Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A day in the life of a fan - the Premier League


Ever been to a football match? It’s all about emotion. Loud chanting, passionate gestures and the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself.

I was asked to capture this feeling for the Premier League. It was Watford's last match of the season and their fans were feeling good. Ali fell in love with Watford many years ago and introduced his daughter Sana to it as soon as he could. They now travel to most matches together and sit in the singing section at the centre of the Watford supporters. We had the chance to follow them throughout their day.

It was a pleasure to work alongside Alex Wallace and co-direct the film with him. You can read the story on the Premier Leagues site here: LINK


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

AOP Awards 2016


My photograph of Nigel Farage will be exhibited in the Association Of Photographers awards exhibition. It’s a great honour to be featured amongst so much top talent from the UK.

You can find out more about my shoot with Mr Farage here: LINK

You can see the exhibition of the finalist in the Old Truman Brewery between 14-17 October 2016, more information here: LINK

Friday, 7 October 2016

Fight IPF campaign

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IPF is a condition that causes the progressive scarring of the lungs and seriously hinders those with it. However, patients can fight back against it to prolong and improve their lives. I was asked by Healthcircle to photograph a global campaign to get people affected by the condition to fight IPF.

A job like this is all about your team and it was wonderful working with some of the most talented people out there. Massive thanks to Wyatt Clarke and Jones for making it all come together and to everyone else for their hard work and creativity. I look forward to working with you guys again soon.

Creative Director: Nolan Willis
Casting: Sue Odell
Talent: Joanna Woodley, Ruth Galliers, Denis Gianni, Conrad Peters, Philip Ridout, Brandon Hardwood.
Styling and on-set production:
Digi-tech: Paul Blundell
Lighting Assistant: Gary Sobczyk

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Portrait of Nigel Farage to hang in the National Portrait Gallery - Taylor Wessing Prize


My portrait of Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip and a prominent Brexiteer will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize from 15 November 2016.

I could not be more thrilled to have my work selected and look forward to seeing the other entries.

The photo in question was commissioned by The Sunday Times Magazine and you can read about my breakfast with Nigel here. Thanks again to the Sunday Times team for the commission.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunny paddling with Martin Kemp and his car - the Sunday Times Magazine


The sun is beating down, I am standing in shorts and a t-shirt, but still dripping with sweat. It’s pretty hard to concentrate on my camera and lighting in this heat. Martin Kemp (of Spandau Ballet, Radio 2 and EastEnders fame) is sitting inside his Porsche air conditioning full blast. He is determined to be photographed in his suit, but it is the hottest day of the year, so we are going to have to be quick to avoid too many sweat marks. He darts out of his car when I give him a thumbs up and poses in front of it looking stylish and well kept. Thankfully photography is easy with him, he just looks good whatever he does… so the first location really doesn’t take long and back into the air conditioning he goes.

The next location feels much more summery, because I get to go paddling in the pools in front of the car. And there is a breeze - thank the god of wind, she sent a blessing to us. I throw off my shoes and jump into the pool. This is much more like it! I don’t feel like I will boil at any moment, and Martin and his car are looking amazing in front of me. Soon Martin is so into the shoot he takes of his shoes and we end up having a chat with our feet dangling in the water and the sun beating down on us.

Great to meet you sir, thanks for the fun shoot.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Ross Barkley and the team behind the player - The Premier League

Being successful in sport is not just an individual effort, there is so often a huge team behind individual success. The Premier League asked me to capture this story for them about Everton star Ross Barkley.

I met Ross in the Everton changing rooms on a busy day for him, it was the new kit day press day and there were photoshoots all over the place, Ross was being dragged from one photographer to the next so it was a good challenge getting him to relax in front of my lens. We got our five minutes with him before he was whisked off to his next appointment of the day. Once that whirlwind was over we headed off to a more relaxed afternoon at Finch Farm, the Everton academy. I had a great time exploring the place and capturing images of the people who help make the next generation of footballers. From the friendly lady at the front desk who is always eager to help fix a problem to the man who washes vast quantities of dirty football kits every day - everyone plays an essential role in nurturing talent. It was wonderful to be able to capture these people's portraits alongside that of one of the star footballers they helped develop.


Read Ross’s story and find out more about the academy here:

Friday, 22 July 2016

Good things comes to those who wait - and Carl for The Sunday Times Magazine


It was four days before Christmas, midday and I had just finished my last shoot of the year. Time to go to Devon to see my family for a well earned break.

My phone rings.
“Charlie, are you still in London?”
“Can you photograph this evening with his brother Carl?”

And so it was, no going to Devon for me on that day. And the waiting began. You see we didn’t know anything more at this point. Where would we be photographing them, when would we be meeting them or even if it was going to happen or not. We knew nothing really, but we had hope.

So I prepared for the shoot, got my gear together and positioned myself and my assistant in a cafe in central London. We waited hard by drinking coffee and talking about photography.

Finally we got some information: we would be photographing them at 8pm. It was 7pm… not much time. So we quick footed it with all my gear over to the hotel, and started harassing the poor lady in charge for a room to photograph Mr and his brother in. After some serious persuasion we got an amazing suite for out shoot, moved in and got set up just in time. The nerves started to kick in… What would he be like? Would he be friendly or not? How long would we get with him?

But you can’t be nervous forever and after an hour we still had no news of him, and no idea if he was actually going to turn up or not. So I prepared some more, did a few more test shots of my assistant and decided that everything was still ready, just like it had been an hour ago. Another hour passed...

Finally, at 11pm I had my moment. Will and Carl arrived, tired but prepared and stepped in front of my camera...