When what you know beats who you know.

Yesterday I was granted exclusive access to The Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.  The Museum is reopening after being closed for six months following a flood which forced the full closure.  Now after the restoration which involved companies which have been in business since 1875 helping with their expertise the doors will open tomorrow.  As a freelance photographer raised on news and feature work it pays to keep an ear to the ground and eyes open.

Holst Museum, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, reopens after restoration following a flood. The home and Birthplace of composer Gustav Holst. The Museum is a memorial to Holst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country.The house was built in 1832 and is typical of the many smaller Regency terraced houses built in Cheltenham at that time. Gustav Holst was born here on 21st September 1874 and lived here until 1882, shortly after his mother died. He died in London on 25th May 1934.  The Holst Birthplace Museum suffered an ingress of water during torrential downpours in June 2016. This caused severe damage to three of the Museum’s period room settings and damage to another. There was also water damage to a small part of the collection which has been removed for conservation. During this period, the Museum remains closed for drying out, repairs and conservation.  Pictured,  A teasel flower rests on the keyboard of Holst's piano on which he composed The Planets.

 Pictured, A teasel flower rests on the keyboard of Holst’s piano on which he composed The Planets.

By |December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on When what you know beats who you know.

Always expect the unexpected

When I’m not working and just pottering about with daily life I do try and keep a camera close to hand. Over the last few years I have come to rely on my mobile phone to get the odd snap. For Facebook and Instagram a mobile is great.  The fact that you can take edit and send all in the palm of your hand is mind blowing.  For those occasions when a mobile will not cut the mustard I try to carry my Fuji XT10 and 18mm-135mm kit lens.  Small, light and very capable of getting you out of wishing you had your full kit when your just popping to Tesco.

Now, I’ve been taking pics for nearly 30 years and I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve come across a news story armed with only a pocket camera or phone and today was one of them.

Traveling back from Dursley having been to Clifton Cameras and the bank heading home via Selsley, I noticed some emergency vehicles parked up on the Common.  I did not stop until another one passed me and I thought I best turn round and investigate.

The rule on newspapers was never to chase less than three fire engines on a shout.  When I pulled up off the road I counted an ambulance two emergency estate cars and an emergency Land Rover Discovery, I though this could be something.

I parked up grabbed my man bag ( I’m being honest here ) and headed off in the general direction of hopefully something.  Over the brow of the hill I was met with another Land Rover and while still out of sight at this point quite a lot of paramedics.

Keeping a respectful distance I started to shoot the scene.  I have been in situations like this before while on shift with more gear and while you don’t want to interfere or cause distress we all have a roll to play and the default line is we’re all doing our jobs.

I had my shots and I backed away.

In conclusion.  I could carry a camera with me from now till the next blue moon and not come across a thing but I’d rather do that than miss something.

I was told by a reporter later that the person being attended to was not seriously injured and I hope they make a speedy recovery.

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.  Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.
Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.  Date 211116

An unnamed Women is attended to by Paramedics on Selsley Common, Gloucestershire.
Date 211116

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Always expect the unexpected

Walk don’t run

There are some great local annual events that happen in Gloucestershire.  Most are steeped in tradition like the Cheese Roll, Randwick Wap and Bisley Well Dressing and others like the Tetbury cart races are more for fun than for pleasing the seasons.  At the weekend, I covered the Meningitis Now Five Valleys Walk for The Gloucester Citizen.  It was great to see people of all aged step out and enjoy the countryside and help raise money for a good cause.  I talked to a few walkers who had personal experience of Meningitis and felt the need to give something back.  As a parent I’ve found myself waiting in an emergency ward with a young son to get the all clear following a suspected case.  The walk is on my do to list so hopefully next year.

These two pictures are from the event.  The family shot was used as the papers big picture.  While the near silhouette is just my favourite.

Meningitis Now Five Valleys Walk 2016.  Pictured, Walkers taking part in the challenge on Minchinhampton Common. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 250916 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

Meningitis Now Five Valleys Walk 2016.  Pictured, L- R Caroline Auckland with Willow, Louis, Freddie aged 10,13 and 6 withTuppence the dog who travelled from Marlborough to support the walk. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 250916 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

 

By |September 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Walk don’t run

An eventful evening

I was recently hired by an international company holding a week long training seminar in the Cotswolds.  I went to my first appointment with them fully armed as briefs can change with last minute requests.  First thing I was told was to lose the suite and tie as they said they were a very chilled out company and boy they were not kidding. The two pictures are from their after dinner games which formed part of their week.  I have to say I’ve never enjoyed an event so much and nice to see business people not take themselves too seriously. The pictures are of a fancy dress All Blacks Haka.

Haygrove dinner JUrys Hotel Cheltenham. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 060916 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

Haygrove dinner JUrys Hotel Cheltenham. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 060916 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

By |September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An eventful evening

New string to bow.

DSCF4386 copyThe short story is I have been having fun with this fellow. The OHBOT and was photographed in my studio for a local company.

