members themselves are so gracious with their time. On this particular shoot the likes of Gary Player, Katarina Witt, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Carles Puyol and indeed many others share some great stories. We see Simone Biles in reception and congratulate her on winning Sportswoman of the Year. She makes time in her day to visit our studio in the Hermitage Hotel where all the Laureus members are staying. At 19 years of age and 4ft 8" she packs a lot of punch and charm. Another hero that oozes charisma is Luís Figo. I captured his portrait last year but he was more than happy to be interviewed before leaving for the airport.

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Amy Amy Amy

16 JANUARY 2017
I fell in love with the Amy painting (top left) over Christmas in my friends gallery (Patrick Friswell, Earlsdon, Coventry) He has the original too. I then saw this urban street art offering in Soho, New York today (top right). Both so cool and images I think she would have loved. Makes me think of the first time I photographed this modern day icon on the second stage at Glastonbury 2004. With one album under her belt she showed the world what an artist she truly was. After the performance she caught up with pals in the audience and and had the opportunity for a photo. Legend! 

Lord Almighty

17 NOVEMBER 2016
Lord Sebastian Coe found time in his ridiculously crazy schedule for an interview at his office where he reflected on his athletics career and the challenges he now faces as president of the IAAF. Growing up in 80's England during the Coe/Ovett era was so exciting. Along with Steve Cram and Tom McKean the country had an embarrassment of riches when it came to elite middle distance runners. Households all over the UK seemed to choose which camp they rooted for. Having a grandfather called Sebastian made our household choice easy. I still remember screaming and cheering as the 'three spitfires coming out of the sun' took gold, silver and bronze at the European Championships in '86. Decades later Lord Coe contributed significantly to injecting even more pride into the heart of the nation by delivering the London 2012 Olympics. I can safely say, during that summer I've never felt more proud to be British.  

The Greatest

18 SEPTEMBER 2016
Drove up to Leeds this afternoon for an evening celebrating football legend, Pelé. I gifted him a photo of him standing outside Downing Street when Opus arranged a visit three years earlier. He was so happy to receive it and said he had no record of the day. He remembered the day and gave me the warmest hug asking to speak later. Here's the photo I had framed for him.

Out Witted!

13 SEPTEMBER 2016
Back in Berlin to shoot ice-skatings greatest queen, Katarina Witt. A double Olympic gold medalist and four times World Champion, Katarina's performances were ground breaking and her maverick soul sent the International Skating Union into a tizzy when she wore unorthodox costumes. TIME magazine called her "the most beautiful face of socialism." She went on to conquer the USA with her professional shows and was the first model to sell out two print runs of Playboy magazine when she was featured on the cover. The most wonderful thing however when meeting Katarina today was how thoughtful a person she is. Amid all the wardrobe changes, hair and make-up she was still asking if I had eaten and had a drink. Pure class!!!

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The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

February 24, 2017

13 AUGUST 2016
Visiting Pittsburgh for the first time and can't believe how beautiful the city is. The major rivers meet at its centre with 21 bridges to cross. Didn't realise that Andy Warhol is also from 'the Burgh' and his museum that houses so many of his most celebrated works is within walking distance from my hotel. A must visit for any art lover!

Meeting Diego in Buenos Aires - October 2005

Arriving in Argentina was a nightmare as BA left our luggage at Heathrow. We kicked up a fuss and the local reps gave us permission to go and buy new suits and shirts for our meeting with Maradona later that day. Needless to say opposite the Caesar Park Hotel was a shopping mall with a Hugo Boss store where we kitted ourselves out. Diego was recovering from a car crash and had his leg in a cast. I don't think he noticed our new threads but it was amazing meeting him anyway.

Arriving in Argentina was a nightmare as BA left our luggage at Heathrow. We kicked up a fuss and the local reps gave us permission to go and buy new suits and shirts for our meeting with Maradona later that day. Needless to say opposite the Caesar Park Hotel was a shopping mall with a Hugo Boss store where we kitted ourselves out. Diego was recovering from a car crash and had his leg in a cast. I don't think he noticed our new threads but it was amazing meeting him anyway.