Monthly Archives: February 2012

Heyereyah Portrait

Heyereyah Portrait

Reggae musician Heyereyah

I spent Saturday night with Heyereyah taking his portrait. We shot a few good portraits but I engage most with this one. I think it’s his air of openness without giving away too much. Intrige is key.

Heyereyah is a London born reggae musician although, as he points out, there are strong elements of folk and blues in his music too. What I had envisaged being a very simple set up ending up being a bit of a production but what’s new? Fortunately Heyereyah was delayed laying down some beats South London sides which gave me plenty of time to ponder the lighting. He timed his arrival to perfection and I even got a couple of tunes out of him – perhaps the benefit of photographing a musician straight from the recording studio?

Heyereyah plays with the Human Bridge Band. You can find out more about him and his music on his website www.hayereyah.com

Positivity all round

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BARD album launch at Woodburner, Old Vic Tunnels

Bard performs to adoring fan base

I was pleased to be asked to document BARD’s album launch at Woodburner last Friday. Its always a pleasure to be involved with the UK’s burgeoning folk movement as it cuts swathes through so much of the existing predictable music scenes. The crowd were unrestrained and riotous and the vaults under Waterloo Station rang loud with so much lyrical passion, musical excellence and general subversiveness that I now finally feel ok for never attending a Pogues gig.

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Kidnap Alice

Other acts that night included Coco Lovers and Kidnap Alice – both excellent too.

 

BARD’s album is called The Springtime Fool. Their website is www.wearebard.com What more can I say?

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David Lachapelle lecture at Robilant & Voena

Lachapelle deconstructing his portrait of Courtney Love

Lachapelle deconstructing his portrait of Courtney Love

I was lucky enough to get invited to hear David Lachapelle talk about his work earlier this week. The lecture, at Robilant & Voena Gallery in Mayfair, coincided with his exhibition of new work, “Earth Laughs in Flowers”. It was a fantastic opportunity to get inside the mind of a photographer who I’ve always admired. Not disimilar to hearing an intimate acoustic set from a favourite musician. His delivery was reassuringly strained yet his passion more than overcompensated his difficulties. He compared an artist being asked to talk about their work to asking an author to draw a picture to describe their book. I like that.

It was a media heavy event with several photographers and videographers tripping over themselves to document it. I sneaked a little pic with my G10 when he was talking about this shot he did of Courtney Love. This image blew my mind when I first saw it in 2007. It shows Courtney Love cradling a dead man who is pretty much identical to Curt Kobain. Its shot in style of Bellini’s depiction of Mary holding her dead son Jesus. It is a beautiful and simplistic modern take on ultimate loss and testament to his daring imagination and influence that a picture like this ever got taken. He mentioned his respect for Courtney Love for collaborating in this image but I say respect to him for coming up with the concept and having the balls to see it through. You can see the making of it on David Lachaelle’s website

As for his recent work being exhibited… it’s definitely worth a look. Surprisingly they are a series of still life images of flowers – but done distinctly in a Lachapelle style and blown up massive.

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Late night in Kings Cross…

I’ve just got in from photographing a scale model of the Kings Cross development. Its on display at Granary House in Kings Cross – Central St Martins new building in the heart of the new development which seems to be fully operational. Its been built and designed by Pipers Modelmakers Ltd and they commissioned me to take these images for their submission to Design Week Awards 2012.

I love the work that Pipers do – they are one of the biggest model makers in the country and their work is incredibly detailed and often on a massive scale. Increasingly they seem to be interactive like this one. You can see some more examples of their work on their website pipers.co.uk

Good luck Pipers!

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Pandemonia shoot

pandamonia portrait

You may have seen the conceptual artist, Pandemonia, at events around London? I’d seen her around and I felt that I needed to take her photograph but its not that simple – no one seems to know her real identity. She always arrives and leaves events in character (but you can contact her at www.pandemonia99.com). And that’s how she arrived and left the shoot last week leaving us intrigued about who it really was under the rubber shell. I got loads of images i like – these two are up there.

pandamonia portrait

Check out her blog if you want to see more pandemonia99.blogspot.com

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