My good friends at The Beehive Cafe in Riverstown, Sligo, Ireland

John in action at The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

John in action at The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

On the 14th of January 2013 I wrote a long and detailed blog post all about my friendship with the Tenacious JHCG (John Henry Coe Graham). I explained a little of how our lives have unfolded since we studied together at Greenmount Agriculture College in Northern Ireland, now part of Cafre (College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise) from 1996-1999 (last century!).

The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

John serves me my first delicious coffee with handmade chocolate brownie at The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

John went on to work as an agricultural policy advisor in Dublin, whilst managing farming in Sligo at the same time. He found the woman of his dreams Brid McNulty on a night out in Dublin. They bought a beautiful Sligo farm and house, married where Brid studied Trinity College Dublin and John had her picked up from the hotel for the wedding in an gigantic brand new Claas Tractor (which I had the honour of photographing!). They had their beautiful baby Judith and opened a fantastic new cafe called The Beehive, in Sligo Folk Park.

The Beehive Cappuccino  ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Cappuccino ©gavinfreeborn

Me photographing The Beehive © John Graham

                                  Me photographing The Beehive © John Graham

It was fantastic to see my old friend and we had a good laugh explaining to his local customers how we knew each other. It was hard for folk to believe that I, the gentleman photographer swinging the Canon 7D camera, dressed in tweed jacket & silk cravat, once studied agriculture with John almost 20 years ago! Two of John’s lovely customers Margaret and John, who farm sheep, suckler cows and the beautiful Connemara ponies in the Sligo mountains even posed for a quick portrait.

Sligo Farmers Margaret Finan & John Duignan at The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

Sligo Farmers Margaret Finan & John Duignan at The Beehive ©gavinfreeborn

John was in full flow as gracious host deftly moving from kitchen to front of house, hand making fresh scones and all sorts of delicious delights which I was lucky enough to taste test. The chocolate brownie is some of the best I’ve tasted on my travels as are the scones. Both have been created and baked to perfection resulting in a crunchy bite, followed by a soft centre of utter succulence!

The Beehive Handmade Chocolate Brownies ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Handmade Chocolate Brownies ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive handmade scones ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Handmade Scones ©gavinfreeborn

Their macaroons and christmas mince pies look so enticing too…

The Beehive Macaroons ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Macaroons ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Christmas Mince Pies ©gavinfreeborn

The Beehive Christmas Mince Pies ©gavinfreeborn

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Top 30 Freeborn Portraits of Halloween 2014 in Brixton, London

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Sorcery and black magic were cast all over the world last night. It proved to be an excellent night to explore with my Canon 7D, 50mm 1.4F lens and 580EXII Speedlite flash. Thanks to everyone who was truly #Freeborn and expressed their wonderful creativity!

These are the top 30 Freeborn portraits from adventures through the streets of Brixton, Market Row, Brixton Village Market and Effra Social Club with The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band performing downstairs whilst The Artful Badger performed incantations above in the haunted upstairs flats…the weekend isn’t over yet…and wherever you are in the world…be sure to enjoy the fun that is…Halloween!

Pearl outside the Ritzy, Brixton, London

Pearl looking Groovy Outside The Ritzy cinema

Effra Social Crew

Effra Social Club Crew

Chef @Carioca Brazilian Restaurant, Brixton Market Row

Chef @ Carioca Brazilian Restaurant, Brixton Market Row

Brazilian Waitress at Carioca Brazilian Restaurant in Brixton Village Market

Brazilian Waitress at Carioca Brazilian Restaurant in Brixton Market Row

Monster @El Rancho De Lalo Colombian Restaurant, Brixton Village Market

Nosferatu @El Rancho De Lalo Colombian Restaurant, Brixton Village Market

Zombie Chef from Romania, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Chef from Romania, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Girl @ Effra Social Club

Zombie Girl @ Effra Social Club

James Burgess, Lead Singer of Awesome... "The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band" @ Effra Social Club

