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Wet, Windy, Salty, Sandy, Muddy & Rainy.... that's my weekend!
07th February 2016

My weekend turned out to be Windy, Salty, Sandy, Rainy & Muddy... oh, and there was some music in there too!

So, as can can see, it was business as usual for a winter's weekend.

Just to elaborate that a little more... 'the wind', well everything I did included a bit of that.

'The salt and sand'... that'll be Autocross racing at Chouet.

'Rainy'... well like the wind it was hard to avoid for the whole weekend but it was the Karting championship that pulled out all the stops... but the pics were GREAT!

And the 'Mud'... Motocross racing of course!

I'll cover the music side in a later Blog.

The resulting pics are now online featuring Motocross, Autocross and the wet Kart meeting:
VIEW PICS OF THE WET KART MEETING
VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS RACING
VIEW PICS OF THE MOTOCROSS RACING

How long can it take one photographer to complete one edit?
02nd February 2016

Well the question was 'How long can it take one photographer to complete one edit?'

The answer, when talking about this particular photog, is months.... and months!

Indeed, I was at real risk that the next annual shoot of one of my favorite events would come around again before I'd completed the 2015 edit. Shameful eh!

But in my defense I'll say that all those months that have passed have been full and busy. I'm certainly working more hours than I ever did when I had a 'proper job'. There was a lot happening in the middle of last year and I simply couldn't keep up.

So I'm relieved (even a bit proud, ha, ha) that.... drum roll please.... The 2015 Vale Earth Fair Picture Galleries are complete, Hurrah!

The Vale Earth Fair is the Channel Islands longest running, most friendly and laid back Music Festival.

Many things play a part in making the atmosphere so chilled... a list would include: The historic setting inside and around Vale Castle, the relaxed manner the organizers 'organize', the family friendly crowd... oh, and the fantastic line-up of bands!

Here's another hint why I love VEF CLICK HERE ;-)

These galleries should give you a feel for the vibe you get at Vale Earth Fairs. I highly recommend you add this Festival to your bucket list of things to do :-)

BTW I reckon that the 'Stage Against the Machine' was particularly good in 2015. Let me know what you thought of VEF 2015. See you in 2016.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETED VALE EARTH FAIR 2015 GALLERIES
An action-packed evening of Boxing....
31st January 2016

Last Friday evening saw my weekend start with a close encounter with Dinner Boxing action.

And a close encounter is what it was... even a 24mm wide angle lens couldn't fit it all in.

Now I have NO ambition to climb into any Boxing ring... no matter how much you want to pay me :-) The occasions that I have photographed Dinner Boxing and Cage Fighting have always left me with great respect for the fighters who are brave enough to climb into the unknown.

It takes a certain type of person who will put themselves into the position of facing an unknown opponent in the ring. There is nowhere to run. the combatants have to have faith in their training, stamina, strength and willpower.

The evening had been organized by the Guernsey Dinner Boxing Club at St Pierre Park Hotel as part of their 2015/2016 season.

The nine Bouts were well matched and without exception every single fighter - winners and losers - made a good showing.

But back to my original point. I was at ring-side poking my lenses under the bottom rope, feeling the canvas shudder as each punch landed and happy to be on the outside looking in!

Pictures of all nine Bouts have now been added to my Galleries:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE GUERNSEY DINNER BOXING CLUB'S EVENING
Thanks for the interest in my pics..... 32,000 views!
26th January 2016

The last 24 hours has seen this web-site record over 32,000 views.

May I thank you for the interest in my work.

Whilst this isn't a record number it actually illustrates the interest in the events that I have been photographing... not really my pics.

This small island, as I've said so many times before, offers countless different activities, gigs and motorsport meetings to visit that no-one has any excuse to be bored. Heaven help you if you moan about there being nothing to do near to me!!

I only manage to photograph a few of these events (you will notice a personal bias) but it seems to be clear that I'm not alone in having these passions.... they are Motorsport and Music gigs,,, if you haven't worked that out for yourself!!

Happy days :-)

Some of my weekends work can be viewed here:
VIEW PICS OF ALFIE BARTON'S BALLROOM EXPERIENCE 25th ANNIVERSARY GIG
VIEW PICS OF THE GK&MC MOTOCROSS MEETING
VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS CLUB BANGER RACING
Alfie Barton's Ballroom Experience 25 years Anniversary gig....
25th January 2016

This Anniversary gig was headlined as a 'Special'.

It certainly never needed any hype as another Fermain Tavern sell-out was guaranteed. The Alfie Barton Ballroom Experience gigs started 25 years ago (actually we think it was 27 years but who's arguing).

The idea was to get musician friends together, invite music lovers in to enjoy the vibe, then jam and improvise... just for the love of the music. The added bonus was that Alfie would invite a few of his famous friends to come along to enjoy the party.

Legendary is probably an overused word but none of the old crowd who frequented the 'Ballroom gigs' would let you call it anything less!

So inevitably all those who managed to get a ticket before the quick sell-out were buzzing with anticipation when Alfie took to the stage to announce that we were in for a busy night of entertainment.

Legendary and Special is exactly what it was.

