Thursday, 31 March 2016

Cuba

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What do you see when you hear "Cuba"? The colours? The rum? The revolution? Few places evoke such clear images to those who have never been there. We all get a feeling of Cuba, but how much of it is Cuba really?

There’s so much life in Cuba. It overflows into the streets: music, colours, smells. There’s also so much poverty: buildings crumbling, empty shops, begging on every corner. It is a country easily glossed over, easily made much more colourful, much happier than what I believe it actually is. Words failed me on numerous occasions, so how about I let the pictures do the talking...

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Dr Chris and Dr Xand for The Sunday Times Magazine

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“We’ll do anything”

That’s the best thing anyone I’m going to photograph can say to me. It is exactly what Dr Chris said to me when I was talking to him about our shoot for The Sunday Times Magazine. Suddenly my mind was overflowing with ideas.

I was already excited about my shoot with Dr Chris and his twin brother Dr Xand. They are pretty well known for doing crazy stuff on TV in the name of science. They’ve changed diets, challenged their bodies in various ways and blown up a weeks worth of methane-farts. They bring science to the TV viewing audience in the most fun was possible. Oh, and they also consult with the UN on migration, get called up when Ebola breaks out and are generally very intelligent.

“What props can you bring?” I asked.
“How about dry ice?” replied Chris, ”or maybe butane gas? If you bubble that through fairy liquid then light it it makes for a fantastic flame… I’ve also got some giant beakers and a 3D print out of my own skull if that’s a good prop...”
“Bring it all...”

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You can read about Chris and Xand in today’s Sunday Times Magazine relative values column: LINK

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Fake moustaches for the BBC

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There’s nothing like looking through your lens at the beautiful Hannah Fry: long amber hair blowing back, blue eyes staring dangerously down your lens, a cheeky wink in her eye and a massive moustache blocking her face…

I’m a big believer that work should be fun. Particularly photoshoots. There’s no point in putting people in front of a camera – where almost everyone feels awkward – without making an effort to relax them. It’s even better if they can enjoy the experience. So I get the music playing, enjoy myself and do my best to share that feeling with my subjects. If people feel at home and relaxed we make the best images.

I photographed Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford for their new BBC Radio 4 programme The Curious Case of Rutherford and Fry. Two exceptionally fun presenters turned up to the studio and we proceeded to laugh almost non-stop for an hour. This was improved even more by the programme’s producer bringing a selection of detective inspired props to the shoot. Playing around with detective props was excellent, Hannah made silly expressions extra big through the magnifying glass, Adam did his best Robert De Niro impressions and looked very dandy with a pipe, and everyone in the studio couldn’t stop laughing at the resulting pictures popping up on the computer screen.

Their programme is great, I thoroughly recommend checking it out: LINK

Thanks to The BBC for commissioning the awesome shoot and the Hannah and Adam for being so much fun to photograph.

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The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry