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Someone said that actions speak louder than words. Well, they clearly hadn’t heard Jamaica’s ‘Rising Stars’ sing. So, without further addoo, here’s a thousand pictures (joke) from the final of Jamaica’s answer to Britain’s Got Talent. (And a much prettier equivalent to Mr Simon Fuller.)

In February, I shot a wee bit of still photography for HSBC’s online advertising and their smashing new website for students - Talking Money. It’s straight talking by students, for students - on how to manage cash at university. Plus student tips on, erm, blagging free food at a wake! I also project managed & produced the build of the site, with the very lovely people at POKE.

A special mention must go to the ever so delightful Boysdale Club, the quintessential British cigar smoking habitat. It just so happens to be smoke free since the smoking ban in Britain.

How quaint. Clickety click...get yourself A Hedonist’s Guide To Life here...

 

Over the next few months you will be treated to the choicest collection of photographs covering Caribbean culture, cuisine and of course - cheer! Working for The Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper, The Star and Go-Jamaica.com (a leading tourist website for the region) I was lucky enough to capture many magical moments of this fair land. Click to see Jamaica smile...

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Digitoli.com will keep you up to date with Oliver Wright’s portfolio of some things photographic, some things digital and some things things.


Click on the navigation links above to view many photographic treats, or to find contact info to say hi...or commission me?


Meanwhile, new additions to the site - and my work elsewhere - are posted below...

Enjoy a short visual tour of the usual suspects of this wonderfully colourful land, mixed with the odd suspect for those who find themselves saturated. Click Ganesh’s glare...

From the nation that invented Karate - the world’s masters of unarmed combat - digitoli.com brings you some very scary temple tasters. And peaceful prayer. Click here to bring it on...

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100+ train tracks. 100+ bus routes. 100+ paths less trodden. And as many pictures. But not here. Another time perhaps. Until then, click here.

My original brief for this job in the stunning Caribbean was to document the visit of The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, as the official photographer for The Anglican Church of Jamaica. I documented sermons, historical appointments, unveilings, parties & receptions from leaders of Jamaica and The Carribbean. Here you can see just a few first picks of my pics...

It’s two years since I returned from a 27,000 mile journey overland across the slab of land that connects the Eurostar to Singapore. And I only saw half of it. What I did see was captured on a £50 Olympus Mju 35mm compact. Looking back the results are fantastic. So, click back to film?

FEBRUARY: HSBC & TALKING MONEY

What a project to be involved in. Fed up of watching product demo’s that don’t think out of the box?...Product demos that ARE LITERALLY just taking it out of the box? Watch these music video, come Motorockr product demo, come Olympic Gold worthy moves from liquid-dancer extraordinaire Mr David Elsewhere. Yes you know him - of 20+ million views YouTube fame.

I spent this Spring in the heady world of London’s best pubs. Quaffing, supping, downing and shooting. Musing, chatting, laughing and yes, occasionally shouting. And then....and then there was the eating. My pub reviews were published this month in the update to the stylish London Guide, which also recommends all manner of hedonistic antics across the city. Feast your eyes by clicking joyously here (best served with a drink! ;-) Ps. the ‘Sleep’ section, is free online...

Acceptance speeches - Award winning performances in themselves? Or more akin to Greek Tragedies? I was invited extremely kindly-ly by the wonderful folk at Poke to take photos for Orange’s BAFTA speech competition on Bebo. My pics even made it to Bebo’s homepage, which was an utter surprise! What an honour. I don’t know what to say. I would like to thank...

Autumn. Seasons of mist and... Yup, I can see what you’re thinking. Great time to travel overland from Moscow into Siberia then onto Mongolia, China East & West and the frozen Steppe of Kazakhstan. And half way back again. Yup, that’s what Fleur & I thought too! I made it as far as Rio de Novo (Novosibirsk) but Fleur carried-on-couchsurfing all the way. 1000s of miles sleeping with strangers (you’ll see what I mean) & experiencing human & animal kindness. And Panda testicles. And so on.


