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Linton Kwesi Johnson portrait

I had a bit of time at the Tricycle theatre to take this portrait before documenting an event with Linton Kwesi Johnson and Patience Agbabi who were sharing the poetry, prose and song that has inspired them throughout their lives.

LKJ portrait

LKJ portrait

It is a tricky number when you are a fan of your subjects work – especially when he starts the shoot saying “I hate photographers – we never get on”. To be honest that statement was a disappointment from a man so clearly aware of the dangers of generalisation within society, however, a degree of tension is not always bad between photographer and subject as I rose to his level of confrontation and ultimately engagement.

It was a night put on by English PEN. Below is an images from the performance.

 


Cuba Si!

I spent most of January beetling around Cuba on a mission to clear the old noggin, replenish my vitamin D levels, scuba dive, trek, drink rum, photograph my surroundings etc… you get the drift. I’m just sorting through my images and thought I would upload a little vignette of Havana life. This compilation is basically focuses on the crumbling grandeur of the architecture with a couple of others added in to give it a human element.

Havana architecture

Havana portraits

Havana architecture

Havana architecture

The wider selection can be seen on my Flickr site HERE

But otherwise I’ll be uploading occasional pics here on my blog. But don’t rush me or I’ll set the Castro boys on you

Whitelands College for Penguin Photography

I took this picture of the Whitelends College graduates and staff the other day for a company called Penguin Photography who specialise in top end formal set ups like this one. I used a couple of lights either side of me at different powers to fill in the shadow made by the sun coming in on the right. I thought I’d be able to momentarily leave the lights on their stands with umbrellas while I weighed them down, but that was a schoolboy error. As I finished putting up the second light the first one blew over. BOOM. I ran to its aid and the other blew over behind me. BOOM. Nobody likes feeling like the bastard love child of Laurel and Hardy but fortunately my blunder went unnoticed by anyone of consequence. I broke both the brollies but the lights are OK thanks for asking.

Whitelands College

The Developing City

One of my favourite subjects – London! But with an architectural slant….

NLA put on this exhibition as part of London Festival of Architecture and it opened to a 500 crowd in the colossal exhibiton space in the Walbrooke Building Ec4 london last night.

Their blurb is exactly this The Developing City Exhibition will look at how the physical environment of the City – its buildings, public spaces and culture have helped it to thrive as a major business centre. The Black Death, the Great Fire, the Blitz brought pestilence and destruction, yet the City survived and rebuilt itself. Today it faces major challenges as a result of the financial meltdown, the changing nature of financial institutions and drive for more sustainable buildings. How will these factors impact on the physical fabric of the City? What will it be like to work in the Square Mile in 2050?

I was commissioned to photograph a series of buildings for the present day section of the show – thats I how I spent my jubilee weekend! I also documented the completed install and grabbed a few snaps last night at the opening. As ever let’s let the images speak.

This Is London 2012!


Installed imagery

The Telegraph Building

This is one of the buildings I shot for the exhibition. It’s the old Telegraph Building on Fleet Street. You can just see where “Daily Telegraph” has been taken of the building along the top – the goth in me finds that a bit ghostly.

Admirers

Techno techno techno!

Mega models

The crowd are into it

The show was designed and installed by the fine folk at Pipers Modelmakers

It’s is still running until September but you can find out about opening hours HERE

Macmillan Fundraiser at MOS

When I was asked to shoot the all star line up of DJs in a VIP area in Ministry of Sound for a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser I leapt at the opportunity. The event was triggereed by Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson being diagnosed with lung cancer. This was a wake up call for the industry and everyone came out to support Paul and the cause. I’ll expand on this post later but here are a couple of pics that I like. Peace, love and utmost respect to everyone involved in this landmark occasion.

Paul "Trouble" Anderson

Norman Jay

Brandon Block

Danny Rampling with his sweetheart

Shamanic verses

portrait of the artist

Marcus Coates making perfect sence

Before you start with the compliments: I didn’t take this pic. Its by Nick David and its part of artist Marcus Coates’ shamanic investigation into the colossal process of demolition and reconstruction of the Elephant and Castle which is underway at the moment – specifically the Heygate Estate. It was commissioned and entirely produced by NOMAD. Its a moving piece; beautiful for many reasons and in many ways. Coates has taken the conventional “vision” for the area and reinterpreted it in shamanic terms. In the process he creates a magical and insightful parallel world.

It also has a fantastic space for its two week screening: they’ve acquired an old shop premises which is actually in the mall at the Elephant and Castle. Those of you who know the Elephant will probably the agree with my view that the mall is a bit of a wrong’un. Its imminent destruction now seems to have accelerated it’s dilapidation. NOMAD has constructed a cinema in the centre of the shop space which sits as a monolithic black box – a work of art in itself. The depressing truth is that the shop space was previously a pound store which went out of business because of the opening of the 98p store further down the mall.

The noise of the shopping mall blends nicely into the intriguing narrative as Coates spiritual quests infects the broad range of people he encounters. Its reassuring that everyone he meets were open minded to some frankly weird shit! Maybe it’s way Coates himself presents it. His quiet but unquestionable self-belief is immensely reassuring.

The whole experience is an example of contemporary London art at its finest. Including the prices (£5). If you miss this one you’ll miss out on a slice of history.

Its only on till the 29th April so get ‘em while they’re hot. You can read more about it on the NOMAD website… HERE

Avengers timelapse project

I’ve just finished shooting and editing together this timelapse video for Ocean Outdoor – an advertising company who specialise in large scale roadside installs like the one in my film. Ocean have used this film as a marketing tool for their client, Disney  (the producers of Avengers Assemble featured above) although there’s nothing Mickey Mouse about it.

Although I love the results of timelapse I prefer it when I can leave the camera on the tripod and go for a long lunch while it happily clicks away for a few hours – this is not advisable in Battersea so instead I babysat it for several boring cold hours. Furthermore I’m not sure how much i like my camera taking over 8000 shots in quick succession. It must be knackered and it has to go to work again on Monday! I also did some photography for them – or stills now that i’m big in the movie game.

 

 

 

It can also be seen on the Ocean Outdoor website… HERE

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