Lynn Barber and her cat Tyger for the Sunday Times Magazine. True to Lynn’s warning the cat did not want to be photographed. We managed to get one appearance on set thanks to the cocaine like properties of Dreamies cat treats, but once Tyger had had her fill she then wouldn’t perform for us again – no treats, toys or cat herding would help.
‘Magnus, how would you feel if I put a rat on your head?’ I was asked to photograph personal trainer to the stars Magnus Lygdback for SvD Perfect Guide. He’s the man who gave Batman his biceps, Wonder Woman her wonder abs and turned Alicia Vikander into a Tomb Raider. Magnus self describes as a ‘gym rat’… and sometimes as a photographer you can’t help your brain coming up with ideas. Two days later I was in a cab with a space hopper, five bags of popcorn, and two live rats… Some people are up for collaborating and trying out ridiculous ideas and others aren’t – the former are a lot of fun. And you know, if you don’t ask you don’t get, which was how Magnus ended up with a rat on his head. Thank you to SvD for the commission and to Magnus for being awesome.
Portrait of Brixton is a new exhibition which celebrates Brixton’s community in a series of street portraits. From rushing commuters to reggae dancers, I stopped people for a moment on the street to capture the characters of the area. Grab a beer, enjoy the exhibition and indulge in some of London’s best street food. The exhibition is free to all and open until the end of September (9am-11pm everyday). Address: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
I met Jessie when I photographed her for the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits and she told me to give her a shout if I had any fun shoot ideas… That’s how I ended up in a photo studio throwing paint at her. It was an incredibly fun and very messy day. Thank you to Jessie for being up for a laugh and make-up artist Karen Wagner for all her help.
It was a pleasure to photograph Clare Balding and Alice Arnold for The Sunday Times Magazine. Thank you to Chiswick House for the stunning location and to Archie the dog for not eating all the scones.
I will be giving a talk at the Beyond the Lens: AOP Business Day on the relationship between personal projects and commercial commissions.. Please come along on the 10th September if you would like to find out more – it would be great to see you there. I always have a personal project on the go: from a collective portrait of British emigrants to capturing the spirit of his neighbourhood, it is through these projects that I experiment with different ways of creating images and telling stories. I believe that to get your dream commission you must first commission yourself. In doing so you can create an interesting and original body of work that appeals to those who hire photographers. I will be talking about how I create and fund my personal work using examples from my portfolio and will discuss how to promote a project to help secure meetings and...
It’s summer and sunny, so what better thing to do than to get into the water. I’ve spent most of my life jumping into any water that I see around me, so it’s only natural that I’d like to take my camera with me. That’s why I borrowed an underwater housing (thanks Jack) and headed to Devon to swim around with my Dad.
BRILLIANT NEWS ALERT I’m now represented by Germaine Walker. Germaine and the team have worked with global brands, household names and some sweet advertising agencies to create projects all over the world. With over 20 years of experience and countless campaigns behind them no brief is too big or too small. I can’t wait to make our first photos together. To say I’m excited is an understatement. www.germaine.co.uk [email protected] +44 (0)20 7697 8291
Who knew vegetarian sausages were far better for shooting out of a cannon than regular ones? Normally it’s me who turns up with the strange props to a shoot. My subjects, Peter and Lloyd of Foxdog Studios had it covered this time. IT consultants by day, interactive tech comedy duo by night – it was destined to be a weird and wonderful shoot. Thanks to Mary and Cindy for my first Wired commission.
What a wonderful evening on the BAFTA red carpet. Daisy Cooper really rocked that Swindon FC dress, and Martin Freeman tore up the dance floor. Plus I will savour the five seconds I spent with David Attenborough, I think he’s my hero. Thanks to Claire and Jordan for the commission, I look forward to shooting more with BAFTA in the future.