There’s a blog. And Fleur’s writing a book for Collins, which you can pre-order here. And because she is so lovely she commissioned me to take a few photos along the way...

It’s a year since I went to Jamaica to join The Jamaica Gleaner Newspaper for a four month galavant around the island with some extremely talented journalists. And wonderful people. Reporting the news as it happens, and sometimes before it happens, was a marvel. But the thing that has affected me the most was the way Jamaican people continually strive for excellence and how the powers that be celebrate their achievements. So i put this together...

It’s not every day that you are asked to go to a field to take a picture of a bull. It’s not every day that someone says ‘Spot the Bull’ and win Glastonbury Tickets either. And it’s not every day that you can Spot the Bull on a website, your mobile phone, or print ads and posters across this fair land. But between May 26th & June 12th 2009 - by the powers of mother-nature, the intertubes, Orange & POKE - you can. Have I gone mad-cow? Click to find out....

Following the successful bull-run (see below) for free tickets to Glastonbury this year, I set about taking some shots for Orange and Poke’s festival image library. It’s amazing what a mix of tequilla and technology can do for creating atmospheric lighting ;-) And thankfully it only rained at midnight on the last day - and the air guitars were waterproof! See shots here...

Now, I’m not into footy. But I am into this footy website. Fixtures, fittings, game-streaming, live commentary, forums, flickr, interviews & more to come. I was invited to take pics of this famous stadium during a full match-time frenzy with talented Will Cookson (The Dogg). The pics I took aren’t actually live yet, but I was too excited to hold back this post! I’ll be sure to let y’all know when the digitoli show kicks-off, & until then... enjoy Poke’s latest masterpiece: www.mcfc.co.uk

JOCKEYING IN JULY: GETTING DOWN WITH DJMAGDJMag.html

From standing (ok ok, plus shrieking, jumping & air guitaring) taking pics from the crowds at Glastonbury in June, July took me to the other side of things - and straight behind the DJ’s turntables to meet some of the world’s most talented artists & performers. All with da funky folk at DJMag. There’s a few preview shots of Yusef & Joachim Garraud before they appear in print for you to checkout here. And more neon nobs & dials than u can shake a glo-stick at ;-)

I spent the season of mist and mellow fruitfulness... mellowing fruit amongst the merry mist of the Arabian Sea. Less cryptically speaking, Autumn enveloped my return to ‘Fish Tail’s Restaurant & Cocktail Bar’ on Goa’s Golden Shores, where I first put my hand to creating their cocktail menu & training staff back in 2004. This year (sporting a much longer beard ;-) I built the Fish Tail website (recipe: triple-shots of photos), painted fresh signage on their beach-front wall (go easy: it’s my first go at painting), and planned-out a vitamin-packed detox juice menu (to make up for cocktail damage ;-). View the website here. Or visit Goa to soak-up in person.

SERIOUS SEPTEMBER: TEACHING PHOTOGRAPHY

Now, I was never the most attentive kid in class. Actually, that’s a lie. I paid huge attention to messing around. Either way, it was with lashings of irony that I found myself on the other side of the blackboard for the month of September, teaching 30 seasoned & professional newspaper journalists from The Jamaica Gleaner, Star & Go-Jamaica on photography techniques & writing for the web. I hope they found the course useful (early reports are they did :-) & didn’t mind me messing around in class ;-) I’ll upload a taster of the course for ya’ll soon. If you behave! Teehee.

