HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE: Blog en-us (C) HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY 2021 (HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:50:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:50:00 GMT HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE: Blog 120 62 Shooting the Rugby World Cup Back in 2007 I was really excited to be covering the Rugby World Cup in France, even more so given that my 1st match was New Zealand against Italy. The All Blacks - wow! 

The match started at 2pm inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, the temperature was hovering around the 30 C degree mark - just what were the organisers thinking of starting at that time in Southern Europe! The press were assigned their positions and I had a good spot just to the left of the Italian goalposts, unfortunately without shade and I'd also forgotten to bring any water! But that was soon forgotten the moment the players stepped onto the pitch and the roar of the crowds bellowed around the stadium. 

I started by focusing on the New Zealand Haka, a traditional ancestral war cry, an awesome spectacle which often strikes fear into opponents and creates a huge aura of invincibility before the game has even begun. The Italians were having none of it and in a show of defiance (or downright fear of what was to come) formed a huddle facing away from the All Blacks.

Two minutes after kick-off, the All Blacks' captain Richie McCaw (pictured below with ball in hand), touched down for the first try of the game right in front of me. I wasn't expecting that - shot in the bag! Things were about to get even better when five minutes later he again touched down for his second try of the match - a dream start which led to a hatful of 11 tries being scored in an eventual 76-14 trouncing of the poor Azzurri. 


Unfortunately the team suffered their worst ever World Cup getting knocked out in the quarter finals to hosts France but that didn't stop Riche McCaw going on to become the greatest player to have ever graced the pitch. He may even become a double world cup winner as we head into the 2015 tournament.


mHealth Grand Tour photo book I have just produced a 100 page hard back book with my photos of the epic 2100km mhealth Grand Tour cycling event that took place between Brussels and Barcelona from 5th to 18th September 2013. To see the challenges that the riders faced and a preview of the book, click on the link below. For details on how to order please email me via the contact section of this website.

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El Rocio pilgrimage in Spain

I have just returned from photographing an unforgettable Catholic pilgrimage from Jerez in Southern Spain to the shrine in the village of El Rocio in the heart of Andalusia.

The pilgrimage dates back to 1653 and attracts more than a million Catholic pilgrims from all over Spain to the small shrine of El Rocio in the province of Huelva in Andalusia.  A statue of the Virgin Mary was said to have been discovered in a tree trunk by a hunter from the village of Villamanrique in the 13th century in the Donana park. This marked the site for future pilgrimages.

The pilgrims, known as Rocieros, travel in groups called brotherhoods on foot or with horses, wagons and elaborate horse-drawn carriages designed to transport their silver and gold Madonnas to the shrine in the village of El Rocio.

I wanted to travel the whole 60 mile route on foot with the pilgrims from Jerez to get a closer look at the individuals and capture their emotions during the long journey. In order to get to El Rocio we had to cross the Guadalquivir river by boat into the Donana National Park. The Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to a variety of wildlife and exotic birds, mostly Flamingos and Storks. The whole park consists of sandy tracks and dunes only passable on foot, horseback or four wheel drive.

I spent many days planning this trip as being on foot I needed to travel lightly. Carrying 15kg of camera equipment and a laptop in a backpack  for 60 miles walking in sand is not easy. For instance, every time I stopped to photograph the procession, I would have to run back to the front as it was moving quickly, I must have done this 15 or 20 times in one day...I underestimated how quickly 8 mules carrying a silver gilded altar can travel. I lost count of the number of times I had to empty my shoes of sand. Luckily running through sand carrying an 18kg rucksack in the Marathon des Sables a few years ago had given me the belief that I could do this.

There would be no access to electricity or internet for 3 days so I had to make sure I had enough spare batteries and memory cards to last the trip. However no amount of planning could have prepared me for amount of sand and dust kicked up by the procession. For three days I was constantly blowing or wiping the sand off my equipment, by which point I decided it would be disastrous to make any lens changes or get my laptop out. My worst fears were confirmed when I met another Spanish photographer on the route who was beside himself because his mirror had locked on his camera and he was unable to take any photos. The area was also experiencing it's coldest weather for 50 this time of year it is usually hot and sunny but on several occasions I had to retreat into one of the horse drawn carriages to escape the monsoon like conditions we were experiencing. I had bought a lightweight tent for the journey which unfortunately wasn't designed for cold night time temperatures. One night I was awoken by what I thought was rain leaking into my tent, but then I realised that it was so cold that my breath had formed a layer of condensation on the walls of the tent and it was dripping onto my face.

