Nick Clegg by James Gourley

Until May I worked for the (then) Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg as his, and the party's official photographer. Here is a selection of my photographs from my time with him.

 Westminster, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg posing in the House of Commons.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 21/03/2015 Sheffield, UK. Nick Clegg canvassing in Sheffield Hallam.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 06/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Nick Clegg pictured taking a Piccadilly Line tube train to avoid central London traffic.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 06/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Nick Clegg pictured taking a Piccadilly Line tube train to avoid central London traffic.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 14/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited Clock View Hospital today ahead of his announcement of an extra £1.25bn in funding for Mental Health services in next weeks budget. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 30/03/2015. Westminster, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Lib Dem HQ in London today (30/03) before going to Buckingham Palace to lead the final meeting of the Privy Council of this Parliament. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 13/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. The opening rally of the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference had speeches from Kirsty Williams, Paddy Ashdown and Sal Brinton. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 15/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Nick Clegg giving the closing speech of the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Liverpool. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 14/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Nick Clegg at a speech rehearsal session at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in Liverpool.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 15/03/2015 Liverpool, UK. Nick Clegg giving the closing speech of the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Liverpool. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 16/03/2015 Street, UK. Nick Clegg visited Strode College with MP Tessa Munt. Strode College is the only school in Somerset to gain an Outstanding report from OFSTED since 2010. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 16/03/2015 Street, UK. Nick Clegg visited Strode College with MP Tessa Munt. Strode College is the only school in Somerset to gain an Outstanding report from OFSTED since 2010. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats

The night before the last budget of the Parliament, all of the available Lib Dem MPs gathered in the House of Commons for a rare group photo session.

 Westminster, UK. A group photo of Liberal Democrat MPs in the House of Commons.  Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats

The short campaign began at the end of March with Clegg speaking at the Lib Dem HQ in Westminster to rally staff and volunteers, before setting off on an 8500 mile election campaign around Great Britain.

 30/03/2015. Westminster, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Lib Dem HQ in London today (30/03) before going to Buckingham Palace to lead the final meeting of the Privy Council of this Parliament. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 30/03/2015. Westminster, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Lib Dem HQ in London today (30/03) before going to Buckingham Palace to lead the final meeting of the Privy Council of this Parliament. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 06/04/2015. Surbiton, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg handing out easter chocolate to journalists on the Lib Dem battle bus. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats

As with any General Election campaign, Clegg spent much of his time participating in several standard election visit photo opportunities, pulling pints, playing with children, visiting building sites and pointing meaningfully into the distance.

 31/03/2015. Watfordl, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg and Watford PPC Dorothy Thornhill visit the site of the future £300m Watford Health Campus. Earlier Nick Clegg announced that the Lib Dems would invest £3.5bn in Mental Health Services. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 09/04/2015. Eastleigh, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg with Mike Thornton at the Port Hamble Marina in Eastleigh to meet with apprentices . Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 01/04/2015. Bishopbriggs, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg and Jo Swinson talk with Elena (left) and Sophia O'Driscoll (centre left) at PlayTown in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire talking about shared parental leave. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 30/03/2015. Solihull, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited Brueton Park nature reserve with Lorely Burt to learn about Hedgehog conservation and to talk about the 'five green laws' in the Lib Dem Manifesto. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited the Energy Centre of the Bath Riverside Crest Nicholson Development today (28/04) with the Lib Dem PPC for Bath Steve Bradley (right)
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg joined the Lib Dem PPC for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross PPC, John Thurso at the Pentland hotel in Thurso to mark the end of the General Election campaign

The team behind the campaign also went out of their way to ensure Clegg had as many interesting and slightly different photo opportunities as possible, including (as seen below) bowling in Colchester, cooking curry in Cardiff, holding a giant Cod in Cornwall, facing off with a diver in Scotland, and perhaps most widely spoken about, tackling high ropes at Go-Ape.

