It was raining and a bit sombre today in London Bridge after the appalling attacks on Saturday night. But even in the dismal rain and wind a lot of Londoners were there for the minutes silence today. So sorry for the losses of innocent lives.
People in Paris walking to the right
Set myself a mini ten minute photo project on one of the days in Paris. I like a heartfelt, earnest photo project as much as the next person but sometimes a project is good to do just ‘because’. I’m convinced a lot of my very favourite photographs were taken for this very reason.
Back to Paris
Headed back to Paris at the end of last week on a shoot for Apple. Exciting to be part of it as they had effectively the same shoot going on in London, New York and San Fransisco on the same day. Apparently a New York photographer flew over to do the London bit and I got to go to Paris, tres bien!
After the recce I shot for a while on the way back to the hotel, lovely lovely lovely light and lovely lovely lovely tonal Parisians!
Behind the scenes – Nature Valley shoot
Just shot a campaign for Nature Valley which I hope to share soon. Lovely team from the agency and client, shooting actors for the most part and then a famous super good Tennis pro who didn’t seem too offended by my lack of Tennis knowledge.
Carrying on with the documentary photography around central London, here are a few recent shots. I’m slowly formulating a concept behind all of this but enjoying the process.
Got a new kids series going on at the moment, looking forward to sharing once I get chance to finish it! Meanwhile here’s a witch for you!
I was really into BMX as a teenager and I would have absolutely LOVED it if I could’ve lived anywhere near New Belgrade. It’s like a playground for BMX, miles upon miles of concrete brilliance!
Some behind the scenes shots
I’m not the best at making sure I get behind the scenes shots from shoots. With all of the gear that some photography requires I feel that shots of me shooting handheld with a reflector or scrim held by an assistant don’t really give the wow factor – maybe I should hire a load of other stuff, wind machines, cherry pickers with lights on etc?
Anyway, there’s been some lovely shoots lately and these shots show the VIP shoot in Belgrade as well as a great shoot for Airbnb in Paris and Rome that I am excited to show the images from as soon as I can.
I wanted to show this in-between age of 15-18 where you are kind of too young to know for sure if you’ll get in to bars and clubs, yet are way too old to be hanging out with your folks.
So I spent a day with these guys and girls taking my lead from them and trying to capture the energy of it all.
My experience of being this age was much the same only in the rain and cold of the north of England.
On the streets in London
Sometimes I love to just head out with a camera, throw myself into whatever is going on and see what I find.
Actually I find it almost like a sport at times, so fleeting are the moments! Fascinating bunch those humans!
Been going through images from a lovely shoot in Somerset, no models, not much of a plan, looking and waiting for moments to happen whilst strolling through the countryside, not a bad day all in all!
Roll up Roll up
I’m having a much needed clear out! Amazing how much stuff I’ve accumulated so a lot of the equipment is for sale elsewhere but thought I’d put the books up on here – email me if you’re interested, can get some postage prices sorted as well
So without further-a-do (and before I change my mind and go back to my hoarding ways), these are the first ones up for sale –
AMERICAN MUSIC – Annie Leibovitz – £22
AT WORK – Annie Leibovitz – £60
JUERGEN TELLER / MARC JACOBS ADVERTISING 1998-2009 – £150
FACE OF FASHION – NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY 1ST EDITION – £65
A PERIOD OF JUVENILE PROSPERITY – Mike Brodie – £40 new (still in cellophane)
JAZZ LIFE – William Claxton £30 (dust jacket has a few knocks)
ITS NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE IT’S & WHATEVER YOU THINK £5
Air Guitar Practice and other activities
Well, when you’re 6 and 8 years old why not, the music was T-Rex, apparently it’s the best.
Cancer Research Campaign
It was great to shoot this campaign for Cancer Research with Cancer survivors. Real people with real stories.
We shot this lovely campaign for Specsavers in sunny Brighton and thankfully the weather was on our side and the lights stayed mostly in their bags. Proper summer holiday feel and no animals were hurt in the process of making these ads.
Cheers to Sue Odell, Lisa Dredge, VUE, Amanda and all at Locate Productions, The Forge, as well as Mike, Aaron and Lisa from Specsavers.
VIP MOBILE KIDS SHOOT
More from the VIP shoot, here are some of the Kids shots. Got to say the language barrier was a little tricky given my almost total lack of Serbian (I think I’m one or two words short of not knowing any Serbian, terrible!) but through gestures and sheer willpower we got there.
VIP SUMMER SHOOT RECCE
I was over in Serbia again a couple of weeks ago to recce 42 locations in 3 days, including travelling right up to the Romanian border and finding remote islands on the Danube, should be a great shoot.
VIP 6 SHEETS
Spotted in Belgrade, excuse the terrible phone shots!
This year I have started a few personal projects. After making my feature film I really needed to dedicate some time to personal photography rather than the humongous task of making a film (trailer here), so it’s been fun, and hard in equal measures!
These three are from one of the projects on Tribute Acts, an interesting world to say the least! More to come soon.
I know I grew up in a small West Yorkshire village but I am a New Yorker at heart. I think it was watching all those Woody Allen films in my teens that started it, and then Hip Hop was born there and not in Wakefield so that sealed it