Many pilgrims traveled to see the Virgin to pray for family members who were ill or to overcome personal tragedies. I met one twenty year old girl who only a few weeks previously had lost her mother. Others I learned were coming to pray for their childrens' health or to pray for a cure for a terminal illness. A priest also accompanied the pilgrims and a mass was held each day, at one point in the middle of a huge sand dune. They were very moving occasions.

There were many breaks on the route, during which the pilgrims would take turns to burst into songs of dedication to their Madonna followed by some high-energy flamenco dancing and copious amounts of fine wine.

The village of El Rocio itself resembled a wild west frontier town from a Spaghetti Western. Horses were tied to the outside of saloon bars everywhere and the streets were filled with sand. It seemed like the whole town had come out to greet our arrival...for three hours we moved slowly through the dusty streets, there was a carnival-like atmosphere with large groups of women in flamenco style dresses singing and clapping and glasses of Sherry being handed out to all. It was clear to see what our arrival meant to the pilgrims, many embraced and wept openly.

The highlight of the trip was the night that the pilgrims waited for the statue of the Virgin to appear, in the early hours of the Monday morning. I was told to arrive early to find a good position as up to a millions pilgrims cram into the village streets. Spot located, I spent 4 hours standing on top of a well, luckily kept warm by the genorosity of my Spanish hosts who kept me topped up with several glasses of a potent local liquor. At 3.30am, the statue of the Virgin finally appeared carried by a crowd of testosterone fuelled young men who seemed to disappear under the weight of the altar carrying the statue. It passed rapidly through the sea of pilgrims who all fought frenetically to get close to her and make their personal dedications.

The trip I made wouldn't have been possible without the kindness and generosity of the Brotherhood of Jerez.

My Equipment List

Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon 1D Mark 4, Canon 17-40mm F4L, Canon 24-70mm F2.8L, Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS2, Canon 580 EX2 Flash, Apple Macbook Pro 13", LaCie Rugged 160GB hard drive, Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro III SD cards (x4), Lowepro Computrekker AW, Lowepro Deluxe Technical Belt, Lowepro S&F lens cases, Manfrotto Bogen 209 mini tripod.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Andalusia Catholic Donana Park Jerez Rocio Romeria Spain Spanish brotherhood devotion devout hermandad horses photos pilgrimage pilgrims religious story wagons Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:40:00 GMT
The King of Clay The King of Clay, Rafa Nadal, was back to his imperious best after recovering from his recent knee injury to win the Banc Sabadell ATP Open tournament in Barcelona.

I was extremely fortunate to be using a brand new Canon 300L F2.8 IS 2 lens, shooting most of the time handheld at F4, creating a lovely soft background and very sharp point of focus.

Rafa Nadal RAFAEL NADAL playing in Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament 24th April 2013

RAFAEL NADAL playing in Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament 24th April 2013

RAFAEL NADAL playing in Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament 24th April 2013 RAFAEL NADAL press conference Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament 24th April 2013

1966 England World Cup team reunion It has been a long time since the England Football team have won any trophies on the World stage. Rewind to 30th July 1966, Geoff Hurst's fantastic goal won England the World Cup at Wembley Stadium in London. I was only a 14 month old toddler at the time and so have no memories of that incredible occasion or the loud screams from my parents.

Foward wind 32 years to 1998. I was working as a freelance for Big Pictures photo agency in London. The agency had received a tip-off that the 1966 England team were playing a round of golf at Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey. The agency called me and told me to rush down there to try and get a shot of the team together before teeing off. When I arrived 30 minutes later, I introduced myself to Geoff Hurst inside the clubhouse and he very kindly said that they'd be happy to pose for me outside by the first tee. Good fortune was definitely with me that day as I was the only photographer there!

