Ask the Right Question… More Idiocy from Southwark Council

Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a bit about how Southwark Council had decided to make traffic congestion worse on Jamaica Road, SE London by stopping local drivers from using a ‘rat-run’.  Their consultation paper – sent to a tiny minority of extremely localised people – asked a series of heavily biased questions without a “none of the above” option.

Well these fuckwits are at it again: solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist and thereby creating a new one.

They’ve decided that people daring to park on the Western part of Rotherhithe Street – which is a no through road and not exactly busy – are going to be penalised, including all the residents who currently park there.  Their proposals , published at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200140/parking_projects/4039/rotherhithe_parking_zone_study – show only very limited permit parking (at £125 each…) for residents with the rest of the area subject to double yellow lines.

Now there really isn’t an issue with parking on that section of Rotherhithe Street: I walk along it every time I walk to work and there’s plenty of space for parking and no trouble with the road being blocked from the (non-existent) through-traffic by these pesky parkers.

So what would happen when Southwark gets its way? Well quite simply all those vehicles will need to park somewhere else nearby and the nearest parking would be the Eastern side of Rotherhithe Street where there are (currently) very few parking restrictions and no resident-only parking spaces whilst still being a busy through road on the C10 bus route. And when all those vehicles park on ‘our’ street, where will we be able to park? Where will all those coaches that park overnight whilst fetching and carrying kids staying at the local YHA now be able to park? After all, Southwark allowed a new housing development to go up where the coaches used to park. Oh and another new development is going up opposite our house with Southwark’s blessing despite all bar one comment (duplicated 40+ times) objecting to it with no parking spaces included within the development because parking’s not a problem!

Now have a look at the questionnaire. See how it asks what times you’d like the restrictions to apply. There isn’t a “Never” option, is there? Ask the right question…

Modern Toss

Bollocks to this!

Ask the Right Question… More Idiocy from Southwark Council

Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a bit about how Southwark Council had decided to make traffic congestion worse on Jamaica Road, SE London by stopping local drivers from using a ‘rat-run’.  Their consultation paper – sent to a tiny minority of extremely localised people – asked a series of heavily biased questions without a “none of the above” option.

Well these fuckwits are at it again: solving a problem that doesn’t actually exist and thereby creating a new one.

They’ve decided that people daring to park on the Western part of Rotherhithe Street – which is a no through road and not exactly busy – are going to be penalised, including all the residents who currently park there.  Their proposals , published at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200140/parking_projects/4039/rotherhithe_parking_zone_study – show only very limited permit parking (at £125 each…) for residents with the rest of the area subject to double yellow lines.

Now there really isn’t an issue with parking on that section of Rotherhithe Street: I walk along it every time I walk to work and there’s plenty of space for parking and no trouble with the road being blocked from the (non-existent) through-traffic by these pesky parkers.

So what would happen when Southwark gets its way? Well quite simply all those vehicles will need to park somewhere else nearby and the nearest parking would be the Eastern side of Rotherhithe Street where there are (currently) very few parking restrictions and no resident-only parking spaces whilst still being a busy through road on the C10 bus route. And when all those vehicles park on ‘our’ street, where will we be able to park? Where will all those coaches that park overnight whilst fetching and carrying kids staying at the local YHA now be able to park? After all, Southwark allowed a new housing development to go up where the coaches used to park. Oh and another new development is going up opposite our house with Southwark’s blessing despite all bar one comment (duplicated 40+ times) objecting to it with no parking spaces included within the development because parking’s not a problem!

Now have a look at the questionnaire. See how it asks what times you’d like the restrictions to apply. There isn’t a “Never” option, is there? Ask the right question…

Modern Toss

Bollocks to this!

Ali Brooks and Miss Pixie

Well I’ve been very slow to update: I’ve missed out on a shoot with Ali Brooks at a top hotel in Wiltshire, a shoot with Miss Pixie and Ali Brooks at my place and a photoshoot holiday on Fuerteventura with Ali Brooks.

Results can be seen in the Art Nude & Lingerie, Artistic, Fashion and Headshots galleries.

And Miss Pixie was nice enough to leave me a lovely reference:

I had a lovely little evening shoot with Richard and Ali Brooks while I was on shooting trip in London.

