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.



Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Tom Kerridge for The Sunday Times Magazine




When the chef you go to photograph describes working in a kitchen as like 'being with a bunch of pirates' you hope he'll be game for a laugh. And Tom Kerridge definitely didn't let me down. From the word go we were blow torching everything we could get our hands on, laughing insanely and proclaiming our deep love for fish and chips.

In case you didn't know him Tom is an amazing chef who has won two Michelin Stars for his pub The Hand and Flowers. He's also a superb gent and topped off the shoot perfectly by giving us literally the best lunch I've ever had.

Massive thanks to Russ at the Sunday Times Magazine for the awesome commission and to Tom for being so welcoming. You can read the article here: LINK






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Monday, 18 December 2017

2017 - what a year




From the humid slums of Kolkata to the bedrooms of super fans in Soweto - My exhibition '10 Years of Premier Skills' was launched at the British Council in February: LINK



A mouldable glue with a sticky place in my heart. I photographed founder Jane for the second time. Last time I stuck her to the ceiling, this time I buried her in stuff: LINK



I had access all areas at the BAFTA TV awards. It was wet, windy and my dinner jacket got ruined - but I think I managed to capture Joan Collins' best angle: LINK





An iconic film star and an up-for-anything restaurateur - my first shoots for SvD Perfect Guide were certainly interesting:

Liv Ullmann: LINK
Philip Hamilton: LINK



For the second year running a photograph of mine was selected for the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition. Such an honour to be back again - go check out the exhibition: LINK



My project '10 Years of Premier Skills' was included in Creative Review's photography book. It feels great to be alongside many wonderful photographers' work: LINK



I love these short, high-intensity photoshoots - but sadly there wasn't time for Ed to teach me the cha cha cha: LINK



I hit the streets with undercover officers, jumped around with performance artists, heard harrowing stories from recovering addicts, and met Class A users running businesses. There wasn't a single dull moment on my shoot for the BBC documentary Drugsland: LINK



Helicopters, tanks and a bit of banter. It was an honour to photograph front line women - and great fun ordering around a Chinook: LINK




"Do you want to photograph the best breakthrough talent Charlie?" I'm not going to turn that down am I? We danced, jumped, played air guitar and even debated biscuits on my shoot for the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits... LINK


My photograph of the wonderful Diana Athill was displayed all over the country's electronic billboards as part of the Portrait of Britain exhibition: LINK

Travel Photographer of the Year 2017



I love to travel - I'm lucky that my job has taken me to so many fascinating places around the globe. That's why I'm delighted to have been given a special mention in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 'Celebration of Humanity' category.

It was the final day of the season at the Riverside stadium. There would either be tears of joy or tears or sadness depending on whether Middlesbrough were promoted - I think you can tell what the outcome was...

Friday, 15 December 2017

50 years of Just a Minute



"Paul you have 60 seconds to talk on the subject of Nicholas Parsons without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Your time starts... now."

I grew up listening to Just a Minute and it's still one of my favourite radio shows. What an honour it was to photograph the legend that is Nicholas Parsons and his show-biz-side-kick Paul Merton. Did you know Nicholas hasn't missed a single episode in the fifty years he has been presenting the show? Awesome.

My job usually involves having a conversation with my subject, slowly breaking down the barrier between us, and in turn, capturing their genuine personality. Rather uniquely, Nicholas and Paul bounced off each other from the moment they began conversing and I didn't have to do much but capture the strong, genuine friendship and respect they clearly have for one another.

What a great shoot. Oh, and just so you know - Paul does an amazing Mick Jagger impression.




Thursday, 7 December 2017

Drugsland



There I was at 1am in a dark alley with two undercover police officers. Up walks this lady offering us crack. It was a stark reminder of the importance of the documentary we were there to promote.

I spent my university days in Bristol so I was excited to be invited back by the BBC to shoot there. However, this documentary would show me a side of the city I hadn't known before: drugs, crime and addiction, but also those working to make it a safer and better place.

There wasn't a single dull moment - I discovered class A drug users living completely normal lives, performers who use hallucinogenic substances to enhance their work, recovered addicts making a new life for themselves, and police officers dedicated to helping those in need.

From the few brief clips I have seen the series is not something to be missed. It was exciting, emotional and an honour to be part of. You can watch the episodes here: LINK




Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Creative Review Photography Annual 2017



My project '10 years of Premier Skills' has been selected for The Creative Review Photography Annual 2017. I am delighted to have been included in this special issue dedicated to outstanding photography taken throughout the year. Check it out: LINK