Monday, 17 July 2017

Biodome living with Matt Rudd - The Sunday Times Magazine

“How many cans of baked beans have you got there?”
“About 50”

It’s great to be part of a project that sheds light on society’s environmental footprint. And beans seemed to be the motto of the day when I went to visit Matt Rudd at the end of his four day stay in a biodome in Leamington Spa. The dome is the creation of artist Tom James and it imagines a world without oil… a frighteningly close reality. I ended up on a rickety old boat that leaked, in a compost toilet with Matt’s trousers around his ankles and making fires as the sun set over the lake.

A brilliant day and an awesome project to be part of. Thanks to Matt for being such a good sport, and of course, for the never-ending baked bean related jokes.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mental health project - volunteers needed

Hello one and all,

I need YOUR help. I am looking for brave volunteers who suffer, or have suffered with mental health issues and are willing to have their portrait taken. This could be you, your mother, your niece or your friend…

Why am I creating this project? Mental health is something that I care deeply about. I want to create striking photographs that show everyone and anyone can be affected, and just like any other illness, it shouldn’t be a taboo to talk about it.

What will it involve? It won’t be any old portrait - your thoughts will be visible for all to see. We will talk about your struggles together and then translate this into a portrait.

Please get in touch if you would like to participate or know someone who would be willing to participate:


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.

See part one here: LINK

See part my photos from Canada and Mexico here: LINK