Friday, 10 November 2017

Explosions In The Night












                    








 




                 












 


Images shot on bonfire night 2017.

A beautiful night of hotdogs, laughter, kisses, hilariously oversized faux fur coats, burning flames and fireworks. 

This particular night (the way my family does it) has been a tradition for years. We go to my grandads, meet the rest of the family, have hotdogs, walk down and watch the bonfire being lit, chat among the crowd and wait for the fireworks. For the last couple of years though, I haven't been able to carry out the tradition myself, as there was always something in the way. This year though, there was nothing preventing me, and I was hell-bent on re-kindling the tradition after five years absence. 

Totally worth it. It was amazing.


 To see the firework images I shot the last time, in 2012, click HERE. (Warning: They're old)




Thursday, 14 September 2017

Youth






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Designer: Sarah Shepherd

Models: Leighton Wall / Vally Vand




Monday, 12 September 2016

Bless





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To see the video, CLICK HERE.

Model: Bala Piti


It had been a while since me and model Bala had done a shoot (see here), so we decided to throw something together. I took me a while to find inspiration for something new, but I then remembered some church shots I'd seen of Charlotte Abramow's years ago. I think they've been taken down since, but it prompted the memory that, since seeing those images, I'd always wanted to do a photoshoot in a church.

I packed a bunch of props before leaving the house (skull candle, veil, dagger-style letter opener, snake bangle, illustrative book on astrology) and left to meet the model at the location.

I have to say, it was definitely the quietest shoot I've ever done. Obviously, the venue called for quiet reflection, and we respected this and the people walking round. But because of this, we ended up whispering and having to make signals and gestures to one another 

There were some points where I wanted poses that were of a more religious value - for example, I took the veil and whispered for the model to wear it like the madonna. As we were being very careful not to cause offense (I myself am agnostic, but my grandfather was a bishop, so I have a great respect for the church and those who follow it) the model very carefully moved the veil around, pulling it completely over her head, then winding it around, then pulling it back, etc. Through these slight gestures, she ended up briefly moving in to the madonna pose, and I quickly took the shot before she moved on. 


See below, the mood-board created for the shoot. 
I believe the far right and far left images are Abramow's.



Monday, 8 August 2016

Darkened Valley


































Have just arrived back from being in the countryside for a week. Naturally, I took the camera and ended up taking pictures in a forest during a very misty, gray day. Here are the results!

This post is named after a particular piano piece by John Ireland that my dad used to play when I was little. It's always been a favourite of mine. Listen.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Dig For Victory Show 2016

















I was invited to photograph the DFV show last year, and had such a fab time that I was eager to catch it again this year! If you love everything vintage and retro, nothing is better than this event! Stalls of vintage clothing, war guns, vintage books, cars, tractors, army vehicles, army demonstrations, 1930s music performed live, dancing, WW2 tent pitching, hair styling and makeup, etc. As well as this, most of the people at the event dress up in clothing from the era! 

It's an amazing two days full of stuff for everyone -  Watch out for next years show!



Thursday, 31 March 2016

Alien Landscape












Here are some shots from my most recent personal work, Alien Landscape. To view all, CLICK HERE!

I recently went down to Devon for the weekend, and visited all our family's old beach haunts. Now, I've been to these beaches millions of times in my life - ever since I was very little - and have taken millions of photographs. I know them like the back of my hand. However, this time was different. I saw them differently. Recently, I've been getting into abstract and alien styles of work, such as artists like Filip HodasAlison Johnson and Slime Sunday. It was through the influence of these artists, (plus an absolute love for the beautiful, yet warped and experimental music of Baths - Favourite songs are currently 'Heart' & 'Maximalist') that when I went to my past-time beaches, I began to see them as alien lands. I had Interstellar in mind, and imagined myself in another world, on another planet, and photographed the natural forms accordingly.  

From these images, my three planets were born: Cochineal, Cerulean & Concretion. Imagine, if you will, that the images are taken on other planets, the shots used as records for the unexplored worlds. 



Come to think of it, this particular series is like an updated version of the incredibly popular Natural Forms post I made years ago (to date it has had 23,920 views!). Beware when viewing though, the photography is very old!