Equipped with the fastest lenses known to Canon I ventured to Berlin & The World Championships in Athletics this August...to try and catch the fastest man on the planet. I was commissioned by The Jamaica Gleaner to shoot sporting success from Jamaica & all teams in The Caribbean, as well as providing their UK newspaper, The Voice, highlights from Team Great Britain. My pictures appeared daily in newspapers, on a live photo-blog at Sportscaribe.com & I was interviewed on international radio when Usain Bolt smashed his own 100m World Record. Re-live the action, smiles & world records here: www.photo-jamiaca.com

My former memories of Poland are largely blurred. I hitch-hiked & train-surfed there fueled almost entirely on dollar-a-bottle Vodka finely laced with Kalashnikov curfews, all hemmed-in with Soviet tanks. Thankfully this is a much more beautiful tale. In fact, the most beautiful tale of all. Girl meets boy. Boy asks girl to marry. Girl says yes. Boy beams. Best man makes boy wear long yellow rubber gloves.... what? All is revealed in this mini-portfolio of the day here.

It was Glastonbury’s 40th birthday. And 200,000 people would have given their mouse-click finger to be there. 100,000+ made it. 70,000 stood in front of the Pyramid Stage. And somehow, I was standing on it looking right back at them. A few pinches later (a dream come true or just a dream?!) and accompanied by human beat boxer extraordinaire Killa Kela, we snapped all the revelers in what was to become the largest birthday snap on earth - a 1.3 billion GigaPixel image! We then hooked-it-up to Facebook so you could zoom in & tag yourself...

And then to top off what was already the best day at ‘work’ ever - Guinness sent us a World Record!  I co-pitched the idea, co-produced & co-designed the shoot & the website. The massive GigaPixel pic was taken by the amazing Doug FisherMy behind the scenes pics covered the action on the Poke blog. And feature The Amazing Mr Fox & The Lovely Lady Lauren, who’s team I was privileged to be part of. Party on here to see it...

I left the balmy sunny beach at dawn. To trail 3,000km up into the Himalaya’s to the ancient mountain Kingdom of Sikkim. Along the way I said hello to an abundance of smiley faces & for an entire month the dawn & dusk of the Indian Subcontinent beamed at us all. Come join us...

Do any of  you remember fraggle rock? Well, welcome to this colourful Cornish cove that has housed the fun & frolics of many playful parties & one of the most wondrous summer weddings of ‘em all. Pints, pasties, posies & posing. Click-click! See ‘em all!

The 100 Project is a charitable initiative with the aim to nurture the creative talent of tomorrow by putting 100 young people from the East End of London through a term at The Prince's Drawing School. Artists of today kindly help us to raise the money. I co-founded the charity as part of Poke ‘hack-day’. Took photos to cover the launch exhibit. And send 100 thanks to the amazingly talented artists, designers & photographers that helped make THIS happen. Bid now!

A few thousand miles, a few thousand pics. All edited down to my favourites (phew, do I hear you cheer? ;-) & then pumped-back-up into a pixel-popping fullscreen-portfolio. Courtesy of the creative folk at DK for Wordpress. Plus a few hacks! Digitoli welcomes you to http://www.ol.ly

Ever fancied sailing to The Antarctic? In your own yacht? With a chef? And a mixologist? Or perhaps charter the unchartered. In search of Avalon? Well, now you can... with the incredibly intrepid (and delectably delightful) folk at Y.CO. Alternatively, you could just sit back and relax while their perfect pics take you there. I co-produced the site with the Creative Captains of Poke. And now i’m saving indefinitely for the trip of a lifetime! Sail away! http://ycoyacht.com

Diesel’s jeans have attitude. And so do Tweeters & Instagramers. What better then, than to match-up snaps and twitterings from around the world to pimp each pair and help you decide which ones to wear? I co-produced the website & Smesh integration plummings with the crafty Poke folk, & with LingoBee we hooked an API into Selfridges to stream pics. Case study here!

“Hello, this is The Economist” they said. “You must have the wrong number” i thought (I wasn’t trying to ply a pun ;-) “We’d like to use your photo in our global magazine” they said.  “Well H*%$ YEAH!” I thought. And “Why most certainly” I said. And so it went to print. And here...

What warmer way to while-a-way a frosty wintry evening? How about tuxedo, tails, white dress, white wine and superman pants. Superman pants? Click to reveal all. Well, almost!