Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Assignment: Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc

A bit late with this one, but back in April of 2018 I was commissioned to photograph the renowned establishment, Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Antibes, France. The hotel is often associated with celebrities and was a popular and iconic destination for those escaping to the sun for many years, becoming particularly famous in the 50s and 60s. It's a fascinating establishment with a rich and colourful history. Being granted access to do a behind the scenes piece was a real privilege, but also obviously came with it's own challenges.

The story, for Gentlemans Journal, was designed to reveal a day in the life of and as such we photographed everyone from cleaners to gardeners, pool boys and barmen. We had a limited window and the weather was not with us on the first day – which always adds a little pressure on these type of shoots. Thankfully we had windows of sunlight had I made the most of getting up at dawn every day to make the most f my time there. The following images over a little vignette into one of Europes most famous hotels. You can see more for this story on the website here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Personal Work: Gauchos

At the beginning of 2018 I was able to take some time to visit a part of the world which I have yet to really get the grips with as much as I would like, South America. I have had assignments in Central America before (Guatemala and Mexico) but as a region it’s not somewhere I have really got to explore yet. I was lucky enough to travel on the maiden voyage of a new route for Norwegian Airlines as they flew their first direct flight London Gatwick to Beaunos Aires. The assignment that took me there was a story on the Iberรก region, and I teamed up with the writer Amanda Barnes for this. Once done on that assignment, we took an extra couple of weeks to shoot a story on Gaucho culture.  We covered everything from the gauchos of the wetlands who have learnt to swim with their horses, to the horse whisperers of the La Pampa and the hardy Gauchos of Patagonian wilderness

I have since turned this into a self published book and you can purchase a copy of that here. To see more of this project as it is on the website click here.

Once again if you are interested in buying copy of the book you can find it here

Monday, August 20, 2018

Personal // Benjamins of Beni

I shot this series a couple of years ago in the town of Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. I was there on a NGO job and started to notice the art work on these money changers stalls, portrait of Benjamin Franklin. One day, when we didn't have anything else scheduled in, I was able to head off with my fixer and start photographing some of these places. After about half an hour of shooting two plain clothes 'police' on a scooter pulled up and started giving us hassle, so we spent the next half an hour trying to extricate ourselves from two chancers who were clearly looking for a bribe. Ever since then these images have just been sat on my hard drive so I thought it was high time I got them up on here. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday, August 06, 2018

Assignment: Breitling Jets

Client: Gentlemans Journal
Subject: Breitling Jets

This was one of those dream assignments involving some very photogenic elements and a free flight in an L-39 Albatross jet. So I can now tick that off my bucket list. The French pilots were great to work with, super professional but up for trying things out. They were a little concerned I would be sick in the back of the plane - thankfully I held down my croissants and coffee, even whilst pulling barrel rolls at 5G.

You can see the whole story up on the website here

Monday, July 30, 2018

Portrait // Carlos Magdalena

A portrait of the botanist Carlos Magdalena photographed at his work place in Kew Gardens. Carlos is a fascinating guy with an encyclopaedic knowledge of plants. He's one of those people where I just wanted to put the camera down and have a pint and a good old chat. Before we photographed him, he had to talk with two journalists. I watched the light get better and better in the greenhouses and then begin to fade. I waited over three hours before I could finally shoot him, at which point the light was completely gone. All I could do was try and create some drama with my own lighting.