Sunday, 28 February 2016

Bristol Symphony Orchestra
















Introducing the brand new Bristol Symphony Orchestra!

I recently got commissioned to shoot with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, a brand new orchestra beginning to make its name in Bristol. The brief I was given for the shoot was for it to be fun, so we did all sorts of funny things from fencing with the conductor and current leader, to obscuring the players faces with the instruments, to a three musketeers shot and to violinists using their bows as swords and violins as shields! It was hilarious!

Not only are they a lovely, friendly bunch of people, but I've heard them rehearsing and it sounds fantastic!

Their first ever concert will be the High Sheriff, performed at Bristol's St George's on the 18th Of June 2016 - 7.30 pm. For more details on their other up-and-coming concerts, CLICK HERE or visit their website.




Friday, 19 February 2016

Holocaust Memorial





 






 






 




The Holocaust Memorial (or Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe, Berlin, Germany) was something that I'd been wanting to see for ages. I had no idea what an impact it would have though. There were no words to properly describe the way it made me feel, other than I found it awe inspiring and horrific. Spectacular and sickening. As I walked round, I had these mixed feelings of just... being absolutely amazed by the stunning architecture of the structure, and at the same time being terrified of getting lost in the towering concrete maze. It really hammered home the gravity of the holocaust, the amount of lives lost and the fear and confusion that those affected must have felt.

The museum below the structure was... amazing. It really was. Reading the information there, the whole span of the ghastly event over the years, the letters or quickly scribbled notes of those before they died, the whole families involved and who survived, what each concentration camp had been designed for... Just, heartbreaking. Really heartbreaking. I couldn't (and of course, no one else could) conceive how humans could have done this. How people were turned against just because of their faith. I mean, we still have these problems today, but not on such a colossal, all-at-once scale. I was left with a feeling of heaviness and sadness as the gravity of what happened properly sunk in. 

When you come out, you walk back up to the surface and immediately find yourself in the middle of the concreate maze. You feel nervous, belittled by the towering structures and completely lost as you try to find your way back out to the road. 

It is a beautiful and breathtaking way of conveying something through art and I strongly, strongly advise everyone to see it at some point in their lives!


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Berlin 2016





 










 






 





I'd always wanted to go to Germany, mainly because I studied the language at school and wanted to try my hand at conversing. Finally, two weeks ago, I got the chance to go to Berlin!

The trip flew by and mostly consisted of exhibitions, sightseeing and snow! Honestly I was greatly excited when I woke up one morning to find a blanket of white outside - never thought I'd see it again!

An anecdote - As part of our sightseeing adventure, me and a friend sought out the Berlin Victory Column. It was beautiful! But once there, we realised that in the middle of the roundabout where the column was, there was people! We wanted to go over there too and take photos, but with no crossings anywhere to be seen, we couldn't for the life of us work out how people had crossed the roundabout to get to the island! The roundabout was huge, dangerous and ridiculously treacherous to even try crossing. That being said, we couldn't see how else to get across, so we went for it. We almost got run over several times and beeped at many, found ourselves standing in a lane and had to dodge out of a taxi's way... It was stressful to say the least. 
Anyway, we managed to get to the island alive and began taking pictures. Whilst I was photographing though, my eye caught what looked like an underground passageway on the island floor. I wondered whether it was the entrance to a station, and then joked with my friend that the underground passage was actually how you were supposed to get across to the island. 

....Yeah, it turned out that this was actually the case.