Elvin Warwick Simpson

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I met Elvin today, at his workshop in Liscolman, between Coleraine and Ballycastle on the North Coast of Ireland. He’s been making pens from the barrels of Bushmills Whiskey, amongst other things.  Guitars, kitchen cabinets, bowls…, not from barrels, though.   He’s a maker of things.

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And here’s one of the finished pens.

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If you’d like to find out more about his work, check out his website at http://www.ewsw.co.uk

Munich Air Disaster

56 years today, since the crash at Munich airport that claimed the lives of  23 passengers.  This is a file picture I shot back in 2007, of Manchester United legends, Harry Gregg and Albert Scanlon (who has since passed away), reflecting on a photograph taken during their 1958 5-4 win over Arsenal. The game was the last that the Manchester United side would play in England, before the February 6th air crash in Munich that claimed 23 lives, including 8 of their team mates.

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Commander Hadfield

My first post of 2014.  Got sent along by Tourism Ireland to photograph former International Space Station commander, Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield yesterday. He’s in Ireland to promote tourism here, filming  a series of three short films on local attractions and sporting culture.  Hard to believe I used to watch and photograph him and the crew of the ISS flying through space, and here he is, standing in the rain, four feet from my lens. One of the few famous people I’ve met over the years, that I think really deserves to be famous.

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2013

Funny year for photos last year. Spent most of my spare time shooting video, and work was a little uninspiring. Here’s a few random photos from during the year! Best of luck for 2014 everyone, lets see where it takes us.

Coleraine celebrated 400 years of a royal charter this year. A big fireworks event was held along side the River Bann. I made this picture.. a little cruel perhaps..

Coleraine celebrated 400 years of a royal charter this year. A big fireworks event was held along side the River Bann. I made this picture.. a little cruel perhaps..

Author and director Philip Henry. he directed a film i DP'd this year. Noirland-The Movie.

Author and director Philip Henry. he directed a film i DP’d this year. Noirland-The Movie.

Actress Bronagh Waugh, during filming in Portstewart,

Actress Bronagh Waugh, during filming in Portstewart,

My daughter Heather, enjoys a book by torch and candlelight during earth hour.

My daughter Heather, enjoys a book by torch and candlelight during earth hour.

Evening light shines through the window of my house, illuminating a wine bottle

Evening light shines through the window of my house, illuminating a wine bottle

Promotional photo for pirates of Portrush, a new event for families held during the summer

Promotional photo for pirates of Portrush, a new event for families held during the summer

Stormy weather during a thunderstorm near home in Aghadowey, that knocked out the power to the house.

Stormy weather during a thunderstorm near home in Aghadowey, that knocked out the power to the house.

My two girls model for a PR photocall, advertising the Portrush International Air Show

My two girls model for a PR photocall, advertising the Portrush International Air Show

Beach volleyball, during the World Police and Fire Games

Beach volleyball, during the World Police and Fire Games

Artist, Michael McGuinness pictured for art feature.

Artist, Michael McGuinness pictured for art feature.

Singer, Kevin Doherty pictured during filming for a music video in Bangor Castle

Singer, Kevin Doherty pictured during filming for a music video in Bangor Castle

Lumiere in Derry. Fire lights up St Colums park. One of the highlights of the year for me.

Lumiere in Derry. Fire lights up St Colums park. One of the highlights of the year for me.