Rude Graffitti

During a gentle walk from Tottenham Court Road back to St Pancras I began to spot a felt tip pen graffiti “artist” spreading their words of wisdom around Camden. This tagging style is not my favourite, but there was something mildly amusing, if a little risque at times…

If you are sensitive about swearing (aka “cuss words” for my American chums) then please look away now…

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Nuff said really…

Rude Graffitti

St Pancras Brick by Brick…

I’d seen on twitter that the Lego version of St Pancras International Station was on display in Waterstone Piccadilly – so I was itching to see it in real life.

From what I gather it is a tie up with the launch of Brick City (which has St P on the cover!) and Warren Elsmore, the author, is actually the guy that made it.

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I felt a little critical when I was pointing out errors such as there’s no retail on the lower concourse, Searcy’s Champagne bar is in the wrong place, the Sir John Betjeman statue is missing etc… then I remembered: 180,000 pieces – give the guy a break!!!

I did like what Waterstones/Octopus publishing has done to encourage the kids – they added some additional characters to the exhibit and challenge you to find them… (Hint: Buzz was in the training room). Worth checking out and I think it is there until 2nd June…

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Check out Brick City Book on Facebook and follow Warren Elsmore on twitter…

 

St Pancras Brick by Brick…

Polly and Simon

I was so excited to be photographing a Spring wedding in St Pancras International Station (Saturday 6th April) and delighted that Polly and Simon were the wonderful, fun couple involved. It was a privilege to photograph their preparation, the ceremony, the fab afternoon tea (at Searcy’s Grand Brasserie) and their evening reception – all in and around the Station.

As an extra bonus I was approached by Camden Registry Office to provide images for publicising their Wedding and Civil Partnership services in the borough. With Mr and Mrs Quinn giving me the OK I provided a selection of images and now their photos can now be seen:

On the Camden Registry Office website:

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In the Registry office on a pull up banner:
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On the front cover of the Registry Office brochure:

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AND on bus shelters all over Camden:

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Polly and Simon love their photos and we’re due to meet up in the near future to talk albums! I wish I could do weddings at St P everyday, wonderful!

Polly and Simon

This Guitar Man does his bit for animals

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I met Jean-Pierre Danel at St Pancras International on the launch day of Tiger Tracks on Thursday 1st March. He was with Brian May and seemed to know him quite well. I was curious. So I started up a conversation.

Jean-Pierre is a French guitarist who has launched a charity to the benefit of animal rights, through France’s association for protection of animals, the SPA.

It turns out JP is an acclaimed musician and he shares his talents with fellow guitar legends Brian May and Hank Marvin. Danel duetted several times in the past with Marvin on record, and May expressed his great appreciation for Danel’s work in his last album booklet. Now, the three are reunited for a good cause.Well aware of Brian May’s involvement for animal rights, and his association Save Me, it was a natural move for Danel to ask for his participation. May accepted with enthusiasm and joined the project.

Danel’s idea is to put on an auction a unique life-sized art photo of the pride of his private guitar collection, one of the rarest electric guitar in the world: Miss Daisy, a 1954 preproduction Fender Stratocaster, estimated to be worth more than $200,000. The one-of-a-kind art photo has been signed by Danel, May and Marvin. Fender also offered two current Stratocaster models, both signed by the three artist

The auction will take place in Paris, at the classy Drouot international auction house, sometime before Christmas (exact date to be revealed soon).

And it’s all for a good cause

The SPA announcement for the charity : www.spa.asso.fr/node/69240
Jean Pierre Danel’s web site : www.jeanpierredanel.com

Jean Pierre Danel – Biography

Jean-Pierre Danel is a French self-taught guitarist, record producer and composer. He is the instrumental guitarist with the biggest record sales in France. His album Guitar Connection hit the #1 spot in 2006,receiving a platinum disc, and he hit the charts with more than 20 album and 20 singles since the 80’s. In 2010, he released a charity duet album with various French and international guitarists, such as Hank Marvin, Albert Lee, Scott Henderson, Andy Powell, etc. The Top 3 hit got a gold disc.
As a producer, since 1989, his numerous releases sold 22.4 million copies, receiving 183 gold and platinum discs in various countries.
Also a Stratocaster fan, Danel wrote a book about his collection, that includes Miss Daisy, a scare 1954 preproduction model.

This Guitar Man does his bit for animals