Olivier Tafforin #40

  9.3 minute read     The Sunday Session welcomes Olivier Tafforin! I meet Olivier at his home in Beckenham, a leafy suburb south of London. Twenty-five minutes from Victoria. His home is in a beautiful building, close to Kelsey Park. He invites me into his living room where several of his paintings hang. I start by asking Olivier what he does for a living. “I’m an artist, working with painting and photography. And I love working on movie collaborations. Whenever there is a chance to be involved in a movie, I do”.  I ask Olivier how he is involved …

Irini Konstantinidi # 39

  Reading Time 8.3 Minutes   The Sunday Session welcomes Irini Konstantinidi! OK, it’s been a while since posting my last session, but here it is, last summer’s session with Irini. The heat was hanging in the air and bright light coming at us from all directions, and yes I remember the smell of sun cream. So let’s go back to last summer ….. It’s another blistering day in the Netherlands, the sun is still high and normally I wouldn’t choose to photograph at this time, but well, it’s a challenge. Specifically we are in Scheveningen (by the sea), and in The …

Ursula Kus # 38

   – Reading time 8.3 minutes –   The Sunday Session welcomes Ursula Kus! I’ve just arrived in IJburg, East Amsterdam. The area is new, situated in the IJ Lake and built on artificial islands which have been raised from the lake. It’s mostly concrete and grass, and very quiet. It somehow feels like an area that doesn’t quite know what it is yet. Ursula appears from around the corner to meet me, it’s 9.30am and already blazing hot. We find a park bench in the shade. I really know nothing about Ursula, only that she liked the Sunday Session project …

Barbara Sacre # 37

– 8.4 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Barbara Sacre!   We meet at Wollaton Hall, just outside Nottingham, in the café. It’s absolutely packed with families, dogs and pushchairs. “So where are you from?” I ask. “Belgium, Nottingham, everywhere! Ha Ha!” “So what brought you to Nottingham?” “I was driving, my car broke down, and I arrived in Nottingham. Well, that’s the story I tell!” She smiles. “Work as boring as it sounds. I just wanted to leave Belgium. I wanted to go to Canada. The UK was my stop on the way to Canada, I liked it, …

Bernhard Hollinger # 36

      – 7.6 minute read – The Sunday Session Welcomes Bernhard Hollinger! It’s a seriously cold day in Amsterdam Noord. We meet at The Soep Bar on Van der Pekstraat and get talking about how Bernhard from Bavaria, Germany, arrived in Amsterdam and how he made his way here as a musician. Bernhard is a composer and initially came here to study music at the Conservatory back in 2010. He plays bass and sousaphone, predominantly Jazz. The sky is blue and I’m hoping for a good sunset and twilight. Bravely we sit outside and order soup and coffee. …

Edwin Nales # 35

  -7.7 minute read- The Sunday Session welcomes Edwin Nales! It’s early on a cold and wet Sunday morning in Amsterdam West and I have to admit I have no desire to leave the house. In 90 minutes I’m due in Spaarnwoude, Haarlem. I’ve planned my trip, but I don’t really know where I’m going. I set off, camera on my back, adrenaline pumping, looking forward to meeting Ed Nales who lives on a boat in a nature reserve. I’m cycling towards Sloterdijk train station, and ask a fellow cyclist if I’m going the right way. The Dutch are great …

Phil Schogt # 34

-6.4 minute read- The Sunday Session welcomes Philibert Schogt! Heading towards bustling Leidseplein, Amsterdam, from my last session. And added to that the weather is jumping between glorious sun and torrential rain. We meet near to Phil’s home and office at Cafe Eijlders. It’s 1pm and the cafe has just opened. It’s one of those timeless places, with a certain elegance and history. I grab a tosti and wait for the session to start. All I know is that Phil is a professional writer of some note. Cafe Eijlders is a perfect location for our talk, it’s quiet, classy and at this …

Laura Lecourt # 33

  The Sunday Session welcomes Laura Lecourt! I meet Laura at Clouds Gallery on the Prinsengracht. She has vibrant red curly hair and is originally from Agen, a town near Toulouse. Yet her ancestry is quite varied. Her maternal grandfather was from Sicily, her other grandfather from Normandy and one grandmother from Spain. Her parents were both born in Morocco. At the tender age of fourteen Laura started fashion modelling in Agen. Her childhood dreams had been to be a model and singer. So one of her dreams had been satisfied. Laura would sing as she walked around the street. …

Raffaela Herbert # 32

– 7 minute Read –   The Sunday Session welcomes Raffaela Dionne Lucilla Herbert! I’m happy to be meeting in the Pijp area of Amsterdam at Cafe Punt, a nice spot on the corner of Tweede Jacob van Campenstraat. Raffaela arrives, she says that at 7pm there will be a Jazz Session. On Sundays she makes a habit of coming here and singing with the session band ran by Finnish guitarist Santeri Sulkunen. Later she will move onto CC cafe, and sing with another session. Raffaela has been singing with many bands since the nineties, moving through soul, house, classical …

Lewis Winter – Part Two # 31

– 10 minute read –   For the second time in this two part story The Sunday Session welcomes Lewis Winter!   So Lewis took ownership of the land, bringing his family to live in a caravan for the summer months, and still commuting to Nottingham. Next, they put their house on the market, hoping to move closer to the farm. It was now 91’ and a recession was starting to bite in the U.K. For the next two years this routine continued, the farm grew, accumulating a small number of livestock including ducks, geese, chickens, cows and pigs. They began …