Sunday, 14 September 2014

Production Designers for The Independent Saturday Magazine

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This weekend saw the publication of my first feature in the Independent's Saturday Magazine. It was a pleasure to capture portraits of production designers Donal Woods and Anna Pritchard for a feature on those behind the scenes in British TV.

Donal is the production designer for Downton Abbey - he is tasked with making it look and feel real and interesting. From choosing the big locations to the colour of the a room's wall it is his ideas that have created the look of Downton. A quiet man who is lost in his internal thoughts he was none-the-less a pleasure to photograph. I met him at Ealing Studios where many of the Downton sets are made and we chose the best location to showcase his behind the scenes influence on what we see on the screen.

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For the same article I also photographed Anna Pritchard. Having had experience on a vast array of TV and film productions Anna is full of stories - she decorated streets in The Matrix and was a runner on Star Wars before starting her career as a production designer. She now creates the look of TV series such as Top Boy and loves conjuring the past in period dramas. I met her first in Twickenham Studios where we photographed her in a huge empty stage before heading off to one of her favourite prop stores where she guided me through many things including cereal packets and detergents of the 70's...

You can read the full feature online here: LINK


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Thanks so much to Donal and Anna for being so accommodating and to The Independent for the fascinating assignment.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Damian Barr for The Sunday Times Magazine

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The Sunday Times Magazine has a new wine man and his name is Damian Barr. Writer, food lover and drink taster the man welcomed me into a new home that was not really furnished yet. On the floor was the debris from their moving in party a few days before. I moved the bikes aside and set up my portable studio in the middle of it all then sat down to chat with the tea and croissant that he offered me. This is not what I normally get offered when meeting someone to photograph them, but I guess that is what happens when you photograph a food writer.

When we finished the more "formal" photography I wanted to do something a bit different so I looked around at what I saw. Damian has pets, but he is allergic to cats and dogs, so he has pet chickens. A fine way to finish the photo session - one man and his chicken.

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Many thanks to Damian for welcoming me into his home.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Barry Dickins for British Airways

Barry Dickins for British Airways Business Life

It is a little known fact that I have played guitar on stage in the Royal Albert Hall. Ok the hall was empty and I did it whilst I was waiting for my subject to arrive at a photoshoot. But none the less - I've played the Albert Hall!

You see I had taken my guitar along as a prop for a shoot. The person I was photographing was Barry Dickins. He organises concert venues for musicians and has worked with a truly amazing list of talent: Bob Dylan, The Who, Adele, Neil Young, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Mumford and Sons, Black Sabbath, Paul Simon, Yes, Gun n' Roses...I could go on all day (see here).  This man has met Jimi Hendrix afterall.

I decided I better keep calm and not get carried away asking him annoying questions so instead we took some photos together whilst I tried to play it cool. Barry is a gentle and calm man who was a pleasure to photograph and always looked great in front of the camera. We moved our way around the fantastic venue trying to capture the backstage nature of Barry's job whilst still showing the astounding auditorium it all it's glory.

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Massive thanks to British Airways Business Life for commissioning me for such a wonderful photoshoot.


Me onstage at the Albert Hall


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