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  • On a bitterly cold morning in February I joined a happy bunch of people who together all belong to the Felixstowe Swimscapes. A hardy bunch of individuals who come together every Saturday morning, come rain, come shine or snow, or even worse, to swim across a part of the Felixstowe shoreline. I was wearing my thermals trying to keep out the bracing cold wind, which felt more like minus 5 rather just over 5 degrees. What would make seemingly shane intelligent people venture out in the middle of winter into the bitterly cold seawater? Well the answer to that question is just pure and simple, a love for swimming, and it doesn’t matter where they swim, just as long as they can test themselves in all conditions. These hardly souls who numbered up to twenty and are still actively looking for new members. Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FelixstoweSwimscapes
    You can see more images here on my Behance page https://www.behance.net/johnferguson

‘Even it up’ on the Underground.

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Growing Pains in Southern Sudan – Even It Up

Growing Pains in Southern Sudan  – Oxfam Even It Up:

My image of the little Amir from the Jamam refugee camp has just been chosen as the main picture for Oxfam ‘Even it up’ 2104 nationwide UK poster and press campaign.

In 2012 I was sent by the Daily Mirror newspaper to Juba in Southern Sudan in North-East Africa to document ‘Liberation Day’. The birth of a new country, the Republic of South Sudan. A great job and a real privilege to be at the birth of the world’s newest nation. After years of bloody fighting and political turmoil between the Islamic government in north and the separatists in the south, it was agreed that Sudan should be divided into two separate countries. Sudan was the world’s 10th largest country. One year on from that momentous day I was asked to go back to Sudan with the UK Aid charity, Oxfam. I and feature writer Ros Wynne Jones were there to cover the countries first anniversary, to see how the country was progress during that last 12 months. Well its fair to say that Southern Sudan is running on empty, fighting as broken out again, the country is broke and the rebels seem to be in charge of what limited authority there is. It was never going to be an easy process, and self rule was never going to be a panacea the country was hoping for, but maybe it’s a little too early to rush to judgement. So these growing pains in Southern Sudan, the world’s newest country will have to be endure for a little while longer. But if there’s one thing Southern Sudan has on its hands is time, time to repair and hopefully move on.

Check out the link here: http://bit.ly/QriPsH

 

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My 5 day B&W Photo Challenge

I’ve just finished a 5 day photo project where I was nominated by my good buddy Mark Beltran to post one black and white photo for five consecutive days, nominating someone else each day. Entitled the ‘Monochrome Challenge’ It’s a great project that I hope to see carry on and gain momentum across the internet. Everyone can join in on with this, and I personally will carry posting B&W images from time to time, which is something I should be doing anyway!!!

Here are the 5 images I produced during my 5 day challenge. Fancy a go? Go on challenge yourself to 5 days of b&w photography…its brilliant!

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Putting together a new marketing campaign for one of Suffolk’s large farms.

 

I’ve just started working for a large commercial farm in Suffolk, producing a series of images for the companies new website. I’ve really enjoyed my experience on the farm so far, sitting in the massive combine harvesters, watching the drilling(planting seeds)process from inside the enormous tractors and other duties that have opened my eyes to the amazing efforts and dedication that goes into working on a large farm. My job as taken on a bigger role, with the added responsibility of putting together a small marketing campaign involving producing a quarterly newsletter for the farm, which is brilliant, and also an exciting challenge for me, and one which I hope will lead to other interesting projects like this.

Check out some of the pictures.

I’ve Hit The Big Time…In Suffolk

Faces & Places Article

I was fortunate enough to have been asked to feature in an article for a local glossy magazine based in East Anglia. Faces & Places Magazine wanted to know about my celebrity photo shoots with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Ozzy Osbourne, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and so on. Check out the article here: http://www.placesandfaces.co.uk/in-the-frame/

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My Moroccan Adventure in Marrakech

For my recent birthday celebration my wife Julie & I, along with a couple of friends, jetted off to Marrakech in Morocco for a long weekend. Its over twenty five years since I last visited Morocco and things have changed quite a lot over the years. When I last came here there where no EasyJet or RyanAir flights or any other cheap budget airlines to get you here. Then, we travelled down through Spain via Ferry to Morocco on our very small budget, spending a month visiting all the major cities. But after all these years it still remains as fascinating a country for me, as it was back then, especially if like me you love taking photographic portrait pictures. But I’ve got to say Morocco is definitely one of the hardest places in take a good candid portrait, the locals are very reluctant to pose for you. So you end up employing your best street style photographic approach if and when you see something interesting, and in a town like Marrakech its every minute of so. You can also get lucky with some who pose for you, but only after a few coins have changed hands. It’s definitely a place where I would like to come back to for a longer stay, and travel the length of the country which I did all those years before, and who knows maybe I will again sometime in the future.

