International Color Awards

Delighted to receive the news this morning that my picture ‘Mr & Mrs McDonald, Scotland’ has been selected at the International Color Awards in Los Angeles. Shot on a 1952 Deardorff in June last year as part of an ongoing series entitled ‘900 Miles’.

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The Independent Newspaper

It was with great sadness that I heard the announcement recently that The Independent was to cease it’s print edition from March 26th this year after setting the agenda and setting the bar in British journalism for 30 years.

I began my career at ‘The Indy’ back in 1990 and it was there alongside the best newspaper photographers of the day that I learned my trade. Great photographers like Brian Harris (book coming soon, about which I will blog I’m sure), John Voos, Glynn Griffiths, Tom Pilston, David Rose all on the staff back then (remember when newspapers had staff photographers?) and sports guys David Ashdown and Peter Jay. Alongside them was a great bunch of regular freelancers: Nick Turpin, Ed Sykes, Peter Macdiarmid, Laurie Lewis, Geraint Lewis, Herbie Knott, Steve Morgan, Robert Hallam, and then later Ed Webb, Kalpesh Lathigra, Kayte Brimacombe, Andrew Buurman etc. More followed after I left too.

I will be forever grateful for what I learned from each and all of them and proud to call many of them friends to this day.

Picture editors and darkroom staff too: Chris McCane, Keith Dobney, David Swanborough, Mike Spillard, Victoria Lukens, Susan Glenn, Karen Wylie, Colin Jacobson, John Luff, Sophie Batterbury, Simon Van Covoerden, Tony Buckingham etc.

Apologies to anyone I’ve missed off.

Here’s a few pictures from back in the day…..

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The death of Francis Bacon, Colony Room, Soho, LondonColony Rooms copy

Ben Okri, authorBen Okri

Michael Heseltine, Conservative Party Conference, Blackpooleaston_heseltine

David Hockney, on the set of ‘The Rakes Progress’, Saddlers Wells, LondonDavid Hockney on the set of The Rakes Progress Opera, which he d

Miners Welfare Rally, Londoneaston_whose_job

Liberia, West AfricaLiberia_colour_01-02

War in the former Yugoslavia (Mrs Thatcher)Mrs T 4_flat

Nelson Mandela, LondonNelson Mandela

Sealed Knot, Civil War reenactment, NewburyNewbury Down

La Defense, ParisParis_Indy

Ted Heath, Westminster, LondonTed Heath interview

Armistice Day, Ypres, BelgiumYpres

 

Myanmar

Back from a fascinating trip to Myanmar in December. Amazing country, lovely people and a privilege to have the opportunity to work there. A longer blog post will follow with the commissioned pictures once they have been used by the client, but here’s a little taster…easton_myanmar_01easton_myanmar_02 copyeaston_myanmar_03easton_myanmar_04easton_myanmar_05easton_myanmar_06easton_myanmar_07easton_myanmar_08

New prints

Just packaged up and sent a new series of five prints to a client in the US. All 30″x25″ c-type prints, edition of 8. Giant Sequoia, Redwood National Park, California.

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New commissioned work for 3i Investments plc

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Website updates

Finally got round to updating some work on the website:

Tourism campaigns and image library work for Mid Wales/Powys and Waterways Ireland – both can be found under the ‘Assigned’ section: www.craigeaston.com

Here’s just three pictures from each…..

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Mary Ellen Mark

And so we must say goodbye and thank you to Mary Ellen Mark, one of the giants of compassionate and concerned photography and an inspiration to me and countless others.

Mary Ellen Mark’s work for me has always been a standard by which all great documentary photography can be judged: engaged and engaging, compassionate but objective, the stories she sought to tell were always captivating and her ability to get ‘under the skin’ of each subject was startling. Whilst the stories were often hard hitting and difficult, the photographs were always direct and to the point, beautifully seen without any need for trickery or unnecessary complexity. From the raw honesty of Ward 81, Falkland Road and Streetwise to the joyfulness of Indian Circus and her commercial film stills right up to the exquisite 20/24 polaroid portraits of ‘Twins’ and ‘Prom’

One of the true greats has gone and will be sorely missed, but we must say thank you for all the extraordinary photographs she has left behind and for the flame that she lit in so many younger photographers of my generation and beyond.

Here’s a tiny reminder…..

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