FireFlies Tour 2018 - Stage Zero

14 June 18

Posted at 6:05

We arrived nice and early, no delays and all in good shape until we get to the hotel to sadly find out two of the riders from the US had a nasty accident the day before and its wiped out their tour. 

I'm not mechanically minded so I did look like a spare part trying to re-build my bike but thankfully the Polka Dot team were on hand to help out and get me up and running.

Today was all about relaxing the best we could and look forward to dinner and meeting all the riders. 

Roll on Stage One where we will hit the Col de Moises, Cold de Ramaz and the beast of Cold de Colombiere. 

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FireFlies Tour 2018

06 June 18

Posted at 2:27

Just one week until le grand depart for this year’s FireFlies Tour and after many years of being in complete awe and admiration of everyone who has taken part in the FireFlies, I’ve decided to take up what will be the biggest challenge of my life.

Eight days of cycling over 1000km and 28,512m climbing across Les Grandes Alpes, nothing of which compares to living with cancer.

As with most people, cancer has affected friends & family and although not cancer related my mum passed away nine weeks ago from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) so this tour will be in her memory.

When the opportunity came to ride with the FireFlies family, my mum encouraged me to help those who are less fortunate. Every penny you donate goes direct to Bloodwise.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ralphpope

Alternatively you can text FFCC85 to 70070 with your £ donation. Max £10

Thank you in advance.

For Those Who Suffer We Ride

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Emily & Tyler's Wedding Day 26 May 2018 - Moot House, Essex

05 June 18

Posted at 9:33

It was an absolute pleasure to be asked to take photos and be part of Emily & Tyler's wedding day. An early start at Manor Of Groves hotel followed by wedding vows and reception at the Moot House Social Club, Harlow Essex.

A beautiful young couple and I wish them all the best for the future.

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Little Black Book - Immortal Awards Launch Night

02 June 18

Posted at 8:41

It was a pleasure to be invited to photograph The Immortal Awards Launch Night at The Mill by an old friend Matt Cooper.

The Immortal Awards is a free-to-enter awards show for all of Little Black Book’s global members. Launched in 2017 and Inspired by Sir John Hegarty’s belief that creative companies rarely create more than five genuinely award-worthy pieces per office a year, The Immortal Awards only allows entrants a maximum of five entries.

https://lbbonline.com/about/TheImmortalAwards/

If you have any questions about The Immortal Awards, e-mail paulm@lbbonline.com

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Beth Ditto live at the Electric Brixton

01 June 18

Posted at 8:28

This was my second gig of the night and only knowing Beth Ditto from her days with the Gossip I wasn't too sure what to expect. After this performance I definitely left being a converted fan. An amazing voice, very talented and very funny. So pleased I had the opportunity to photograph this show even though the lighting wasn't great.

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Pale Waves live at Heaven, London

25 May 18

Posted at 2:08

Pales Waves headlined Heaven Night Club, London on the back of an amazing set at last weekends The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Playing to a sold out crowd in London Pales Waves will definitely be the band to look out for during festival season. 

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Millwall Vs Aston Villa 6 May 2018

07 May 18

Posted at 12:48

Potentially my last game of the season. It's been a learning curve in to the world of football photography and one I've enjoyed.

Congratulations to both Millwall who won today's match one nil but just missed out on a playoff place and Aston Villa who reached the playoff's and face Middlesborough.

Shaun Williams with the only goal from the penalty spot.

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Tottenham Hotspur Vs Watford 30 April 2018

07 May 18

Posted at 12:15

It was a must win game for Spurs to maintain that Champions League spot. Watford did have their chances in the first half but I felt Spurs were too good and done a professional job without even being at their best.

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Chas and Dave Live at The Borderline

17 April 18

Posted at 3:17

Chas & Dave played an intimate warm up gig at London's Borderline on Sunday 15th April ahead of their show at Royal Albert Hall. Definitely not a guilty pleasure and definitely not a novelty band Chas and Dave are serious musicians who have been around over forty years. Tonight's set list is as long as my arm and they even added a few new tunes for good measure from their new album "A Little Bit Of Us" out this Friday, their first in over thirty years.

