Author Archives: Bartolomy

Porto

Exactly two weeks ago I was in Porto for a weekend break with the missus. Lovely town to spend some time off in. We stayed at The Pestana, which was right at the front. And right across from the port distilleries which we visited for a taster. The bridges are very imposing with their Meccano style of assembly.

Obviously at the restaurants we ate great fish and meat and we enjoyed more port 🙂 Great city.

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Breda

Moerdijk, near Breda, Netherlands while being on the train.

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Tower Bridge

Shot on Saturday morning in London while crossing London Bridge.

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Malta and Gozo

A few shots from my recent break in Malta and Gozo. I took some snaps of the places we visited and also messed around with blurring. I managed to get a few shots for The Kiss as well.

I shall post one of the better ones.

 

These pix are taken of Valletta, Azure Window,  the quant fishing town of Marsaxlokk, Birkirkara where we stayed, and Gozo of course mostly in Kercm where we saw the light festival and where hilly fields were decked out with hundreds of torches. Everyone local was having pizza and wine (at 4 euros a bottle so yeah that went down a treat 🙂 Fantastic place to visit.

All photographs copyright Bartolomy, all rights reserved.

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Furthermore I am starting to work on two new projects, one is “The Birds” and the other will be called “Oets” All to be revealed soon.

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Die Die Die in Paris and London

The boys are back in town, mainly to record a new album and to do a couple of warm up shows before they embark on a two week tour in China. I catch the Eurostar a few hours before they arrive in Paris and wander about the Montmartre district, an area I had not been before. It is 28 degrees not a cloud in the sky and it is blazing. I take a few shots and wander about past the many artists who have their paintings on display, some of whom are very good. Although the whole thing is rather relaxed it has plenty of markings of being a tourist trap as well (too many shops that sell the usual rubbish).

I make my way back to Gare Du Nord and see the band arrive, from there we depart to a hotel which is very close to the venue the Olympic Cafe. The band are on at 9 and there about a 100 odd bodies in the basement which resembles a sauna, just standing there makes you drip with sweat. The gig itself is ok (they have not played any shows since Jan.) but from a sound p.o.v. it is a letdown, actually the worst sounding one of all Die Die Die shows I have witnessed, but the crowd don’t care, it’s party on and everyone has a great time. Set-wise it is all well balanced, every album gets tapped into and they even play a new song as an encore.

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The next morning at 8 AM sharp a two man crew and their pneumatic drill have a rattle for a solid 90 minutes there is no way to get back to sleep after that, and in the end I just laughed. The hotelier was very apologetic and thought we’d never come back, but for a cheap place to stay in the 18th district I recommend Hotel Du Globe actually!

We catch the Eurostar back around lunch time to London to go to Birthdays in Dalston. Here the band play a blinder of a set in front of again 100 odd bodies who need a few songs to get into it (a London thing….). And here the band sound on fire, A.T.T.I.T.U.D. is being played with such vigour, it is easily the best version of that song I have ever witnessed. Sadly the set is shorter than Paris due to starting late and the curfew. But in the end a fantastic show.

I show a few pix of both shows, the rest will be in the book that no one will buy. The book will be part 2 on this lot. Even though the band are to release a new album seeing them live will be less frequent due to the fact that Prain and Wilson have decided to become college nerds and later on bank tellers 😉 instead.

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East Sussex

Some pix from last weekend in East Sussex when we went to friends down in Hastings , visited Seven Sisters’ cliffs, Rye and Winchelsea. Weather forecast was supposedly dire, well it was anything but that. Windy and sunny and in the end we had a few drops, but nothing that spoiled the fun.

Great times.

Love the cliffs, should do a proper shoot around the area…..

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My mentor

My mentor Harry van der Brugghen.

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In October/November 1988. I left the military at the end of August and wanted to continue with photographic studies. I had my work published on most Heavy Metal bands from 1982 until 1987 and during my military service (1987/88) I had my camera with me at all times. After my stint in army green I sort of had grown out of shooting gigs a bit and wanted a new challenge, and above all learn more on how to become a pro.

So after enlisting at a school which meant studying from home as that was how the school functioned, I had quite a bit of spare time. I wanted to get more involved and was looking for an apprenticeship in a studio. The pace of the study was too slow for me and I wanted to learn all the tricks of the trade. I wrote to four people, one had died, one never bothered to answer and one contacted me after I had already said yes to the other guy who had gotten back to me.