The long story is that since leaving The Bristol Evening Post and working freelance my skill set has widened and now includes product photography.  At my old newspaper we had a studio and from time to time we did snap models and products so its not new to me but I’ve never considered offering it as a service.  The much longer story is that I meet the client at  the Gloucestershire Business Show, exchanged cards and the next thing I know I’ve landed another commercial job.

By |August 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New string to bow.

Kenton Cool

Pictures to accompany Big Interview with record-breaking mountaineer Kenton Cool. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 28-01-15 by Gavin Crilly Photography, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.gavincrillyphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com The photographic copyright (© 2014) is exclusively retained by the works creator at all times and sales, syndication or offering the work for future publication to a third party without the photographer's knowledge or agreement is in breach of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, (Part 1, Section 4, 2b). Please contact the photographer should you have any questions with regard to the use of the attached work and any rights involved.

Pictures to accompany Big Interview with record-breaking mountaineer Kenton Cool.
Picture by Gavin Crilly
Date 28-01-15
by Gavin Crilly Photography, NO SALES, NO SYNDICATION contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.gavincrillyphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com
The photographic copyright (© 2014) is exclusively retained by the works creator at all times and sales, syndication or offering the work for future publication to a third party without the photographer’s knowledge or agreement is in breach of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, (Part 1, Section 4, 2b). Please contact the photographer should you have any questions with regard to the use of the attached work and any rights involved.

Heard today that Kenton Cool, the World famous climber from Gloucestershire, is part of a group who are the first to climb Everest in two years. I photographed him for an editorial feature last year. We went through a whole range of pictures but the one I liked the most was my homage to David Bailey and Mike Jagger.

 

 

By |May 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kenton Cool

Smile please and relax.

Gloucester Rugby Club team photoshoot. Picture desk please note names are being supplied by the club. none were available at the time of shoot. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 251115 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

Gloucester Rugby Club team photoshoot. Picture desk please note names are being supplied by the club. none were available at the time of shoot. Picture by Gavin Crilly Date 251115 by Gavin Crilly Photography, contact for more information mob: 07810638169 web: www.pressphotographergloucestershire.co.uk www.gavincrillyfilmandphotography.com email: gavincrilly@gmail.com

I borrowed a tip from Lord Lichfield, who back in the day would have worked with 12 exposure roll film and not like the hundreds of frames available on a single card we have now.  I was sent to photograph the squad at Gloucester Rugby for their delayed team shot.  Due to the Rugby World Cup the photograph had been put on hold while their players were on international duty. Lord Lichfield, would keep a frame spare at the end of a shoot (lets say a royal wedding group shot for example) say that the session had ended and his subject would relax and snap he had his picture.  Attached are two pictures from the shoot one while the team were posed and one just after I said relax.  To my amazement the relaxed picture has been used large on the back page of The Citizen.

By |November 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Smile please and relax.

Farewell Vulcan XH558

DSC_1847Back in July I was commissioned to cover The Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, Gloucestershire.  As well as the corporate press photography I got a chance to test my new Nikon 80-400mm zoom and shot some of the air displays.  The big draw for the crowds was the impressive delta wing Avro Vulcan, which was making a final appearance.  I have some very tenuous links with the Vulcan, which came flooding back to me from my childhood memories.  Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I was a member of the ATC (Air Training Corps)and as a keen participant in a model aircraft competition I built a model of the bomber.  I poured hours and hours into gluing and painting only to be crowned 2nd place (they say time heals all wounds and 40 years on and I’m still getting over it).  The next link was a friend of mine and fellow cadet who won a place on board the Vulcan as it patrolled the skies during the cold war.  The flight lasted hours and mainly consisted of him reading the crews porn mags.  As I’m typing this I’ve been reminded of the Vulcan in action over the Falklands and reading all about it as a school boy in the sixth form.  I don’t want to get too heavy but as the Vulcan touches down for the last time, It brings into focus the passing of an era.  An era in which we made stuff.  Pioneered stuff.  Lead the world in technology and in the case of the Vulcan it paved the way for Concorde and the Space Shuttle.

 

By |October 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Farewell Vulcan XH558

Super Moon

If you can drag yourself away from Sunday night television and go outside and look up; you may just see the Super Moon larger than life, hanging in the night sky.  Between the hours of 1am and 4am the Moon will appear red in colour as the Earth’s shadow falls onto the Moon, an event that will not happen for quite a while over the UK.

I photographed it earlier using a Fuji XT10 with an 80-400mm Nikon lens with a Sigma 2x convertor attached with an Ebay Fuji to Nikon connecter making the whole set up something close to 900mm.

I then turned the moon red in colour as it may appear later tonight.

 

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By |September 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Super Moon

Smile please…Thank you!

Had a good show in the local press of a visit by HRH The Princess Royal.  In this digital on screen age it is still nice to see your pictures in print.Anne_1.jpgAnne_2.jpg

By |September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Smile please…Thank you!