Thames Periphery

You’d be forgiven for thinking that all I do is take pictures of people (with the exception of a couple of products here and there) you’d be right in some ways. very generally speaking I get commissioned to shoot people, often performing some sort of action – however, like anyone of an artistic bent, I like to follow my muse when I can and it often leads me down quite a different path. On this occasion I was taken first to a subject matter: London. It was around the time I was looking to buy a house with my better half (although I think I’m right in saying that she is constantly looking to buy a house and always has been since we met 13 years ago). I was told that property prices in London ‘breathe’ geographically speaking. What the irritating estate agent was trying to say was that economic trends cause a neighbourhoods house prices to wax and wane over arbitrary periods of time. This visual representation of the market interested me. Of course at the time the annoying estate agent was trying to convince us to buy something we couldn’t afford under the conniving promise that we could

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Posted in Personal Work

Show your inner ‘Breaking Bad’

Quentin Cooper is one of the most interesting and enjoyable people to talk to on the planet*. I met him in Heathrow airport a while ago and have stayed in touch ever since. He’s a friendly, smiley individual who would describe himself as ‘knowing a little bit more than just something about most things’. Whenever we talk, I like to think of him as having an inner battle between polite restraint and overflowing enthusiasm. He doesn’t want to come across as a know-it-all, while at the same time he’s so excited about the subject matter (this can be almost any subject matter) he wants to share information to enrich the conversation. It’s always a very rewarding process. I love a good fact, and I like it when people accuse me of remembering unusual ones about equally unusual subjects. However, compared to Quentin I am a slovenly mud-forager from the dark ages. If you google ‘Quentin Cooper’ you get a whole bunch of images showing an approachable, geeky, cheerful chap. This is mainly because Quentin is a chap of geeky cheer whom you could always approach. However I wanted to shoot the ‘inner him’ or more accurately what I SEE as

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The Best Kind Of Job

Like a lot of photographers, I shoot a wide range of different types of photography. From advertising campaigns to small editorial portrait shoots, from products to celebrities. I’m quite often asked what my favourite kind of photography is and I always reply that it is the variety itself which I enjoy the most. as William Cowper famously said: Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.  –The Task (1785) …interestingly William Cowper never won a cookery competition. That said, I do love a job where I’m involved in the creative process right from the very beginning, here is a perfect example. I got asked to think of a way of photographing a farm tractor for EE (the mobile network company) in a ‘techy’ manner for their brand partnership of this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They were planning to fit a tractor out with a 4G (a.k.a. LTE) connection and spray out a Wifi connection to it over the unwashed masses of festival-goers. After a quick chat on the phone with the agency I used my best photomashing skills to cobble together these images..   The idea was sent around and aside from the untold compliments about my drawing skills (quite

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Posted in Commision

Cape Farewell

Arctic Addiction

A while ago (back in 2008 to be precise) I spent about 10 days on a Russian scientific vessel on the West coast of Greenland with some creative types such as Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Vanessa Carlton, Feist, Martha Wainwright and many others. We spent our time between helping the scientists on board (in the same way as toddlers help playgroup teachers) and exploring our surroundings all the time having the luxurious freedom to create as we went.

I think about this job quite a bit, it was an unusual one to say the least and affecting indeed.

At the time there was a little press about the trip, but unlike many events involving celebrity, this wasn't really the point.

The concept might seem a bit woolly, but the intentions are honourable and the alternative is demonstratively not working:

Rather than rely on the public and it's elected officials to react and make policy based on facts and figures presented by scientists accompanied by doomsday predictions and reactionary obfuscation - create a 'cultural shift' by affecting artists and their work through exposure to real-world climate change issues.

In other words, take a musician to Greenland and show them first-hand what climate change means to a population stuggling to adapt their age-old way of life to the loss of sea-ice over the last generation. Hope that said musicians future work takes this into account and realase them back into their normal life.

Before you say 'well THAT's not going to work!' there exists a precident; in the 1960's John Lennon and Yoko Ono said 'Give Peace A Chance' and stayed in bed for a week - this simple action (and song) went on to be sung by half a million people during anti-Vietnam War protests in Washinton D.C.

Interesting stuff!

To see them a bit larger, go to Flickr

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