 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg in Colchester, ten pin bowling with patients of the Veterans First Charity
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg with his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez at the Dabbawalla restaurant in Cardiff today with the Lib Dem PPC for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott
 21/04/2015. Penzance, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited the Newlyn Fish Market with Andrew George this morning. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 17/04/2015. Gordon, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg with PPC for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Sir Robert Smith visiting Divex Global, a specialist underwater manufacturer of diving and subsea equipment for commercial, professional, military and recreational divers. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 08/04/2015. Chippenham, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Go Ape Haldon Park. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 08/04/2015. Chippenham, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Go Ape Haldon Park. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 08/04/2015. Chippenham, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg at Go Ape Haldon Park. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 02/04/2015.Cheadle, UK. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visiting Millie's Trust in Cheadle with Mark Hunter. The charity, which promotes first aid for those around children was set up after the death of Dan and Joanne Thompson's daughter Millie. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 03/04/2015. Hyde, UK Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg with Danny Alexander, launching a new Lib Dem poster campaign. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 21/04/2015. Penzance, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited the Newlyn Fish Market with Andrew George this morning. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 03/04/2015. Sheffield, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg canvassing in Sheffield Hallam. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 03/04/2015. Sheffield, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg canvassing in Sheffield Hallam. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 03/04/2015. Sheffield, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg canvassing in Sheffield Hallam. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 16/04/2015. Cheadle, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg launched a poster campaign warning of a right wing coalition of the Conservatives, UKIP and the DUP which has been dubbed 'BLUKIP'. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg with Nick Ferrari (left) on board the LBC battle bus in Leeds' Millennium Square for his weekly phone in show.
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg walking past the Lib Dem battle bus as he arrives at Topps Nursery in Wimborne today with outgoing MP Annette Brooke (left) and the Lib Dem PPC for Mid Dorset and North Poole Vikki Slade (centre)
 --EMBARGOED UNTIL 23/04/2015 @ 2200---The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg pictured on the Lib Dem battle bus with Josh Widdicombe (centre) and Alex Brooker (right) filming for the Channel 4 show 'The Last Leg'.
 15/04/2015. Battersea, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats Manifesto in Testbed 1 in Battersea today. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg walks past the Lib Dem battle bus after arriving for a campaign visit to Airbus in Bristol

A new phenomenon since 2010 is the emergence of the selfie culture, which was part of almost every campaign visit. With time often being put aside in the schedule for 'selfie time'.

 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg and the Lib Dem PPC for Montgomeryshire Jane Dodds take selfies with local passers by in Llandiloes today (22/04).
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg taking selfies with the Lib Dem PPC for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed Davey (left) after a rally inside Ed Davey's constituency office in Kingston Upon Thames today (04/05)
 07/04/2015. Montgomeryshire, UK. The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg meeting activists and wellwishers with PPC for Montgomeryshire Jane Dodd in Ponthafren. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg takes a selfie with the family of Lib Dem PPC for Maidstone and the Weald, Jasper Gerard (second left), his wife Diana and two children, Freddie and Emilia
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited Solihull College with the Lib Dem PPC Lorely Burt (left) where they visited the Health and Social Care Specialist Suite and took selfies with students
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg in Hazel Grove with Lisa Smart and Andrew Stunnell. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 16/03/2015 Street, UK. Nick Clegg visited Strode College with MP Tessa Munt. Strode College is the only school in Somerset to gain an Outstanding report from OFSTED since 2010. Photo by James Gourley/Liberal Democrats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg taking a selfie with children after hosting a campaign rally in Sutton with the Lib Dem PPC for Sutton & Cheam Paul Burstow (04/05)
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg today (24/04) travelling to his Sheffield Hallam constituency by train with his Wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.

Before sunrise on the last Tuesday of the campaign, the Liberal Democrat battle bus was at Lands End to begin a journey that would take it over 1000 miles in 48 hours to John O'Groats via Newquay, Taunton, Cardiff, Solihull, Sheffield, Westmoreland, Glasgow, Inverness and Thurso.

 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg hosting a campaign rally at Lands End to mark the start of his campaigns journey to John O'Groats
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg in Westmoreland, with the Lib Dem PPC for Westmoreland & Lonsdale Tim Farron (right)
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg visited the Tomatin Whiskey distillery with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Lib Dem PPC for Inverness, Nairn, Bademoch and Strathspey, Danny Alexander where they tasted various Scotch Whiskeys
 The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg arrived at a windy John O'Groats at 9pm on May 6th after traveling from Lands End in two days by coach, to finish his General Election campaign.

After arriving in John O'Groats late on Wednesday night, Clegg flew to Sheffield to cast his vote and campaign on the last day of a tense local campaign in which he faced stiff opposition from Labour to keep his Sheffield Hallam seat. 

I arrived as the polls closed and spent the evening at the count for his seat, which as soon as the exit poll was announced began to be a long, difficult night for the party.

