The Riverhill Photographer in Residence Project 2016


Riverhill Himalayan Gardens was very excited to introduce Manu Palomeque as the Photographer in Residence for the 2016 Season. During his residency Manu sought to capture the essence of Riverhill with his camera. His challenge was to record its pulse throughout the season. This photographic record was published monthly in Kent Life magazine.

During his resdency Manu lead a free photography workshop and he judged our ‘Kent Gardens Photography Competition’.

I was originally trained at Southend Art School in 1982 where I studied graphic design and specialised in photography. A bizarre life within the UK film industry led to me becoming a special-effects cameraman, working on numerous feature films and award-winning commercials. Following on from this I held positions within a whole variety of industry sectors including setting up and running many business ventures in the retail and financial sectors. During this time I trained in Business Coaching & Mentoring at the globally renowned training company, Coverdale, enabling personal development with Managing Directors and CEO of numerous London based companies.

Around 2004 I was fortunate enough to be able to resurrect my enthusiasm for editorial photography and developed my own photographic business. Most of my press and editorial work is distributed through London News Pictures and has appeared in numerous publications such as The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, the New Statesman and Hello! magazine. Alongside editorial photography, I have provided images for leading charities such as the Royal British Legion and Blind Veterans. 

I have also participated in numerous community-based commissions including:
Photographing 30 local “artists” for the Maidstone Creative project in Kent, which culminated in an exhibition at the Hazlitt Theatre’s Graham Clarke Gallery.
The photographic recording of The Lost Room arts project - a collaboration between FrancisKnight, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and the homeless charity Porchlight.
A 3-month expedition to Siberia sponsored by Land Rover and the Royal Geographical Society photographing the local communities and how they adapt to the extremes of winter. These images will form an exhibition to be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London later this year.

I also run a small film production company called Pepper Films Ltd where we produce high quality films using the latest in high definition equipment. We are experienced in delivering films for broadcast, the Internet, DVD or Blu-Ray. We pride ourselves on being able to maintain excellent levels of quality whilst working to tight deadlines. We have produced corporate videos for numerous clients such as Grant Thornton, Barclays, Aspinall Foundation, Kent County Council and numerous local business and educational institutions.

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