Last night was the Pancakes and Booze Art Show which I had three framed prints on the walls amongst a collection of other artists. The art on display was so diverse and epic, and oddly, I was the only photographer. I was expecting a few others, as when I came as a viewer to the show a few years ago there were at least half a dozen photographers.
My spot was perfect, as it got so busy that you could see them over peoples heads, and they just happened to be in eyeshot of the massive queue for pancakes.
I had Hannah with me to keep me calm, which she always does an awesome job of, and got a visit form a group of close friends, who I am always honoured to have around me. They keep me sane in this crazy world.
If you want to see the prints I had there in more detail, head to my Print Store where you can view and purchase them, along with the rest of my print stock.
Well, time to start researching what my next exhibition will be…
Two fashion trade shows in two days!! Today was Pure London with is lot more mainstream and a lot bigger. Pure is at the Olympia in Kensington and is pretty big to walk around, I got my 10K steps in for sure today.
I do enjoy trade shows, its a great opportunity to meet with current clients and look for new clients, discover brands and find out what everyone else is doing in their look books and editorial campaigns.
The menswear section at Pure is starting to grow, finally fashion is really starting to notice we like choice too.
Took a trip to London Edge today to see whats happening in the world of alternative clothing and where I can place items in my editorials. The show seems to be getting smaller, but I guess with the amount of alternative looking clothing in mainstream stores these days it kinda gets diluted. Still worth going though as there are always interesting people to meet.
You even get a glimpse of me in the last two seconds :p
A few weeks ago I popped along to Harlea‘s headline gig in London to catch a few portraits of her before she took to the stage. The venue was the Seabright Ams in Hackney, and the first thing I noticed was the piano in the corner, so instantly headed towards it, I had to move the connect four and monopoly off the top of it though :p
Head to Disorder‘s website to check out the interview, but here are the pics…
Last month (can’t believe January is already last month) I got to shoot the awesome model Mayse from Sapphires Model Management for a portfolio update.
I really love shooting portfolio updates as its a chance to try out a few new things, from lighting and camera setups right through to post processing. This shoot was great for that, especially as my workflow is evolving fast and I can get these images straight on my website rather than having to wait for publication.
I hope you like them.
If you are a model and fancy a portfolio update, feel free to drop me an email.
Back on a sunny afternoon in August I headed to The 100 Club on Oxford Street in London to photograph the awesome band, The Carnabys.
The 100 club is an iconic London music venue, and it was a dream to shoot in there, not for glamour, but for the grittiness of it, from the big ‘100’ signs that adorn the stage to the heavily graffiti covered dressing rooms filled with quotes and signatures for the thousands of legendary bands that have played the venue. And the walls covered in memorabilia and photographs kept me very occupied whilst waiting for the band to set up.
For lighting I had a pair of Profoto B2’s, but only one head came out of the bag. For the stage shot, I wanted to use as much of the rooms ambient and stage lighting as I could and just used the flash as a kick to light the band.
For the dressing room it was all flash, I gridded the head to get that spot look and just let the band be themselves, and just kept clicking. Once they were relaxed, direction becomes easy. The beauty of working with a band is how comfortable they are around each other, so getting personality across becomes a little simpler, but the offset is getting five people to all be doing something camera worthy at the same time. Blinking is the bane of your day for sure.
The Carnabys are an awesome band, with awesome values. They are prime supporters for the Music Venue Trust, and donated their entire albums profits to the cause, and played their launch event at the Roundhouse last year. The Music Venues Trust also do awesome work, we really do need to save places that promote musical culture, they are the whole reason why we have such legendary bands in this country… because they all had somewhere to play.
I love music, even since I was very very young and my mother brought me up on The Sweet and T Rex, and my father brought me up on Black Sabbath and The Who. It was no surprise I tried to be a Rockstar, but thats a story for another day. Being so attracted to music means I witnessed and appreciated a lot of styles… so Marilyn was no stranger to me when I got the call from Disorder Magazine to shoot a campaign.
But… how to you tell the story of such a long and turbulent life in a photograph? It’s was actually quite easy this time… as Marilyn was so open, once he got used to not being the only guy in the room rocking eyeliner, that it made my job really simple.
With Marilyn the personality just poured out, I guess all those years being in the 80’s club scene of London means you HAVE to stand out, else be left in the shadows (I know the scene wasn’t exactly the same, but when I think of any 80’s club scene, I think of the movie Party Monster, which is worth checking out, I love it)
Taking to the streets of East London with a Profoto B2 meant we could do what we wanted, where we wanted, with no compromise, and we could do it fast. It also helps to have a team around you, because man, this stuff is bulky to carry on your own, and on shoots like this, a stand in for the shots is essential. Whilst your main subject is having their outfit and makeup tweaked, you want to be set up and ready for them to step in, not faff about with the lights once they do. In the professional world, each of these people job titles, Lighting assistant, Digital tech, etc, but when you are starting out, even a mate to carry your bag will make your shoot twice as easy.
We used four streets, all within two minutes walk of each other. The beauty of the Liverpool Street and Spitalfields area is the diversity, each spot we shot in look like they could be worlds apart, but all tied together by the use of the lighting and the style choices.
More and more these days whilst I am shooting, there is also a video and an interview taking place. If I was to give one major piece of advice in this post, it is to not stop paying attention when you put your camera down and the video team pick up theirs. They will chose different angles, and will get different responses from your subject that you may not have thought of… watch and notice those moments… and then get those shots too.
There is always a tense moment when you get asked to shoot an outdoor editorial for publication, even more so when the month is November, as being based in the United Kingdom we are usually guaranteed rain. But… to our luck and surprise… on the day in question it looked like it could have been an August in Los Angeles. The sun had really come out to play. It wasn’t exactly warm, but it was definitely bright.
It was also the first commissioned shoot since I had bought my new Pixapro Powercore Location head. Bought for the fact it throws out 600w’s of power for 500 flashes per battery charge… which is handy, especially as the Profoto B2’s at only a third of the watts output, was struggling to take 200 shots before dying. Sometimes the value options are more versatile in this industry. Don’t get me wrong of course, I love profoto to death, it’s just when you are travelling with studio sized lighting on London Public transport, every gram and inch saved to carry is crucial.
However we didn’t stay outdoors all day, and after our stroll around Belgravia, we headed to an american diner on Kensington High Street called Roadster California for the hero shots. The restaurant was incredibly designed, and their burgers and sweet potato fries were awesome.
Here is the finished editorial, You can always find more of my published work on my tearsheet section, and make sure to bag yourself a copy of this in print if you see it in the store, as images always look better on a page.
Model: Samuel Bensoussan
Stylist/Art Director: Rebekah Roy
Grooming: Samantha Coles
Interview: Courtney Blackman
Publication: Candid Magazine
I thought I should probably mention that I will be showing three prints at the Pancake & Booze Art Show in London on February 17th 2017. Its £5 to get in the door, but you will be filled with free pancakes all night, and you can fill yourself with alcohol at the bar, and you can fill your eyes and brains with tons and tons of art… It’s not just me there, there will be hundreds of artists and photographers with canvases and prints and sculptures for you to look at and buy.
I would love if you could come, and tell your friends you are coming.
I have created a Facebook event page of my own HERE so i can keep track of you and the official Facebook event page is HERE. So add yourself as ‘attending’ and forward it to as many people you think would love it.
There are so many independent artists in the world, and they all deserve their place in the light… this is a great way to shine the light.