I spent a long, hot, tiring, sweaty, ill-themed and emotionally draining 8 days travelling across Southern Ethiopia in October 2018 and it was all in aid of this. I can’t believe it’s finally here - PODO - the exhibition.
It opens this week on London’s South Bank at Gallery@Oxo (bottom of the Oxo tower) and is on from 24th April to 5th May. PLEASE come along if you are in town and passing through, I promise it will be worth it. Free entry, new work which I’m very proud of and you can only see in print until after the exhibition.
This is all for a very good cause and the whole project is about raising awareness of a terrifying skin disease called Podoconiosis. Find out more about the problem at my charity partner’s website: www.actiononpodo.com The aim of this work was to challenge the viewer through revealing the humanity within every sufferer of Podo - a disease which so often makes victims ‘unhuman’.
Watch this space for more news and updates but in the meantime, please come along and let me know what you think (nb. I won’t be there in person every day).
After the success of 2017’s advertising campaign for Radiocentre (nominated for a few awards!) we set about shooting the 2018/19 images to continue the brief and extend their photography library. I love working with this client as they know exactly what they want and fully entrust myself and my team to produce the shoot and deliver the final results…. just the right balance of hands off/hands on for my liking!
As with many advertising briefs, due to limitations of the final asset application and criteria for brand placement, copy space etc, this set of images was very specific. This is good and bad - good because we know what we’re aiming for and when we’ve got it we can move on - not so good because I hate being glued to a tripod (I’m much happier when I’m running around and rolling on the floor with my camera). We got to recreate some great lighting scenarios testing myself and my assistants, but the challenge makes it all the more satisfying when it comes off and the client leaves with a smile on their face!
It was great to be shooting for Comic Relief this year - I spent the day with Lenny Henry (again) as the story was being told about the incredible charity Fair Share. Everything was very fast-moving as is the case with most things TV and editorial. I always relish the challenge and Lenny is a formidable force to photograph.
Congrats to Comic Relief and the UK people for raising over £63m this year!
Some out takes from the VT that was being filmed - I couldn’t resist shooting his hands, they seem to be able to say a lot.
Proud to have been recognised by the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Production Paradise this year - having been shortlisted in two categories: People & Lifestyle and Travel, Documentary and Landscape. Big congrats to the winners, I was up against a lot of work and photographers I greatly admire!
This shot from my series ‘Skate NYC’ made it into the People & Lifestyle category. Shooting this image was super fun and risky at the same time. From memory, I was laid down on the sidewalk at the end of Wall Street in New York and Bobby Dash jumped right over us (and other passers by) and would stop just before hitting the road. We had to be quick, this is totally illegal in NYC, but those ‘run’n’gun’ shoots are always fun - especially with Bobby. Being a skater in New York means you’re always upsetting someone so pushing boundaries is natural. I love the moment, his hair, the silhouette and the unique light that Manhattan gives you. Nailing the focus was a pain!
The second image shortlisted was shot on assignment in rural Nepal in 2017. This was day one of an epic 10 day adventure into the deepest depths of the incredibly beautiful country - documenting stories for Tearfund. We just went straight into it, I was perched on the side of a mountain shooting someone else and I turned around to see this group of people simply sitting and watching these strange Westerners interrupting their simple lives. I saw the shot, the mix of people and the range of emotions: happiness, nervousness, shyness, mischief, but ultimately - content. I couldn’t resist it.
It seems an age ago that England was encased in football fever and football nearly came home…. so very nearly! In the heat of the moment (literally) I was shooting Coca Cola’s latest campaign for Western Europe. Lifestyle photography at a location house in North London which was largely art-directed and pre-scamped according to the many criteria that needed to be ticked off to comply with the brand guidelines for one of the world’s biggest brands.
Really thankful that Coca-Cola and the agency, Movement, entrusted the job to myself and as usual the whole crew worked tirelessly so get the very technical shoot completed in time (though I had to watch Tripier’s free kick go in whilst crossing Putney Bridge as I didn’t quite make it home in time for kick off!).
Chuffed with the results and it’s nice to see some of the final images animated in post production for the live billboards they’re going to be used on. Framing for 9:16 ratio whilst lighting and styling a Coke bottle to perfection, getting the models’ fingers in the ideal position along with styling the set and getting their reactions and emotions to fit the moment and the environment… one of the more challenging sides to life as an advertising photographer. But I love a good challenge!
Here are a few of the images and some moments caught behind the scenes.
Whilst exploring the amazing country of Thailand a few months ago I was looking to explore underwater as a new medium to photograph through. I went knowing roughly what I wanted to capture but at the same time, still had no idea - this is a happy place for me to be as a creative, the pressure’s off and it leaves a lot of room or creativity and experimentation.
Here is the series that followed - something a bit more abstract, a bit further away from my main work as an advertising photographer based in grey London!
I flew to Hamburg recently to combine some meetings along with surprising my wife (who was working there). I was really keen to make the most of this city that I love and have some fond memories of. With the help of Place Models, I managed to book the amazing Anna, Lilly and Theo for the afternoon to shoot some lifestyle photography out and about in Hamburg.
I loved hanging out with these guys and they helped me explore the city to a new level. I always find that working somewhere rather than just being a tourist helps you see it in a new light. That light included Reeperbhan-based Christmas markets with all sorts on offer (hand carved sex toys, strip clubs subtly existing between the currywurst and glüwine!)
Thank you to the One Eyeland Awards for selecting two of my images to be a finalist across three categories:
I have fond memories of producing both of these images and both were actually hugely challenging in their own way. The Lenny Henry portrait was a character/personality thing - he really didn’t want to be there and was only wanting to give me his famous ‘media smile’. I made it my mission to back him into a corner and catch him off guard enough to get a real moment from him - unguarded. The second image was tough because I was in a wetsuit holding a Phase One above the waterline of a freezing (and potentially lethally polluted) lake in the winter. Thankfully my subject, Chris was absolutely on form (without a wetsuit!)
Here is the latest commission for Birmingham City University shot on a very cold evening with a very willing model! Perched on the edge of a main road with wind and rain battering the equipment, we patiently waited for the desired twilight then sent the art director running around the brand new building to attempt to get all the lights on. It was very much a ‘whack-a-mole’ situation but post production sorted the rest out (along with the removal of the behind-schedule building works still very much in shot.
Great to see the shot up and about on billboards - love the type and copy too.