 Ballot papers are distributed to vote counters in the Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough Parliamentary consituency count, being held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield

As the scale of the Lib Dem devastation became clear, rumours began to fly whether Clegg would hold his seat, and if he did, how long he could remain as leader.

 The Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg at the declaration of the Sheffield Hallam constituency. Clegg won the seat with a 4% lead over Oliver Coppard of Labour

In the end, as I'm sure you all know, he won his seat, but resigned as leader early the next morning at a press conference watched on by most of the tearful Lib Dem HQ staff.

It was odd to go from watching such joyful scenes at John O'Groats to such dejection in Sheffield in the space of 36 hours, but such is the world of politics.

 Nick Clegg resigned as Leader of the Liberal Democrats the morning with a speech at the ICA in London after his party suffered huge losses in the General Election last night (07/05)
 Nick Clegg resigned as Leader of the Liberal Democrats the morning with a speech at the ICA in London after his party suffered huge losses in the General Election last night (07/05)
 Nick Clegg walks past Lib Dem HQ staff after he resigned as Leader of the Liberal Democrats the morning with a speech at the ICA in London after his party suffered huge losses in the General Election last night (07/05)

The Isle of Wight Festival by James Gourley

 A general view of the crowd in front of the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015

I spent this weekend down at the sunny/rainy/cloudy (delete as applicable) Isle of Wight festival which saw performances from Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys amongst many others. Here are some of my photos.

 Festival goers arriving on the site of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 on day two. The festival features headline performances from the Prodigy, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.
 Festival goers arriving on the site of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 on day two. The festival features headline performances from the Prodigy, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.
 Festival goers arriving on the site of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 on day two. The festival features headline performances from the Prodigy, Blur and Fleetwood Mac.
 Billy Idol performing on the BT Big Top stage on day 1 of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 today (11/06).
 Kodaline performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 A child plays with bubbles at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 Counting Crows performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 Josh Franceschi, lead singer of You Me At Six performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 The crowd watching You Me At Six performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 The crowd watching Counting Crows performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015.
 The audience watch The Black Keys performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 during heavy rain.
 Phillip Sharp carries his girlfriend Becky Collins across muddy ground after heavy rain at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Festival goers struggle with muddy ground after heavy rain at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Sophie Francesa Oliva and Jo-Anna Davie (L-R) in costume at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Brad Griffiths, lead vocals of Pretty Vicious performing on the BT Big Top Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Foxes performing on the BT Big Top Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Ella Eyre performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Jessie Ware at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Kool & the Gang performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 James Bay being interviewed in a pop up tent at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 The crowd watching Pharrell Williams performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Pharrell Williams performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Damon Albarn of Blur performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Damon Albarn of Blur performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Damon Albarn of Blur performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Damon Albarn of Blur performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 George Sheppard of Sheppard performing on the BT Big Top Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Amy Sheppard (left) and Emma Sheppard (right) of Sheppard performing on the BT Big Top Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Imelda May performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Paolo Nutini performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Tim Wheeler of Ash performing on the BT Big Top Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 First Aid Kit performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Paolo Nutini performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 First Aid Kit performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
 Fleetwood Mac performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2015
The remains of the Main Stage arena after Fleetwood Mac closed the festival on Sunday night.

The remains of the Main Stage arena after Fleetwood Mac closed the festival on Sunday night.

The Alpha Invention key art by James Gourley

The key art for 'The Alpha Invention', a short film starring Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame) and William Hope (famous for his role in Alien) has been released, featuring images I took.

This film was fantastic to work on and it has an absolutely brilliant script. I'm thoroughly looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea by James Gourley

In late September I travelled to the DPRK (North Korea) for a third time, this time exploring the rarely seen North Hamgyong Province which is in the far North East of the country

I started my journey in Tumen in North East China, and crossed by foot to Namyang in the DPRK, a border crossing which has only been open to Western visitors since late 2012 and has only been used by about 80 Westerners.

The Tumen-Namyang border crossing bridge

The Tumen-Namyang border crossing bridge

Waitresses at a restaurant in Hoeyrong which was opened to non-Koreans for the first time look awkwardly at Western visitors. 

Waitresses at a restaurant in Hoeyrong which was opened to non-Koreans for the first time look awkwardly at Western visitors. 

