Countdown to my photography exhibition

Only a week left until the private view of my exhibition of portraits from around the globe. I will be spending the next few days curating the exhibition at the gallery. 

It has been a fantastic and enlightening journey interacting with people from different continents and I am looking forward to sharing the stories and pictures with you.

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Details of the exhibition are below:

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Portraits with Laura Burhenn

I had a portrait session with The Mynabirds front woman, singer-songwriter, pianist, artist extraordinaire earlier this week on the launch day of the band's new album, Lovers Know.

Laura is so characterful and gregarious and she was an absolute joy to photograph.

I will be bringing you more music portraits later in the year and my new website will launch soon.

Here are some of my favourites from the shoot at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch:

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An afternoon with award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou

I spent the afternoon photographing the poet on a sunny day in Bermondsey, South London.     We spoke about education, specific requirements of students in particular areas of London and about the impact our roles have had on various students we have taught.

Anthony Anaxagorou is an award-winning, published poet. He has and continues to work with poetry organisations such as (London based) Apples and Snakes and Chill Pill. Anthony has made several radio and TV appearances where he talks knowledgeably and passionately about racism, war and religion.

Check out his work at: 

http://www.anthonyanaxagorou.com

Here are some of my favourites from the session:


A walk in Cape Town

I spent a week in Cape Town a few weeks ago (shortly after returning from an epic three month trip in south and central America). I must admit, the main focus of the trip was to sample the culinary offerings of the city. Time was spent in top restaurants as the Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club and La Mouette, with the latter being my favourite.

I found the people to be so interesting and friendly. I will be exhibiting travel portraits from 2007-2015 later this year in London.

Here is a selection of my favourite portraits:

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A walk in Buenos Aires

Back in October 2014, I decided to go on a very long walk in Buenos Aires. It was my first time back after eight years! 

It was interesting to see how things had changed, especially shops, bars and restaurants. However, the wine, food and music remained the same. Here are some of the shots from the day.

Tango dancers in the San Telmo region

Tango dancers in the San Telmo region

Friends walk and talk near San Telmo

Friends walk and talk near San Telmo

A child from a family who live on the street near Congresso

A child from a family who live on the street near Congresso

A few minutes earlier this family were quarrelling. This was taken in La Boca.

A few minutes earlier this family were quarrelling. This was taken in La Boca.

Two friends chat over a steak in El Obrero in La Boca

Two friends chat over a steak in El Obrero in La Boca

A street seller was taking time out to send a few texts in Caminito 

A street seller was taking time out to send a few texts in Caminito 

A man ponders on a bench in Caminito.

A man ponders on a bench in Caminito.

Friends enjoy drinks near Avenida Cordoba 

Friends enjoy drinks near Avenida Cordoba 

James and Emma's wedding

What a wonderful wedding at Loudwater Farm, Rickmanswowrth.

James and Emma are such a lovely couple and it showed on their wedding day! There were intricate details and lovely touches including an on-site stone baked pizza van!

Here's a selection of my favourite shots from the day, in black and white.

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The faces of Vietnam & Thailand

I went to Thailand and Vietnam in April for a much needed break in the sun. 

Having been to Thailand before, I knew what to expect in terms of food, fun and entertainment. Vietnam, however, blew me away! The people were (are) friendly, the food is great and I can honestly say that crossing the road (in Ho Chi Minh City) with your eyes closed is one of the surrealist moments ever!

Here are some photos from my time there. As always, my interest is in the people so there will be many portraits here.

If you want to see more from the collection then go to my flickr page:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonykeiler/sets/72157644228391180/

The faces of India

I spent the last week travelling around northern India, taking in the colours, food, culture and the welcoming and vibrant people.

I met a number of characters including a few students on a school trip at Humayun's Tomb, a lovely toddler who helped his father sweep up leaves near India Gate. There were the ladies in the gardens surrounding the Taj Mahal who were initially apprehensive about their photo being taken.

The most pleasant experience for me was the relationships I built with the people on the streets of Delhi and Agra (and Jaipur in a previous trip) which allowed for some lovely intimate moments.

Here are some of my favourite photos from my most recent time in India:

Great bunch of guys near the Lotus Temple. They were so friendly, offering monkey nuts and smiling for the camera.

Great bunch of guys near the Lotus Temple. They were so friendly, offering monkey nuts and smiling for the camera.

One of my all time favourites. This lady was trying to sell something to the commuters on their way home. I was about to put my camera away but shot through the glass at the last minute.