Tonight's show just happened to be five days before my mums funeral and her chosen exit music is a Chas and Dave number. It will definitely be my top three gigs of the year come December for many reasons. Top night and lets hope they continue to play many more live shows.

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Darren Barden - Let's Skip To The Good Bits Book Launch

13 April 18

Posted at 8:11

It's not often you get invited to a book launch especially one that is close to my heart. 21 years ago my cousin Darren was a victim of a knife attack on his own doorstep. Little by little Darren pulled his life back together and with the help of his amazing wife Wendy and his parents, Darren was able to write a book and telling how it feels to have his world shattered by knife crime and how he took back control of his life, following his own battle with mental health.

It was a priviledge being at Darren's book launch where he told his story and how it affected not only him but his family and friends close to him and those who helped him through dark times.

Visit www.darrenbarden.com to purchase hard copy

Kindle Version can be purchased here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lets-Skip-Good-Bits-Courageous-ebook/dp/B07C43CR6X/ref=zg_bsnr_276348_28?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=EYEANBHG4ZC8CHCEVHDH

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Chelsea Ladies Vs Montpellier - UEFA Women's Champions League Quarter -Final Second Leg 28 March 2018

29 March 18

Posted at 10:12

Football is the biggest women's team sport in England with an estimate of almost three million active female players. Last night was a first for me seeing Chelsea Ladies. A very well organised team and it's no surprise they are sitting top of the FA Woman's Super League and have created history by beating French side Montpellier 3-1 in their quarter-final second leg clash at Kingsmeadow to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate and reach their first ever Champion League Semi-Final. Goals from Fran Kirby and Romana Bachmann. A record attendance of 3,050 people, Chelsea Ladies go into their first Champions League semi-finals where they will play Wolfsburg while Manchester City host Lyon.

Photography by Me, Copyright Pro Sports Images

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Colour-Tech

11 March 18

Posted at 12:08

I never knew how much fun I could have in the space of an hour looking around the magical workshop of Colour-Tech. With over twenty years experience David Crowe has been running Colour-Tech.co.uk and has specialised in the repair and refinishing of loved bike frames and forks. What I love about Colour-Tech is that David also has his own Racing Team and they regularly race throughout the UK & Europe. 

 
The time had come to upgrade my bike and move away from the entry level road bike but with a tight budget it’s hard to do this especially trying to find a small frame. Someone mentioned that if I was happy with the frame and the size why not change the components. This made perfect sense so I thought I would get my original Cannondale Caad 8 re-sprayed, add a brand new group set and wheels. I now have a four week wait for the final result. 
 
A lovely experience speaking to David about bikes and his workshop. If you are interested in restoration, respray, rebuilding your bike contact David at Colour-Tech www.colour-tech.co.uk/about/
 
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The Strypes Live at The o2

04 March 18

Posted at 11:52

The perfect band to support Paul Weller on tour. I was fortunate to have seen The Strypes live a couple of times and they are superb, full of energy and so pleased I got to photograph them.

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Paul Weller live at The O2

04 March 18

Posted at 9:13

Always been a fan of The Jam but it was 1993 while working as a post boy at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising I was introduced to Paul Weller’s Wild Wood album. 25 years on I got the chance to photograph Paul Weller live at The O2. Unfortunately with music photography you only get the first three songs but still a pleasure photographing one of your favourite artist.

A great first three tracks, White Sky, classic The Changingman and I’m Where I should be. Weller’s new album A Kind Revolution is out now. Support was from The Strypes.
 
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Wiley live at London's O2 Brixton Academy

03 March 18

Posted at 8:20

The Godfather of Grime played his biggest headline show to date at London's O2 Brixton Academy hours after collecting his MBE honours from the Duke of Cambridge for his services to Music.

Support came from Ms Banks and Sneakbo.

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Jake Bugg live at the London Palladium

28 February 18

Posted at 11:01

Jake Bugg performs his solo acoustic tour live at the legendary venue the London Palladium. At the age of 23 and in the space of five years Bugg has four studio albums to his name already. A very talented musician who combines Blues, Country and Rock n Roll at it's best. Loving his acoustic sounds.

