Kagoule - shot for LeftLion magazine in Nottingham
I’ve passed this derelict clothing place every time I’ve gone into Nottingham on the bus and always wanted to shoot a band in front of it. When LeftLion gave me a band whose name is an item of clothing and who didn’t want to be posed (just wanted to hang out somewhere kind of grimy), I realised this was my chance. Only problem was - it’s a busy road and people were just leaving town after the Christmas lights switch-on. I had to shoot from the other side of the road, with intrepid assistant Dave Parry keeping an eye on the cars/buses and jumping out with lighting gear every time we got a break in traffic. It was also very, very cold - but that’s par for the course.
Big thanks to Dave for the help with this one. Go see his own photography at www.davidparryimaging.com
Swollen River Trent - personal shot
Little bit worried, given this is the River Trent near where I live about half an hour ago. That red thing isn’t normally IN the river. We have new flood defences round this way though - I guess this will be their first test. I’m not sure the sandbags I have for my lighting gear would be enough to hold this back…
Notts Roller Derby Players: shot for Leftlion
This was a shoot for Nottingham’s LeftLion newspaper. They profiled three local roller derby teams: Nottingham Roller Girls, the Hellfire Harlots and Mansfield Misfits and this photo features members of each team.
The shoot was arranged to take place at a leisure centre - so I had visions of having lots of space to work in. On arrival I discovered that there was another roller derby team (a male team) practising in the sports hall. It meant we had to do our shoot in the corner, with guys hurtling past us on skates the whole time. Health and safety, anyone? It certainly added a level of ‘danger’ to the shoot which tied in nicely with the vibe of the sport itself (which is super good fun to go and watch, by the way).
One more note on this shoot - big thanks to Carla Mundy, whose assistance was vital in getting these shots, and to Penny Reeve for commissioning me. Also thanks to the girls from NRG, Hellfire Harlots and Mansfield Misfits for being such fun.
Hardwick Park, Derbyshire - personal shot
Morning light on the Great Pond of Hardwick Hall’s Lower Park. I was wearing tweed and smoking a pipe when I took this. Okay, that’s a lie. I’m leading a photography composition course at this location on Sunday - go to www.goingdigital.co.uk if you’re interested in a last minute place.
How many ways can you shoot a DJ?
Snowbombing 2012, Mayrhofen, Austria - shot for Burst Event Photography
I know, I know, this was a couple of months ago now, but I’ve only just gotten round to blogging it. I was the extra shooter for the Burst team at Snowbombing this year. Below is a selection of my favourite photos. For lots more from me and the Burst team, go here.
Took it right up the Ahorn.
Artwork repping the local meat emporium.
The local meat emporium.
DJ Yoda - take his picture I did.
Ski clown. Obvs.
Arctic Disco. Self-immolation on the right hand side?
Tensnake. Don’t ask me, I’ve no idea. Seemed friendly though.
Labrinth. ‘Cricketing Countryfile Presenter’ is THE look in the urban pop scene right now.
Dizzee Rascal’s fireworks. I like the ‘spider-hand’ at the bottom.
Two ski clowns.
Lady Waks. I liked them. Hope He-Man did too.
Fake Blood. That girl bottom right should probably put that drink down.
One of these girls missed the ‘all black outfits’ memo.
He proposed onstage in the rain. She said yes, thank goodness. Could have been awkward.
Not a real Monkey. Or a Monkee. Or a monk. Eee.
Nu Tone (Sir Isaac?) neglecting to use the full range of decks at his disposal.
I believe she might be ‘avin’ it’. Nice scarf.
London Elektricity prays that the photographer will get out of his face.
Photographer prays that Dynamite MC will get out of his face. Or stay there for a sec while he takes a photo.
Bet they work in a high street bank branch somewhere.
Ski clowns, wizards and promotional bunting.