Thursday, 15 September 2016

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

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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

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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.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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

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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.

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Read Ross’s story and find out more about the academy here:
http://stories.premierleague.com/2015-16/football/excelling-in-an-elite-environment

Friday, 22 July 2016

Good things comes to those who wait - will.i.am and Carl for The Sunday Times Magazine

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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?”
“Yes”
“Can you photograph will.i.am 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 i.am 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...


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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Brits in Europe Launches in the Sunday Times Magazine


Kathryn plays the fairy in the Venice pantomime that is put on every two years. She spends her winters in Venice and her summers in Yorkshire. She likes the anonymity that living in a different country brings.
Age: 64

Time living abroad: 8 years
Residence: Venice
Occupation: Retired
In the run up to the EU referendum on the 23rd of June I have been photographing British people living in Europe. The project launches today in the Sunday Times Magazine. 
From Morris dancers in Denmark and archers in Estonia, to students in Spain and pantomime fairies in Italy this project captures the lives of British people who have chosen to leave their homeland and create a new life for themselves. Featuring 71 portraits of British people living in 7 different EU countries the project captures the variety of lifestyles that exist across the continent and shows us a new side of the European debate.
With the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union I was determined to see what life was like for those Brits who live in the EU. Over 1.2 million British people currently live in other EU countries, yet hardly anyone is talking about them. No-one knows what will happen to them should we vote to leave. Will they lose their right to residency? Will they loose their pension? Will they be able to own their own businesses or access healthcare easily?

My hope for the project is to get people to look at the European debate from a different point of view. I want people to move beyond the stereotypes and statistics and see the human stories that will be affected by their decision on the 23rd of June.
Read all the people's stories on the project's website: www.britsineurope.com
Bob brought Morris dancing to Denmark when he moved there 32 years ago. He had to give up his British citizenship to live there permanently and is married to a Dane. 
Age: 70
Time living abroad: 40 years
Occupation: retired
ResidenceSilkeborg 


Isla and her brothers moved to Copenhagen when their father got a new job working in the pharmaceutical industry there. They go to international schools and are learning to speak Danish.

Age: 3 years

Time living abroad: 3 years

Occupation: Child

Residence: Copenhagen


Louise is a dancer in the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm. She trained in Britain before finding a job abroad. The company has dancers from all over the world and uses English as it’s primary language.
Age: 29
Time living abroad: 4 years
Residence: Stockholm
Occupation: Ballet Dancer 

Leena moved to Belgium when her husband was given a job in the EU institutions. She says life is more comfortable and relaxed in the international community in Brussels than in London. They are expecting a second child soon so her mother is living with them to help out.

Age: 35


Time living abroad: 5 years

Occupation: Mother

Residence: Brussels

Geoff is the captain of a super-yacht based in Genoa. He spends half his time at sea and the other half with his Italian wife near Lake Garda. His misses British food, particularly in the winter so gets his friend to send him British food parcels.

Age: 63


Time living abroad: 7 years

Occupation: Captain

Residence: Verona and Genoa Harbour