During the summer, Aramco World Magazine commissioned me to cover the bi-annual Shubbak Festival, which happens over a two week period in London and celebrates contemporary Arab culture. I visited a number of locations and met a variety of very talented musicians from the Middle East and North Africa. Here is Tarek Yamani, a composer and pianist who I photographed in Russell Square.
I recently visited Northern Ireland to photograph the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and the UK's leading female surfer, Lucy Campbell. Land Rover had commissioned Skunkworks, who are based in Coleraine, to make a surfboard from the fibre glass that is used in prototypes as part of the design process. Then Lucy took a Discovery Sport to Benone Beach and tested the board.
De Beers commissioned me to photograph some of their staff members in a way that illustrates their hobbies and passions for their 'Brilliance Has Many Facets' campaign. Here is Guy Eaglesfield, who, when not being a digital marketing manager, tends to his bees.
AMV BBDO commissioned me to photograph Benedict Cumberbatch for their client, Mercedes. The photographs appeared on social media to coincide with London Men's Fashion Week. Car Design News commissioned me to go to Gothenburg and Shanghai to document the people and the processes at Geely, a Chinese car manufacturer. The result was an 88 page magazine devoted entirely to the company to coincide with the recent Shanghai Car Show. And I recently spent a day photographing British Lion and England fly half and centre Owen Farrell who was asked to do a bleep test against a Land Rover Evoque.
Just published are my portraits of Volvo's chief designers to coincide with the launch of the new XC60, a star-scape shoot for Zoom Zoom Magazine in Tenerife, a new portrait in my series of artists in environments that inspire them, and an image taken at a recent funeral of a Hells Angel.
A day at the Morgan Motor Company for British Airways High Life, a day at Rockingham Speedway for Shortlist Magazine and continuing with my project on artists photographed in environments that inspire them.
Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs Manager for Sport Magazine
'Mauro doesn't really smile', were the words ringing in my ears as this smiling and charming man appeared for his photograph. Behind him is a very small part of the amazing training facilities that are the domain of top flight football teams.
Simon Jones, Cheesemaker for NFU Mutual
Simon makes a raw milk cheese called Lincolnshire Poacher which is delicious. NFU Mutual wanted to illustrate how they have and continue to help farmers like Simon and so I was commissioned to spend a day at his farm photographing him, and the process of cheesemaking.
Steve McPherson, Sculptor, Apple Bay
Another image from a personal project on artists in environments that inspire them. Steve is a sculptor but also an environmentalist and he gathers materials that get washed up in the bay to create beautiful pieces of art.
Here is the Queen of Denmark. Well, that's actually not entirely accurate, but Toni Arden, originally from Denmark, has been called that before by a number of people. Over a period of 30 years, Toni and her late husband Paul Arden, have been collecting and exhibiting photography. I was lucky to have two exhibitions at their gallery in Petworth and some of my images are in their collection. I photographed Toni recently for a celebration of a particular milestone that remains top secret!
I photographed Cass Pennant for a magazine that failed to materialise, but wanted to share the image I made of this unique man. For those of you who have not heard of him, Cass has had an interesting life to say the least. Originally known for his involvement with West Ham's Inner City Firm, he is now a film producer and writer, as well as being the subject of a film called Cass. A man who has learnt to deal with adversity, the street element of his character was a factor in the choice of the location that I found to photograph him in.
I have started to photograph artists in places that have been or remain inspiring to them. Painters, sculptors and photographers, whose work I admire. This is a long term project inspired by a commission I undertook last year, and Harry Cory-Wright, who I have known for a few years, is based along the north coast of Norfolk and has been photographing the area beautifully for many years.
You may remember Beth as part of a set of portraits I made of children with down syndrome. I entered this portrait into a completion run by The British Journal of Photography called 'Portrait of Britain' and was delighted to find out it had been selected. The portrait along with the other selrctions are being shown at JC Decaux sites around the UK this month, mainly in stations and shopping malls. Well done Beth!
A couple of months ago I was asked by Sport Magazine to photograph Harry Kane in a hotel in North London. At the time it was all a bit top secret as the new England kit had yet to be launched, so there was quite a bit of security about and I had to sign lots and lots of bits of paper. The pictures were published this month to coincide with the beginning of the 2016 European Championships.
Published this month was a shoot with Lizzie Armitstead for Sport Magazine, and a series of images for Harlequins Rugby Club to celebrate being in existence for 150 years.
Some of you may know that I have been photographing circus performers for a long time and that I continue to do so. When I started photographing these performers I did it on my Hasselblad and so for reasons of continuity and style, I still use this fifty nine year old camera!
Land Rovers customer magazine 'One Life' asked me to photograph Sir Paul Smith in conjunction with the reveal of the Defender that Sir Paul had designed. I also visited the flagship store in Albemarle Street in Mayfair and photographed design elements of the store. The motif on the cast iron exterior and carried through to the interior, and then seen on some of the items in the store (like the wallets seen here) is apparently inspired by a number of foundries that used to be based in Albemarle Street, where they made everything from lampposts to manhole covers.
