A recent magazine commission took me to Aardman animations HQ in Bristol to photograph Peter Lord. Peter is a British animator, director and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, best known for its clay-animated films particularly those featuring plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit.
A few portraits from an ongoing long term project exploring peoples relationship with the hand written word. If you are interested in being part of the project and regularly still write by hand, please get in touch.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his very tasty Vegan Christmas dinner, cooked up at the River Cafe in Bristol.
Over the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to shoot behind the scenes with the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project on a number of occasions. The above is a small collection of my favourite images from these great commisisons, taken at their HQ in Avonmouth. The team and driver Wing Commander Andy Green recently took the car up to 200mph on a test run in Cornwall. The aim next year is to hit 600 mph, then 800 mph in 2019 with the final aim of 1000mph to be hit in 2020. An ambitious and exciting project to follow.
My portrait of Cliff Jones the lead singer with the 90's band Gay Dad. Cliff has written an interesting article on money and the music industry from the band members perspective. The gilded Louis XV lit de mariage bed Cliff is sat on in the portrait above is one of his 'fortune eating' extravagant purchases featured in the piece. Very nice it is too.
An image from the Craghoppers advertorial photographed back in the summer. Phoebe Smith is a British adventurer and author who's written a book on her 'Extreme Sleeps'. She's set up camp and slept on the UK's highest mountain peaks and inside a WWII bomber wreckage. I struggle to sleep well in a Travelodge, that's my idea of an attempt at an extreme sleep.
A recent portrait for the British Heart Foundation. The portrait above is of Katie who was born with several genetic issues with her heart. We spent the day shooting in Swansea where Katie is at University studying cardiac physiology.
An outtake from a recent commercial photo shoot for the Welsh Government. Shot in the Llanberis valley in Snowdonia.
A recent photography commission for British Land. Stalking the streets of Paddington shooting street portraiture with Westminster's best dressed.
As someone who actively avoids attention and favours blending in, I'm always fascinated by people's desire to stand out from the crowd through outward appearance. Fascinated and slightly envious.
A commisison to photograph portraits of The English Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix. Enjoying a pint at his favourite drinking establishment the Volunteer Inn in Lyme Regis as well as walking along 'The Cobb' (Harbour).
Tashi in the Shala | Portugal
The artist David Cranswick transforms earth, rocks, plants and bones into paints. I spent an afternoon with David at his beautiful studio secreted away at the top of a romantic crumbling tower within the ruins of the Cowdray Estate in the South Downs. The studio felt very renaissance in styling and the alchemy of creating his vibrant paints was fascinating. Burned Chicken bones for the colour black, I would never have guessed. Photographed for the magazine Artist And Illustrators
The nights are drawing in, Summer has left us. Living vicariously through imagery shot earlier in the year.
A recent portrait commission for the Guardian Weekend Magazine's Experience feature. Rich Clothier is a Somerset Dairy farmer who had his extremely valuable prize winning cheddar cheeses stolen from the prestigious cheese competition at the annual Yeovil festival. You can read the full article here. The above portrait was shot in between heavy downpours with a little bit of quick cow arrangement. The below image was shot at the Wyke Farms storage facility in Bruton.
Amy with her support dog Stanley the black Labrador. You are not allowed to play with Stanley when he has his working dog jacket on. He's pretty proud in his little blue jacket.
Guy and his very beautiful Collie dog Brave. This portrait was shot for the British Heart Foundation Magazine 'Heart Matters'. Guy was only 29 when he was diagnosed with a heart valve problem. He was fit and active, training as an amateur boxer when he started struggling with exhaustion and heart pain. Guy has written about his experience over on the BHF website.