All the members of the original team where there apart from Gordon Banks and Bobby Moore who died in 1993. When the photo was published in the UK national dailies, Geoff Hurst got in contact with me to say that he loved the photo and could he use it in his upcoming biography. I felt honoured that a legend of the game wanted to use my photo. A few months later, a personally signed copy of his book entitled "Geoff Hurst - 1966 and all that" was delivered to me. I was a happy man indeed!

Here is the photo....(left to right, back to front) Geoff Hurst, Ray Wilson, Bobby Charlton, Roger Hunt, Jack Charlton, Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, George Cohen and Alan Ball.

1966 England World Cup team

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) 1966 1998 Alan Ball Bobby Charlton Cohen Cup England English Geoff George Hunt Hurst Jack Martin Nobby Peters Ray Roger Stiles Wilson World cup football footballers legends photo reunion soccer stars team winners world Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:32:00 GMT
Congratulations Andy Murray Andy Murray for recently winning the US Open tennis Grand Slam title, the first Brit since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift a major title.

After reaching 4 Grand Slam finals and losing in each, Andy gave us the impression of being a plucky loser and a player who didn't have the extra gear to achieve the biggest prize.

Despite those losses, Andy never stopped believing in himself. Proof that if you want something and are prepared to work hard enough to reach that goal you will eventually succeed.

Been lucky enough to photograph Andy a few times, most recently in May when he was competing on clay in Barcelona.

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(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Andy Murray British Grand Slam Champion 2012 Scottish clay court player tennis Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:45:00 GMT
Holy Week in Catalonia, Spain  

Holy Week is an extremely important religious event throughout Spain. On Maundy Thursday the Spanish village of Verges, in the heart of Catalonia, is unique for its religious procession and portrayal of the Dance of Death. Verges is the only community in Spain that has kept alive the macabre Dance which has its origins in medieval literature and is connected to the Black Death portraying the march of death. 


Local communities also re-enact scenes from the Passion through a series of processions, pageants and music known as "saetas". The procession winds its way slowly through the narrow cobbled streets with Jesus carrying the cross up until the climax of the evening when at 3am he is crucified in the village square whilst iconic still and moving images of 20th century suffering are portrayed on the fortified walls around him.


Perhaps the most eerie element of all is the silence that accompanies the procession broken only by the regular beating of drums.



Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa


Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa









Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa





Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa

Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa Verges, Catalonia, Spain, 5th April 2012. On Maundy Thursday, the Spanish village of Verges is unique for its portrayal of Jesus' critical moments in his life through a passion play, the macabre Dansa

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Catalan Catalonia Christ Dance Easter Jesus Maundy Medieval Romans Spain Spanish Verges actors atmospheric dancers dansa dark de death evening festival la life macabre mort narrow night of parade passion procession religious scary skeletons sombre streets tradition Tue, 10 Apr 2012 23:45:00 GMT
Balloon in Barcelona Just finished working at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The event is a showcase for the Telecoms industry and was attended by more than 67,000 delegates and business leaders from across the globe. It was held at the Fira de Barcelona, a huge exhibition complex at the foot of the Montjuic mountain atop which sits the National Palace. The fabulous fountains and light displays at the foot of the mountain were made famous during the 1992 Olympic Games.

With the help of my fantastic team of photographers, we shot more than 10,000 images of seminars, networking events, exhibits, awards and just about everything else that went on during the four day event. 

In previous years, there were private concerts held at the Palace for the attendees of the congress with such names as Craig David, Duran Duran, Will-i-am, Jamie Cullum and Duffy performing. This year the format changed to an outdoor event. A ballerina was suspended beneath a helium filled balloon which was hoisted high above the venue and accompanied by a spectacular sound and light display.



(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Barcelona Congress GSMA Mobile Montjuic World balloon fountains images lasers moonlighting networking party photos pictures Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:00:00 GMT
National Geographic My image of the Catalan Human Castles has just been published in the July 2011 edition of National Geographic Magazine.

