General Ramblings

Sometimes I’ve just got stuff to say. I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Ex-Oasis Photographer warns UK Risks Losing Classic Rock Archives.

Unless a dedicated museum is set up British musical history may be lost. According to one of The UK’s most celebrated photographers unless a dedicated museum is set up to preserve large swathes of classic British rock photography it could lose them all to private collectors. Permanent Home. Without a stable space photographers may be […]

Further To The NorthSide

From one island to a peninsula From one island of Denmark to a half island of Denmark (otherwise known as a peninsula); a total of 116 miles, on a train that goes under the sea in a tunnel as well as above the sea on a bridge, we travelled from Copenhagen to Aarhus for this […]

How a Shot Went Viral is Revealed by The Royal Wedding Photographer.

Viral popularity and huge amounts of praise were received for one particular photo during this past weekend as the world’s attention was captured by the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The details of how the picture in question came to be have now been revealed by the photographer. After the wedding ceremony […]

Behind The Scenes: Royal Run.

Keep the diary open Whether it was wishful thinking or simply experience, when I first heard about the Royal Run back in 2017 I decided to keep the 21st May available in my calendar. “We won’t be needing you for that particular race,” I was told, but a voice in my head kept saying, “Yeah […]

Future King of Denmark Joins In Birthday Celebrations With The Royal Run.

In merely a few days time the future king of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik, will be celebrating his 50th birthday and all over the country flags will be at high mast. A total of five Danish cities are involved in celebratory shenanigans which began on May 18, and span nine days, which The Royal Family […]

How to live better as a Freelancer: Part Two.

In Part One I introduced the idea of doing less but earning more. To most people it may seem like a paradox. Indeed, in the past my own experience has taught me that going the extra mile can make all the difference, but at what cost? That’s the most important question here, and one I’d […]

Game of Thrones Star Joins Climate Change Talk

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau returns to his home country to take action An overwhelmingly massive wall of ice on regular display is one of the many stunning visual images in the popular television series Game of Thrones in which Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays fictional knight Jaime Lannister. In the real world, climate change seriously imperils our […]

Britain’s Prince Harry Visits Copenhagen

Special Request Back in September of this year Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry’s official visit to Denmark. The Prince is in Copenhagen today (Wednesday 25th) and tomorrow, and Matthew has been placed in a special press pool to gain access and provide exclusive photographic coverage. The visit has been somewhat shrouded with no official press […]

Following in the footsteps of Obama

Where would a former President of the United States go to eat when in Copenhagen? For my first blog post in nearly two millennia I thought I’d tackle something a little light-hearted.  Despite never really pursuing a career in food photography, it appears it has found me. Well, in the sense that a large client […]

The Day I Lost £6,000

How a brand new camera holster helped ruin my life for 48hrs People ask me, on a regular basis, whether I’m happy living in Copenhagen. It’s an easy answer: yes, of course. Then they ask me why. Again, this isn’t difficult to explain, as there are so many reasons. But in today’s journal I just […]

RIP: John Hurt

Over the weekend, the acting world lost yet another of its fine members. John Hurt CBE – a man of enormous talent and film credits to be in awe of – had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2015, yet announced later that year it was in remission. Which makes it all the more sadder to […]

Back to Copenhagen

It’s been a while… Hi folks, what’s going on? Jesus, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I bet some of you are even tired of me saying something along those lines. Anyway, I just wanted to say ‘hi’ and tell you what to expect from us here at PBMJ in the lead-up to Christmas. Yes, […]

Summer Update

“Your blog entries don’t show up in my news feed anymore” Never fear, dear reader, I have not died or disappeared. Summer has truly been upon us these last few weeks and with the warm weather comes a calendar full of events and photoshoots. Unfortunately it means I have abandoned my post and my writing […]

12 hour day

This blog entry first appeared over at www.photographybymatthewjames.com Starting early and finishing late to get the job done It’s late in the day, but there’s definitely still time to bang out a blog post before the sun sets. By the time I click ‘publish’ on this entry I would have passed the 12-hour mark; completing […]

A photographer’s perspective of Shrovetide

What really happened when I went home to document the biggest game of football in the world? Although I couldn’t see it at that particular moment, somewhere up ahead a ball made of Portuguese cork was being fought over by hundreds of men. Their aim was simple: to release it from the ‘hug’ and get […]

A job offer I really really wanted

However you earn money to keep your business going, never lose sight of your goals Over the past few years I’ve learned a great deal about running a business and adapting my photography skills to different genres and clients. I’ve never classed myself as a wedding photographer, for example, but I found work as one […]

Angry Dude Flips Bird

Dealing with confrontation as a photojournalist Who the hell is this guy? And why is he holding a can of lager in one hand, and giving me the Finger with the other? We have to go way back to the winter of 2005 to get a bit of background story for today’s journal post, which […]

Danish Imports: The Neuropyschologist

This blog post originally appeared over at matthewjames.dk Grasia Maria Banegas initially moved to Denmark from Honduras in Central America as a volunteer for MS (Action Aid Denmark), to join an educational program called Global Change, where she trained to become a campaigner and youth facilitator.  Coming from one of the poorest and most dangerous […]

Danish Imports: The Psychologist and her son

Due to some technical issues we’re running a little behind here, so let’s get back on track with our Danish Imports exhibition from last year’s photo exhibition. Today we take a look at the life of Chilean Psychologist Paula and her son. Paula Cavada gives multiple reasons for moving from Chile in South America to […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

This entry was originally posted on my main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk The next story from last year’s Danish Imports photo exhibition comes from Michal Jezierski, who had a very long and interesting story to tell about his move to Denmark. Michal is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full […]