A newly completed set of statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Chongjin. They were unveiled on September 9th to mark the DPRK Foundation Day

A newly completed set of statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Chongjin. They were unveiled on September 9th to mark the DPRK Foundation Day

A young student playing Solitaire on a computer at Chongjin Library during a study session

A young student playing Solitaire on a computer at Chongjin Library during a study session

I was offered a computer to use to explore the software available to students. This is what greeted me. Eventually I found a working computer with software including Adobe Photoshop

I was offered a computer to use to explore the software available to students. This is what greeted me. Eventually I found a working computer with software including Adobe Photoshop

The 'English language' section at Chongjin Library

The 'English language' section at Chongjin Library

A food production line in Chongjin. None of the rooms were air conditioned, so had open windows, probably compromising cleanliness

A food production line in Chongjin. None of the rooms were air conditioned, so had open windows, probably compromising cleanliness

A worker rakes the dirt track to smooth it out between passing vehicles

A worker rakes the dirt track to smooth it out between passing vehicles

A UNICEF rehydration packet seen on the road between Chongjin and Chilbosan 

A UNICEF rehydration packet seen on the road between Chongjin and Chilbosan 

Korean People's Army (KPA) Air Force Antonov AN-2 bi-plane flies low over people harvesting corn

Korean People's Army (KPA) Air Force Antonov AN-2 bi-plane flies low over people harvesting corn

Korean People's Army (KPA) Air Force Antonov AN-2 bi-planes fly low over corn fields. The Soviet made plane is specialised at low and slow flying and is mostly made from wood and canvas making it difficult to track and target which means it is ideal for special forces insertions behind enemy lines

Korean People's Army (KPA) Air Force Antonov AN-2 bi-planes fly low over corn fields. The Soviet made plane is specialised at low and slow flying and is mostly made from wood and canvas making it difficult to track and target which means it is ideal for special forces insertions behind enemy lines

A street in a North Hamgyong village

A street in a North Hamgyong village

Young guard dogs and their owner watch over the entrance to the Inner Chilbo scenic area

Young guard dogs and their owner watch over the entrance to the Inner Chilbo scenic area

The Inner Chilbo scenic area

The Inner Chilbo scenic area

A shed near our Mt Chilbo hotel and the light-pollution free night sky

A shed near our Mt Chilbo hotel and the light-pollution free night sky

Locals rest at the side of a road, one woman covers her face to avoid dust from passing vehicles.. North Korea only has 724km of paved road, the rest, like most in North Hamgyong, are simple dirt tracks.

Locals rest at the side of a road, one woman covers her face to avoid dust from passing vehicles.. North Korea only has 724km of paved road, the rest, like most in North Hamgyong, are simple dirt tracks.

A group of children react with shock after realising the passing vehicle had westerners in, many locals assumed we must be Russian, owing to the regions proximity to Russia. Most people that saw us starred in shock, as most had never seen westerners in the flesh before

A group of children react with shock after realising the passing vehicle had westerners in, many locals assumed we must be Russian, owing to the regions proximity to Russia. Most people that saw us starred in shock, as most had never seen westerners in the flesh before

A woman and child share a bicycle in the town of Gyongsong. It is a common sight to see two or three people sharing a bicycle as cars and buses are so rare

A woman and child share a bicycle in the town of Gyongsong. It is a common sight to see two or three people sharing a bicycle as cars and buses are so rare

A train travels through North Hamgyong. Trains are rarely seen in the province as electric supply is infrequent.

A train travels through North Hamgyong. Trains are rarely seen in the province as electric supply is infrequent.

Children chase each other wearing masks in Onsong County

Children chase each other wearing masks in Onsong County

Children play in Hoeyrong City next to a road filled with Chilli Peppers and corn which is dried after harvested. Scenes like this were common as the harvest was under way during my trip.

Children play in Hoeyrong City next to a road filled with Chilli Peppers and corn which is dried after harvested. Scenes like this were common as the harvest was under way during my trip.

