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The road to………..

Follow the road ahead.....

Follow the road ahead.

A picture of a straight road in a foreign land. And why not?

To be honest, for many years I have always wanted to a take a “lost highway” type of shot. My recent trips to Iceland gave me a number of opportunities to do this. And here is one of the results. Taken from the middle of Iceland’s National Route 1 and this is about as busy as it gets. This is the country’s main ring road. It doesn’t really understand congestion. More freedom.

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Countdown is progressing

Well the countdown to my working trip for Land Rover World (Facebook page) to Iceland is beginning. Flying out this Sunday and returning the following. Honest, it is work. Well, I’m sure there will be some work involved somewhere along the way anyway.

I’m looking forward to the trip, so much so, I’m returning to Iceland in June for another article! I’m really looking forward to meeting many of the people I have been communicating with and something I am already aware of is that it seems that “they” are right. Icelandic people are very friendly. All along the way in the planning of this trip I have received nothing but help and friendliness from everyone I have spoken with. And the level of English spoken by Icelanders is astonishing. Better than many English natives I have met.

This will also give a new life to this blog as I am planning on blogging daily during the trip (where internet availability allows) and plugging and linking as many companies and products as possible along the way that have helped bring this trip fruition.

Iceland, here I come

Iceland, here I come

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Official positions

This June (23rd and 24th) I will be performing official duties as the event photographer for the new Bristol and West Land Rover show . There is also due to be a world record attempt to form a mosaic of a Defender 90 out of Land Rovers. This will involve two things; 1. My Land Rover in the mosaic and 2. Me up high in a cherry picker to take the final mosaic image.

The height doesn’t worry me but I now need to calculate the height I need to be at the fit a 300 x 300 meter field into the frame without going too wide. Must get the calculator out.

Bristol and West Land Rover Show

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Perks of the job

Sometimes the perks that come with this job are just too much fun. A couple of weeks ago I spent the day at Kahn Design in Bradford, mainly looking at their superbly refinished Range Rovers but also as a by product I was able to look closely at some of the other vehicles in their showroom. Bugatti Veyrons, Ferraris, Aston Martins and more. As well as more Range Rovers that you could shake a proverbial stick at.

Kahn, to put it simply, take the best in the world and make them just a little bit better. Actually the level of finish you get with a Kahn vehicle surpasses that of the top manufacturers in the world. Have a look at their website and see what I mean.  It was a privilege to spend the day there and be taken up to the Yorkshire moors by Deon Jacobs in a Vesuvius Range Rover Sport for some amazing photo opportunities.

Inside Kahn

Inside Kahn's showroom

Then, yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Land Rover World photographing and driving not only the current line up from Land Rover but also most of the current competition that the green oval faces. It was a day where my entire lottery win shopping list could be driven (almost, Aston Martin were obviously absent). And it wasn’t just for show, we were able to put the vehicles through their paces off road and the ability of them was impressive. Even to the point where I proved to my editor (not that he doubted it) that a Range Rover Sport and then even the Range Rover Evoque were not only more than capable of a steep descent and assent but were also capable of said assent in reverse. On road tyres. Yes technology has taken driver skill out of much of the equation but it’s nice to know that whilst many of the competition’s products are merely 4×4 in design and not in ability off road, the latest green oval (well, former green oval, Range Rover is a separate brand now) is more than capable off road. Not that many will even see more that a puddle of course.


I spent much of the day in this beauty

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No matter…….

……how often you say to yourself that you must post articles more often, it still doesn’t happen. Never mind. Well lets get up to speed.

In a previous post I mentioned some extra work the talented Pete Tynan was doing for a publication. This was the resulting image as appearing in the July issue of Land Rover World and I must say, Pete certainly worked his magic.

Imposing punk rock

It’s been a busy month or so with other things too. As well as moving house I spent a few days sailing and another photographic job gave me an excuse to see a very dear friend. Whilst visiting my friend we spent the afternoon at Woburn Safari Park (free entry and discounted food too) so I took a few images, including one of the ‘Lesser spotted stealth rhino’ (long story) as seen below. See if you can spot the hidden Rhino.

The job that followed was a trip to the Newbury 4×4 and vintage spares day, oddly enough, in Newbury. Those in Land Rover circles will quite possibly remember the Old Sodbury sortouts (now in a new location) and this event is at the same showground. For this we required two models, Jes Fisher and Emma Marquick were chosen and we had a very relaxed and leisurely day wandering and shooting. Shame all shoots can’t be that relaxed, but then, sometimes the pressure can help.

Sea King on training manoeuvres

Sea King on training manoeuvres


Windmills at sea



Can you see the Rhino

Ninja Rhino in training

Jes Fisher finding a Land Rover she loved

Emma Marquick

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Maidens and magic editing

Well the shoot for the 2012 Mud and Maidens calendar is in the planning and will be happening in July. If you’re a model, interested in applying for the casting for the calendar then please email me lee@anwickphotography.co.uk with your details.

The below image for the calendar was shot by me, features the lovely Miss Lily Stark and was designed and edited by the very talented Pete Tynan. There had been a different plan for the image but when the weather didn’t want to co-operate I threw the shoot at Pete and he worked his magic.

I have also recently made use of Pete’s services for another shoot but I won’t be able to show that image until the publication in which it is appearing hit’s the shelves. Don’t want to spoil the impact.

Pete's magic, Miss Lily Stark, and me.

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Note to self, must post more often!

