Ancient books on a shelf in a library

In principle, I should be against free image libraries. After all, I am a photographer. I know how much each photo you see and want to grab for free really costs: the years spent honing your craft, the litres of sweat produced while lugging around prodigiously heavy kit, the hours of sleep lost to make … Read more

Free downloads from Piccia Neri. Fast life in the city: blurred movement of a London Underground train arriving in a tube station.

In the past few days I have added 3 new free downloads to the image library. Please help yourself to them. Here they are: The wonderful smell of dried lavender flowers High-resolution free download of a close-up of dried lavender flowers, a Mediterranean herb used in aromatherapy for relaxation and de-stressing. This soothing herb of … Read more

Fishing boat on the horizon at dawn in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. By Piccia Neri, all rights reserved

I became part of the team as a Photoshop course teacher back in the summer, with the great Photography Course London. PCL is an excellent school based in Shoreditch, London, offering courses on anything and everything to do with photography. The Photoshop courses I teach for PCL I love teaching. And I love teaching at PCL because the … Read more

Ripe, organically grown tomatoes in a variety of colours: yellow, orange, green, brown and red.

More Weekend Food Photography

… so I was in the studio again over the weekend, getting stuff ready for the Jordan trip. But on a Saturday I often get distracted by the idea of food, and food photography. So I thought I’d get even more photographic  mileage from the chromatic variety of the tomatoes from last Saturday, still looking ripe and juicy and fresh, for another session of food photography. Especially loving the contrast with the turquoise – these are the kind of things that make me happy. I am also delighted with the wooden table I found at the shop under the arches on Mentmore terrace: it’s perfect. Thanks to Mike for looking for it for me.

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Ripe, organically grown tomatoes in a variety of colours: yellow, orange green brown and red.

Food photos for my stock photography portfolio

Finally managed to find the right table to take food photos for stock photography in our beautiful Gransden Avenue studio, from the furniture shop under the arches on Mentmore Avenue. So today I raided Broadway market. The idea was to get salame from the new guy on the block,  the wonderful Charcuterie Maestros who sell the best Italian cured meats, get back to the studio and take photos of it. I did carry out that part of the plan and acquired a delicious salamino al barolo – but got slightly waylaid before making back to the studio. When I am in the market my will is weak. So as soon as I smelled the rosemary on this focaccia

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Middle Eastern cuisine: a jar of dried parsley with other herbs in the background.

My friend Munir has recently opened Finch Cafe, a breakfast and lunch place in the arches by London Fields train station, Hackney (where else). Too good an opportunity to miss – falafels here I come.  Munir is Palestinian, from Nazareth, and makes delicious falafels and hummus and loads more, too.

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Guardian photography competition winner for March 2014 – yes, moi I spent a blissful couple of months in South-East Asia in the winter of 2014. I took a lot of photos and I entered one – just one – in a Guardian photography competition. Apparently it won. It’s the first time I’ve ever entered a photography … Read more

The bride and groom on the beach, 7 July 2013

Last weekend my very good friend Philippa got married, and she asked me if I could take photos at her wedding. Now, this is something I said I would never do – however, I did it for her. And it looks as if I survived, and learned quite a few things in the proceedings, of … Read more