Category Archives: beauty

Cirque De La Quirk at the Isle of Wight Festival

The Midnight Bakery were asked to transfer their unique combination of hedonism and circus performance to the Bohemian Wood stage and area at the Isle of Wight Festival this year. They had the entirety of Saturday to enthral festival goers with performance, games, magic, music and a kissing booth. I was employed to get the shots. The stage was perfectly positioned in a wooded area between the two main stages and was a pull for the more boutique crowd looking to escape the more conventional side of the festival (ie watching Blur with a pint warm cider). These are a few images that I think capture the essence of it all.

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Many thanks to all the hard working people who created this high level freakiness.

Le Bayon product shoot

We had fun last week on this shoot, documenting the designs of Le Bayon – a theatrical costume designer.

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We shot a tonne of looks quite chaotically but got great results. These are just a few.

The Dance

Spring is close now

From darkness emerges the light

We dance the dance again

the dance. 2015, 5 x 4 digital file

Something new that I’ve been working on this week. I’ve been studying Matisse and thinking about the springtime and how we mark seasonal and astral transitions with dance. I’m aware that there’s a solar eclipse and a supermoon coinciding with the Spring equinox on Friday. How will that effect the way we dance?

(Thank you Laura – who is the fantastically accomplished dancer in my picture).

Cirque de la Quirk Portraits

Molly McQueen and Jackie Jibbles portraits

Molly McQueen and Jackie Jibbles portraits

I was asked to shoot portraits and document the performers at Cirque de la Quirk last Friday night. It’s the latest project from the delectable Molly McQueen, formally of noughties band The Faders. Her vision is to create a cabaret party brand that can traverse the festival circuit. There was definitely something of the festival atmosphere as the heady crowd (elaborately dressed in steam punk and burlesque couture) were bedazzled by magicians, dance-offs, hoop-girls and (yes of course) live DJ sets.

Wolfgang Guy Geuth portrait

Wolfgang Guy Geuth portrait

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Rob Voodoo portrait

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Party girls portrait

This fine event took place at the strangely named club/bar “The Stillery” in Camden Town. The word “stillery” is a fictional one and a bizarre name for a club space although arguably not quite at silly as its former name of “WKDs” which, in all fairness, really was a bit of a dive. (Remember being forced to go there due to the limited late night options for one last whiskey and coke?) What makes the name even more questionable is the fact that it suggests a distillation process has taken place on the premises at some point in its history. Given that it’s part of the monstrous Sainsbury’s development that opened in 1988 I can safely say that any notion that it was once a distillery is a self-perpetuated myth. Incidentally, the man responsible for this architectural blotch on the Camden landscape is Nicholas Grimshaw (the architect not the smug faced DJ) who I happen to know resides in the area. I hope he weeps each time he pops out for bread and milk…. *fade out rant, fade in thumping techno*

Silvia Ziranek portrait at OMNI relaunch party

Last night I was filming a performance based art-piece by Silia Ziranek for OMNI prints at their launch party of their funky new premises in London Bridge. At the after party (and after several nuclear strength Whisky Macs) I asked Silvia if I could take her portrait and was pretty pleased with the result, especially given the lateness of the hour.

Silia Ziranek portrait

Silia Ziranek portrait

Congrats to OMNI for the opening of their new arch space which looked fantastic and thanks for all the incredible food and non-stop cocktails, although consequentially today has been a bit of a fuzzy Friday (“..for whatever one sows, that will he also reap”. Galatians 6:7).
I’ve been asked to do some interior shots of their new space so watch this space. Find out more about OMNI HERE and more about Silvia HERE

Asia House Fashion Mela

Asia House recently hosted a two day Fashion Parade at their grandiose HQ on New Cavendish Street. Despite being a media heavy event already, I was commissioned by the hosts to document the whole event allowing me unique backstage access as the in-house photographer – it’s always a good feeling to be the only AAA in the (media) sea. The two days celebrated designers from India and Pakistan and the impact of South Asian fashion on the West.

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adieu farewell auf wiedersehen goodbye

Little Red Riding Shoot

My friend the artist Sara le Roy used me for some pics recently that she will base her next painting on. Like a lot of her work she is planning a piece which is an oblique observation of a mainstream subject or character – in this case Red Riding Hood. Sara booked the model, dressed her and directed the shoot and the results were great. Not wanting to give away her painting, this photo is one that I composed.

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HI 5 2013!

From me and the latest member of my menagerie….

new years day photoshoot with my kitten

Camus Chameleon

This is my chameleon, Camus. She rocks (obviously). Funny story but I found her basking on the pavement of my local estate in Lambeth 6 weeks ago. Having had some chameleon experience from Morocco back in the day I felt confident to take in this stranger.
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camus portrait

The RSPCA man in the Patcham Reptile Shelter gave her a clean bill of health but pointed out two parellel scars on her head probably caused by claws. I suspect that local tabby I see with the swagger. Be warned kitty….

Spring beauty shoot

Earlier this week a couple of make up artists used me to photograph some of their signature looks for their lookbooks. It was a hot spring day and everybody loves the sunshine. This is my A+ edit…

The hair and make up artists were Sarah Linley and Karla Barchieri