A Week in The Forest

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

The New Forest is just a lot of trees, right? Yes, and then again no. It is trees but so much more than I thought while on a trip there last week. Just 90 minutes from London’s Waterloo, Brockenhurst was a good place to start.

A bus took us the lovely Bartley Lodge Hotel near Cadnam, beautifully styled, welcoming and very comfortable.

Walk in the Forest

A good walk around part of the forest was led by Lyndsey Stride and Tom Hordell who explained so much that we would have missed. They are both Commoners, people who are allowed to live in the New Forest so are really in touch with it on a daily basis in a totally hands-on way.

Of course, the only rain we got for the week was on this walk, so we headed off into an open barn where they showed us the branding irons used to brand all the ponies as they are all owned by someone, they are not actually wild as I had thought.

Salisbury Cathedral

It took just 38 years to build Salisbury Cathedral, from 1520 to 1558, and today is stunningly beautiful. John Constable was so right to paint it from the Water Meadows, changed now of course by development over the years but nothing detracts for the tall spire which dominates the landscape.

One of the only four copies of the original Magna Carta is on display there, a small document which has shaped the life of these isles ever since it was written.

Full of light, the cathedral it is inspiring even for non-believers, a wonderful standing testament to the men who built it 500 years ago.

Stonehenge

The final day was a very early rise so as to be at Stonehenge for 8am. It was a cold January day and with a wind blowing it was tempting to skip it but I’m so glad I didn’t.

Our guide Pat Shelley gave a good and thought provoking tour around the inner circle of monoliths, magnificent in their simplistic beauty and a testament to the sheer will power and energy of its builders.

Its true purpose can never be known, but academics and scholars have deduced that its purpose was largely ceremonial, not that it can be either proved or disputed.

Hospitality

Excellent meals were available in many places but the meal at The Red Lion pub in East Chisenbury in the Wiltshire countryside was the highlight, the Old Ale Coffee House in Salisbury ran it a close second.

Would I go back to the New Forest? Definitely, now I can see the wood for the trees!

For travel information about the area visit www.thenewforest.co.uk

 

RED RUM

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

RED RUM

My Red Rum book has now been on sale for around a month and copies have gone to people in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Japan and Australia.

I have been delighted at the responses and here are some of the lovely comments received;

“Your amazing books have just arrived. Beautiful photos, I’m a bit speechless!”

“It’s a splendid production and you must be really proud of it.”

“That book is probably the best Red book ever, it’s as close to an ” off the wall ” one as you could get, I can’t thank you enough for releasing your photo’s it’s a total Gem!!”

“Jeremy, great images and am proud to have on the bookshelf.”

“Some cracking images of Aintree’s greatest.”

“The photographs are stunning and this book I will most definitely treasure.”

“My copy arrived today – it’s wonderful! Rummy looks so handsome and intelligent in ALL of the pictures, and lovely to see images I haven’t seen before – great work, Jeremy, thank you!” 

“Been through your book Jeremy, it’s amazing.”

“Fabulous pictures – a must for any RR fan!”

More to come with luck!

Jeremy Hoare, Photographer, Television Lighting Cameraman

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Admin under Uncategorized

My life has been a huge mixture of things; I am a multi-media image-maker, and part of a three-generation showbusiness family going back over 100 years. A visual sense has helped provide me with a hugely varied career as a photographer, television cameraman, lighting director, theatre lighting designer and camerawork tutor. Showbiz was clearly in the genes. My late father managed London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane and was responsible for giving me my first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie, which I used to capture the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was only a school trip but arguably became my budding photographer’s first experience of an adventure with a camera and the ways of telling a story with it. Since the Box Brownie I have used cameras of most types; still, television, video and movie.

Television soon beckoned, and I spent many years as a Cameraman and Lighting Director with major UK networks, notably ATV at Elstree and Central Television in Nottingham. Throughout my career I have centred on the creation of images for ever more diverse audiences and using ever more diverse media. Recent work ranges from travel photography – my current core activity – to classic Hollywood portraiture, dance and music visuals. Other fields include tutoring in photography, lighting and camerawork, video production, pop group manager, author, journalist and online gallery owner are a few of the other things I’ve done.

 

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