A new magazine has just been published to coincide with the launch of Volvos new S90. I spent some time in Sweden photographing the key designers involved with the car.
Here is Beth, who I photographed, along with 49 others, for a (local to me) charity called PSDS. The charity supports families who have children with Down Syndrome. They are celebrating their ten year anniversary and asked me to make portraits of the kids for an exhibition that opened on 21st March, which also happened to be World Down Syndrome Day. The exhibition was on for a week at Denbies in Dorking. Please visit my portraits album to see a few more shots of these amazing kids.
This was shot in Sweden to illustrate a connection between nature and technology. The landscape of rock, ferns and birch tees is common in this part of the world. I shot this at dusk, and so the added light became the hero of the picture. I didn't want to look at this as something to be created using multiple frames, so I approached this as a 'in camera' shot. Getting the turns and the starbursts and the angle absolutely right was time consuming, but I think worth it. I must pay credit to my assistant for running around on this rocky terrain, in near darkness, with a torch, more times than he probably wanted to.
El Castillo, Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Built by the pre-Columbian Mayan civilisation somewhere between the 9th and 12th century, El Castillo stands in the late sun. For a small fee, we were able to stay after the crowds had gone to photograph the temple.
Mr Parr, J&FJ Baker & Co.
This company, based in Devon, is the only oak bark tannery in the world. It has been on this site since Roman times. Mr Parr has been there since the 70's.
The Victoria & Albert Museum have recently reopened The Europe 1600-1815 Galleries. I was asked by Berkeley Magazine to illustrate the renovated rooms and in particular how the museum has introduced a little of the 21st Century to the experience.
Dave Coplin is chief envisioning officer for Microsoft in the UK and spends much of his time thinking about how technology can be useful to society in the future, which may or may not involve looking out of the window a lot. Work Magazine decided to use this image as the opening DPS, and the same shot but with Dave turned around on the following spread.
Just published is the latest and more importantly, 400th issue of Shortlist Magazine. To celebrate this milestone, the magazine asked me to contribute to the 'The Greatest' featuring 15 men who have reached the very top of their chosen profession. Of the fifteen portraits that graced the cover of the issue, I photographed, Sir Michael Caine, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Cooper Clarke, Sir John Hurt, Joe Calzaghe and Sir Paul Smith at a variety of locations around London.
Car Magazine sent me to the headquarters of Mercedes F1 to shoot a behind the scenes story. Our host was Toto Wolff, the boss of the team, who showed the writer and I around. He is photographed here in front of quite a bit of titanium. Another area we visited was the paint shop (I'm not sure they call it that). It was like shooting inside a massive daylight corrected light box and felt like the set of a science fiction film.
PSDS is a charity that supports families with children that have Down Syndrome. They are celebrating their ten year anniversary next year and asked me to get involved with shooting portraits of the children for an exhibition that will be launched on 21.03.16. The title of the exhibition is 'This Is Me' and aims to illustrate the enjoyment that we all get from our hobbies and passions, whatever they may be. Here is Ella, who is a keen ballerina and she was one of fifty portraits I shot over two days. The exhibition will coincide not only with their anniversary but with World Down Syndrome Day. Please take a look at the PSDS website to have a look at what they do here.
I hope you had a good summer. My family and I visited a variety of places in the UK, the highlight of which was Northumberland. I also completed a number of commissions in the summer, and a few recent shoots have now been published. Toyotas 'this way' magazine commissioned me to photograph all that makes Newnham in Cambridge the best place to live in the UK (according to a recent poll). We spent a few days there soaking up the vibes and the sunshine, and it was a very nice place. &Beyond magazine sent me to three different parts of the country to photograph artists in landscapes that inspire them, of which one was Tai-Shan Schierenberg, who I photographed in North Norfolk.
July has been a really busy month, involving a great deal of travelling around the UK. Photographs from these commissions will appear in the next month or two, but in the meantime, here is some recently published work. I photographed Brie Rogers Lowery of change.org for Work Magazine and Rachel Riley for Stella Magazine. The poultry farmer is Charlie Keen, and I photographed her as well as nine other producers for a local company called Food Float who promote the idea of buying produce that has been grown locally.
I was commissioned to shoot the new Subaru Outback (and caravan) recently, and duly travelled to Snowdonia to find a location that emphasised the agility and power of the car. Having spent a day hunting for a location I found this great spot almost by accident. The weather on the two days I was there was difficult and totally unpredictable, but with the help great team we got there in the end.
I have a fondness for deserts, and have been lucky enough to photograph a few over recent years. The calm and quiet appeal to me. The sand in the cameras less so. I am currently putting together a portfolio of desert landscapes. Here is an area adjacent to Lake Mead in Nevada. Only an hour or so away from the slightly busier Las Vegas.