James Burgess, Lead Singer of The Awesome… “The Crumps Cramps Tribute Band” @ Effra Social Club

Irene, Franco Manca Staff at London's Best Pizza Place, Brixton Market Row

Irene, Franco Manca Staff at London’s Best Pizza Place, Brixton Market Row

The Joker Dining @ KaoSarn Thai Cafe, Brixton Village Market

The Joker Dining @ KaoSarn Thai Cafe, Brixton Village Market

Monster French Family in Brixton Village Market

Monster & Zombie Family in Brixton Village Market

Zombie Man in Brixton Village Market

Zombie Man in Brixton Village Market

Happy Dumplings Waitress, Brixton Market Row

Happy Dumplings Waitress, Brixton Market Row

Rosie sparkling on Windrush Square, Brixton

Rosie sparkling magically on Windrush Square, Brixton

Elieser @ Sensala Creperie in Brixton Village Market

Elieser @ Senzala Creperie in Brixton Village Market

Italian Zombie Girl Angela, Staff at Chill Box, Brixton Market Row

Italian Zombie Girl Angela, Staff at Chill Box, Brixton Market Row

Zombie Nurse AKA Jazz Musician Rachel D'Arcy on Windrush Square

Zombie Nurse AKA Jazz Singer Rachel D’Arcy on Windrush Square

City Fox on Windrush Square

Nocturnal City Fox Elliott on Windrush Square

Doll Face & Goth on Effra Road

Doll Face & Goth on Effra Road

Rock Glitter Boys Rich & Dodd on Effra Road

Rock Glitter Boys Rich & Dodd on Effra Road

Ella The Pencil Girl on Effra Road

Ella The Pencil Girl on Effra Road

Aaron & Theo The Box Boys on Effra Road

Aaron & Theo The Box Boys on Effra Road

A Unicorn called Amelia on Brixton Hill

A Unicorn called Amelia on Brixton Hill

Effra Social Club Crew

Effra Social Club Crew

Bianca Being Blindfolded For The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bianca Being Blindfolded For The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Dan Hernandez of Artful Badger Who Made Magic Happen @ Effra Social Club

Dan Hernandez of Artful Badger Making Magic Happen @ Effra Social Club

Bianca's Pure Ecstasy During The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bianca’s Pure Ecstasy During The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club

Bar Manager Rob Being Led Away For The Artful Badger's Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club he runs

Bar Manager Rob Being Led Away For The Artful Badger’s Magical Ritualistic Performance @ Effra Social Club he runs

Effra Social Club Modelled By Bianca

Effra Social Club Logo Modelled By Bianca

Josh

Josh (Joshua), is Don’s unofficially adopted son. They were brought together through the world’s kinder forces when Josh was around 14yrs old. Don was working in the social arena and wanted Josh to have the best chance in life. I have to admit that anyone coming into contact with Donald Clark will most likely end up with a better chance in life…because he’s an inspirational man! If you are ever near Sydney please don’t be shy to ask me for Don’s contact details and he will gladly have a Chai with you and his dog Cobber (and whomever might be staying with him from Couchsurfing at the time).

It took a few days for me to get to know Josh a little. He’s not the most talkative at first but as soon as we understood each other I was very pleased we got on well. As a portrait photographer I am always very sensitive to people’s different characteristics. Some people want their photo taken, others don’t and then there are some who just take a little time to gain their trust. I’m glad I had the time to gain Josh’s trust as I was and am very interested in his cultural and heritage.

I took this photo that evening when he came home from work and the kitchen was full with Don cooking, Sambath taking film footage, Sam Brown sitting with us and me as usual with camera in hand. For those of you who don’t know the tattoo on Josh’s arm is the Aboriginal Flag. I had to be a little cheeky to ask him if I could photograph it when I noticed it peeking out from under his t-shirt…but that sensitive audaciousness of mine worked out well…resulting in one of my favourite portraits from my time in Sydney. By the way the rabbit behind is from the rugby football team Sydney Rabbitohs.

Thanks for sharing your home with me brother Josh 🙂