Okay so I have been a little on the lazy side when it comes to posting on here. Not to say I haven’t been busy though.

In amongst everything else I found myself in my home county of Kent a couple of weekends ago. I had a editorial shoot in East Sussex and an old friend of mine (going back some 25 years)  was celebrating her birthday on the Saturday night in Tenterden in Kent so it seemed the perfect coincidence to catch up with some friends I had not seen for many years.

Back to the photographic point. For the night in the pub I wanted to record the evening for prosperity and potentially blackmail purposes so I decided to take a camera with me. Initially I opted to leave the flash guns at the friend’s I was staying at so as to minimise bulk, planning to use high ISO settings. I fitted a small lens, turned off raw so didn’t have to take extra memory cards and off we went. After a few shots in a dark pub however I decided that the high ISO setting, whilst able to cope with the low light impressively, was just a tad grainy for my liking so I had to resort to pressing the button and using the built in flash. Let get things straight here. Shooting usually with a flashgun I really hate the pop-up flashes offered on DSLR’s and have never used them on any of mine apart from once, at the top of the Eiffel tower when the flashguns were 700ft below me!

So I popped the flash and expected to spend the evening deleting overexposed white-outs and red eye galore. Well, and I’ll hold my hands up here, I was actually pleasantly surprised. Whilst not publication quality images, the built in flash actually performed admirably and all of my friends were very pleased with the results.  So the moral of the story, when you think you know all the tricks your DSLR has for you, it’ll sometimes pull a nice surprise out the hat.

On another note, a few weeks ago I mentioned a shoot with the lovely Nona Nightmare for Land Rover World. Well the magazine hit’s the shelves next week and I urge you to go and get your copy with Nona on the front and featured on a four page spread inside.

Land Rover World, June 2011

Nona on the cover of LRW

And keep and eye out for a future issue of the magazine featuring the drummer from the Anti-Nowhere League and his matching custom built drum kit and Land Rover.

Anti No-Where League drummer with custom drums and matching Land Rover

Anti-Nowhere League drummer Nato, with custom drums and matching Land Rover

See you next time. I promise it won’t be so long.

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Mud and Maidens calendar 2012

Cover image

Well, I know we’re only just getting rolling into 2011 but we need to start planning for the Mud and Maidens calendar for next year. We’re planning on shooting it in July or August to get the benefit of warm days and longer daylight hours.

Location has yet to be decided upon and we’re seriously considering making it a weekend event so camping will be available and we’ll have a big BBQ and some beverages on the Saturday night and shoot both Saturday and Sunday.

It will involve Land Rovers again and most likely some mud/water/dirt so be prepared to get messy.

If you are interested in putting your name down to model, or if you have a vehicle of interest that may suit please email me at:


and I will keep you up to date on the proceedings.

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A little different

Oh wow, I really should get off my amply padded rear and keep this blog up to date a bit more often.

Recently I was commissioned to find a model and do a shoot for a client. Nothing really unusual there but this client was Land Rover World and along with the other magazines for the marque, they don’t usually employ models. Not unless they have the word Corgi stamped on them somewhere anyway.

I put out the casting an handed the short-list to the editor who made a decision. The brief, able to do own hair and make-up and able to produce some fun, cheeky looks.

The lovely Nona Nightmare was the chosen model for the shoot and she met me at a McDonalds close to the off road site in Bradford on a fresh, overcast Saturday morning.

We made our way to the site and met up with Simon, the editor of LRW and Brendan and Barbara, the owners of 4×4 Overlander and suppliers of two of the vehicles for the day.

Whilst I won’t go into the depths of what was covered in the shoot or the products on test, you’ll have to buy June’s LRW to find out and see more, I can say we all had a great day, Nona was a star and we beat the rain by about half an hour so all was good.

The lovely and cold temperature-defeating, Nona Nightmare

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A special thank you

Whilst I cannot thank enough, those models that posed in the cold and mud for the Macmillan Charity Calendar, a special thank you must also be extended to three photographers.

Ste Jones – Kitaeru Photography

Ste travelled that morning all the way from Wigan to help out on the shoot and he done a sterling job. His Facebook page can be found here and I urge you to take a look at his work.

Ste Jones

Ste aka Mr Kitaeru

James Rose – Roziekins Photography

James is a new photographer in professional terms. He is also a very experienced model. He was honoured to be asked to help out on the shoot and we were honoured to have his help. His Facebook page can be found here and his Model Mayhem photographer portfolio can be seen here.

Roziekins at work

Richard Rollinson – Zero72 Photography

Richard was brought onboard late in the day to come and help out with behind the scenes shooting and general bit and pieces and he is a true star. The only reason none of his images made the final calendar is due to people looking at another photographer and suchlike. I know a club that was at the shoot are very appreciative of his efforts with their vehicles and I know myself and many others are appreciative of his taxi skills during the shoot.

A special mention goes to Richard as just after taking the Christmas shot in the montage below, he slipped and severely damaged his ankle, so much so, it’s still not fully recovered. His Facebook page can be seen here.

Richard Obi-Wan

Richard Obi-Wan demonstrating the force

It was my pleasure to work with these gentlemen and they will have the first invites to the next charity shoot I am involved with. They all gave selflessly as did the models.

Other photographic mentions must go to Simon Ward-Hastelow, Mike Fox and Andy Watson.

Credits in the three images above, Richard Rollinson, Simon Ward-Hastelow, Mike Fox (calendar inserts, James Rose and Ste Jones).

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