As with all visits to North Korea, I was escorted by two local guides, Mr Cher (pictured above) and Mr So (pictured below)

As with all visits to North Korea, I was escorted by two local guides, Mr Cher (pictured above) and Mr So (pictured below)

Mr So looking out over the Sea Chilbo area

Mr So looking out over the Sea Chilbo area

A picture of a North Korean soldier, the son of the home owner is held in a Disney frame in their house in Sea Chilbo

A picture of a North Korean soldier, the son of the home owner is held in a Disney frame in their house in Sea Chilbo

A young girl takes photos whilst her Mother watches on at a Homestay in Sea Chilbo

A young girl takes photos whilst her Mother watches on at a Homestay in Sea Chilbo

A view of the house of the Chief of the Sea Chilbo homestay village

A view of the house of the Chief of the Sea Chilbo homestay village

Traditional Korean wrestling between men of a village in Sea Chilbo

Traditional Korean wrestling between men of a village in Sea Chilbo

A young boy in traditional Korean dress looks longingly at everyone drinking beer

A young boy in traditional Korean dress looks longingly at everyone drinking beer

A father lets his son try some of his beer

A father lets his son try some of his beer

A dog eats scraps of crab outside a house in a village in Sea Chilbo

A dog eats scraps of crab outside a house in a village in Sea Chilbo

A revolutionary student holds a red flag whilst leading a group of students to a monument 

A revolutionary student holds a red flag whilst leading a group of students to a monument 

Chongjin portraits

Chongjin portraits

Chongjin bus stop. On the left children and a soldier read the newspaper Rodung Sinmun, the Workers Party of Korea's mouthpiece newspaper

Chongjin bus stop. On the left children and a soldier read the newspaper Rodung Sinmun, the Workers Party of Korea's mouthpiece newspaper

School children perform at a Chongjin Kindergarten

School children perform at a Chongjin Kindergarten

A young girl drops her rings during a synchronised performance

A young girl drops her rings during a synchronised performance

We saw a performance of the North Hamgyong Art Troupe in Chongjin where we were held as guests of honour on the Presidential row.

We saw a performance of the North Hamgyong Art Troupe in Chongjin where we were held as guests of honour on the Presidential row.

Celebrating the DPRK's relationship with China

Celebrating the DPRK's relationship with China

A tale of two female North Korean soldiers helping an old couple struggling to carry boxes 

A tale of two female North Korean soldiers helping an old couple struggling to carry boxes 

North Koreans react to a western visitor being picked out of the crowd to dance with the performer (video below...). Which was a genuine highlight, I have never seen a crowd react with such joy (except the one lady in the photo above).

North Koreans react to a western visitor being picked out of the crowd to dance with the performer (video below...). Which was a genuine highlight, I have never seen a crowd react with such joy (except the one lady in the photo above).

As many of you will know, the DPRK closed its borders to tourists at the end of October to prevent the spread of Ebola, so these will likely be the most recent photos from North Hamgyong available. Once again I travelled with Young Pioneer Tours, who are the best budget North Korean travel option. For any more information please get in touch with me. 

Tokyo by James Gourley

A month ago I arrived In Tokyo for the first stop on a 9 week trip through East Asia, which took me through Japan to Beijing, up to North Korea, then to South Korea (where I currently am) then to South China before heading to Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and finally Thailand. Here are some of my photos from my time in Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower seen from the Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Tower seen from the Tokyo Skytree

Shibuya scramble crossing

Shibuya scramble crossing

A train guard watches as a Shinkansen Bullet Train leaves Tokyo Station

A train guard watches as a Shinkansen Bullet Train leaves Tokyo Station

The Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

The Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Cats at a Tokyo Cat Café

Cats at a Tokyo Cat Café

Finally, in Tokyo I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Shinjuku Robot Cabaret restaurant. A truly mind boggling experience, and one I recommend to anyone visiting Tokyo.

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The Alpha Invention by James Gourley

The EPK for The Alpha Invention, a short starring Billy Boyd which I shot the production stills and behind the scenes video for, has been released. Here are a few from the set.

Billy Boyd as Guy

Billy Boyd as Guy

William Hope (as Walter) talking with Director and Writer Mark Towers

William Hope (as Walter) talking with Director and Writer Mark Towers

William Hope, Mark Towers (Director/Writer) and Billy Boyd

William Hope, Mark Towers (Director/Writer) and Billy Boyd

The cast and crew (minus me)

The cast and crew (minus me)

The film is a single location Neo-Noir film, which is why all of the photographs are from the same room! For more information watch the behind the scenes video which I shot (on a 5d Mark III) and edited using Avid Media Composer and Symphony.

Coldplay at the Royal Albert Hall by James Gourley

Last night I was at the Royal Albert Hall to photograph Coldplay for one of only three UK shows this year.

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As always, none of these photographs are to be used for any reason, including non-commercial blogs, without written permission from me or Anadolu (licensing also available through Getty). Any unauthorised uses will be billed.