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.
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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.
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).
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.
A recent commission from the Sunday Times Magazine, photographing student Sophie Pender in Bristol. Sophie has set up an advocacy group to represent students who have not arrived at Bristol University from Private Schools.
A day out photographing two young chaps on the Dorset Coast, learning to coastal forage with Scouting Magazine.
An interesting morning spent photographing Grant Harold former butler and member of the Royal Household of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales based at Highgrove House.
I've driven past the imposing steel works at Port Talbot hundreds of times whilst wondering exactly what goes on inside the post apocalyptic structures visible from the M4 motorway. I was lucky enough to photograph a job for the Welsh Government that took me inside the Hot Strip Mill, this is the part of the steel works where a 23cm thick slab of molten steel is transformed into sheets 2.5cm thick.
The steelworks is one of the most incredible places I've ever visited. It felt like an alien world, something out of the Ridley Scott movies. Scorching heat, plumes of steam and molten metal. A truly unusual place to photograph.
My portrait of the actor Alan Cummin. Photographed last month in Cheltenham.
Holly photographed at the Oasis Academy in Bristol. Part of a wider feature on artists in residence in UK schools.
I spent the day with the team at The Bristol Robotics Lab, photographing robots and the team for the Gatsby Foundation.
This is the very striking Ellie from Cardiff. Photographed for a feature on long term health issues.
Whilst setting up a portrait and testing the lights without an assistant, I captured this self portrait in a studio in Bristol. I'm not hugely interested in self portraiture especially when it includes myself, but I like this. I do spend a lot of time with my hand glued to my phone, the image illustrates reasonably accurately my day to day existence at the moment.
I spent a bright an sunny day in October in Plymouth with some of the University's students. We were tasked with photographing a selection of images in and around some of the independent businesses found in the city.
Whilst shooting some commercial photography at a skate park in the South West I bumped into Max skating another section of the park. The early evening light was streaming through the large church-like windows encasing the skate park and asking Max to sit for a portrait was too hard to resist.
This is Emily, pictured at her home in Salisbury. I photographed Emily for a magazine feature, profiling her as one of the winners of Price Harry's 'WellChild Awards', recognising the extraordinary courage of children who live with health challenges.
Aged eight Emily was diagnosed with an optical glioma – a rare type of cancerous brain tumour that grows in or around the optic nerve. The tumour and subsequent surgery means Emily has no more than the perception of light in her left eye and only ten per cent of sight in her right eye, leaving her with extreme tunnel vision. Despite the challenges Emily is a lively and incredibly positive person, a joy to meet and photograph.