Category Archives: Kingston

Kingston Dragon Boat Race – Event Photography

Kingston Dragon Boat Race event photographyI really wanted to be in a boat to photograph the great spectacle that is the Dragon Boat Race on the River Thames. But, all event photography really should be done from the sidelines – the photographer’s job at an event is to document; capture it for the interest and amusement of the participants but also for the record. Moving into the middle of a drinks reception isn’t going to alter the event in any way, and can get you some good pictures.  But I couldn’t paddle out to the middle of the river to shoot the dragon boats, so I was on the tow path between Teddington and Kingston with a long telephoto lens.

Once the racing was over a I got to ride in the safety boat, and was childishly excited. It was fast!

I photographed the Dragon Boat Race event for the organisers, Kingston upon Thames Rotary Club.

Writing this I wondered whether it should be Dragonboat or Dragon Boat. So I ask Google, and discovered I wasn’t the first perso to pose the question.

 

Who’d do Their Business in a Stuffy Chamber?

Kingston Chamber of Commerce had a business networking meeting at The Canbury Arms in Kingston. A group of Young Enterprise competitors from a local school came along to pitch their product. They were fantastic – clear, articulate, lucid and with an enviable confidence that many of us grown-ups would envy.

Like many middle-aged men, I wear a suit to these events, but I’m in a minority, Kingston of Commerce is relaxed and friendly. Not that you can’t be relaxed and friendly in a business suit, but the membership is not dominated by grey middle-aged men, like me. Given that is was International Women’s Day, it was great to attend a meeting roughly balanced between genders. 

Bentall Breakfast – Photography at the Business Networking Event

Photography from Kingston Chamber of Commerce monthly networking event. October’s was at Bentall’s department store in Kingston. The event’s are always well attended, despite the impression this shot might give.

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Where’s the Chamber gone? Jerry Irving, CEO of Kingston Chamber of Commerce opens the meeting

As you’d expect from Bentall’s, it was an excellent breakfast, and there were a lot of really interesting people to meet, never mind the business!

Silver Lining – to be found in every cloud – event photography in Kingston

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames staged the first production of a new play written by Sandi Toksvig, ‘Silver Lining’. I photographed the press night star-spangled event. 

Election Hustings in Kingston

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The candidates for election to represent the Kingston and Surbiton constituency in Parliament.The Principal of Kingston College, Peter Mayhew-Smith in the centre.

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Labour candidate Laurie South addressing a question. Green Party candidate Chris Walker works on his shopping list.

It’s election time and the candidates in Kingston and Surbiton constituency have gathered together for a hustings organised by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, apart from the Monster Raving Loonie Party candidate, who’s ill.

As you see, together the parties have selected a representative group of people. That’s if you ignore the women and ethnic minorities of Kingston and Surbiton, and people with disabilities. Oh, and the young people.

Strong and stable James Berry promises a Tory Brexit that will be sweet as honey and smell of roses.

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Independent candidate, Michael Basman takes a moment to dream up some policies.

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Graham remembers someone saying something about £350,000,000 a week for the NHS.

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We’ll now sing hymn number 135, ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’….

James Berry is a true-blue Tory, but his impression of James the Red Engine (Thomas the Tank Engine, W. Audrey) is just brilliant.

You’re Laurie South. Labour Party candidate. Not a teapot.

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“Can I get fries with that?”

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‘Did I mention I was once a Government Minister?’

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‘Three men walked into a pub, a Tory, a Trotsky and a member of the Social Democratic Party’…

The meeting was in Kingston College and the discussion was business orientated. Naturally, it dwelled on the challenge of Brexit. Although nothing new was said, at least one candidate seemed intent on polishing the blemish on their Party’s image!

Notwithstanding my faintly sarcastic tone, the event was a very worthwhile part of the democratic process.

Antoinette and the Chamber – Networking Event in Kingston

Another networking breakfast event with Kingston Chamber of Commerce. At the Antoinette Hotel in Kingston, they’re always fun and you meet some really interesting people, as you can see below. I take my camera and they’re too polite to tell me to bugger off. Well, usually!

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“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.

Breakfast Muffins in the Mayor’s Parlour – Business Event in Kingston

On the desk of the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames – books to makes sure he knows his place…

Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s latest networking breakfast event was in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall.  I had to go and have a look – just too tempting for a nosey person like me.  You always meet some interesting people at these well-attended events, and you find out about their many great business ideas!

A Christmas Carol – Press Night Event Photography

This year the marvelous Rose Theatre in Kingston is staging Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. They have a great track record in producing shows with children in the cast. Partly because the theatre has an admirable community and youth theatre. This production is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville. Once again the theatre asked me  to photograph the press night event.

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