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Clockwise

Phew! I've had a busy week and it continues today with editing images for the Waitrose job I did on Thursday. I can't talk about that yet, so here are two images from The Feathers Hotel where I nipped in for a breakfast cuppa as I arrived an hour too early. I'm a bit like John Cleese in the film Clockwise- a time botherer. That M42 around Brum can be deadly for delays, but when it's working everything drives around it like a well oiled machine. I only saw 3 couples in the magnificent hotel dining area with it's beautiful crystal glass chandeliers and curiosities like the models of a bloke in a straw hat and the black swan with a guilded beak in the fireplace. Being a cheapskate and short of time I paid for the coffee,(£2.90- a bargain for a posh hotel!), and bought a chocolate croissant from the nearby Greggs bakery which had opened up early. Sad to hear that next week we may all be in another national lockdown and hotels like 'The Feathers' are bound to take an economic bashing. #commercialphotographer #editorialphotographer #photography #johnrobertsonphotography

Greenkins are my delight

Pumpkin sales are on the up this year despite the pandemic. I even have a few here, although I confess they are left-overs from the shoot I did for Waitrose to illustrate their new 'Greenkin' variety. Our grandson was the model and what a little star! We ran out of time to actually carve a pumpkin so I left the carving kit I'd bought with his mum as some of the specialist tools looked rather lethal! Are you carving a pumpkin for your window/door this year or do you dissaprove of the whole thing like some of my ultra-religious neighbours? Don't waste the carved out flesh and seeds is you do carve one- there are lots of delicious recipes you can use it with. #commercialphotographer #photography #editorialphotographer #johnrobertsonphotography

Out of the box thinking

Thinking outside of the box. Or in this particular case, inside the violin. I photographed this violin restorer for The Guardian. He had the time to think whilst a patient for a stomach procedure in hospital. He worked out that if he could get hold of an endoscope he could perform 'keyhole surgery' on high end priceless violins without having to take them apart. Genius! #commercialphotographer #editorialphotographer #johnrobertsonphotography #photography

The droid you ARE looking for...

My photo from last week's trip to the UK's first robot restaurant in today's Daily Telegraph. Robotazia in Milton Keynes 12th Street is using the 'droids' to deliver food to tables. On the plus front it's a way to avoid Covid19 by minimising human contact. On the negative side the restaurant's owners, Mark Swannell and Joy Gittens, have received criticism,(unfairly), for taking jobs from waitresses and waiters. In fact that is not the case at all- the eatery actually employs MORE people as waiters and waitresses are still needed and take orders which are then delivered by the robots. Also somebody extra is needed to look after the robots and make sure they operate efficiently! #commercialphotographer #editorialphotographer #johnrobertsonphotography #photography

I say!

I say! Hiding in my heuchera is just not cricket!!⁠ A spot of iphoneography whilst gardening this afternoon. No such thing as a day off if you make images for a living..... #commercialphotographer #editorialphotographer #johnrobertsonphotography #iphonesnap

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