The line-up included 'The Reverend' Ian Kewley, Denny Newman, Stewart Ivins, Nick Windsor, Colin Hewlett, Jim Delbridge, Alan Palzeaird, Chris Dean, Screamin' Jez Carvery and new boys on the block Kylypso amongst many others.

A fantastic start to 2016... same again next month anyone?

If you were at the gig I hope you think my pics capture some of the highlights.... If you weren't, silly you!!
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ALFIE BARTON'S BALLROOM EXPERIENCE 25 YEARS ANNIVERSARY GIG
Another Motorsport weekend... with a special treat as well :-)
24th January 2016

The short quiet period has definitely come to an end... and I haven't even managed to catch-up with all of the backlog of edits yet!

But it was back to normal shooting over the weekend with two Motorsport events which offered me plenty of action to capture. I'm trying to complete the edits as quickly as I can as I'm really looking forward to the editing of another event I photographed on Saturday night.

That one was REALLY special :-)

The occasion was Alfie Barton's Ballroom Experience 25th Anniversary Special at The Fermain Tavern.

As expected, the night was quickly sold out. Expectations were VERY high... this can sometimes lead to a gig not quite hitting the mark!

The other outcome can be for the night/atmosphere to reach into the all-time, best-ever, top-gig short-list... and this one made it. It was that great!

So the reason I'm trying to get the Motorsport edits out of the way ASAP is that I can't wait to browse through my 'Alfie Barton' pics.

Keep a check on this website for my Ballroom Experience uploads... they won't be long ;-)

First up though, the Autocross pics:
VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS - WINTER ROUND 7
Rarely have I been more motivated... read the previous Blog!
24th January 2016

You'll have to read the previous Blog to find out why, but I'm rarely so keen to complete an edit as I have been with this one :-)

I've just uploaded about 180 pics of Saturdays Motocross racing. Round-1 of the 2016 GK&MC Championship.

The conditions were pretty miserable to stand around in - wet and windy!

They were even worse when you had to keep camera lens and glasses clear of the rain and drizzle.

But that is to be expected for January. And I did have a great evening to look forward to in a nice warm place... read the previous Blog ;-)

Now I've got to go. I've another edit to complete!

The Motocross pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ROUND-1 OF THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
More updates ahead of the VEF Collective's fundraising gigs....
22nd January 2016

With the Vale Earth Fair Collective's 2016 fundraising events about to start I thought I should make an effort to catch up with my 2015 Vale Earth Fair galleries!!

In the next few weeks the VEF Collective will be organizing more of their popular fundraising 'Unplugged' gigs where we can experience some of our favorite bands stripped down (thankfully just in a musical form!)

I really love how a familiar song is re-imagined. I also fancy the creativity and discipline required of the bands when re-interpreting their work can energize and refresh the group.

Keep a eye on Facebook for the dates of VEF Unplugged.

So what about those Gallery updates?

Well they include Ukuladeez, Schema, Lord Vapour, Kilig and Fernweh, Robert J Hunter, Honest Crooks, Bonsai Pirates and Gay Army!

Phew, and there are still quite a lot to go! Follow this link to view the latest pics:
CLICK TO VIEW THE LATEST VEF 2015 BAND PICTURES
Making music at the Mariners.....
16th January 2016

It's a few years since I've found my way down to the Bridge to watch live music.

I used to be quite a regular at the E&G but this habit waned when the gigs became irregular and then stopped all together. They are back now though.

But this weekend I was tempted to see how the St Sampsons scene is doing in 2016 by a different venue. I reckoned I knew what to expect as from what I could remember the Northerners always knew how to party. I should know, I'm one of them ;-)

Saturday's visit was to the Mariners Inn.

Now I'm far from a regular here but I pop in a few times a year for a quick pint when I'm in the area. However I'd never really explored all its nooks and crannies. It was one of these spaces that had been cleared to see if it worked as a setting for gigs. Out with the Pool tables, in with the drum kit!

It turned out to be quite successful as the 'cosy' area made you feel part of the gig. There's also a raised area at the back for more folk to view the bands. Even the lighting was good for me :-)

The great shame was that many of the punters didn't make an effort to walk the few feet away from the bar to support the bands... what's new, eh!

I still think that the Mariners holds promise as a worthwhile new live venue.

This gig was for charity, the Friends of Anthony Thomas - 'FoAT'. This is a very deserved cause and rumor has it that a couple more gigs might be planned. Try and support them as Mark Guillou and the bands do the whole thing for free!

I photographed a couple of the bands... Zimmer and Underdog. The pics can be viewed here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF UNDERDOG
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF ZIMMER
Welcome to the 2016 Motorsport season...
10th January 2016

Motorsport in Guernsey barely pauses to take breath over the festive season before it is revving up again in the New Year.

So today I was also back in action photographing two championships.

The first of the day was a very wet affair. Round 1 of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club's Winter Kart Championship at The Track. As I have said before, it is well worth wrapping up against the elements to capture motorsport action when the track is flooded. This adds real drama to the pics.

After that damp start things improved by the time I arrived at Chouet beach for the Autocross Clubs Banger racing championship.

It looks like 2016 is going to be another busy one. I look forward to it.

These Galleries present todays action:
VIEW PICS OF ROUND-1 OF THE WINTER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
VIEW PICS OF THE WINTER AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

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