One of my all time favourites. This lady was trying to sell something to the commuters on their way home. I was about to put my camera away but shot through the glass at the last minute.

I photographed these children near Red Fort, Delhi. Both children took a break from playing near the main road leading to Red Fort. They have leprosy.

I photographed these children near Red Fort, Delhi. Both children took a break from playing near the main road leading to Red Fort. They have leprosy.

After being stuck in a traffic jam for a while, I turned and looked at this guy in one of the 'chicken busses'. We exchanged a look common to all commuters on the long way home. I lifted my camera, asked and photographed when he accepted.

After being stuck in a traffic jam for a while, I turned and looked at this guy in one of the 'chicken busses'. We exchanged a look common to all commuters on the long way home. I lifted my camera, asked and photographed when he accepted.

One of my favourtie moments. I was on my way back from India Gate via Khan Market and I saw these guys waiting for punters. I had to photograph them; they looked so suave, especially the man sitting in the rickshaw.

One of my favourtie moments. I was on my way back from India Gate via Khan Market and I saw these guys waiting for punters. I had to photograph them; they looked so suave, especially the man sitting in the rickshaw.

This lovely little one was helping his father sweep the leaves on the ground near India Gate. Simply beautiful.

This lovely little one was helping his father sweep the leaves on the ground near India Gate. Simply beautiful.

He sells roses to buyers near India Gate. 

He sells roses to buyers near India Gate. 

This lady gardens near the Taj Mahal. She was apprehensive initially but I waited for the right moment. One of my favourites.

This lady gardens near the Taj Mahal. She was apprehensive initially but I waited for the right moment. One of my favourites.

I saw this carpet maker in Agra. He went through the process of making a carpet by hand. The lesson was informative and engaging. Admittedly, my capacity to take in information waned after my second kingfisher beer. No carpet for me.

I saw this carpet maker in Agra. He went through the process of making a carpet by hand. The lesson was informative and engaging. Admittedly, my capacity to take in information waned after my second kingfisher beer. No carpet for me.

The old axiom 'children will be children' rings true. These girls were very curious and didn't mind the camera being out. They had just finished a school trip at Humayun's Tomb.

The old axiom 'children will be children' rings true. These girls were very curious and didn't mind the camera being out. They had just finished a school trip at Humayun's Tomb.

This guy made me laugh. We stared each other out then he smiled, I smiled. I did the peace sign, he followed. Just before these exchanges, I took the shot.

This guy made me laugh. We stared each other out then he smiled, I smiled. I did the peace sign, he followed. Just before these exchanges, I took the shot.

The loveliest toilet attendant ever. 

The loveliest toilet attendant ever. 

I had been walking for a few hours and was about to sit on the bench next to this guy. I took the photo, showed him and then he laughed. 

I had been walking for a few hours and was about to sit on the bench next to this guy. I took the photo, showed him and then he laughed. 

Project: The Forgotten Children

My latest project is called: The Forgotten Children.

I have decided to mix my love for education with my passion for photography and showcase photos and stories of children from around the world.

This photo was taken in a Berber village in Morocco. 

His name is Abdul. He lives in a Berber style house. He lives with his parents, cousins, one aunt and two uncles.

I found out that the King - Mohammed VI - was responsible for ensuring that all houses (in Morocco) now have access to running water and electricity. He has also insisted that all villages, including that of the Berber, have a mosque and a school (for the local children).

King Mohammed's foresight has allowed children like Abdul to prosper through free education.

 

The project will continue in India...

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The wedding of Nick and Helena

It's not every day you photograph a wedding in the company of such phenomenal paintings crafted by artistic greats like: Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough.

December's wedding took place at the Dulwich Picture Gallery where we captured Nick and Helena's magical day. Their theme was 'Christmas' and everyone was full of Christmas cheer as the mulled wine and cake was consumed in festive abundance.

Stuart was with Helena in the morning as she was getting ready and I was at the venue photographing the set up and awaiting Helena's arrival.

Here are some of my favourites from the day:

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The wedding of Mark and Freya

What an incredible wedding! It was full of tradition: Polish and British. There was folk music, line dancing, lots of colour and quite possibly the best behaved children I've ever come across at a wedding! Yellow is Freya's favourite colour so we also made it the theme of the afternoon. 

Stuart and I felt privileged to be part of Mark and Freya's very special day. 

www.stuandant.com 

Location: St Andrew's Church, Enfield. 

Enjoy a photo (preview) a day up until Friday and feel free to share the link on your Facebook page.

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