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‘Fight Town’ comes to Suffolk

I managed to work my way into the ’Trouble in Town’ Boxing event in Ipswich earlier this month. I had a great night photographing the various boxers and trainers. Boxing was one of the first sports I photographed as a young sports photographer. Boxing in this country back in the early eighties was a much bigger affair then, and that’s how my interest in sport came about. I loved the honesty of boxers and the trainers, real genuine people. Its always amazed me how hard each fighter had to train just to compete with another boxers in the ring, let alone be a champion. I know all sportsmen and women have to put in the hard work to succeed in their chosen sport, but boxing is brutal, hard and probably the most physical sport in the world. I’ve been inside a boxing ring a few times, and it’s actually much tougher than it looks! It’s also a great testament to all those boxers who have chosen boxing as a way to either make a living or used it as a route out of the poverty trap, which the majority of boxers around the world have found themselves in. Boxing made a great impression on me from an early age, and a certain Muhammad Ali is my all time sporting hero, a man that I have the utmost respect for, respect not only for his skill as a boxer, or as a brilliant orator, but because for his integrity, standing up for what he believed in, what ever the consequences. I hope you like some my pictures from the evening.

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My visit to the Suffolk Show

This year my wife Julie and I decided to take our two kids to the Suffolk Show, it was our first visit, and I have to say I was more than impressed with the whole thing. It was really good to get a true taste of just what the countryside and towns in Suffolk have to offer.

From older traditional trades like farriers, farming and other agricultural businesses, to hundreds of varied trade stands selling everything from
great foods of all kinds, I bought some of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted! Locally made clothes designers, art work or all kinds, interior designers, sporting events and of course a great range of local beers and ciders too. The show lasts for two days and quite frankly you definitely need both days to see all that’s on offer, the sheer variety of activities and attractions was huge!

The second day even saw Prince Harry come along to judge the ‘best in class’ farm animals, he probably got to pick out the best strawberry jam in the county too!
He went down really well, coverage of Harry’s visit was everywhere around our town for everyone to see.

We could only go for one day, but will definitely be back next year, here’s a selection of images from my day at the County fair.

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New Promotional & Marketing short Video stories.

With the availability of great high quality HD digital cameras and the current accent on capturing video content for websites, marketing and public relations, its long been a goal of mine to film and produce short stories to further my services in my commercial work. More and more businesses large and small are coming around to the fact of just how important video content is for there websites.

I along with my assistant Ben are currently putting together a series of short video stories entitled ‘Made in Suffolk’ which centres around 4 completely different individuals, but who all have one thing in common, they produce a skill or offer something a little different within the county of Suffolk.

We’re currently working with a really great guy at the moment, 70 year old Jeff Errington, a deep sea diver from his base in Ipswich, Suffolk. Jeff’s works on the giant sea container ships that come in to port at the nearby Felixstowe docks, along with other underwater marine duties such as inspecting ship wrecks, underwater explosives to servicing the massive wind turbine farms in the East Anglia area. We’re putting together a short video documentary and photographic package for his company. Great footage so far, but we’ll need another dive job before we finish the entire video. We’re waiting for the summer months before scheduling another filmed dive as the waters are so dark…this side of the Mediterranean!!

It’s a really fascinating job, deep sea divers up close. Just watching the amount of preparation that goes into each dive was a real eye opener. It goes without saying that Jeff’s job carries a certain amount of danger so making sure every bit of equipment is in good working order can make the difference to a successful dive or one that can lead to horrendous consequences.

We’re in the process of putting together a couple more promotional video’s, and we’re currently in talks with two other small businesses.

Our first finished feature has just been uploaded to Vimeo and centres around the work of garage owner Roger Williams from Wickham Market. His passion is restoring and selling vintage Jaguar C Type 1 sports cars to collectors all over the world.

 

Click on the image to see my video.