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Just a quick update this time…. currently planning some exciting work related adventures and possible collaborations. In the meantime here is the cover of Fashion Forward Magazine that I shot.
The magazine is primarily print and aims to promote talent and creativity within the fashion world. A digital version can be accessed here: http://issuu.com/fashionforward
I’ve shot several promo’s for The Smoking Hearts, and always enjoyed it, so I was more than happy to accept the commission of shooting the cover for their latest record.
I might be a little biased about this record, as I was one of the people drafted in to record the gang vocal parts on the song ‘sinking ships’, either way I recommend you check it out. The band’s press release sums it up pretty well….
“Graceful is definitely not a word to describe THE SMOKING HEARTS. Their live Shows have seen guitars smashed and drum kits sprawled across stages and it is not uncommon to find half the band playing in the crowd while singer Ben Mills is in the back of the venue, on the bar or hanging from the rafters, all while coercing the crowd into joining the party.”
The band also worked on a limited edition hot sauce as part of the launch campaign… and reading the ingredients list alone terrifies me as to the potency of it’s contents! We will be trying it out soon with some home cooking, with me taking a certain amount of pride in the knowledge that this is my first food product label commission ;)
To find out more about the band, and the hot hot hot sauce…… http://www.smokinghearts.com/
Recently I was asked to shoot the new colleciton by ANA // Anna Kostina, below are my fave four images from the shoot (click to see larger images).
Clothing : ANA // Anna Kostina
MUA : Victoria Gugenheim
Model : Leva Kuzmickaite & Victoria Sivco
Anna Kostina is an avant-garde costume and fashion designer based in London. Since 2007 she designs costumes for performance under her label ANA. Combining fashion/costume design and art stands in the focus of her work. The majority of her clients are seeking bespoke one-off pieces to use with their teams of performers, dancers and other artists. According to the concept ANA designs artistically expressive costumes to achieve the desired effect of the performance. It is her goal to create a fantasy world and take the audience on an unforgettable journey.
This is one of my favourite shots from the portrait session I had with Conor Maynard, as it’s a different angle to the way he is usually captured by photographers. It’s good to see Shout magazine going for something different.
The majority of my personal work involves performance artists or fine artists. Not just do I enjoy the process of working with these artists on our collaborations, but I also find it helps keep my work and ideas fresh by balancing out my editorial and commercial briefs. Previous collaborations have been with Catlin guide endorsed Leah Capaldi and the world renowned artist Franko B to name a few. In January I worked with newcomer MKLK on a documentation entitled ‘Abject Fragment Devine‘. Below is the artist’s synopsis of the piece.
” Abject Fragment Devine gravitates around modesty, and the social-political constricts within femininity; through exploring the institution of womanhood, and visually questioning culturally prescribed behaviours around the visibly feminine (and its veil of promiscuity). I aim to penetrate patriarchy, whilst filtering and reconceptualising the marriage between seclusion and subordination of women within today’s contemporary society. ”
Below are the primary images from the series….
It’s always nice to hear from people you’ve worked with, even more so when they are emailing you to tell you that the clothing collection you shot for them has caught the eye of the fashion world. In this case Amy Currie, the designer behind the Deetz clothing collection, has had her range picked up by Harvey Nichols‘ and it has just been featured on Vogue.co.uk
In 2012 Amy and I collaborated to create her first collection’s look-book; with me shooting the model and her producing the illustrations to overlay the studio images. You can read more about this in my earlier blog post here. So there was an extra little bit of excitement at seeing the look-book images reproduced in a gallery on Vogue. Hopefully this is just a sign of things to come for Amy and Deetz.
To see the article in full from Vogue.co.uk click here.
It is traditional to do an end-of-year round up about now, but before that I’m going to wish you all the best of a new year ! I have a feeling 2013 is the year that a lot of us are going to see the fruits of our labours, and go on some really cool adventures.
So here goes my round up of some of the highlights of 2012…..
In January, Kreepsville 666 clothing licensed their brand to a Japanese producer and a whole new (Asia market only) series of skate-boarding influenced clothing and accessories were made. I was hired to shoot the maketing material for it, ranging from posters to magazine adverts. Below are a couple of the shots (little did I know at the time, that 4 months later I would be in Japan and meeting the company owners).
I also worked with Emile Sande when she headlined the KOKO as part of an MTV showcase….
The fabulous Rachel Khoo graced our TV screens for the first time on ‘The little Parisian kitchen’ ; Not just was our shoot a breeze, she cooked me breakfast as part of it !
I shoot the 2012 Look-book for the launch of Deetz Clothing (a colaboration between two sisters, one of who works for Vogue). Even though they only put their first collection out last year, Harvey Nichols has already snapped hem up for 2013′s range.
I ended up taking a last minute trip to Japan to shoot Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival…….
And some fashion work, that took me in a new visual-stylistic direction….
I was lucky enough to be flown to italy to shoot this wedding…..
I also got to shoot The Gallows several times…. narrowly avoiding the breaking glass.
Being one of the first to shoot Connor Maynard after he signed to EMI (for a featuee for Glamour.com)
As I wrote this post I realised it was becoming a bit larger than I had intended, so here is a list of some of the other photography highlights of 2012 :
* Shooting stills for an Adidas Olympic 2012 tie-in video spot
* Documenting The Blitz Kids getting chased around a horrorcamp for Kerrang! Halloween special.
* Joining Camerapress.com for them to syndicate my archives of music and celebrity work.
* Shooting magazine promo’s for Bullet for my Valentine and Funeral for a Friend.
* Shooting for Prog magazine on the night the world was supposed to end (it didn’t , so I still had to file my contact sheets by the deadline).
* Waking up super early on Christmas Eve to shoot a fine-art collaboration with a performance artist friend of mine, back near my parents home, on the beach while she was in the sea, and not freezing to death!
2012, I’m going to miss you, but 2013, I welcome you with open arms !
and as they said on Bill and Ted… “Be excellent to each other”.
Easy Living and I were excited to invited to visit the Hertfordshire home and cookery school of renowned Michelin-starred chef, Jean Christophe Novelli for a shoot and impromptu lesson is cooking without oil. Ever since coming back from the shoot I’ve had a different attitude to cooking and really do recommend you spend a while on his website exploring the ideas he has.
Recently I was invited to photograph the legendary carnival / circus / club night that is Cirque du Soir, at their exclusive central London venue. The venue itself has a capacity for 500 people and boasts several stages, two indoor window displays for performers, an Alice in Wonderland staircase and a fully equipped DJ booth. The club also hosts an indoor funfair complete with tempting popcorn and candyfloss machines and interactive installations. Caricature and make-up artists join the revelations with automated photo-booths at hand to capture the excitement. As you can imagine, in an environment like this, the only photographers allowed in are the ones who know how to fit into the action, while remaining almost invisible and can happily work without a flash gun!
Cirque du Soir has been doing parties abroad since the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with events at the famed Vip Room offering worldwide exposure to the brand. This has been followed with parties and residencies in the finest clubs across the globe from Saint-Tropez to Miami, through to Moscow and Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, Monaco, Geneva, Zurich, Shanghai, Beirut, Munich, Cannes, Luxembourg, Milano, Courchevel, Megeve, Cairo, Oslo, Riga, Brussels and many other cities.
To see more of my images from the night click here.
The official Cirque du Soir can be found here.