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Really proud of our latest project – Myself & Andy Cotteyย have worked together to light the ITV Euro 2016 presentation studios in Paris. Thanks to the amazing team for going above and beyond…


What an amazing end to what has been hailed as the best World Cup in the games history. For me personally, it’s been a year of planning to bring together the camera crewing of ITV’s presentation along with the lighting design and delivery of their live onsite studios across all of the World Cup venues. Thanks to all of the team that have made it a pleasure to work on…here’s to Japan in 2019!   

 
   


A lovely week in Stratford upon Avon rehearsing for the RSC live transmission of The Merchant of Venice on 22nd July.

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Just spent a very pleasant week in London at the Royal Opera House shooting Guillaume Tell for the big screen.

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After shooting the category finals in Newport in March it was a fantastic final last night at Sadlers Wells for the BBC Young Dancer 2015.

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Ricky Hatton in the Fletch & Sav studio today…

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Gareth Bale & Steven Gerrard warming up at last nights Champions League clash at the Bernabeou.

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Great banter with Russell Brand on last weeks Fletch & Sav show.


Lighting a great new show – Fletch & Sav – Saturdays 10-12 on BT Sport.

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Half way through my Commonwealth Games experience…Triathlon done, now onto the Gymnastics!

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A very proud day today being part of the team that are providing the host coverage for the World Cup Final at the Maraรงana in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. Not only is it the spiritual home of Football but the first time since 1966 that a British crew will supply pictures of the final to the world.

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Natal, Recife and back to Rio…I’ve had worse jobs ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Two weeks in to my trip to Brazil…2 games covered, 1 studio lit, 35 degree heat, monsoon rains and finally a few days off ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wow, what a manic year and what a season, culminating with the Champions League final in Lisbon….just the big one left to go in Brazil now wahoooooo!

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Man City Vs Barcelona…47,000 seats each sellotaped with a plastic bag…wonder if they were charged 5p each?

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The crazy weather continues…2014

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A manic few months culminating in one of my favorite jobs – Cardiff Singer of the World & a nice shoot for Universal doing the Reginald D Hunter stand up tour at the Lowry…a break now me thinks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Phileas Fogg this week – Switzerland via the Allianz Arena, to cover the historic 4-0 thumping of Barcelona by Bayern Munich…one of my favourite stadiums !

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My camera position at St Clement Danes for the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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Podgorica in Montenegro – possibly one of the most intimidating grounds for a team to play at… The official capacity is about 12000 but they’re close and it sounds like 50000. Great trip via San Marino ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Found that my old macro lens works with my new Nikon woo ๐Ÿ™‚ Geek alert !

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Beautiful day in Barcelona at Gaudi’s Parc Guell before the game against Milan for ITV this evening:

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As promised I’ve been featured in the winter edition of Monoblog magazine wooooo ๐Ÿ™‚

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Enjoyed shooting 3D football for Sky at the weekend for the Manchester derby but I bet these would look awesome…

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A nice end to a busy month…a feature in an international art blog with more to come next month apparently ๐Ÿ™‚


Had a fantastic opportunity this morning as a guest lecturer; talking to the BA Creative Digital Media students at Worcester Uni. Didn’t rock the corduroy trousers…maybe next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How to choose which path to take…

 


I haven’t seen the river severn this high before… I swear a swan came past me about 30 mph ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Italian sense of humor as Chelsea play Juventus in Turin ๐Ÿ˜‰

I haven’t flown on a PropPlaneย for years, I’m always memorized by them…it was a beautiful day as we flew over the Alps.

 

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Children in need last night topped off a busy few months where Iโ€™ve been lucky enough to visit lots of new placesโ€ฆ. Transylvania, Rio De janeiro, Stockholm & Moldova were all amazing. A few snaps along the wayโ€ฆ

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Shooting Elgar’s enigma variation IX ‘Nimrod’ at the Cenotaph was unbelievably moving. The sheer number of veterans and people paying their respects to our fallen soldiers is something we should be incredibly proud of and never forget.

I had to post this picture taken on the rig day as the lady in front of the cenotaph managed to get her dog to pose for ages on the steps while she edged further back with her union jack handbag to take the snap !

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The beautiful view coming into land in Zurich.

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One of my favourite shows to work on…The Leeds international piano competition at Leeds town hall – Breathtakingly talented musicians!

