Category Archives: reportage

Station to Station at The Barbican

I just filmed Pedro Reyes’ conversations at Station to Station at the Barbican for  The Lisson Gallery. South American artist, Reyes contucted a series of investigative conversations with a range of different spiritual leaders from Rastas to Shamans, over the course of a weekend and called it Spiritual Speed-date. This is Reyes with a Suffi Muslim and a Catholic Priest.

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Pedro Reyes with a Suffi Muslim and a Catholic Priest

Whilst there I wandered into Marcus Coates’ workshop area and took this portrait of him. I’ve enjoyed his artwork since I went to see his classic film…. CLICK HERE!

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Marcus Coates portrait

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And some of the others

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.

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*

Angkor Rouge

Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Its subsequent rapid decline has been hypothesised to be due to natural disasters such as disease (Bubonic Plague), earthquakes, inundations and drastic climate changes.

Angkor fell further into disrepair under the Khmer Rouge and for some years afterward organised thieves stole hundreds of priceless sculptures and carvings. Through use of antiquated techniques, filters and digital processing, I produced this series as an interpretation of that period of degradation while expressing wider insinuations to the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime as a whole.

 

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This series has also been published on flickr HERE along with a selection of my other travel photography.

Rushdie wins Pinter Prize 2014

Salman Rushdie Portrait

Salman Rushdie Portrait

I covered the Pinter Prize for English PEN recently and took this portrait of Rushdie – the winner. I wanted to portray the depth of his creative capacity and the darkness from his past. Shadow seemed the perfect metaphor for both.

Referendum Photo-essay for Newsweek

John Thompson Portrait

If you hurry you can still get the Referendum special edition of Newsweek magazine and get to see some of my photographs in hard copy. The photo-essay was based on the concept that a visual poll is the most interesting way to present opinion. The idea was to shine a beam, broader and brighter than just political opinion alone, that highlights everything from the environmental surroundings to the subtleties of the subjects’ body language and handwriting. I conducted the portraits over a week at the beginning of August this year striving to engage with as varied a group of Scots as possible in terms of class, location, age and employment. The picture above is my favourite of the set and is of my friend Jock Thompson from Roberton near Hawick in the Borders. He sees the prospect of Scottish independence as a transfer of powers to Europe – which is already a thorn in his side agriculturally (no pun intended).

Newsweek published 9 of these portraits over 6 pages to accompany the lead article of the edition. In case you missed it I scanned it and have posted them below. Also they exist as a gallery on the Newsweek website HERE