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.
A recent editorial photography commission in Bristol for the British Heart Foundation magazine.Read More
Alex & her son Henry photographed a couple of weeks ago. Last time I photographed Alex she was 9 months pregnant (with Henry) and I made her stand in a drenched nighty (pic here). Luckily she still talks to me.
My portraits of Sir Tim Smit the creator of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Both portraits were shot inside the Rainforest Biome. A truly fascinating place, complete with it's own insects crucial to the ecosystem, which include big bitey ants. Big bitey ants that Tim was keen to avoid whilst draped in the ferns above.
Three portraits shot for psychologies magazine early last month. The commission was shot across the South West of the country and called for warm, friendly and engaging portraits as the feature looked into the benefits of kindness in everyday life.
Shooting in three different locations on three different days - the trick was to try and get a similar feel across the images. Also making the photography look like it could be Spring time when it's the middle of a very cold winter. Creating portraits that appear to have been shot in a different season to the one you're shooting in is something you get used to doing when working for the monthly magazines.
My portrait of Syra (above) shot on a blisteringly cold day in Birmingham, also pictured with her partner Grace (below). You can just make out that the lake is frozen in the portrait below. Shot for Grazia UK.
Gylfi 'Ice Man' Sigurðsson: Icelandic and Swansea City midfielder photographed last month at the Liberty Stadium.
My portrait of author and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan, shot for the FT at her home in Somerset.Read More
Recent work for Siemans, photographed at their huge rail maintenance depot on the South coast.Read More
Magazine portrait commission in Bristol. Michael Odell photographed for the Times Weekend supplement.Read More
A recent collaboration with the fantastic team at Secret Music. Actor Demetris Christopolous photographed on a set in a secret location in East London. I can say no more except make sure you catch the next one.
In a slight departure from my usual subjects, I spent the day in a secret underground London bunker photographing some very cool new kit for Flipside Soundsystem. The unit above is a very large very striking sub-woofer, We didn't use smoke machines to get the effect, we just turned it on and it immediately started vaporising the cement it stood on.
Big thanks to CD Mr Redman for the Art Direction.
All The Years
Recent work for Grazia magazine, shot on a sunny afternoon at Dovecliffe Hall near Burton On Trent. A feature on best friends who've helped each other through difficult times.
I photographed two heavyweights of the science world on the same day this month. Firstly Professor Peter Higgs (above) who 48 years ago first predicted the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson, "probably the most sought-after particle in modern physics" (thanks Wiki). CERN famously announced on 4 July 2012 that they had (experimentally) established the existence of a Higgs-like boson. I remember seeing the footage of Professor Higgs overcome with emotion at the announcement, an announcement he'd never expected to see in his lifetime. I cannot imagine how that must feel. Dedicating your work and life to a theory that you thought you'd never see confirmed and then not only excitingly witnessing the development of the technology able to test it but to also have your theory proved correct. A historic milestone that may not be bettered in our lifetime.
Sadly my knowledge of particle physics doesn't exist, so I bought the conversation round to a more comfortable level. I asked Prof Higgs if he was aware of the Nick Cave song 'Higgs Boson Blues'. Turns out he knows of it through his musician son but he has never actually heard it. I toyed with the idea of pulling out my phone and playing it to him but decided against it, it's a lengthy song and I didn't have long.
The second scientist was Dr James Watson of Watson & Crick fame, who first discovered the structure of DNA but I'll save that portrait for another post. I feel immensely lucky to have met two of the key people who've shaped modern science and our understanding of the world around us.
Scanning through the archives whilst the servers backed-up I noticed this image from a test shoot with model Abi, shot late last year. It must have not grabbed me at the time but looking at it a second time I think it's a beautiful photograph, thought I'd share it here. It's interesting how my taste in images changes year on year. Often an annoyance with photography, it's subjectiveness.
Lord of the Manor
This is Tim Shorland, or Lord of the Manor of Redwick and Northwick and of Hempton and Patchwick to you and I. Tim bought manorial titles in both South Gloucestershire and close to his home in Westbury-on-Trym — for less than £10,000 in 1990. Tim's Manorial estate is 6000 acres large around the Bristol area, which is where I photographed him near Severn Beach for The Times this week.