Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Philip Hamilton for SvD Perfect Guide

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Philip Hamilton and I spent a morning together in the new Aquavit restaurant in London dancing on tables, burning cocktails, making fake moustaches out of milk foam and generally having a great time. Oh and we also set the kitchen on fire, apologies to the head chef… The wonderful thing about portraiture is that it is a collaboration – the final images are part me and part my subject. And therefore you never quite know what will happen on the day. If only every person in front of my lens was as fun as Philip.
This all came after a journalist called me asking if I wanted to work for the top newspaper in Sweden – I of course said yes. Apparently some kind person had recommended me, so massive thanks to them. Philip Hamilton is the man tasked with spreading the food of the famous New York restaurant Aquavit to the rest of the world; and London is his first stop. If the food is as much fun as the CEO then I can totally recommend this place.  
Huge thanks to Linda Iliste for the commission, it was a pleasure working with you.
Check out the article here: LINK

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Friday, 21 April 2017

World meet Olly


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Everybody this is Olly, my full-time assistant.

“I don't think I have a favourite colour… it would probably be purple at a push. I’d say my favourite place in the world is the rolling fields of Kent. At weekends you might find me in a London haunt with friends, or alternatively watching my favourite film Leon with my dog Alfie (although I do have a soft spot for Ratatouille). I really don’t like it when people put their condiment covered knives in the butter - who wants a ham sandwich with a hint of jam, a trickle of marmite and a suspicion of brown sauce? Seriously. I once got attacked by a man wielding a machete in Thailand, that’s probably the most scared I’ve ever been. That’ll teach me for trying to barter with the locals. I like to dance to September by Earth Wind and Fire. I like eating olives (but only the green kind), and I like taking photos, particularly if it means I can put a clock on my head or munch on a rose. My most treasured possession is the Claddagh ring that my gran gave me… which I sadly lost, so now it’s probably the photographs of my family from my childhood. I loved those times when I was small and we were road tripping around the South of France playing Morning Glory (what’s the story) on the radio. And if you’re offering: it’s a pint of Old Dairy ale thanks.”

Thursday, 20 April 2017

17 minutes with Ed Balls - The Sunday Times Magazine

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I have always enjoyed meeting interesting people and amazingly my job allows me to do just that - I still can’t believe my luck.


Sometimes those people are unknown to most, sometimes they are well known, and sometimes they are people who are very well known for doing the cha cha cha. You see I was given seventeen minutes to meet Ed Balls. Not a huge amount of time, I admit, but enough to get to know the man, just a touch. I love the adrenaline rush I get from high intensity, short shoots. Everything becomes more exciting, more immediate. You have to get the job done, you have to make the most of what you get, and however much you plan you never quite know what’s going to happen. I might dive straight into a deep conversation, find myself getting shouted at down a loud hailer and discover the highs and lows of being a parent. At least that’s what happened when I met Ed.


Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for Ed to teach me the Cha Cha Cha…  

Read the interview in The Sunday Times Magazine: LINK

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Shirin Ebadi and Nargess Tavassolian for The Sunday Times Magazine


I always do my research before photographing someone and occasionally people’s life stories blow me away. But none more so than Shirin Ebadi. A woman who has tirelessly devoted her life to the defence of others, in particular those threatened by her home country's regime. She is the winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts towards democracy and human rights and has had to live in exile since 2009. Her daughter Nargess Tavassolian has followed her path and is now a human rights lawyer as well. I photographed them together for the Sunday Times Magazine.

Read the article here: LINK