3rd November – 16th November 2013

Journal update (03/11-16/11) Jam with Revenge Road, Guest Blogger for Elexu, Interviewing artist Meg Mosley for my photoblog, Band Rehearsals and photographing royalty!

Revenge Road Jam, Kent (Sunday 3rd November)

After spending all of the previous week experiencing my worst Fatigue Syndrome relapse of the entire year, it felt great to have a bit of energy back and to play some music again. I gatecrashed Revenge Roads rehearsal. We played a mixture of classic rock songs and I really enjoyed hearing my song the Watchmaker played with the full band. Great jam session with top guys.

Revenge Road

Rehearsal, Putney (Tuesday 5th November)

I absolutely love rehearsing with Caz and Sumeet, and after only 2 rehearsals we are sounding pretty good already “even if I do say so myself” 😉 We came up with a band name… but in hindsight, after the beer had worn off, I’m not sure if ‘Chocolate Chip Cuckoo’ is a great band name? What do you think? And if not what suggestions do you have?! Please let us know!


Meg Mosley Blog: Photographs and Interview (posted Thursday 7th November)

Please check out the fascinating interview given by artist Meg Mosley on my photoblog. Plus there’s some colourful pics from a fun shoot with the Megastar at Parkland Walk in Crouch End: http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/feature-meg-mosley.html


Photography for NADFAS event, Kensington Town Hall (Tuesday 6th November)

I’m so grateful to NADFAS for giving me such a fantastic photography opportunity. I photographed the Duchess of Gloucester, the Mayor of Kensington, Loyd Grossman and Martyn Lewis at their festival to celebrate 40 years of volunteering at Kensington Town Hall. Whilst I was inside photographing the event, the paparazzi were shivering outside! A very surreal experience indeed! I can’t print the photographs just yet, but hope to post them in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!


Guest Blogger for Elexu

I was honoured to be approached by digital media company, Elexu, to be a great blogger. Alice had seen the photographs I had taken of the Mitch Daniels Band’s headline gig at the Islington O2 Academy, and approached me to do a feature.

During this week I have provided a 2 part blog about my experiences as a music photographer through 2013. The link to part 1 will be posted tomorrow! And can be found by following this link: http://blog.elexu.com/


Paul McCartney, ‘New’ album

Ok, so I’m a bit late with this (after all the album was released in Oct) but I have finally listened to Paul McCartney’s latest album. It’s absolutely brilliant! I love it! Fantastic songs from the master songsmith. Standout tracks include ‘Queenie Eye’, ‘New’ and ‘Everybody Out There’, but it’s hard to pick. The whole album is crammed with killer tunes.


Thanks for visiting my journal

Samantha x



27th October – 2nd November 2013

All my plans and creative activities for this week were cancelled as I experienced my worse Fatigue Syndrome relapse of the entire year. I was incapable of going anywhere or doing anything. It was a very demoralising and frustrating week and a real wake up call to be more careful with how I pace my activities and arrange my schedule.


14th – 27th October 2013

Art & Music journal update (14/10-27/10) which includes; recording session at Bonafide Studio, photographing Mitch Daniels Band live at Islington O2 Academy, attending ‘Only in England’ and ‘Turner and Constable: Sketching From Nature’ exhibitions, etc.

Only in England exhibition, Science Museum (Monday 14th October)

Way back in the days when I was a Design student at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, I was so inspired by Martin Parr’s photography that his work became the subject matter for my first ever art history essay.  I was drawn to his engaging photographs which reflected the idiosyncratic nature of the British seaside. So I was really intrigued to see the current exhibition ‘Only in England’ at the Science Museum, which displays a selection of Martin Parr and Tony Ray-Jones photographs.

This exhibition is particularly interesting as it highlights the debt Parr owes to Ray-Jones. Clear parallels between the artists’ styles can be seen through subject matter selection and approach. Parr, who is an collector of Ray-Jones work is not shy of these comparisons, and in fact seems keen to give Ray-Jones the recognition he deserves.


Ray-Jones ‘Brighton Beach’ 1966

Photoblog ‘Reflection

Unfortunately I wasn’t well enough to attend my first meeting with the Putney branch of the London Independent Photographers Group. However, I had already sorted my photographs for the session. The theme for this month was ‘Reflection’ and you can find my images here on my photoblog:



Recording Session, Bonafide Studios, Muswell Hill, (Thursday 17th October)

I had another creative and productive recording session with chief sound engineer Brian at Bonafide Studios. We completed the recording of my song ‘The Watchmaker’ and started and finished another of my compositions ‘Halo’. I regularly perform both of these songs live, so anyone who’s seen me perform recently will probably be familiar with the tunes – but I can’t wait to get your feedback on the recorded versions. I’m really chuffed with the finished recordings and I’m looking forward to releasing my first double sided single soon.


Photographing the Mitch Daniels Band, Islington O2 Academy, (Friday 18th October)

On Friday 18th October, the Mitch Daniel’s Band played an amazing headline show at the Islington O2 Academy2, and they raised a load of money for charity in the process. I photographed the live show, and also got some exclusive pics from the soundcheck too. It was a brilliant gig by an incredibly talented band, and the atmosphere in the venue was truly electric.


I interviewed Mitch Daniels after the show to find out how it felt to perform at the venue, and what the future holds for the band. Please see the photographs and read the interview on my blog: http://www.besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-mitch-daniels-band-live-at.html


Turner and Constable: Sketching From Nature exhibition, Turner Contemporary, Margate (Tuesday 22nd October)

The Turner Contemporary is currently showing a fascinating exhibition, which illustrates the development of British landscape painting. On display are over 75 oil sketches, watercolours and finished oils from the Tate collection by JMW Turner, John Constable and their contemporaries.

The key theme for this exhibition is the exploration into painting directly from the landscape, as opposed to works predominately produced in the artists’ studios. It is a comprehensive collection. However, the decision to do away with the information boards being placed beneath the artworks, and instead to place one information board per sections of artworks, does spoil the viewing experience a bit.


Constable ‘The Sea Near Brighton’ 1826

Rob Thom, Uncommon Earth, Barnacles at the Stage Door, Waterloo, (Saturday 26th October)

The Saturday Music nights at the Stage Door are great. They offer an eclectic mix of music, and it’s totally free too.

Rob Thom is the soundman for the open mics at the Stage Door on Sundays and it was great to hear Rob play a full set on Saturday. He is a talented performer and songwriter. The ‘Uncommon Earth’ were a truly original duo with a style all of their own and some lyrical gems! Final act ‘Barnacles’ play beautiful, melodic tunes, and prove just how versatile the mighty ukulele can be.