Daniel

Daniel

Daniel

I’ve had such a fabulous journey with Daniel from the moment we were pregnant, it’s been excellent fun and I am blessed to have such a wonderful son. Kind, considerate, a good listener, a good friend to his friends and talented in so many ways, Daniel’s very grounded in himself and you have a great laugh when he’s around – I’m very lucky to be his mum.

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Jac

Jac

Jac

He loves the beach because he loves the sense of space. He’s passionate about Spain because he loves the people and the natural landscape, it’s wild in many respects and there are so many interesting scenes for him to photograph.

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Paris

Paris

Paris

working in Paris, it’s such an elegant city, the architecture is so beautiful and whether we’re taking pictures or I’m writing there’s always a sense of the great talent which walked before you, the city’s just steeped in culture. I’m lucky to be here quite often with my beloved and I just adore it, even though it’s becoming noticeably  more run down in places,  and has some obvious troubles, Paris is always beautiful.

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Paris Metro

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Cabopino Beach

Cabopino Beach

Cabopino Beach

On this southern stretch of Spain you can see Africa and there’s something so beautiful about looking over to the continent.

I love Spain because it’s wild and passionate and free and nature here is inspiring. I’m lucky to get to hang out here quite a bit, with the man I love too and having fun taking photos. Although we had a big argument on the way to this shoot, as I was quite nervous and lacking in confidence but I found my centre when we arrived at the sea. The beach is chilled out-of-season, it has a fun atmosphere as it’s a nudist beach further along and everyone’s pretty relaxed.

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Making a billboard

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Making a Billboard

Making a Billboard

Making a billboard

It’s on some list of things to do before I die but making a billboard is not a box I’m likely to tick so I ignore the email when it arrives, inviting me to apply to be featured in an Airbnb campaign, assuming it’s a mass mail. It takes a while for me to realise it’s for real and I still think I’ll get a standard rejection.

I’m dozing in bed, it’s Sunday morning, when Rachel, the producer, calls.

“We’ll be there on Wednesday, there’ll be eleven of us all together…. You’ll be photographed by Tim Barber, do you know Tim’s work?”

“No, sorry…” I’m a sleepyhead.

“Oh look him up, he’s one of the most sought-after photographers in the world right now… he’s done Adidas, Nike, Levi’s… oh he’s done loads of stuff -check him out…”

On the morning of the shoot I’m gripped by panic and I’m really not sure I can do this… Jac goes out and buys me the most gorgeous flowers and we put them in my studio, like a secret little love sign. There are other secret love signs too…

When the crew turns up… there are so many people – they even have a tour bus parked round the corner! I’m taken away to have my skirt steam pressed and to have my face ironed out too – and as I walk onto the coach I feel fear creeping through me, taking over every part of my body – I almost have a seizure… it seems like a quite a big deal…

Amanda, beautiful soul, puts me at ease and we’re chatting about men, sharing all our life stories – as you do – while she’s applying her talented touch with her make-up brushes,  and I start enjoying myself. They have a buffet on the bus too and it becomes a lot of fun!

I still expect the film will land on the cutting room floor – I’m thrilled the picture makes the final cut.

I’m always looking for ways to fund my writing and Jac lets me mangage his properties on Airbnb to support my creavity.

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London at Night

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Photography credits:

Tim Barber

Jac Depczyk:  All photos unless otherwise credited (we’ve been busy!)

 

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London at Night

London at Night

London at Night

London is such fun to wander around at night as there’s always so much going on – the diversity and fusion of cultures make it such a vibrant and inspirational place to be, it’s a canvas for street photography. There’s often a drama on the night bus, usually highly entertaining, but this journey is chilled and Jac’s lens captures a beautiful light which flatters the scene in every sense. We go to Soho for neon, historically London’s centre for prostitution, media and, more recently, the gay community it’s a shame the council’s knocking the character out of the area.

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Paris Metro

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Paris Metro

Paris Metro

Paris Metro

 

After the billboard shoot, full of excitement, I drive to Paris with my friend Carlos and as we’re leaving Jac gives me the flowers. By the time he arrives in town the blooms are pretty dried out but we love the way they look, so we make them star in an metaphorical series of photos on the métro – why is this woman wandering around with dead flowers?

Jac’s doing an illustration for The Economist newspaper, except they forget to tell him and just as we’re walking into the subway he gets a call from his frantic colleague asking where his picture is – the deadline is just hours away so we rush back to the studio and he works in rapid time, he’s brilliant, he creates an image which normally takes 2 days in under 2 hours – then we dash back to shoot about midnight and sneak in to the métro just as it’s closing!

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Perpetual Warrior

Perpetual Warrior

Perpetual Warrior

Jac’s painting the set when I have an impulse to pick up a brush and smear paint on my face.
“Hey, what do you think?” I ask.
“Well you’ve done it now,” he says, joining in the fun.

We both forget black acrylic paint is not a good hair treatment and it’s not too kind on the skin either but luckily it all comes off!

This is  one of my favourtie shoots with Jac because we find our creative style and I love the way he lights up the shield.

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London at Night

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Bubble Wrapped

Bubble Wrapped

Bubble Wrapped

I guess it’s part of the package, hanging out with a photographer…

I’m  reluctant  but Jac’s really keen and so here is our first ever photo shoot and joint creative enterprise. (We met on a dating site a few weeks earlier. )   Hilariously, my foray into stock shot photography debuts on Getty Images as “Anxious mature woman dressed in bubble wrap” – the things I do to support my writing (and to please a new date!).

 

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Perpetual Warrior

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