STYLE OF WIGHT – Artists

The editor of Style of Wight magazine Christian Warren has recently commissioned me to photograph some of the top island based painters at their studios for a regular article in the magazine. I had an entertaining afternoon in St.Lawrence with landscape painter David Firmstone who has recently won the coveted watercolour prize. Next up was Lisa Traxler at her beautiful new studio and home as featured on Grand Designs. Finally I travelled over to Freshwater to meet renowned marine artist Martyn Mackrill who is currently working on a project on the East Coast. More detail here.

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Island Images Photography Courses

After the success of the Light and Land Photography tours in 2011 and 2012 I decided to launch my own week long photography course based at Northcourt House in Shorwell under the Island Images banner. I plumped for the second week in May and although the weather was far from settled we were rewarded with some dramatic conditions especially over Compton on the final evening. The highlight of the week was a visit to various woods in the centre of the island where we found an excellent covering of blue bells. The course was a great success and I’m planning another one next spring.

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TACKT ISLE

A new adventure company called Tackt Isle has recently set up on St. Helens Duver offering sailing, kayaking and an array of land based activities. I spent the May Bank Holiday photographing a test day with a group of twenty children and adults enjoyed a morning sailing in Picos and Scows followed by paddle board races, a segway challenge and a treasure hunt on the Duver. It was a fantastic day and everyone had a terrific time. Check them out on www.tackt-isle.co.uk

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The Isle Of Wight Calendar For 2014

After the success of the sell out 2011 calendar I’ve been meaning to do another one ever since ! It’s taken me three years to compile another set of 12 island images but I think it’s been worth the wait. In association with my sponsor Wight Locations and Style of Wight magazine the new calendar has photographs from all over the island including Alverstone, The Needles, Seaview along with depictions of the Brambles Cricket Match and the Scooter Rally in Ryde. The calendar will be available from selected shops on the island and through the Island Images website.

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The Westward Cup 2012 And Isle Of Wight Film Festival 2013

Having been involved with Yacht Mariquita for the past four / five years I was commissioned by theĀ  skipper Jim Thom to make a short documentary film to mark her centenary. Along with my colleague Hamish Roots we headed off to Cowes to film Mariquita competing in the Westward Cup against her great rivals Elenora and Mariette. It was a great week and Cowes served up some dramatic conditions especially on the final day when I was given the opportunity to film on board. The documentary film is now finished and we are planning to show it at a special screening at the Isle of Wight Film Festival which is being held in Ventnor this August.

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2011 Island Images Calendar

After living on the Isle of Wight for over ten years Ben has finally produced his first landscape calendar which will be launched in August at Beaux Arts in Bembridge. More details to follow.

2011 Calendar

2011 Calendar

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Mariquita and the Westward Cup

Westward Cup

Westward Cup

Ben has spent the last couple of weeks in Cowes photographing the classic yachts at the Westward Cup and the BCYC. He was lucky enough to spend a day on Mariquita which was a wonderful experience.

Westward Cup

Westward Cup

Westward Cup

Westward Cup

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Light and Land Tour on the Isle of Wight

Light and Land on the Isle of Wight

Light and Land on the Isle of Wight

The first Isle of Wight Light and Land tour, taking place in November this year, has already sold out. Ben is looking forward to leading a group of photographers around the island that has become his home. For other tours please visit the Light and Land website www.lightandland.com.

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Style of Wight Magazine

Style of Wight Cover

Style of Wight Cover

Ben has continued to contribute to Style of Wight magazine this summer and in the July issue he had the cover shot and also portraits for Martyn Mackrill’s profile.

Martyn Mackrill

Martyn Mackrill

Martyn Mackrill

Martyn Mackrill

Martyn Mackrill

Martyn Mackrill

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Island Images in Style of Wight magazine


Photographer Ben Wood of Island Images has been commissioned by Christian Warren, editor of Style of Wight to contribute to the new magazine. The next issue due out in March includes a picture story shot by Ben of artist David Firmstone at his studio in St.Lawrence. Ben’s work is also featured in a double page spread called Photographer’s Showcase.

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