His name: Harry van der Brugghen. He rang on a Thursday asking me if I wanted to come in on Monday which I did. I was dressed fairly smart and when I arrived I was offered coffee promptly (as my mom predicted) and was told I would join him on a job he was commissioned for that very same afternoon. The job was for ad agency AGH in Den-Bosch and consisted of shooting a X-Mas card for Audi and was meant to have a snow covered back window of an Audi car with the year 1989 cut out. We went to a field between Vught and Den-Bosch where we tried to shoot the vehicle, but that did not work at all. Actually it went a lot worse after that, the shoot was a complete disaster. It took 4 long days and loads of travelling, hiring of gear, get bigger studio etc. And the snow would just not stick to the window……… In the end he had to give the job back. A first for Harry. This was all pre-photoshop days, nowadays a job like this would be a piece of cake.

That was my introduction to professional photography with Harry.

Harry had passed his exams at the photography academy “Gotze Institute” in Haarlem with honours and had been in business for roughly 4 years when I walked in. What I remember from that period is that the first six months, all I did was photography. I ate, drank, slept you name it only photography. The darkroom was my second home and all I did was process and develop. I even pulled the mattress, which was used as a prop, of the balcony and slept on the studio floor. He gave me directions and I just followed them up and I got stuck too cosily in that method. Then one day he bollocked me for not paying attention and then I did and not much later I started to become a proper assistant and sometimes give him my advise on how to light when it came to shoots and made prints for his clients. His folio he printed himself, something he excelled at.

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After a year Harry had another apprentice join, her name was Petra, and with Petra I ended up shooting untold packaging shots while Harry went out showing his folio to clients and getting more work in. It drove us mad shooting everything on a white back ground, job after job. A great learning school though, as every object placed on a white formica sheet would sometimes have a few challenges in store.

His studio was in the Taal straat in Vught, just underneath Den-Bosch. It was good for fashion and table top photography, but trying to get a car in proved to be a serious mission (we used a jack to reduce its turning circle and swing the car around).

It had a dressing/make-up/editing area. With a darkroom behind  that and an office at the front. In that darkroom I spent many hours printing and developing b&w film (Ilford FP4 and HP5) of my own and also for the jobs we did. He taught me how to print badly, as prints for newspaper ads needed to be a lot softer in contrast than one would normally deliver to the client. And I would observe him in that darkroom as he had some great printing techniques.

One day while making some prints, he came in all rushed and said ”Come on”. We got into his car and drove to Den-Bosch and outside a huge building was a skip and it was loaded with really old cast iron radiators. Harry had managed to borrow a small trailer and we lifted 6 of them into the trailer. They weighed a ton as we could barely lift them ourselves. Harry was a hoarder, anything that could be possibly used as a prop for a shoot in the future was stored.

With Harry I also learned how to explore various techniques available within the trade. Every job had to be lit or processed differently, a fabulous way to learn.

We shot a penguin in Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on a roll of white paper. Out of about 1200 this one was supposedly the calmest one. Well the penguin was not having any of it and bit the care taker’s hand 2 or 3 times and wanted to wander off and not cooperate at all.

We took pictures for an insurance company where we had to re-create the scenes of traffic accidents and we did all this in Vught without asking for a permit or any permission. Harry had even the balls to knock on the door of a random house and asked to tap of some electricity to be able to use the crane vehicle since the campaign was to be shot from right above. These days a drone would capture the whole thing in 4K, no problemo.

Harry had asthma and during the time I was there he was admitted twice to the hospital and was in there for almost a week, I held the fort then and did whatever was needed on the photographic front.

The second Harry came out he wanted to do something for fun in his studio. We ended up doing two shoots that lasted each about 4 days. The first one involved a glass and a bottle underwater in a massive aquarium. The idea was to pour air bubbles from the bottle into the water and going into the glass, so the opposite of pouring water into a glass. This involved a lot of manoeuvring all items about and get the right amount of air to go through. Then we had mirrors upside down resembling spillage like on a table. It was incredible to do,and Harry combined his photographic skills with his love for engineering, amazing really. And so was the next one where we wanted to create a setting of a fisherman standing at the edge of the water on pebbles with a bottle of Glenfiddich lying at his feet, in this case a pair of wellies. The most challenging thing was the splash of water hitting the label, to control this splash and capture it took two days. Tough analogue world 🙂

I ended up doing all the motorway driving. I was to drive his Saab 900 ‘on the side as a learning experience’ without a license nor insurance. I drove a few thousand of miles across The Netherlands while Harry was having a kip on our way to a client.

