Spencer McGarry Season – Ivy League Session


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Spencer McGarry Season is formed by a collection of artists from a number of bands, including Sweet Baboo and The Hot Puppies.  This orchestral gathering creates a sound that needs to be heard – luckily for you it’s now fresh on the Kruger website for you to listen to. Enjoy!

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The guys.. and girls rolled into the studio with obviously a lot more equipment than what would be seen at a usual Ivy League session. working with nine highly professional and enthusiastic musicians brought with it some demands, but for sure it was worth it and a lot of fun!

Oh yes.. there was a tenth member. A little follower of the band in the form of a tot, not more than two foot high graced the studio with a softer side, sporting some baby pink ear protectors – very cute! I especially think she enjoyed the skittle (the candy) throwing at the end of the day 🙂 .. maybe not!

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spencer mcgarry season - skittle throwing!
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The team photo - ready for the start of the footy season.
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Kruger Issue 22 – Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta Echo..


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How are you for some A to Zee?! This months Issue of Kruger Magazine brings you exactly that! As regular readers will be familiar with, Kruger is a bi-monthly Independent Music Magazine that throws at you some of the best in new and undiscovered music talents from across the globe. Each issue brings with it a definite theme and from there, the magazine really brings the best music insight from an unique angle.

Highlights this month – interviews with Sweet Baboo and from across the Atlantic, Mika Miko get the Kruger treatment! (A recent Ivy League artist, check them out.) Of course with Kruger they don’t stop there, so get down to your nearist stockist and grab yourself earful of Kruger goodness.


Sweet Baboo – Phonetic photo shoot.
As you should be able to make out from the images below, (photography by Mei Lewis) this shoot involved a large amount of preparation and of course time, selecting and positioning the props for this heavily themed magazine. Following the alphabet theme of this issue, the photo consisted of a mass collection of items that related to the
phonetic alphabet. For example, ‘Golf’ obviously referring to the letter ‘G’ is featured in the centre of the image with the golf balls and the artificial grass. It’s a crazy cool idea that was a lot of fun to be involved with. Oh yeah I’m in there too, It wasn’t as fun being on the other side of the lens, but I got stuck in and struck a pose!

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Diverse Music – Top of the shops

A new feature of the magazine profiles independent record stores/shops throughout the UK. The first episode saw me visit Diverse Music of Newport and capture a few snaps of the friendly faces you might meet if you were wanting to buy some music from there.  Friendly they were too – Matt Jarrett who stands proud in front of his shop, creates a relevent feeling of independent music shops needing to stand tall amongst the giants of music retail – offering loyalty and a local feel to whatever you want to listen to from some Michael Jackson to Adequate Seven. (I was a little bit jealous of Matt’s Adequate Seven T-Shirt)

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Mei Lewis
Christopher McLallen
Matt Hilde

Diverse Music
Kruger Magazine

The Truckers are in town…



..get your pedals at the ready! The Latest Ivy League Session with the Truckers of Husk is available for you to wrap your ears around!

Last month, local pedal heroes rolled into the Offshore Studios in Cardiff with a truck load of pedals and a rolling instrumental set that offered the Ivy League a vocally absent sound that was pure and absorbing.  Though this wasn’t the first time they had come face to lens with my camera.  They played a local gig in Cardiff at Spillers Records for the annual Record store Day event that brought in the crowds from the Saturday streets.  As it goes, they remembered my impromptu few shots of them outside the record store and were as easy to work with as play-doe!

Straddling bicycles and laying in wheel barrows, they were great to work with. Good fun!

Before I forget!!
… Why not check out some more images from the Truckers shoot and loads of other Ivy League sessions @ Kruger Labs. Flickr page


BA Graphic Communication: Degree Show ’09


The end of the beginning..

Screen printed degree show posters..

So.. there we have it, university has passed through my fingers like sand in a precious hour glass.  Three years have gone by as quick as it’s taken me to write this short ‘reflective statement’. I won’t apologise for the amount of photos in this post – the images tell a story and show the vibrancy and diversity of work that was on show! Below offers you an insight into the degree show and the quality of work that was on display from BA Graphic Communication – Class of 2009.


Luke Richards, dedication and extreme concentration..

Tom Harle

The crowds gather..

Chris Welsby

Jenny Phillips

Dave Cuvelot

Dan Rawle

Emilie matches the faces to the works..

Jenny Phillips

Jess Donnan

Dave Cuvelot

Luke Richards

Matt Hilde

Laura Scull

Jo Williams


Goodbye, Cardiff School of Art & Design.

A big thank you to the tutors and to my fellow colleagues/friends.
Three years of ups and downs – the struggles and the giggles.

Best of luck to everyone for the journey ahead…
BA Graphic Communication – Class of 2009

Mika Mikoooooooow lets shout!



Hey Guys Just a little shout out to y’all.. Mika Miko Ivy League Session is now available on the Kruger webby site. Check it.

Welsh Artist of the Year ’09 // winners + losers.



