BAFTA asked me to photograph the recipients of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award – Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen. It was a freezing day when I arrived outside the Number 9 offices in central London, with a studio’s worth of equipment in tow. We were warmly welcomed into their building and promptly shown to a tiny room to set up our studio in. About half the room was currently taken up with a snarling taxidermy wolf, a prop from one of their films. So after sliding it out of the way to one side I had just enough room to squeeze a backdrop, hoist my octabox between the two ceiling lights and plug my camera into my laptop. We started off photographing outside in the nearly freezing temperatures – the backstreet their offices are in was just too atmospheric not to photograph in. After braving the cold for 10...
I love photographing at the British Academy Film Awards. From the glitz and glam of the red carpet to the early hour celebrations of the after party – it’s always a special evening recognising the best work of the year and meeting so many fascinating and talented people. Thanks so much to Claire and Jordan at BAFTA for inviting me along.
How do you make your Formula One friends jealous? You go to the McLaren Technology Centre for a shoot and send them pictures of all the ridiculously awesome cars there… I got commissioned by SvD Perfect Guide to photograph Carl Pei. He’s the computer guru and internet entrepreneur who founded OnePlus and is launching a new phone in collaboration with McLaren. A seriously smart and down-to-earth character – it was a pleasure photographing him. Thanks to SvD for the commission.
I was asked to photograph Anna Soubry MP and her daughter Roma for The Sunday Times Magazine. I met Anna not long after she had been shouted at and insulted by protesters on live TV, but that didn’t seem to affect her as she arrived in great spirits – laughing, dancing and messing about in front of my camera for the duration of the shoot. Somehow we also managed to have an in-depth discussion about Brexit and the future of Britain whilst all this was happening… Massive thanks to Anna and Roma for sharing their Sunday lunchtime with me and to Russ for the commission.
It’s not every day you get your cards read on a photoshoot. But I guess that’s to be expected when you’re asked to photograph two modern-day tarot readers for The Sunday Times Magazine. I know what you’re thinking. Weird witches trying to predict my future? No – it was fascinating. It felt like more of a therapy session and Fiona and Jennifer want to use the readings as a way of interviewing well-known people in an unconventional way. I think that’s pretty cool. I always like trying out new ideas and that’s exactly what I did on this shoot. Although I couldn’t help getting some props involved and we obviously made it rain tarot cards. Big thanks to Russ for the commission and to Fiona and Jennifer for being so collaborative and fun. Read the article here: LINK
How do you get people to think about the environment? You put giant pictures of their children up on their office walls of course. I photographed an internal campaign for M&C Saatchi that would make their staff think about the environment and the planet future generations will grow up on. We wanted to get all the emotions – and we were not disappointed. There were smiles, frowns, dribbles, joy, tantrums and tears. It was emotionally draining at times as nobody enjoys watching a baby cry, but we always had mum or dad on standby to jump in after a few seconds to comfort the kids. Massive thanks to all the families involved! What an incredible brief this was. Thanks to the team at M&C Saatchi for making it happen – Mimi Gray, Shaska Bain, Angelo An and Alan Jones.
Marquee Magic delves into the lives of the people who live and work at Zippos Circus with particular attention on ringmaster and budgie performer Norman Barrett MBE. A little over a year ago I was walking past the park one lunchtime when I saw the huge tents of Zippos sprawled across the green. Intrigued I went back that evening with my camera to create intimate portraits of the performers LINK. I discovered a group of dedicated and fascinating people. I wanted to delve deeper into their story. So I teamed up with filmmaker and friend Joe Morgan, and after weeks of storyboarding and planning we went back to capture the magic of the marquee. Jugglers, mothers, clowns, and fathers, from the children of trapeze artists to death defying bikers – find out what life is like in the circus. Featuring Norman Barrett, Lucio Mauro Zafalon, Emilion Delbosq, Rosey Delarue, Joanamarie...
Ever wanted to experience what it’s like recording at Abbey Road Studios? I went behind the scenes there recently with the talented composer Segun Akinola when he recorded the score for the new Doctor Who. Every single musician was a joy to listen to but there was one stand-out pinch yourself moment when Shahid Abbas Khan began to sing… everyone in the sound booth was left speechless by the beautiful sound coming out of this man. It was a pleasure to photograph, and even better to do it in the backdrop of this iconic studio. Thanks for having me Segun.
Join us for the launch of Let’s Talk at Exposure Gallery on 29th November from 6.30 – 8.30pm. The exhibition has been curated by The Photography Movement and is part of a series of exhibitions that promote the benefits of using photography to support mental wellbeing, as well as raising awareness and funds for charity partners. Address: 22-23 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8BU RSVP to [email protected] Can’t make it? Don’t worry – the exhibition is on until Thursday 13th December. Mon-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm.
It’s not every day you get to show the Dutch Royal Family your photography exhibition. The King and Queen were visiting Pop Brixton and I was asked to tell them about my project Portrait of Brixton. They were both genuinely fascinated and were keen to find out how I approached my subjects, the practicalities of photographing outside in British weather and were eager to find out about the characters I met. The exhibition is on display until the end of October and you can see the project here: LINK Many thanks to Frank Augstein for the photos.