It’s not every day that you get to play around on an airforce base with military helicopters, so I could barely contain myself when the Daily Telegraph sent me to RAF Benson to photograph Sergeant Kate Willoughby and Squadron Leader Hazel Reed for it’s Careers in Aerospace supplement. If you’re a James Bond fan you might recognise this particular Merlin helicopter (don’t call it a chopper, that’s a faux pas in RAF circles) from the film Skyfall, and apart from dodging aircraft coming in to land as we shot on the runway, we had great fun producing some great images.
Assistant: Jake Hughes
Apart from taking photographs I also talk about it, and lead workshops too, so there’s plenty going on if you want to get involved.
Creative Portraiture for Beginners Workshop (Sunday 23rd June and Saturday 20th July)
Whether you use a Hasselblad or a cameraphone, a good photographer is good regardless of their equipment. On this day long course in the beautiful village of Eynsford, Kent I’ll be encouraging participants to emulate the grand masters of photography by using the two most important pieces of photographic equipment – imagination and a creative eye. You can be sure that Annie Liebovitz ‘s success isn’t down to which camera she uses, so I use this course to get attendees to look for the story in their pictures, to use light to create drama, and to turn everything from a casual sideways glance to an entirely constructed scene into an image that is no longer merely a likeness to one that is laden with meaning and creativity.
If you fancy getting involved in this, switch your fancy DSLR to auto, grab your point-and-shoot, and visit www.photographersworkshops.co.uk to book your place on the course.
Start Up Photo Talks and Dining Club
(Thursday 4th July)
If you’re already an accomplished photographer and would rather listen to me yabber on over dinner (audience participation is encouraged) then why not come along to Start Up? Think of it a bit like TED, where photographers give talks to other photographers about MAKING IT HAPPEN, over dinner in a lovely venue. I’ll be talking about losing your mojo, how waiting for inspiration to come to you achieves nothing and the only way to get those creative juices flowing is to get off your arse, drag yourself out of the rut and making the magic happen. It’s easier than you think!
I’ll be joined by mind-blowing portrait photographer Travis Hodges and the evening will be run and compered by Anton Artemenkov.
Tickets are going like hot cakes, so to guarantee yourself a place, book today at www.lotsoflittleideas.com.
For the Summer issue of Completely London Magazine, I was commissioned to produce a series of portraits based around guilty pleasures. Among others, I photographed former Top Gear motorcycle correspondent Steve Berry outside the world-famous biker cafe, The Ace Cafe, and swing-dance genius Simon Selman.
The magazine is out now in branches of Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward, so pick up a copy if you’re house hunting, or just passing by.
Beauty is born out of energy, brutality and strength. Just as diamonds are created through a thousand of years of pressure and immense force, the beauty of ballet comes from physical training, a crafted body comes from exercise and exertion, and the quest for grace and perfection is one of sweat, frustration and brutal commitment. Beauty is the child of energy.
Models: Jackie Le | Mariana Saturnino | John Beale | Terence CG | Carmel Dalby | Darron Gifty
Assistants: Miroslav Jesensky | Stefan Rossi
Location: 90 MainYard
I met with Badr Mukred to photograph him as part of a new occasional portrait series I’m working on that looks at exciting new artists making a name for themselves in the creative world. I was drawn to Badr’s work, which combines a classical style with a modern framing, because it reminded me of William Blake, who has inspired me a great deal.
I thoroughly recommend that you keep an eye on Badr, as you’ll be hearing his name a lot in the next few years.
He’s back. I didn’t think he’d been away.
It was great to see my Fashion Week Photographers project featured in the launch issue of subMISSION Magazine.
If you’re not familiar with the project, I went down to London Fashion Week at Somerset House, and rather than photographing the models, the catwalk shows and the fashion extremists, I photographed the photographers and documented what they were wearing (ie. what cameras they were using).
Check out the first issue of this fabulous magazine here.
Following on from my cover shoot for the launch issue of the fantastic SoukSouk magazine, I was asked to come back and shoot the cover for the May issue too. This month the theme was basil, so with the help of fantastic make-up artist Christiane Bazynski and model Gemma Huh, we were able to create some stunning images.
In case you missed the last issue of the magazine, SoukSouk is a service whereby you can subscribe to receive a monthly box full of ethically produced, green and organic cosmetics. Their aim is to encourage people to be more ethical in the products they choose (you can have luxury and still be green) and encourage the cosmetics industry to do the right thing by producing their products in the least harmful way possible. And I’m all for that.
Hair and Make-Up: Christiane Bazynski
Model: Gemma Huh
Part of my ongoing Welcome to Nowville project, shot near The Old Man, Coniston, UK.
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If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter films, then you’ll recognise Bonnie Wright as the actress who plays Ginny Weasley – the lucky Hogwarts alumni who goes on to marry Mr Potter. What you may not be aware of, though, is that she has put her name to a campaign called Live Below The Line which challenges people to feed themselves on £1 or less every day for a week, to highlight the difficulties faced by those living in poverty.
She was featured in today’s Metro newspaper, and I was commissioned to photograph the Life & Style section cover shot to accompany the story.
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