Ok, so how do you want it? Do you want the good news first or the bad?

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I thought so, bad news it is..

I didn’t win!

Did I expect to? .. of course not! This was my first attempt at entering the competition, it has given me confidence, exposure and honestly the most cliche of lines to use ever in this situation, I was just happy and proud to be a part of this event / occasion / competition / gathering of ..the like minded. I’m also very pleased at the positioning of my piece in the exhibition hall, which will be on display amongst the other entries and winners until July 25th.  I was positioned on the second tier of St. Davids Hall, where I was surrounded by the winners and commended artists.  The work that was commended and won prizes were in the majority and in my personal opinion well deserved.  There was a large emphasis upon environmental issues and concerns and these were apparent through the winning pieces too.



The ceremony began with some light refreshments, very posh!.. and some light jazz filled the three or four levels of the exhibition space.. the scene was set nicely, though I was slightly disappointed at the fact Nicola Heywood Thomas for the ninth year had opened and awarded the artists with their prizes. This is an issue that got me slightly annoyed when I received my invitation, knowing that she had opened the previous years event, when I attended last year.  When she announced to the room that she was going for her tenth year as speaker-giver-outer, my jaw did uneasily non-align.  I know it is only one small part of the day, but I do feel it gives the competition a stale, crusty layer to what is a very tired and alarmingly unpublicized event.  Apparently the council are involved (which explains some things) – I had no idea until the Mayor spoke, another moldy instance of the ceremony was unleashed to a glaring and expectant audience.

Does that count as ranting!? .. probably.
That aside, the work itself was great, well….. some great, some not so.


The Winner of Welsh Artist of the Year 2009 was Tim Freeman,  a Canadian interestingly, but now lives and works in Cardiff.  His piece titled Hidden System or System Gudd in welsh, in my view was a great piece of print / digital photography.  As Nicola Heywood Thomas observantly pointed out, it revealed a relationship between natural and man-made.

I will let Tim explain his piece “Hidden System” to you…


“Focusing on the piece itself, “Hidden System”, I aimed to explore the contradictions inherent to the physical landscapes we inhabit and pass through.  Furthermore, I wanted the piece to disrupt the notion of the pastoral, an ongoing theme within the tradition of landscape.  Within the image the pastoral or idyllic romantic view is disturbed by the imposition of an elaborate system of industrial piping.  A visual metaphor of the ever increasing man-made systems which underlay our collective and personal landscapes”. Tim Freeman 2009. Cardiff.

He put that better than I ever could attempt.

That’s a little insight to the competition this year!
Make sure you check it out, there is some great work happening in this little sheep infested country.

Hwyl Fawr!

St. Davids Hall
The Hayes,
Cardiff, Wales

25 May – 25 July


St. Vincent. Photoshoot w/ Lucy Johnston


Documentary shots of St Vincent Photo shoot for Kruger Magazine -Issue 21, Coming of Age, by Lucy Johnston.

Location: London, Wandsworth
Date: 22-04-09

The lovely Annie Clark of St. Vincent (this may be wrong, but it’s what myspace says!) She was lovely though.

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The concept for the shoot targeted the topic of ‘learning to drive’, which followed the theme of the latest Kruger Magazine, ‘Coming of Age’.  The shoot was situated and focused around a car parked on what was surprisingly a busy residential street, opposite 4AD Records.  Lucy and myself were dodging out of the way of cars and such, cyclists also – which was a random and an unwanted distraction every now and then.

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Though a welcome distraction came in the form of a cup of coffee or tea (I can’t remember which), but it was welcomed greatly by all parties. I did not get a biscuit though… the funny things you remember! on what was a fun shoot. I would like to thank the hospitality of 4AD Records – even though I had to work for my cup of tea, carrying boxes / equipment up a very steep staircase, it was most certainly worth it! Great experience was absorbed and then a beer.


Thanks to Lucy Johnston for allowing me to shadow her on this photo shoot. You can view some of her great stuff, at www.lucyjohnston.co.uk

Pick up the new Kruger Magazine, Issue 21 – Coming of Age, where this photo shoot features.

Band of Skulls. Photoshoot w/ James Perou.


Documentary shots of James Perou’s photoshoot for Kruger Magazine with ‘Band of Skulls’.

Location: London, Shoreditch
Date: 24-04-09

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A big thanks goes to the Kruger team and James Perou, for the opportunity.


James Perou

Kruger Magazine – Coming of age. Issue 21


Coming of age. Issue 21 – Kruger Magazine


My photograph of Ashli Todd @ spillers records, fronting Inside story.


The Second of my images capturing the crowds @ spillers records (RSD)

To follow on from this article on the health of record shops, Kruger will be profiling an independent record shop in every issue… Diverse in Newport, will be the first port of call, where I will be taking some shots for the article.

The next issue of Kruger Magazine is out on July 13th.

Anyone for some Super Tennis?





The latest Ivy League Session Super Tennis