The tradition, which dates back to end of the 18th century in Catalonia in Spain has been included by UNESCO in the list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
The towers are built by “castellers” who belong to groups called “colles” and intricate techniques are used to complete the highest and most complex castle. There are three parts to a castell and each varies in width and height. Some reach eight storeys high and even 10 storeys has been achieved. A young child normally climbs the whole tower and salutes the crowds from the top. Sometimes the towers collapse and serious injuries, even death, can result.
The amazing feat requires strength, teamwork, concentration and discipline. The motto of the castellers is strength, balance, courage and wisdom.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Catalan National Georgraphic magazine Photography Spain castellers castells culture festival human castles human towers tradition Sun, 02 Oct 2011 15:41:06 GMT
South Sudan News today that South Sudan is celebrating it’s birth as a new nation. South and North Sudan battled two civil wars over more than five decades, culminating in a 2005 peace deal that led to today’s independence declaration.

I traveled there at the end of the 1990′s to document the struggle for survival in remote villages and I was fortunate to spend some time with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. The area I stayed in was subject to frequent aerial bombardment by the Northern Sudanese government forces using Helicopter gunships and old Russian Antonov aircraft bombers. To get there, the four seater Cessna plane I traveled in was forced to fly under the radar, 500 feet above ground, to avoid detection. After landing on a remote strip of land in the South, we were told that an SPLA anti-aircraft gun had our plane in its’ sights and at the last minute an emergency radio message was sent to allow us safe passage. A close shave indeed!

The troops that I followed were lightly armed and used child soldiers, some as young as 10 years old, to fight on the front line. Not surprisingly, casualty rates amongst them were high. I saw and photographed many casualties.

It now remains to be seen whether both sides can put an end to this bitter fighting and move ahead peacefully for the sake of future generations.

Heavily armed SPLA soldier

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Photography Photojournalism SPLA South Sudan Sudan Sudanese armed black and white photography child child soldiers children civil war guns reportage soldiers troops war photography war photos weapons Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:29:00 GMT
Reasons Why Professional Photographers Cannot Work for Free

I have been getting more and more requests for free photos from individuals and large corporations. I usually refuse such requests.

The following article was written by Tony Wu and the original article can be found here. It sums up perfectly why professional photographers cannot work for free, even if there is a promise of a credit or future work.

Reasons Why Professional Photographers Cannot Work for Free

Dear potential photo buyer,

If you have been directed to this page, it is likely that you have requested the use of an image or images for free or minimal compensation.

As professional photographers, we receive requests for free images on a regular basis. In a perfect world, each of us would love to be able to respond in a positive manner and assist, especially with projects or efforts related to areas such as education, social issues, and conservation of natural resources. It is fair to say that in many cases, we wish we had the time and resources to do more to assist than just send photographs.

Unfortunately, such are the practicalities of life that we are often unable to respond, or that when we do, our replies are brief and do not convey an adequate sense of the reasons underlying our response.

Circumstances vary for each situation, but we have found that there are a number of recurring themes, which we have set out below with the objective of communicating more clearly with you, and hopefully avoiding misunderstandings or unintentionally engendering ill will.

Please take the following points in the constructive manner in which they are intended. We certainly hope that after you have had a chance to read this, we will be able to talk again and establish a mutually beneficial working relationship.

Photographs Are Our Livelihood
Creating compelling images is the way we make our living. If we give away our images for free, or spend too much time responding to requests for free images, we cannot make a living.

We Do Support Worthy Causes With Images
Most of us do contribute photographs, sometimes more, to support certain causes. In many cases, we may have participated directly in projects that we support with images, or we may have a pre-existing personal relationship with key people involved with the efforts concerned. In other words, each of us can and does provide images without compensation on a selective basis.

We Have Time Constraints
Making a leap from such selective support to responding positively to every request we get for free photographs, however, is impractical, if for no other reason than the substantial amount of time required to respond to requests, exchange correspondence, prepare and send files, and then follow-up to find out how our images were used and what objectives, if any, were achieved. It takes a lot of time to respond to requests, and time is always in short supply.

