My new Sony RX100 IV and the Hever Castle Triathlon

In 2014, I decided to have a go at an Olympic distance triathlon. I entered the Hever Castle event, which is part of the Castle Triathlon Series. It’s a fantastic course which kicks off with a 1500m open water lake and river swim, followed by a 40k cycle and a 10k run. As a regular swimmer, I was swim fit but I had only started training for the cycle and run about six weeks before the race. Considering that I did most of my cycle training on a hybrid and only got my road bike a week before the race, I was more than happy with my finish time of 3:08:26.

I had to miss out on the race in 2015 due to an ill-timed flu bug, so I entered again for September 2016. Once again my cycling and running training had been at best sporadic over the summer, but with the 28th September marked in my diary, I was determined not to miss it again. With less than ten days to go, I landed a rather nice four-day shoot in Cannes. Suffice to say, while the job was very welcome, it wasn’t the greatest way to prep the last week of training for a #triathlon. To top it all, my flight back was severely delayed which meant I didn’t get back home till 3.00am on Saturday morning.

And so the day arrived. After an early morning call and a belly full of porridge, I was joined by my Tri buddy, Adam Harman, we packed the gear into the car and drove off down to Hever Castle. I blame his infectious positivity for making me sign up to these madcap races. The nerves always run high before a race, and as Adam was starting in the wave before me, I just had time to grab the #Sony and shoot a couple of snaps before the start of my wave. The photos of me puffing my way around the course are from the official photographers on the day.

At the start of the race, the weather was perfect, overcast cool and no wind. Two hours in, the sun had come out and the temperature was in the high 20s C, which made the 10k run very hard going indeed.

My finish time was 03:14:44. My excuse for the slower time? Well, I had a pretty good one actually. I got a blow out puncher on my front tire about half a mile from the end of the cycle section, so I had to run to complete this section. Running is my least favoured sport and in cycle shoes, with a bike, it was not ideal.

And why am I posting this in 2019? Well in September 2017 we had just started a massive house renovation and extension project which didn’t get finished until February/March of this year. I was heavily involved in the project management throughout and on top of keeping the business going, I had neither the time, inclination or energy to keep the training up to a level that is required. You might also notice that the blog posts stopped around this time for similar reasons.

However, the building project is behind us, I have paid the exorbitant fee and my name is down for Hever Castle September 2020… So watch this space.

 

Vive la France

In the wake of the horrific, barbarous  terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday night, I wanted to add my voice of support and solidarity for people of France and especially for the bereaved families and those still lying wounded and fighting for their lives.

Quite frankly I was struggling to find the words that summed up my feelings of outrage, anger, defiance but also my hope in humanity… and then my 15 year old daughter penned these few lines:

You think the more suffering you create
the more names you tag onto your clickbait
the more damage you do to the history of our states
the more fear you’re going to initiate?
you just watch.
you just watch as a planet we unite and negate
your so called sacred death toll in the name of a god who you claim would wish this upon us.
I bet if there is a god out there they’re looking down on their children in shame
and asking what part of their scriptures did you use to incriminate
for the sake of your own sick lust for a ticking mortality rate
I bet he’s asking what the fuck it’s all for
to dominate?
to dictate?
or just for the gratification of extremists manipulating the vindication of religion like some kind of namesake
but terrorism has no religion.
terrorism has no race.
terrorism has only the xenophobes and the brainwashed and those blinded by hate.
Pray for paris.

Marianne Willis, age 15

 

 

Production Paradise Corporate & Industrial Photography Spotlight

 

Here is my latest Corporate & Industrial Spotlight feature from @ProductionParadise.com.

This feature showcases some of my corporate photography commissioned over the past twelve months. Amongst others, this year’s clients have included Actis, British Land, Goldman Sachs, ICAEW, Kepler Associates, Lavendon, Low & Bonar, Morgan Sindall, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal London, SOCCO, and SP Angel.

The feature also showcases some of my video work for CLIC Sargent and The Workroom.

Click on the link below to view the rest of the images

London: Barry Willis

Another busy Week

It’s been a busy week pulling together the production and casting for the shoot in France on top of organising and directing a video interview for an agency client, which we shot on Thursday.
The shoot in France involves quite a sizeable crew with three models, stylist, hair & makeup, two assistants plus the agency creatives. Transport from the UK, hotels, meals and daily taxies all needed organising and we were still waiting for client sign off on budget until very late on Wednesday….. and that’s all before I’ve even started thinking about the photography.
I have to give a big shout out and thank you to location manager and producer Tom Elgood for pulling this all together for me.
So a bit of time today to catch my breath and do a final check on the kit list.
The models and crew leave tomorrow afternoon on the Eurostar and myself and 1st assistant will be driving down c/o le shuttle.
All set for a great shoot next week!

Getting Past the First Post

Hello and welcome to my first post. It feels a strangly daunting thing deciding on what to write in my first post on my new Blog. Although I’ve had a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin for a while now, I’d held back from writing a blog because I wanted to tie this in with a complete re-vamp of my website. Well at long last, and certainly not before time, I’ve started that process. I’m actually really excited about this, because as well as looking forward to designing the new website, this also gives me the opportunity to take stock of what’s been a very busy year, re-edit the folio and work on a whole new set of images for the site and portfolio.

In conjunction with all of this however, I now need to start creating content so that when the new site goes live in 6 to 8 weeks, visitors to the site aren’t confronted with a rather sad no news blog. Although I had toyed with the idea of creating a tumbleweed GIF as the opening post, I’ve decided instead to take a retrospective look at the past year and start with news, jobs and stories that have made up 2014-15….. So here goes.