This is one of Build Generation’s latest projects – a high end interior for global corporate RHI Magnesita’s new London office. The large, undressed windows allowed for maximum natural light. Luxe finishes, from the high gloss lighting to richly textured soft furnishings and a pallet of greys, blues, natural wood and copper made for some subtle and beautifully balanced shots through the various spaces. The quality really shines through in the final images. Team portraits at Build Generation’s Soho office gave me an opportunity to meet everyone and see where the design magic happens. A really lovely job so big thanks to Grove Communication for the recommendation. http://grovecommunication.com/ http://buildgeneration.com/
Take Off is the internal magazine for Manchester airport group which covers Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports. Working for them has taken me behind the scenes in all areas of airport life. This month they asked me to photograph ‘A week in the life’ of the Fire and Rescue team at Manchester. I followed a crew through a tour of the daily routines and checks and also training in CPR. Like any other fire crew they have their own gym so they can keep up their fitness in any downtime.
Seeing the different aspects of their working lives was certainly interesting from my point of view. I’m heading back for a follow-up visit to photograph the fire training, which, as far as possible, replicates real life conditions of tackling a blazing plane. Thanks to the team for being so co-operative and for being there as a first line emergency service for any of us who use the nation’s airports.
BBC Children in Need has just enjoyed its biggest year ever and there’s still time for you to make a contribution and also solve one or two Christmas gift dilemmas. This is Britain is a beautiful, hard-backed book filled with pages of photographs illustrating life in the UK today. The book also contains introductions and insights from the likes of Ben Fogle and Pixie Lott. Alongside images from members of the public, a number of professional photographers were asked to contribute to the book including me.
The Picture Director was Dave Brolan so big thanks to him for getting me involved. This is Britain costs just £25 – not bad for a substantial, coffee-table style book. Plus you get that nice, warm and fuzzy feeling from giving to a good cause. Find out more on the website https://www.thisisbritain.me/ The picture above has made the cut but here are some of the other images that make up my This is Britain world.
London property agents Daniel Cobb are boosting local business through a new loyalty card venture “Locally Grown” . Developed exclusively for Daniel Cobb customers, Locally Grown enables local businesses, from bistros to grocers and artisan glass blowers to broaden their reach, offering cardholders special offers and discounts. Photographing participating businesses will be an ongoing project as the scheme develops but we got off to a great start in London Bridge, Kensington and Westminster – really interesting people, quality products and plenty of visual interest. As with all my work for Daniel Cobb the brief for Locally Grown is creative, inviting a complete narrative of every business from portraits and reportage to the small details that demonstrate the passion behind every business. A great community collaboration.http://www.danielcobb.co.uk/locallygrown
This month, an old friend from uni recommended me for a job with Timex – which was nice! I duly quoted, got the job and found myself in a club called The Beat, just around the corner from New Broadcasting House, at a rather special launch event. Timex have joined forces with Barclaycard’s bPay to bring us the contactless watch, enabling wearers to make purchases up to £30 with just a swipe of the wrist. Invited guests enjoyed cocktails and canapés as they explored the new product, with plenty of technical expertise on hand from both Timex and Barclaycard. They were also able to have their watches personalised with stamped initials. I took along some wide angle support in the shape of fellow photographer Kevin Nixon and between us we were able to capture a complete narrative, from the fine detailing through to the party people. A really great event, and hopefully Timex will invite us back. In the meantime…I just need to get my hands on one of those timeless timepieces…Christmas shopping here we come. Did I really mention the C word…!!??
I got to know model Bethy Barnes through creatives at Enjoy Digital and this month we’ve been shooting some new portfolio work. This was great for her promotion but also great for me as I got to try out some different locations around my studio and also compare digital results with old school 35mm. The sun shone for us and we had a great day. Nice to work with a professional model and Beth has a great attitude and look. See what you think of the pictures below. I think the 35mm film camera still delivers a different feel to the imagery albeit it’s fairly subtle.
Shots below taken on 35mm film with a Leica Flex. I love how the film and the red gel on the light combine to give a very seventies, vintage feel. And who knows we might see Beth on more shoots in the future!
My latest commission for London Property agents Daniel Cobb is all about ‘True Stories – Real People’. These personal case studies demonstrate the service Daniel Cobb delivers and offer an insight into the ethos of the company – well established, family friendly, relationship driven and recognising property not just as a commodity or an investment but for what it really represents in people’s lives. My first Real People were Charles and Alessandra who have bought a home together in the heart of London through Daniel Cobb. I had a specific design brief to deliver but this was absolutely no problem as Charles and Alessandra have plenty of creative flair, and although they haven’t yet finished redecorating, the clean lines and colour palette they’ve introduced offered plenty of backdrops and highlights to work with. Thanks to George and the team for another fantastic job. http://www.danielcobb.co.uk