In Aug of 1990 I left Harry to travel to Milan and try my luck over there, a real friendship had developed during my period as an assistant and I would come back during the summers of 1991 and 1992. The weather was too hot for my liking down south and I would end up do some job or shoot some girls at his studio.

I lived for weeks rent free above his studio and helped him out while he had work. This studio was in Den-Bosch, an argument with his previous landlord (another photographer) made him move out the one in Vught. The studio at The Papier Straat was as big as an air plane hangar and was an absolute joy to work at.

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In 1991 Harry and I drove to Belgium and the north of France on two occasions (Knokke and Dunkirk) to do a shoot with a model called Natasha. We made some wicked pix and when we were in Knokke and just driving away we had a dreadful accident. A young girl on her bike riding the pavement decided to cross the road a few meters in front of us. We drove about 20 miles an hour and she got lifted up by the collision with her face smashing against the window shield right in front of me, her bike went underneath the car and was catapulted 30 feet away.The speed of the car was enough to have a devastating impact. Leorna, only 8 years old, descended into a coma and died about one month later. A dreadful event that left quite a mental scar on both of us, even though we had no blame for it, it was a terrible tragedy that cost a young girl’s life.

Shortly after I made my way back to Italy and stayed there and other European cities to work and had regular contact with Harry.

In January 1993 he called me while I was in Milan, and told me that he had had a fire at his studio, in the dark room to be specific and that everything in there was just molten plastic and charred metal, the rest of the studio was covered in soot. I lost some negatives in that fire. Harry lost lots more, he was in the middle of a massive job for bathroom specialist Willux which involved shoot one bathroom set while the other is being build. This whole campaign was being in danger of being cancelled. Could I come and help him out? Of course!

Harry, Heidi and me after an editorial shoot for Trouwen Magazine,

When I arrived he had gone back to the Brabanthallen as the studio was of no use while the clean-up and painting started, the Brabanthallen was the same place we tried to shoot the snowed under car 4.5 years before. Should have known better, but in that area it was the only thing that was available that big and on short notice.

The job itself went ok, sure it was slowed down but we managed to get things going again and deliver the results within the deadline. But then the client messed us about and even went bankrupt and a shit storm ensued. It bankrupted Harry, it took a few years but the debt caught up with him. This all happened in the mid to late 90’s while I was living in London for a few years already and we sort of lost touch for about 4-5 years.

That was until about 14 years ago when I managed to find him on the net and found his email address. We have stayed in touch ever since. If there was anything photoshop related I needed to know I would go to him and he would talk me though it. Shortly after Harry had spread his wings and was getting good at InDesign as well and started to produce books for kitchen and furniture companies.

In 2014 Harry was diagnosed with cancer and changed his entire way of life and started to take it a lot easier when it came to work. I have visited him from time to time since his diagnosis, and this year I managed to see him quite a few times. In July I saw him twice after initially was thought that his health had rapidly declined, so much so that his wife Monique and his children. The first time in July I passed by with the missus and that very same day they had a little celebration as Dax, his youngest son, had passed his exams. It was a lovely afternoon, and cherished by me and my but I think most of all by Harry

Having taken various experiences from my time with Harry at heart and in the head, to me the most important bit was to concentrate on pre-visualising the photograph you are about to make,

His initial prognosis was Stage 4 and that he did not have that long to live. He managed to stretch that prognosis already 5 times over due to a drastic change in diet and lifestyle. But it caught up with him. His situation had worsened early July. I have seen him once or twice a year for the past 3 or 4 years, and before that as well. When I saw him last week he weighed roughly 56 kgs and looked emancipated. He himself said he looked like a WW2 concentration camp survivor and sadly I have to say that he did. Just before we left on July 20th he told me “I ga nog lange niet weg” (I am not going anywhere for quite some time).

