Friday, December 15, 2006
These shots were from an event put on by the English National Ballet. Lots of celebrities attended and my job for the night was to be the official papparazzi...which meant competeing with all the actual papparazzi. Was my first attempt at it and I immediately realized that I needed a battery back for my flash! From the top: Justin Hawkins (former frontman of 'The Darkness'), and Michael Burke and Raggi Omar both well established news reporters.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Was off in Milton Keynes the other day on another shoot for the Times Magazine, a simple portrait for an article they're doing on Christmas cards. Also as today is Sunday so my stuff was in the Sunday Times Magazine-yay! It was wierd because when I came back from the Middle East I set myself a target to get the stuff published-not only that but to do it whilst I was still 21. I failed miserably, and looking back I can see my stuff didn't have a strong enough narrative and the pictures could have been better in places, they lacked emotion maybe. But then these commissions came along and I got published with the Times Magazine but I set a new goal of getting in the Sunday Times Magazine (don't ask me why). I was close so close, I shot the picture a week before my birthday but of course thay've actually been published after I turned 22 so I missed my rather pointless goal by a whisker! nevermind, I guess it's a good start.
Anyway Milton Keynes is wierd-especially when you come out of the train station, it feels like some futurist slightly fascist city that could have easily have been designed by Albert Speer. I'm sure the rest of it's nice though!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
The Diplo party was the other week held at the Spits gallery in Shoreditch, and it turned out to be a very successful night. It was a bit wierd because they had a black and white slideshow of my images from the Israel/hezbollah war being projected onto the wall. Seeing them displayed up there made me feel quite strange, it all seemed so long ago and million miles away from that place on that night. It was also wierd to gain random compliments on the work from complete strangers many of who couldn't believe that the young whipper snapper standing in front them had taken the images! Still it was really good night and good to see lots of people there that I hadn't seen for awhile.
This weekend sees me getting published with The Sunday Times Magazine, whilst today I had two more shoots for the Times Magazine. It all seemed to go well which was a relief. It's always tough to get the shots done quickly and efficiently when working on your own and having to set up lighting, work out compositions etc and keep up a conversation with the subject. I'll probably post some the shots up here once published. More updates coming to the website soon.
Oh and one more thing... I've been checking out statistics for the website and have found that I have some regular visitors dropping by from the Isle of Man of all places...I'm intrigued and slightly bemused! But anyway good stuff, keep it coming.
There I was on my way to meet some friends in the rain on friday night, when I notice a crowd gathering I turn round to see some curtains in shop window draw apart and this plucky young girl start strumming away on her ukulele. It was bizarre to say the least. The crowd were tansfixed and stop caring about the wet and cold as their spirits were rapidly lifted by this girl's witty and adorable songs. Well worth checking her out on myspace if you get a chance, if your lazy just click here.
Went to support my very good friend, Ells, the ohter day as he's currently drummer for the band The Maccabees. Not that he needed supporting NME are raving about these boys and they're about to head off on a European tour so it looks like he'll be in for a good time. This was a gig they did at Sister Ray Records in Soho to a group of dedicated fans.