Monday, July 27, 2009

Putting together a portfolio...

Thought you might be interested in seeing a little behind the scenes of the initial editing process behind my new commercial portfolio. Thanks go to Luke for popping by and giving it his critical eye. Thanks also go to Charlie, Andrew and bunch of people on a barge in Camden on Saturday night for additional opinions. I'll probably post up a video by the end of the week of the final book.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Behind the Scenes Video: Fashion shoot

Miksani - behind the scenes from LimaCharlie on Vimeo.

Here's a little behind the scenes video from a lookbook fashion shoot I did for client a few months back. Thanks to LimaCharlie for the video. Loving the jazzy honk-tonk background music!...

I'm not that jazzy in real life.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cuba: Farming amongst the Mogotes

This mini-series was shot near Vinales in the West of Cuba, an area famous for it's limestone Mogotes which give the region such a dramatic landscape. I'd hired a bike and cycled out of town with know clear objective until I’d cycled past a bunch of Lithuanians who informed me that just a bit further up the road was the vast painted rock that was in the guidebooks as something worth a visit. It supposedly depicts the evolution of man and was painted 'art attack' style in massive scale on the rocks, commissioned by Fidel Castro in the 1960's. Personally I wasn't overly impressed - the feat itself was impressive but it just seemed a little odd and out of place. I suppose it was meant to be a kind of 'modern cave painting' but it looked more like Neil Buchanan had been let loose in Cuba.

Anyway the point is that the diversion led me past a farmer and his grandson, ploughing their field. As I stopped to take pictures the light got better and better and I started to move closer to get the picture. Next thing I know the little boy (Mikey as I later found out) was scampering along the dirt paths bordering the field back towards the family hut. It wasn't long before I realised they'd seen the rain coming. I on other the other hand hadn’t, and thus stood there like a lemon as a wall of water came cascading down the road as if someone in the heavens was steadily walking along with a giant watering can. It quickly dawned on me that the trees I was in were giving little shelter and as I turned I realised the little boy and his mother were beckoning me over so I ran with my bike up the dirt track, thus escaping the worst of it in the shelter of their home. These are the pictures I made. I only wish I spoke more Spanish so that I could have extended my gratitude more eloquently.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Cuba portraits

Here's a couple of portraits from Cuba. The first is of a farmer in Vinales and the latter a train driver in Trinidad. I hate asking people to pose for portraits - I'm usually too shy and uncomfortable with it when traveling, but on the odd occasion things just work out that way.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Back from Cuba...

Well I got back from Cuba towards the end of last week - unfortunately Cuba hadn't quite finished with me and I've been wrestling with some kind of weird fever since, only now beginning to see the end. The trip was fascinating and I saw Cuba through many different filters - I've yet to look properly through the photos but I know it'll definitely warrant another trip albeit with better Spanish skills on my part...

In the meantime here's a snapshot from the Malecon.