Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012

A quick preview of some Leica shots from the 2012 Festival of Speed at Goodwood

Les Commandos Percu avec La Companie Elixir seen at Clermont Ferrand photographed by Andrew Butler

As far as I can make out this is Les Commandos Percu avec La Companie Elixir we saw them at Clermont Ferrand last night. Wow!

Let’s make it clear yesterday’s trip from Paris wasn’t easy, I have never managed to retreat from the place correctly. The journey was fraught with the elements. I have never been so wet on a bike, NEVER! And after that I have relived my greater motorcycling dislike, riding through wind. Or should I say cowering behind trucks whilst passing across the wind farms of the Massif Central.

Anyway, the journey into Clermont Ferrand did nothing to dispel the preconceptions of the place from fifth form Geography. But, step into the old centre and there is a different place, old, interesting a bit knarly.

And after the first couple of drinks, whilst off in search of food this is what we saw against a backbeat of great music and a backdrop of extinct volcanoes.

I will try and find out more…

Leica M9

La Défense in Paris photographed by Andrew Butler

La Défense in Paris photographed by Andrew Butler

Exeter Respect 2012 photographed by Andrew Butler

Exeter Respect 2012 photographed by Andrew Butler

Arts Award (Arts Council England) Dance and Performance Photography

Arts Award (Arts Council England) dance and performance photographed by Andrew Butler.

An awfully long time ago I had the pleasure to work with Arts Council England designing the original brand for the Arts Award. The project started around 2002 (ouch) and I’m pleased to see that much of the original work and look seems to have passed the test of time.

As part of the project I travelled around various locations in the country photographing young people involved in Arts Award projects. The photographs here are from two events, one in Bradford, West Yorkshire and one in Newquay, Cornwall.

I’m actually doing a bit of computer housekeeping at the moment, pulling everything together and getting a double level backup system in place, which is why I came across them.

They were shot in what for me was the early days of digital on a first generation Nikon at ISO 1600 hand-held, no flash and many around 1/15sec or slower. I’ve always loved working at these speeds, there is a challenge to it and an unprdictability.

A Day In London

A good day in London starting in Islington, walking around the West End before returning to Islington.

19 May 12

Leica M9

These photos will also be at