Monday, 26 February 2018

Riaz Phillips for the Observer Food Magazine


I think I surprised the market stall owner when I asked him for four giant boxes of chillies. But I needed them to bury Riaz Phillips in...

After realising that no one had documented the characters and tastes of Caribbean food in the UK Riaz set out to do it himself. In the end he travelled all over the country, writing and photographing a beautiful book and then setting up his own publishing company to sell it.

Thankfully he was totally up for jumping into a box full of chillies. You rock Riaz.

To find out more about Riaz and the other people featured in this years Observer Food Monthly 50 head over here: LINK


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A night at the BAFTAs

I was lucky enough to have backstage access to the top party in film: the British Academy Film Awards 2018 - what a spectacular evening.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

BAFTA Breakthrough Brits - The Final Cut

Back in October I photographed the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for a second year running. It was great fun - full of energy, laughter and some seriously talented people. And this year I thought I would try two different set ups. It not only meant I could offer BAFTA a completely different set of images that they could use, but I also got to try out something new. Everyone's a winner.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

I’m talking at The Photographer’s Gallery as part of “Young, Gifted and Making It'

I have been invited to The Photographer's Gallery to talk all things photography and discuss how to make a career for yourself in the industry. Speaking alongside Mollie Rose and Mitch Payne we'll each be sharing our stories and giving some insights into how we've made our way in this industry.

Here's the blurb: "In recent times we have heard lots of negative comments about the future of photography as a career, and how difficult it is now to make it. However, there are young photographers out there full of positivity and talent that are making waves. They prove that changes in the industry can be viewed as a threat, or better though as an opportunity. The three photographer gathered here will provide wonderful insight to anyone that chooses to follow them."

The seminar 'Young Gifted and Making It' will take place on 23rd February, if you would like to attend head over here to book yourself a place: LINK

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Help Portrait - 'Give a photo, don't take it'

Help Portrait is a global movement whose motto is 'Give a photo, don't take it'. It is a day when photographers, producers, filmmakers, stylists and makeup artists come together to give something back to those who don't have much at all. It's so rewarding using your skills to put smiles on the faces of those less fortunate.

It was the second year running that we set up a photoshoot at The Passage homeless shelter and it was a fantastic day. We danced to hip hop, sang to Elvis, heard some fascinating life stories and created images that the subjects loved.

Thanks to Flow Photographic we were able to give beautiful prints to the subjects and these can now be found on the walls of The Passage.

Thank you so much to the whole team who gave their time and made it such a great day for all involved.

Photographer: Charlie Clift
Producer: Kath Cotton
Producer: Chris Tredwell
Stylist: Caroline Jones
Filmmaker: Pete Beighton
MUA: Pascale Recher
Printing: Alex Schneideman
Assistant: Angela Dennis
Assistant: Oliver Mayhall

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Time to Change - Mental health campaign

When I was asked to photograph for the mental health campaign Time to Change - I couldn't say no. It is a pleasure to raise awareness for such an important cause that I care so deeply about. The aim is to raise mental health awareness young people and get them to look out for their friends.

"If your mate's stopped hanging out, reach out."

We only had a matter of days to pull it all together - that meant locating a youth centre with a table football, a chicken shop that didn't mind a photoshoot invading, and six teenage models who were up for a laugh. But thanks to a great team it all went to plan and we created some brilliant images for the campaign.

Thank you to Ogilvy for the commission and to everyone involved for making the shoot happen.