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Georgie Performs Live - London Palladium

27 February 18

Posted at 6:53

It's not often you get to see a support artist perform and photograph on your way home from work at the London Palladium who will one day be headlining iconic venues such as the London Palladium very soon. The amazing voice of Nottinghamshire singer-songwriter Georgie marks the second time she has supported Jake Bugg, following her support slots on his 2017 Autumn tour and has recently announced her new three track EP “Too much TV”. Definitely looking forward to Georgie returning to London soon.

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Henry's Superhero 4th Birthday Party

31 January 18

Posted at 2:10

I underestimated how much work goes in to organising a children's party and everyone said we were mad having one twenty days before Victoria was due to give birth to our second child but it was all worth it after seeing Henry's face filled with joy.

Twenty seven of Henry's friends from nursery, swimming, playgroups and family friends were invited to Royal Park Primary School in Sidcup organised by Zambezi Sports School to run riot and have fun on the bouncy castle, soft-play and various sporting activities designed for four year old children.

A massive thank you goes to Victoria my wife who I convinced I would take control and organised the party but as you can imagine I failed and Victoria saved the day so I am Uber grateful for all the hard work she done while heavily pregnant to put this party together. 

Thank you to everyone who attended. Henry had the most amazing day and was spoilt by everyones generous gifts.

A special thank you goes to my work colleague Laura Shelley who made stunning cup cakes for everyone.

Henry's Birthday cake by Joanne Parsons https://www.instagram.com/ladymuk/

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Party Balloons by Instagram @bexleyconfettiballoons

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Lumiere London 2018

23 January 18

Posted at 4:27

Lumiere London light festival returned for a spectacular second edition. More than 50 artworks covered London’s architecture and streets, transforming the city into the UK's largest light art exhibition.

On my way from work last Friday I diverted to Westminster Abbey to see French digital artist Patrice Warrener's amazing piece called The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2.
 
The below photos were shot using an iPhone 7
 
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Chelsea Vs Norwich City - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 17 Jan 2018

19 January 18

Posted at 12:35

I finally got to photograph the team I've supported all my life and was a member and season ticket holder for many years during the days where Chelsea were not so succesful and money was not in the game like it is now. 

The day started off bad when I went to photograph the corner flag and the sprinkler came on and drenched me waist down. Almost look like I had been dunked in the bath. School boy error.

Norwich City got an excellent result at home against Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup and Wednesday was no different. After ninety minutes the game ended in a draw. For Chelsea it was unwelcomed extra time followed by penalties. Cheslea eventually came out winners and won 5-4.

I was really impressed with 17 year old center back Ethan Ampadu. He has the potential to be a Chelsea great. 

Photos shot for Pro Sports Image

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Tottenham Hotspur Vs AFC Wimbledon 3rd Round FA Cup - 7 Jan 2018

08 January 18

Posted at 12:25

First game of the year and my first time shooting Spurs. Today's opponents were AFC Wimbledon in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. It should have been one way traffic especially with the premiership's best forward Harry Kane a surprise starter but at half time the score was 0-0. Second half a different story and Spurs scored three despite the brave resistance of AFC Wimbledon. Two goals from Harry Kane and a stunner from Jan Vertonghen.

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Charlton Athletic Vs Blackpool 23 Dec 2017

23 December 17

Posted at 11:43

My final game of 2017, Charlton Athletic Vs Blackpool. Both teams in need of three points but it was Charlton who was unable to convert a hatful of chances. The game finished 1-1

Looking forward to 2018 and shooting more games.

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2017 Best Nine on Instagram

21 December 17

Posted at 8:06

So this is what my 4423 followers on Instagram have liked and made these my most liked photos from 2017. I don't think it means my best nine shots. A head and shoulder shot of Brad Pitt is not a great picture but the fact that it’s Brad Pitt obviously created a lot of likes and attention.  I can say it would never have made my favourite or most liked nine. How different I see it from my followers.

I like the fact a Venice Beach Skate Park shot is in the collection and a shot of Liam Gallagher on his return to the music scene but again not the greatest shots from there respective collection.
It all depends on when you post throughout the day and the hash tags you use.
Like I said in my end of year review I have been very fortunate and I’m looking forward to 2018.
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