Barbara Sacre

– 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

      – 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

  -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

-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

  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

– 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

– 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 …

Lewis Winter – Part One

– 8 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Lewis Winter! An old friend of mine suggested I should photograph Lewis, an organic farmer in Ilkeston, a suburb of Derbyshire. Initially, to be honest, I wasn’t sure what kind of story I would get. Living in London and more recently Amsterdam, I realised I didn’t know a great deal about farming, aside from how food looks and tastes on my plate, and a little about cooking it. It’s 4pm on a Sunday afternoon in late July. We sit and he begins his story. “Twenty-five years ago when we started, we …

Sarah Maria Elvira

  –  5 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Sarah Maria Elvira!   I’m in Amsterdam West! I meet Sarah at Cafe Fosca.  It’s 11am, so it’s still closed; we walk North on Hoofdweg and find a quiet place to talk. She starts telling me that she used to make photographs; making portraits of her friends, playing with light and even putting materials in the freezer, taking them out recording the results, not with any ambition, just to play around and see what she could do. She says that to this point experimentation has been her way of doing everything, even …

Sara Pasquino

  -4.5 minute read- The Sunday Session welcomes Sara Pasquino! “Buongiorno”, I say as I meet Sara at a cafe. Yes, she is Italian. I have known many Italians in my life, and currently my flatmate is Italian. So I think I know a little bit about how they tick. We immediately start to talk about language as she works here in Amsterdam as a book seller serving many tourists. She speaks Dutch well, in addition to English, Spanish and French. Interestingly Sara is from Bologna, which is home to the oldest state University in Europe founded 1088. I ask about her …

Sonja Ten Boom

– 5 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Sonja Ten Boom! “Sonja! I’m here. Where is your boat?” I’m walking on a pier on the IJ, sea water is flows in here from the locks of IJmuiden, mixing with the water of lake IJsselmeer. A little ways away water is being dammed at the mouth of the Amstel to protect the city from flooding. This is how Amsterdam was created in the 12th Century, and how it endures today. This fact is common knowledge, but standing here, it’s really clicked for me. I meet Sonja at her beautifully designed, purpose built …

Joseph Segaran

-3 minute read- The Sunday Session welcomes Joseph Segaran! Joseph cycles up onto the bridge where I’m waiting. He’s dressed in an full ethnic white suit, called a kurta. I feel like a groupie dressed in my high street fashion. We’ve met on the North side of the Prinsengracht at his favourite cafe: Papeneiland. We find common ground, both having studied at the same Newcastle art school: it’s been a while since for both of us. After a few moments we piece together the places we once hung out, but there are pieces missing. I hope they’re still there somewhere! …

Erin Amazia Tasmania

– 3.5 minute read – Today is extra special, as I am celebrating my twenty fifth published session! Click here, where you can see the best shots from each shoot, thanks for continuing to read. The Sunday Session welcomes Erin Amazia Tazmania! And yes her brilliant name is on her passport! Say something? I say. Something, something something, Erin responds. She is a performer already performing. We have met briefly before, I saw her at a Cabaret event in Amsterdam quite recently. We are sitting in her kitchen, her apartment located in the Waterlooplein area, so central and by cultural institutions including …

Avishai Darash

– 5 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Avishai Darash! Avi has invited me to his home in Zuid-Oost, I’m travelling way East of the Amstel to an area so unfamiliar to me, I really hope to find Avi at the end. A tall, sleepy guy answers the door, the house opens up to a beautiful garden on a huge pond. He makes us tea, he tells me he’s from Jerusalem and how, as a young musician he decided he wanted to leave the country and begin his career in New York, so in 2008, taking advice from his …

Martijn Form

    – 3 minute read – The Sunday Session welcomes Martijn Form! It’s a bustling spring day here in Amsterdam, I’m on my way to the De Pijp area of Amsterdam, coming straight from Spaarndam and my last session with Pero. Martijn is already waiting for me, smartly dressed sporting a bow tie. Martijn tells me that he’s just been to the USA for a holiday, a place he loves for the cinematic landscapes, diverse people and literature. It’s a place he can go to experience the culture without having a language barrier, and he can dive straight into …