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Diglis bridge over the river Severn in Worcester.

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Burghley Horse trials – my view for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

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Had a great time at Shambala trying out some new lighting http://www.shambalafestival.orgย 

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Paris Charles de Gaulle on the way back from the England Vs Italy friendly in Switzerland.

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I love the architecture on Tyneside and was lucky enough to shoot the BBC Young Musician 2012 final at the Sage earlier in the year…ย http://www.thesagegateshead.org/about-us/landmark-building/

 

 


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Man’s inhumanity to man – Auschwitz, Poland.

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The ITV Studio in Castle Square Warsaw.

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My home for the next month… Shooting and lighting the ITV Euro 2012 studio in Warsaw.

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I badly needed to shut my eyes but I was mesmerised by the clouds on the way to Munich zzzzzzzzzz

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Drought ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Paris Sky

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The Alps in spring !

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The desert road to Medina was filled with some of Saudi’s most adventurous drivers; three lanes can magically become 5 as cars defy the laws of physics & squeeze past each other in between lanes… It is most definitely an extremely holy city… I feel very lucky to have arrived in one piece.

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Warm nights and stadium lights through the palm trees, a far cry from home right now!

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The Al Batha district… An attack of the senses… smells, sounds and smiles everywhere. Tucked away somewhere behind a rabbit warren of stalls we stumbled upon the traditional Indian Khana Khazana restaurant – small menu, no fuss, all cooked exquisitely.

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Shave, tea and a wander around the markets… not a bad way to spend a Saturday in Riyadh.

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The city of Riyadh – a back street night market contrasts with the opulence on show in Tahlia street.

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Sand formations in the desert between Riyadh and Nejran on the Yeman border.

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Saudi Sunrise ๐Ÿ™‚
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A strangely mild Boxing Day at Birmingham City.

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Basel, Switzerland.

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Kiev palace of the arts – Euro draw 2012; never before have I seen so many men with leather jackets talking into their sleeves.
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The first glimpse of Kiev as the clouds part !

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The tunnel at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium as the sad news filters through about the death of Wales manger Gary Speed. He was always a true gent who had time for everyone – my thoughts go out to his family.

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Bayer Leverkusen Vs Chelsea – cool roof and the largest illuminated advertisement in the world apparently!

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I came across this town in the South Island of NZ – it’s imaginatively titled signs leave you under no illusion as to where you’re passing through. ย On a serious note I took them for a friend who is currently fighting the big C and who is a true inspiration. ย His blog is a humbling, hilarious and massively emotional read – Think Strong Milton! –ย www.kickingcancerinthenuts.blogspot.com

 


Back in Blighty and at the home of English football (after Villa Park obviously) ready to shoot England Vs Spain tomorrow !

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Thank you New Zealand! It’s been emotional ๐Ÿ™‚

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A breakdown (van, not psychological), gales, snow, road closures, cancelled flights and a lot of swearing and I’m back on the right island in readiness for my flight home! New Zealand has been AMAZING!

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Franz Josef Glacier doesn’t look too big when your standing at the bottom… Crampons donned & 4hrs later we weren’t even a tenth of the way to the summit … The harder the rain, the bluer the ice.

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Quite possibly one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen.

Lake Hawea – South Island NZ

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I started the day with a walk along the shore at Kaikoura on the East coast of the South island of New Zealand. The sea mist was heavy but through the gloom I found the most amazing seal colony: 20-30 of them on the beach, rocks and in the grass!

A few hundred kilometers drive further down the coast and a lift from a friendly local later, I arrived in Christchurch where I spent a surreal afternoon walking around the CBD that’s was devastated by the earthquakes earlier this year.

A very sad sight and truly incomprehensible as to the scale of the damage; only today was part of the centre reopened.

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I stumbled upon this camping spot on the shore of Lake Tapou whilst driving down to Wellington.

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Congratulations to the All Blacks. New Zealand’s been a fantastic host and the atmosphere in the stadium on Sunday was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Off now to explore it some more!

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Rock & Roll Friday night in Auckland’s Bubbles Laundromat ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Aucklands Daliesque train peep hole ๐Ÿ™‚


Casinos are great for hangovers apparently… all the pure oxygen they pump in to keep the punters awake ๐Ÿ™‚


 

So this is an Indian summer in Wales – magical !