But……Harry passed away on Monday Aug 1st 2016. He is survived by his wife Monique Veenstra and his three children Denise, Manon and Dax.

I have lost a dear friend, colleague and above all mentor who to me was irreplaceable and I miss the fucker already…..love you loads m8!

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Models One test shoot 1998

I have no idea what her name is, I did not write it down, which in most cases I do. I do know that Philippe and Cynthia Balligan did the hair and make-up. Shot in Finsbury Park, scanned in and post prod. by me. Just playin’

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Rockliffe Hall

Samantha Crossley at Rockliffe Hall, outtake of a Spa Secrets shoot.

I remember the overall temperature being so hot in the pool area that I was gagging for an ice bath afterwards.

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Malene Nielsen

Malene Nielsen, the Danish Vixen and still a good friend from Copenhagen.

Taken in Parco Sempione in Milano late 1991.

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Neurosis

In November it will have been ten years ago that I took these. I was there with Capricorns, as they opened and Made Out Of Babies, who are Neurosis’ label mates and performed in between them.

Great show, the lighting made it near impossible to shoot images that were not blurred, then again that added to the drama as well. I remember we had the full set at our disposal, as long no one used flash and I think I shot almost for the entire duration.

Near the end of the show some of the band Made Out Of Babies came on stage and dove into the crowd. This upset Scott Kelley to such an extend that he headbutted the microphone 2x so  that he had a huge red mark on his forehead. He also smashed a mirror on his way to the dressing room.

Little did I know that when I went to the dressing room of Capricorns that Scott Kelley was standing in the door frame of the Made Out Of Babies dressing room next door and it was total friendly banter between them, this is only just after the show. Scott Kelley was leaning in their dressing room and his right bloody arm was holding him up against the hallway wall. I did not take the shot, whereas I should have……………

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Hastings and Jimmy Bain

I have just read that Jimmy Bain has passed away, I interviewed Jimmy when he was in Dio in 1983 when they played in Utrecht (a video of that show is on youtube) and also at the Pinkpop festival the year after. Really nice and above all down to earth bloke. Had then already plenty of history with Rainbow, Wild Horses and then with Dio.

First Lemmy now Jimmy, two fab bass players in their own right are gone, and the world has become more boring. I read that Last In Line’s debut with Bain is about to be released, so that’ll be on my wishlist then.

As soon as I have my scanner back in operation again I shall post some of Lemmy’s and Jimmy’s images.

A few more images of Hastings.

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Rome

I had to go to Rome for some business, but had some time to spend on grabbing a few shots while I was there. Twenty years ago I was there as Peter Gallina had an exhibit there at the Palazzo Esposizioni and I had made his prints for him. It was in July 1995 and it was boiling hot and I suffered from a sunstroke (only tourists wander about in the early afternoon…..the Romans know better) and we ended up drinking at the Fico Bar extensively in the evening.

A magical city, even though after the Paris attacks in Nov. 2015 there is a ton of police and military stationed all over town near the landmarks. I went to all the usual places The Trevi fountain, the Colosseum, Pantheon, the Vatican, and naturally some really nice restaurants some of which some were relatively cheap to eat at. Rome itself is quite expensive but since the Euro is weak against the Pound it is do-able.

I managed to capture 6 couples for The KIss, I will use 2 or 3 for the book The Kiss so this means you will have to wait until they have been pubbed. Quite easy to capture them, since it is Italy, almost as easy as Paris.

Weather wise, it poured on Thursday, overcast on Friday, On Saturday a few hours of sun and on Sunday there was not a cloud in the sky. Then of course Rome by night is quite a sight since most of the ruins are lit up to great effect. Best bit, well it was indoors, believe it or not, the Capuchin Crypt, was interesting to see how human bones were turned into artworks. The bones were nailed into the walls and every head of these nails was different. This is not something for everyone, probably too morbid for some, but I found it fascinating to look at. Not as good as the catacombs of Palermo which I saw eleven years ago, still worth a visit.

I shall post some photographs below, copyright Bartolomy, all rights reserved!

 

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A new year in The Netherlands and Hastings

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a great X-Mas break. I stayed in London until Dec 28th and then flew to The Netherlands and celebrated New Years Eve over there. A very nice trip. We ended up going to Leiden for the day which was very nice as well, I found a Tiffany lamp store and could have stayed there for hours, the craftsmanship and the colors were just mesmerising.