Pleas of “We Have No Money” Are Often Difficult to Fathom
The primary rationale provided in nearly all requests for free photographs is budgetary constraint, meaning that the requestor pleads a lack of funds.

Such requests frequently originate from organisations with a lot of cash on hand, whether they be publicly listed companies, government or quasi-government agencies, or even NGOs. Often, it is a simple matter of taking a look at a public filing or other similar disclosure document to see that the entity concerned has access to significant funding, certainly more than enough to pay photographers a reasonable fee should they choose to do so.

To make matters worse, it is apparent that all too often, of all the parties involved in a project or particular effort, photographers are the only ones being asked to work for free. Everyone else gets paid.

Given considerations like this, you can perhaps understand why we frequently feel slighted when we are told that: “We have no money.” Such claims can come across as a cynical ploy intended to take advantage of gullible individuals.

We Have Real Budget Constraints
With some exceptions, photography is not a highly remunerative profession. We have chosen this path in large part due to the passion we have for visual communication, visual art, and the subject matters in which we specialise.

The substantial increase in photographs available via the internet in recent years, coupled with reduced budgets of many photo buyers, means that our already meager incomes have come under additional strain.

Moreover, being a professional photographer involves significant monetary investment.

Our profession is by nature equipment-intensive. We need to buy cameras, lenses, computers, software, storage devices, and more on a regular basis. Things break and need to be repaired. We need back-ups of all our data, as one ill-placed cup of coffee could literally erase years of work. For all of us, investment in essential hardware and software entails thousands of dollars a year, as we need to stay current with new technology and best practices.

In addition, travel is a big part of many of our businesses. We must spend a lot of money on transportation, lodging and other travel-related costs.

And of course, perhaps most importantly, there is a substantial sum associated with the time and experience we have invested to become proficient at what we do, as well as the personal risks we often take. Taking snapshots may only involve pressing the camera shutter release, but creating images requires skill, experience and judgement.

So the bottom line is that although we certainly understand and can sympathise with budget constraints, from a practical point of view, we simply cannot afford to subsidise everyone who asks.

Getting “Credit” Doesn’t Mean Much
Part and parcel with requests for free images premised on budgetary constraints is often the promise of providing “credit” and “exposure”, in the form or a watermark, link, or perhaps even a specific mention, as a form of compensation in lieu of commercial remuneration.

There are two major problems with this.

First, getting credit isn’t compensation. We did, after all, create the images concerned, so credit is automatic. It is not something that we hope a third party will be kind enough to grant us.

Second, credit doesn’t pay bills. As we hopefully made clear above, we work hard to make the money required to reinvest in our photographic equipment and to cover related business expenses. On top of that, we need to make enough to pay for basic necessities like food, housing, transportation, etc.

In short, receiving credit for an image we created is a given, not compensation, and credit is not a substitute for payment.

“You Are The Only Photographer Being Unreasonable”
When we do have time to engage in correspondence with people and entities who request free photos, the dialogue sometimes degenerates into an agitated statement directed toward us, asserting in essence that all other photographers the person or entity has contacted are more than delighted to provide photos for free, and that somehow, we are “the only photographer being unreasonable”.

We know that is not true.

We also know that no reasonable and competent photographer would agree to unreasonable conditions. We do allow for the fact that some inexperienced photographers or people who happen to own cameras may indeed agree to work for free, but as the folk wisdom goes: “You get what you pay for.”

Please Follow-Up
One other experience we have in common is that when we do provide photographs for free, we often do not receive updates, feedback or any other form of follow-up letting us know how the event or project unfolded, what goals (if any) were achieved, and what good (if any) our photos did.

All too often, we don’t even get responses to emails we send to follow-up, until, of course, the next time that someone wants free photographs.

In instances where we do agree to work for free, please have the courtesy to follow-up and let us know how things went. A little consideration will go a long way in making us feel more inclined to take time to provide additional images in the future.

