Friday, 16 June 2017

Magic of the marquee

Personal projects are the lifeblood of being a photographer, you can experiment and play with new ways of making pictures and let your creativity run free. These projects can be both big and small - some require you to dedicate years of your life to them LINK, and others you can shoot in a single evening. I was walking past Brockwell park one lunchtime when I saw the huge marquees of Zippos Circus sprawled across the green. The creative juices were clearly flowing as an idea sprung out like a clown on a pogo stick… who are the people who live and work in a circus like that? Wouldn’t it be fascinating to take the portraits of the people behind the magic. With just my camera I turned up later that evening and captured the people behind the tent’s curtains.

The show was truly spectacular, such a joy to watch. Massive thanks to Zippos Circus and all the performers I had the pleasure to photograph.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Behind the scenes at the BAFTA Television Awards 2017

The telephone rings... "would you like to shoot the BAFTA Television Awards this year Charlie?"

I've never done anything like that before... but when they said they were giving me free reign to photograph it however I liked I couldn't really say no, could I? I mean, who turns down a free pass to the biggest night of the TV year? Bring it on. Cue hours of running up and down staircases, getting soaked through on the red carpet, battling with no light backstage, guessing if I should hit the green room or the wings, and trying to find the perfect angle on Joan Collins. So much fun.

Massive thanks to Claire for trusting me to take my own approach. Can I come back next year please?

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Europe - From Sunrise to Sunset

That’s right. It’s time for part two of my epic adventure photographing for UnitedHealthcare Insurance. After travelling around The Americas with my camera, I found myself soaring across the Atlantic Ocean. I was going on a Eurotrip through Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany and London… let’s hit the road.

Like the Americas, I had very little time in each place and lots of photographs to take. Once again, it was a case of photographing from sunrise to sunset: snap, eat, snap, sleep, snap, repeat. I found myself cycling the canals of Amsterdam, photographing loved-up strangers in Paris, eating ‘the best pizza’ In Rome (every pizzeria’s claim) and pretending to be a tourist in my home city of London.

Thank you UnitedHealthcare Insurance for the experience. One of the most intense but enjoyable jobs to date.