We worked on some art nude and sexy lingerie images. Richard had some amazing stockings and shoes for me to dress up in Smile

I would highly recommend working with Richard and I’m looking forward to working with him and Ali Brooks again soon for a longer shoot as we had a little too much fun gossiping hehe Smile

Thanks for a lovely evening!

Ali Brooks and Her Mazda MX5: “Black Widow” Shoot

It took a couple of months, but I finally managed to grab a photoshoot with Ali Brooks and her new Mazda MX5 Sport Venture at the weekend.

We decided to make it a fashion shoot rather than a lingerie or nude one and our latest order of latex hasn’t yet arrived from Westward Bound or Pandora Deluxe Latex, so we ventured out – geddit? – on Sunday morning to a nearby location, bumped the MX5 up onto the pavement next to the “Curlicue” statue and shot away.  Ali looked great in her LBD, Gio Manhattan fully fashioned nylons and her new Christian Louboutin “So Kate” heels, accessorised with a hat and satin opera gloves.

The results can be found in the Fashion portfolio.

Then back, quick change a few boudoir nudes, some involving those fabulous new Louboutins.

Zara Watson

A couple of days after getting back from Fuerteventura, it was off to Saracen House Studio in Milton Keynes to do a shoot I’d planned a couple of months back with the gorgeous Zara Watson.

As it was Good Friday and as Ali Brooks was still here in London with me, she came along for the ride and took her modelling stuff with her to combine a solo shoot with Zara with some joint shots.

And very pleased I am too with the results, which can be seen in the Headshots and Lingerie galleries.

And Zara has just left me a lovely reference over on PurplePort:

“Worked with Richard as part of my studio day at Saracen House Studio. He is a very lovely guy, friendy, funny, easy going …a pleasure to work with.

“He also brought along his lovely partner Ali Brooks (another model) whom i worked with, she is also a great lady, easy to get on and work with.

“We shot a mixture of styles and Richard has been so kind as to send me the images from the shoot, which are great.

I would definitely recommend Richard , a sound, respectful guy. I would work with him again without any hesitation. Big smile

Thanks a million Smile x”

Ali Brooks Reprised – Not Worksafe!

Having had a really lovely shoot with Ali Brooks last month, I thought I’d do her justice by getting her into a studio in London and so we did just that on March 1st at The Factory, which I thoroughly recommend.

So Ali and I had a great time, shooting nudes, lingerie and latex.

The results can be found in the Lingerie and Fetish portfolios.

And the good news for London photographers is that Ali is planning to move up to London from the South-West this summer, so watch this space for many more photoshoots with this fantastic model.

London Fashion Weekend 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited back again to shoot the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend on 22 February 2014.

London Fashion Weekend Photographer

The photographers had a briefing beforehand before being given passes to get into the show and grab our places in the pit. I ended up shooting something like 800 images from which I selected a few ones I like, which are now in a separate portfolio called, amazingly, London Fashion Weekend 2014.

This year, I was using a new zoom lens but added a monopod and battery grip to my shopping list (now sourced) to cope better for next year.

Thanks to the British Fashion Council and Canon Professional Services.

Ali Brooks Comes To London

Last weekend, the fabulous Ali Brooks came up to London to shoot and drink champagne with me!

We’ve not worked before but we clicked immediately and managed to get some shots I’m really pleased with.

Some of the results are in the Fetish, Lingerie and Glamour portfolios.

Afterwards, Ali left me a lovely recommendation:

“Went and shot with Richard… Well what can I say.. Had a fantastic 2 days shooting.. Was a very fun and productive shoot.. Richard is both professional and very friendly and was very comfortable working together. Would highly recommend working with Richard.. I’ve already booked to work with him again.. So can’t wait xxx Wink

And yes, the next shoot is in March, this time in a studio to really do her justice!

London Air Ambulance

Recently whilst walking home from work, I came across the London Air Ambulance landed on Potters Field by Tower Bridge as a cyclist had been squished. I happened to take a quick iPhone shot of the landing site pausing only to try to set it up as best I could and then I uploaded the image to Instagram. That night, a local news site picked up on it and asked if they could use the credited photo on their site, which they did. The next morning it was picked up by ITV News and used on their site with credit (eventually). And the London Air Ambulance themselves picked up on it and asked me if they could use it for their promotional stuff. I was happy to licence it to them and indeed made a bigger version for them as the original would be too small for print:

London Air Ambulance at Tower Bridge

London Air Ambulance at Tower Bridge