Dover, Grand Shaft – Undicovered Kent

Dover, Grand Shaft – Undicovered Kent. Revisiting old work.

On a recent Michael Portillo BBC 2 programme called Great British Railway Journeys. They featured the Grand Shaft in Dover. I happened to have my laptop open at the time and remembered, that a couple of years ago I had managed to get myself invited to a closed door visit and shot a few frames of it so here they are.

Dover, Grand Shaft - Undicovered Kent | Matt Bristow

Dover, Grand Shaft - Undicovered Kent | Matt Bristow

Dover, Grand Shaft - Undicovered Kent | Matt Bristow

Dover, Grand Shaft - Undicovered Kent | Matt Bristow

Dover, Grand Shaft - Undicovered Kent | Matt Bristow

It really is a magical place. I wont go into the finer point of this triple helix stairway but if you want to know more go and take a look at the Western Heights Preservation Society’s website they are doing some amazing work

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, Kay Jay

Kent Music Promo Photographer, taking it back to music, its a Natural High with the talented Kay Jay.

Back in October 2011 I was lucky enough to be part of a creative team that worked on a location video shoot for the amazing Kay Jay and her jointly written, with her then fiancée now husband, Kevin Sutherland. Its name simply ‘Natural High’  drawing on influences from her own past which are abundantly obvious when you hear the track and believe me in two days I heard it a lot!

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

It was shot on location at an amazing house in Norfolk call Battleford Hall, an old vicarage owned by Kate’s uncle, who the whole crew referred to as ‘Uncle Pete’ who during our time in residence looked after us in what can only be described as VIP treatment. I think I probably owe him a few bottles of wine as we quaffed long into the night on the first day!

So I spent two amazing days lurking around behind the cameras and trying to get enough time to get some decent portraits in between scenes. Here are a few of my favorites:

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

My absolute favorite without a doubt is this one, album cover material? only time will tell.

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

Also because I have had to hold this back for nearly 5 months I have also held back the following image never before seen not even by Kate!

Kent Music Promo Photographer | Taking it back to music, with Jay Kay

Some of the more observant of you might notice this is a rehashed blog. The reason is that Kate has just released the single and heres the final video

In two days I met some great people: Melissa Kassinen simply great make-up and Lukas DiSparrow one of the worlds self confessed wierdos but a great director. Mr Guy Wilson a kindred spirit! Mr Kevin Sutherland and of course not forgetting the lady herself KayJay