I posted a few pix of that trip at my Instagram account.

The weekend after we came back we went to Hastings to visit friends. This time I took my camera with me and took a few trainscapes (yes you seen it here first) and some pix involving seagulls. It was really windy but no less fun, as a matter of fact it was just great to be away again and get some fresh air. The couple of pubs we hit were just so different from what is around in London, very enjoyable.

Will post some pix soon, I have to get ready as we are leaving for Rome tomorrow 🙂 Expect lots of boring stuff next week!

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East West Models in Milano

Milano Oct 199025 years ago while living in Milano I tested a lot of girls (ok some boys too….), and East West Models (an agency now only in Frankfurt, Germany) was one of the agencies I worked with besides Beatrice, Fashion, Ricardo Guy, WhyNot and Marcella Studio. Milano was  a place to go and get a book together, that and Paris were the cities to do this in Europe. I reckon it has changed all a tad and spread out more.

Anyway I came across this contact sheet and for the life of me I cannot remember her name nor can I find the negs. So that makes it twice as hard while looking at this contact sheet. Hopefully I find the negatives and be able to draw some scans of them.

Shot these in October 1990, I was staying at a small pensione south of Cordusio with my pals and the street behind was a quiet place to shoot at.

I remember a week before that I did a shoot and one of the main streets, after I had finished a roll I looked back and saw 500 people standing behind me 🙂

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Sarah Giles

Both my desktop and laptop went belly up inside one week, it is not that the hardware fails which just happens, it’s the files; the recovery and above all the mess that comes with it.

Lord Wilson has been in touch, an ep is in the works and then he is about to go run a marathon, boy oh boy how things change, I hated him when he was a degenerate drunk and drugged up fuck but now him being a health Hitler is totally another. I bet the ep cover art is all flowers and Labrador puppies………

Come back Lord Wilson, and all will be forgiven!

Meanwhile here is Sarah Giles, in 1998 with Models One. The gun I nabbed from a mental pirate party, complete with a pirate ship built inside a marquee in Battersea Park. This is cross processed as well btw. No retouching either.

Styling: Jackie Beeke

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Joanna Ramos



Joanna Ramos shot in Harry’s studio in Vught in 1989. Mixture of tungsten and flash shot on tungsten film, hence the blue wash.

These slides were scratched and needed quite a bit of tender care.

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Cheryl Davey in Den-Bosch

In 1992 I spent a few months at Harry van der Brugghen’s studio in Den-Bosch. I took this pic of Cheryl Davey using print film and having it processed as a slide instead.

It was my first try doing this. I have to say this portrait is very much to my liking.

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Die! Die! Die! London Fields Brewhouse

Almost taken a month ago, completely forgot about these.

I wasn’t going to shoot Die Die Die at all but thought what the heck, and I am glad I did as the b&w lighting (merely due to absence of a lighting guy for the first 20 odd mins) worked in my favor. The LED lighting is a pet hate of mine, I am too bloody old fashioned with a preference for a more pointed light than just a wash.

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Sarah

Sarah, also from Eye for I model agency in Milano, from the States. Great model, classical face with great facial expressions, one of my life’s regrets will be not shooting her more in the Autumn of 1991.

These were taken on the same day as I shot Jane B. in Piazza Sempione in Milano.

35 Mm HP5 scanned in with my Coolscan LS 9000. love it!

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Jane B.

Jane B from Eye For I Agency in Milano, late 1991 (I guess October). This was a paid test, something I barely have done in my career, I regarded them mostly as a waste of time, barely able to get anything useful for myself.

Jane B. and Sarah (to be posted soon) were quite an exception.

Shot in Piazza Sempione in the centre of Milano. Eye For I agency (now defunct) wanted me to test a load of their girls, Jane was one of them. Really easy shoot with lovely Autumn sunlight, perfect combo.

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Kay

Kay was with Marcella Studio, a model agency in Milano. I shot this in 1990 in my hotel room, a dive in the centre of Milano called the pensione Dante. You shared rooms with total strangers, the fat family a few doors down ended up using all the hot water, shared bathroom of course. The Moroccan co-owner used to spy through someone’s room into the shower room. I kid you not! Models, hair and make-up crew and photographers frequented through this place like mad. The pensione Dante is long gone and that is rightly so.

