Back in November I was asked to photograph the lighting designer Philip Oakley for the 2013 YCN annual. I was greeted at the door by his two Cocker-Spaniels, Jarvis and Joe, and immediately thought that they would have to be part of the shoot. Although I didn’t foresee Philip emerging in a dog onesie but it did make for a hilarious shoot. One for the portfolio I think. Many Thanks to Philip for being so welcoming and game for getting involved.
Here’s a couple of out takes from a recent shoot. The images were for design company YCN, for a blog documenting the students of LCC involvement in the YCN design awards. While I am on the subject, I have just got my hands on a copy of this years YCN awards annual, which contains my images. So I will be sure to be posting some of the images either on my blog or website. Eyes peeled people.
After being fairly good at blogging in the latter part of last year, it looks like I may have had a slight slip up and again become totally crap at keeping up to date. So, more for sake of posting something in order to get this whole thing rolling again, here is a little bit of work I have been shooting for the Marylebone Journal. Its a portrait of local postman, Lee. The image was part of a feature about local lives in Marylebone. Evidently, Lee here, delivers to Boris Johnson. Lee’s brother delivers the post to Boris’ brother and… before that, Lee’s father used to deliver to Boris senior. So there you have it. Six degrees of separation isn’t such a lot. Or maybe they have all lived in the one house?
I love trawling through photographs from older projects. Sometimes, just sometimes, you hit upon an image that for some reason or another you edited out of an essay. But with renewed perspective, all of a sudden the image now fits and you question why you ever left it out in the first place.
Here is one from my work in Scotland that I just found and really like.
A little bit of published work from a feature I shot at Foxes Brollies for the Weather Magazine. The feature is about the British company ‘Fox Umbrellas’ who are one of only a handful of companies making umbrellas by hand in the world. Their main market is in the East where the Umbrellas have a huge reputation for excellent quality and endurance but they can be found in British stockists at luxury stores. The feature concerns how the weather can affect sales patterns and also the process of making an umbrella. As a weather obsessed Nation and one that is constantly being rained on it was really interesting to see the process of how our much loved ‘Brolly’ is made. Ironically it was the hottest day of the year on our visit so I didn’t get to test drive any of Foxes famous brollies!
This was one of my favourite pieces to work on. The family who own the company, have done for many years, and were very welcoming. They afforded us much time and space as we needed. Words are by Clare Finney. Design by Mike Turner- Em-project.com.
You can find their products and stockists here - http://www.foxumbrellas.com/
Last week I was asked to cover a little feature for ‘Lost in London’ magazine. Lost in London are, in the words of editors Lucy Scott and Tina Smith, uncovering ‘a world of peace, wildlife and nature within the nooks and crannies of the city’s hustle and bustle’. The magazine is beautifully laid out and designed, so I had no hesitation in cancelling my Sunday roast to go muddling down to a nature reserve in Gunnersbury, where I had been asked to meet a group of local volunteers who were coppicing the trees of the reserve. (You’ll have to read the feature to understand the interesting ins and outs of coppicing and why its so important for the local tree population). After almost getting felled by a felling tree, I set about making some images of the volunteers hard at work. Here are a few of the images that weren’t used:
P.s- The feature is out in a week or so. Be sure to pick up a copy! For a list of stockists see- http://www.lostinlondonmagazine.com/
I was just browsing the Brighton Photography Festival website and I found this page (below). I will be exhibiting some work from my long term project ’Time of the Tide’, which documents Britain’s eroding coast and the communities that reside in the effected areas. The exhibition space is a lovely little cafe called Taylor St Baristas on Queens rd. The cafe is situated at the very top of Queens rd, which runs from the train station down to the sea. The work will be displayed in the windows so you can’t miss it on your walk down into town. My show runs from the 2nd-10th November and prints will be on sale at the cafe or via my website.
6 other artists will also be exhibiting at Taylor St Baristas during the month long festival. Their names are shown below on our group exhibition poster:
Earlier in the year I won the young photographer award (yes, I am still milking it) from one of my all time favourite publications ‘The Times Eureka magazine’. The magazine is packed with amazing photography and has commissioned photo-stories some of my photography heros such as Simon Norfolk and Zed Nelson. So, as you can imagine, I was very excited when I discovered the prize for winning the award was my very own commission from the magazine. The commission was to photograph the inside living and working spaces of the Royal Navy’s brand new Type.45 Destroyer- HMS Dragon.The shoot was finally published on Thursday last week, in what I am sad to say will be the last ever edition of Eureka. Here are the tear-sheets (sorry about the awful scanning) and I hope to make a little section of all the images on my website in the next few days.Big thanks to everyone at Eureka and to the awesome crew of HMS- Dragon!
Thought I would share a couple of images with you from my latest project. I’ve been out documenting the world of amateur aero-physicists. These rocketeers build and develop their own missiles that propelled to height’s of up-to 16,000 feet. I am hoping to make this into a mid term project that explores the science behind amateur rocketry. I have a few shoots booked in for the coming month so I am sure to add these to my website at some point soon.
A bit of quiet before the storm this week. As next week I am working on some really interesting personal projects that I hope I will be able to update you with in the next few weeks. Also, a few interesting commission pieces should be published soon- Including my visit to an Umbrella factory, on one of the hottest days of the year, and some images I shot on my weekend with Sheffield Mountain Rescue Team. Both the stories are for theWeather magazine and will be out in September and November.
In the mean time I’ve been shooting a few portraits for various people- Here is one that I liked but didn’t make the final editors cut.