A New Blog Thingy

This blog post first appeared on the main journal over at www.matthewjames.dk I love writing. I just love words, and language, and the ability to express myself as clearly as possible. Sometimes the point or topic gets overlooked, or misinterpreted, or lost in translation, but generally speaking I think I’m pretty good at it. Back […]

When Matthew Met… Britney Spears

Wednesday, 30th September 2015 – Learning from mistakes – The Britney Spears Lingerie Fashion Show It was my biggest opportunity to date and I messed it right up. The good news is, I learnt from it – I think. It was exactly 12 months ago – September 2014 – and I had a press pass […]

Danish Imports: The Journalist

Continuing the Danish Imports theme, today we take a look at Brazilian Noemia Colonna’s story. “Sometimes it’s good to be like the Brazilians,” is Noemia Colonna’s advice to the Danes. “We’re easy-going, more flexible and and not too obsessed about planning and privacy. Breaking the rules is a great way to see what happens out […]

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

Danish Imports: The Architect

Today I’ll be sharing the second story behind one of my Danish Imports subjects, Luke Lorimer. If you missed the first post then you can read it here. These images were used for my first exhibition, Danish Imports, which was held at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen throughout August and September, 2014. Australian classically-trained pianist Luke […]

Cheeky, thieving bastards!

I really couldn’t think of a better title for this blog post today. Allow me to explain. A couple of weeks ago I was literally shutting down for the summer holidays: computer, brain et al. During July most of Denmark is on vacation so it’s a pretty safe bet that emails will be limited and […]

When Matthew “met” Noel Gallagher

A brand new Career High has just been achieved Throughout the next few paragraphs I’m going to break a couple of cardinal sins when it comes to blogging and acting professionally. I’m going to: Boast and brag about my job as a photographer Not offer any guidance or advice to any of my readers Talk […]

Terror attack in Copenhagen

Denmark pays its respects It’s actually quite hard to describe the feeling in Copenhagen this morning. People are going about their business as usual, that much is clear; but as soon as I left the house I could see something different in people’s faces. On the train I watched a guy scold another for banging […]

Behind The Scenes: Lasse Sjørslev

How do you get a nice image when photographing with fluorescents?   Last week I was given the task of photographing TV2 News Presenter Lasse Sjørslev, and how pleased was I when it started to rain and snow just a few minutes before the shoot! Knowing that Lasse would have to change clothes at some […]

The Builder and The Window-Maker: A Modern Fable

Once upon a time there lived a Builder who was renowned for designing beautiful and interesting properties. One day he was commissioned to construct a block of flats with the one condition that he installed differently designed windows for each apartment and a magnificent front door to attract buyers. Over the next few months he […]

Derbyshire, Batman and Phone Apps

First off, Happy New Year everyone. I think this is the last week where you’re allowed to actually say that; afterwards you just sound like a prick who’s been somewhere warm over the christmas period and want to boast about it to your colleagues because you’ve arrived back so late in the new year. Anyway, […]

When Matthew met… John Hurt CBE

Bizarrely, most people respond by asking, “who?” when I tell them I’ve photographed John Hurt. Maybe it’s a generation thing; after all, he was born in the 1920s, making him something of a relic in the eyes of today’s Reality TV-Loving Youth. So if that’s your generation and you’re reading this asking the same question, […]

When Matthew met… Moyles

Firstly, apologies to my Danish and non-UK readers, as you probably won’t have a clue who Motor-Mouth Moyles is, but rest assured this guy played an integral part in my journey to becoming a photographer. And in 2010 I actually got the chance to tell him. Well, actually I kinda got in a bit of […]

Matthew James: The Prequel

I love prequels and backstories. So much, in fact, that my partner wants it adding to my gravestone when I finally go. I’m always banging on about Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and (just the other night) Downton Abbey! What great prequel stories they could create, I keep thinking […]

From the archives: Paul Cummins

Paul Cummins. A name that’s been banded around a lot recently in the media, and I knew I’d heard it before somewhere. For those of you who don’t recognise the name, Paul is the man behind the 888,246 poppies that surround the Tower of London, to commemorate Remembrance Day, which takes place today. Every year […]

Re-editing Past Images

I can quite easily flick through all the pictures that I took prior to taking the NCTJ Photojournalism course, and not pay a single bit of attention to them. But as I take more and more images for other people and companies, I find myself returning to my own personal snaps more often. In June […]

The Danish Imports are coming!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog calling for non-Danes to step forward to be part of a new exhibition I’m hosting. The response was insane, I’m pleased to say, and after some heavy vetting, I managed to narrow it down to just a few people. To quote the official Facebook Event Page, ‘Danish […]

Paptastic

Poor Princess Mary. And I mean that sincerely. For a good couple of hours she was hounded by men with cameras (including me, I should admit) and they just would not leave her alone. It was a couple of Saturdays ago here in Copenhagen and the weather was hot hot hot. A children’s anti-bullying relay […]

Foreigners wanted in Denmark

Right then, who wants to be photographed? More importantly, who can tick off each and every one of the requirements on this list, and wants to be photographed? i) You were not born in Denmark ii) You have either A) Moved here permanently or, B) moved here temporarily iii) Or, you might be visiting Copenhagen […]

Handbag Marketing Chief needed

A Danish job vacancy website has published a tongue-in-cheek position for an Animal Skin Handbag Marketing Chief. The bags allegedly contain skin from Marius the Giraffe, as well as recently killed lions and other endangered species. Whoever said that Danes don’t have a sense of humour? The opening line reads, “Are you fond of animals […]

London’s G20 Riots

The crowd were all facing the same way but nobody was moving. I strained my neck to try and get a better view, but apart from the general chatter of the thousands of people around me and the police and news helicopters circling above, I was still none the wiser of what was going on. […]