Wrap Up
We hope that the above points help elucidate why the relevant photographer listed below has sent you to this link. All of us are dedicated professionals, and we would be happy to work with you to move forward in a mutually beneficial manner.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Photography why photographers can't work free Tue, 09 Aug 2011 12:32:43 GMT
Cap de Creus, Spain Stock photo shoot for Getty Images

Early morning start at the Eastern most point of the Spanish peninsular, Cap de Creus nature reserve. Then on to the the fishing village of Cadaques, birthplace of the Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Cadaques Costa Brava Photography Salvador Dali Spain Stock Photography dawn photo early morning photography photography photos silhouette photo sport sunrise photo Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:15:44 GMT
Giving away our photos?

Any photographer attending a Lady Gaga concert will now have to sign a form giving away all future rights and more importantly signing away their copyright. If they don’t they will be refused a pass to her concert. Article here…….

This practice by certain artists has been going on for a few years. Back in 2004, during the early days of Amy Winehouse’s career, I was asked to sign a form whereby the images I took had to be approved by her management before the agency I was selling through could distribute them. One universal look of anger and disaproval on the waiting photographer’s faces was enough to send her agent back into her dressing room with a very red face . We took a stand and the artist’s management backed down.

Unfortunately, these practices now are far more common with artists wishing to control their image in the media.

Just for the record, I will never sign away my copyright. 

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Copyright Lady Gaga Photography concert photography copyright copyright grab free photos photographer rights photography Tue, 05 Jul 2011 14:52:00 GMT
Royalty On the eve of another British Royal Family wedding, thoughts turn to Prince William and Kate Middleton who are about to embark on a long journey through life under the glare of the world’s media. When Wills uncle, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, I was still studying at University. By the time I had become a fully fledged photographer in the early nineties, Andrew and Fergie were apart. However in 1996, Prince Andrew was due to play in a charity golf tournament and it was rumored that Sarah Ferguson would be there. I wasn’t sure what to expect but armed with a long lens I waited at the edge of the 1st tee. Just as Andrew was lining up his shot Fergie appeared and they both kissed and embraced which sparked rumors in the National Press that they may be getting back together. Of course they didn’t but this shot was used in several of the daily UK tabloid newspapers.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) British Royal Family marriages British Royal family divorces Fergie Photography Prince Andrew Royal family photos Royalty Royalty photography Sarah Ferguson embrace kiss paparazzi photocall press photography Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:46:12 GMT
Duffy I was recently at the National Palace in Barcelona to shoot pictures of Welsh singer Duffy at a private gig. I was due to do a small photo-call backstage with her before her hour long slot. Often these types of shoots don’t to go according to plan…. I had a black background set up in one corner but kept hearing rumors that she wasn’t ready and that she didn’t want to do the photo-call. After a tense half hour wait she appeared from her dressing room. Jonathan Ross was standing near by as he was the presenter for the evening. I was told that he didn’t like doing organized photo-calls but he must have sensed that Duffy wasn’t altogether too comfortable as he grabbed her and I took this spontaneous shot.

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) British Duffy Jonathan Ross Photography Welsh celebrity photography comedian paparazzi press photography singer Wed, 30 Mar 2011 09:15:16 GMT
Formula One Testing in Barcelona Formula One testing at Montmelo circuit Barcelona………blue skies and sunshine!

More photos here

All photos ©Howard Sayer photography

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) Barcelona F1 Formula One Grand Prix Montmelo Photography Spain circuit formula one photography motor racing motorsport race track sport photograohy testing Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:48:31 GMT
Snowboarding without snow I recently got back from shooting the snowboard worlds at La Molina in the Spanish Pyrenees. The resort had been hit by a lack of snow but the pistes had enough snow from earlier falls and snow canons to make the event possible. The mountain slopes around the resort were bare and looked more like a summer scene. I have been coming to this resort for over 10 years and have noticed more and more in recent seasons the distinct lack of snow.

The ecologist and television presenter Bruce Parry sums it up perfectly in the excellent Artic series on the BBC last night..we need to wake up to the reality of climate change now before it’s too late to do anything.

More photos here

(HOWARD SAYER PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE) La Molina Spain global warming half pipe snow snowboarding sport winter world championships Mon, 07 Feb 2011 05:17:39 GMT