I have been scanning in a lot and will be scanning for yonks to come.

Kay in Milano 1990 with a 2015 twist. I love film!

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Gillian Wong – The Beauty Truth – 2nd Generation Magazine

I took this in 1998 in Finsbury Park as part of a spread called The Beauty Truth for 2nd Generation Magazine, a magazine with a lot of potential but sadly folded after 3 years. I think it happened before The Millennium.

Taken with Ektachrome 200 (EPD) then processed in C41 (for those that don’t know: it’s putting a positive film in a negative processor so instead of getting a slide transparency you get a negative instead).  Fab contrast and colour ratio no other slide film comes out that well after cross processing.

I still have a few rolls in my freezer…….waiting for the right project……

Hair: Guy Pranzili

Make-up: Cynthia Balligan

Model: Gillian Wong / Select Models

 

 

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Winter landscapes

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Some shots I took three years ago in The Netherlands and in Stoke Newington. Since it is Spring I thought I’d post a few wintry landscape photographs.

Moody as always.

 

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Monza

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Taken in Parco di Monza, just north of Milano in 1992.

Linda in Blumarine.

 

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Chantal in Bergamo

Shot a very long time ago, I think it was 1991, Chantal who was back then with De Boekers.

Wearing Azzedine Alaia, and taken in the old city of Bergamo, Italy.

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Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Time for a break the missus reckoned and sunshine beckoned. So of we went to The Canaries, this time Lanzarote.

Quite windy and cloudy but plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, went to shoot at Cuava de Los Verdes (bit overpriced if you ask me) and the Cactus Garden and took some close-ups while blurring with the zoom as the shutter speed hinged around 1/30, some pleasing results, then we ended our holiday with a climb up  Montaña Roja, which gives a spectacular view over the whole area.

Some pix:

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All photos in this post: copyright: Bartolomy, all rights reserved!

 

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Sanctuary

The Seattle metal outfit Sanctuary graced London a visit before embarking on a mainland Europe tour with Overkill. I shot Sanctuary back in the 80’s when they played Aardschok Festival in 1988. where Megadeth was the headliner.

I only found out by chance that they were coming down a fortnight ago, and after nabbing their album, which is very good btw, I booked a couple of tickets as I was keen to see them perform live, you never know how long this lot is going to be around 🙂

Roughly 100/150 people came down to The Underworld in Camden, which made it easier to position yourself wherever you liked.

The band played 6 tracks of the new album ‘The Year The Sun Died’ and of course plenty of songs from ‘Refuge Denied’ and ‘Into The Mirror Black’, which the crowd loved of course. The new material sounds great live and new touring guitar player Nick Cordle (ex-Arch Enemy) fits in all right, although he looks at least ten years younger than the rest of the band. His and Lenny Rutledge’s solos were like a nasty slap in the face, I loved it. Some peeps are keen to compare Sanctuary to Nevermore, what they tend to forget is that there would be no Nevermore without Sanctuary. Secondly there is no shredding, instead pure old skool Judas Priest style heavy riffs.

Warrel Dane’s voice was better than I thought it was going to be, the high pitched vocals were there, although lacking in strength here and there, and this became obvious during the song ‘Sanctuary’, as this is the first date of the tour one wonders whether his voice will grow stronger or weaker during this European endeavor. Time will tell, but I am glad I saw them.

 

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Taken on a cold wintry evening on my way back from a museum visit.

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Becky

Taken in the early 90’s in Varenna, Italy. A village in the Alps where I have been to about 4 or 5 times to do shoots. It has an old ruined castle on top of the mountain with a wicked view of the Iseo and Como lakes. The beauty of Varenna was that it was about an hour on the train from Milan and the weather proved to be much better there than in the city, mountains are funny things when it comes to the weather. The last time I went there was in 1993, I wouldn’t mind going back one day, not sure if the ruins are still accessible? I will try and dig out other shots taken there and post them at some point.

Becky was with EyeForI model agency in Milano and needed fresh pix, so I took her along while doing another shoot for a mag and used the great Italian Autumn sun to light her up.

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