History...

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History...

 

...repeats itself

My daughter wants to study photography after she leaves school this year. 

As part of the interview process for one of the colleges she applied for, she was set a project that had to be completed prior interview.

With the opening of Tate Britain’s most comprehensive exhibition yet of David Hockney’s work, my daughter’s project was to create a Hockneyesk photographic ‘joiner’ using Hockney’s My mother as inspiration.

It isn’t the first time this project was set by an art school – as they say, ‘history repeats itself.’ 

So to prove that point to my daughter, I dug out my old art school portfolio and found this piece I created back in 1985. It’s of Hylands House in Chelmsford, featuring (from left to right), myself and school friends, Andy Gross and Andy Poulton.

Besides being Hockneyesk, I suppose it’s also a piece of social history – it shows the state in which Hylands House had fallen into before it was restored 20 years later in 2005.

I’m pleased that between her dad and David Hockey’s mum for inspiration, my daughter pulled it off. That, together with her portfolio she got offers from all three colleges she applied for. Result!

And by the way, the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain wasn’t bad either.

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Silversea...

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Silversea...

 

...still cruising

Silversea was the first identity I did as a freelancer when the company was launched back in 1994. Had to fly especially to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to present it to the board of directors. And it made the news in Design Week at the time. Very satisfying to still see it's still going strong and adorns their latest ship, Silver Muse, which is being delivered this year.

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2016...

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2016...

 

... just black and white

At least it was for me, in term of my photography. I've really enjoyed taking squared-up black and white photographs using my iPhone. Where ever I go, always have my iPhone 6 with me – it's so handy.

The quality of the iPhone camera has got better and better with every new version of the phone. I just have to learn how to make the most of the camera functions and the ProCamera App I use to edit the images before uploading them to my Instagram account. You should check it out – there's a over a hundred images there now.

So in 2017, I hope to capture more and better pics. Why don't you follow me on Instagram to see my latest uploads.

 

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A Triumph...

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A Triumph...

 

...in East Prussia

This week I've been developing my skills in colourising black and white photographs. Here's one I've been working on of my Grandfather on his Triumph Model P 1927 motorcycle in Königsberg, East Prussia. 

Took some research to get the colours authentic, particularly the motorcycle.

So if you'd like one of your old black and white images colourised, just get in touch for a quote.

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And here's one I've done of an Essex Yeomanry Trooper from the Great War. He's from the same unit I served in whilst in the Territorial Army.

 
 

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Postcards...

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Postcards...


...FROM LEIGH

Seemingly, I'm spending quite a lot of my time in Leigh-on-Sea with my partner Suzi. This gave me the inspiration to start illustrating views of Leigh. My intention is to create a collection of postcards and limited edition framed prints to be launched sometime next year. I'd be interested in what you think?

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Hello...

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Hello...

 

...IT'S GOODBYE BRIGHTON

Just in time for Goodbye Brighton's debut on 'BBC Introducing', I was asked to create a website for the band, which would feature their new single 'Devil in my Eyes' and keep their fan's up-to-date with their latest news, gigs and music.

You can check them out at  goodbyebrighton.band 

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GREAT WAR...

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GREAT WAR...

 

...Student Battlefield Tour Aide Memoire

Anglia Tours, the UK's market leader in fully-guided history tours for schools, has just published a new booklet for the Centenary of the First World War, that was written, designed and illustrated by myself.

Providing a high quality resource booklet for each student who travels with us has long been a key part of the Anglia Tours’ service. The advent of the Centenary of the First World War provided the perfect opportunity to review the booklet we use for our battlefield tour. We wanted something which was visually engaging, full of original drawings, maps and diagrams. It needed to include valuable information on the nations, forces and men who fought the ‘war to end all wars’, personalised with the stories of men buried or commemorated in the some of the many locations we take groups to. We are delighted with the result!

The booklet which Frank has designed for us does all this and much more. The period look and feel not only adds a welcome degree of authenticity, it also makes commercial sense allowing us to reduce unit production costs by up to 30%. However whilst cost is obviously an important consideration, the most important factor is customer satisfaction and if the feedback we have had from customers so far is anything to go by it looks as though this really hits the mark. I am sure it will be a very popular addition to our range, and will prove to be something which can be used both on the battlefield and in the classroom.
— Ian Coyne, Commercial Manager Anglia Tours

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