10 Great Ways | Still Life Campaign with Realityhouse.

When the guys at Realityhouse contacted me with the idea for this campaign, I couldn't wait to help them photograph it and bring the concept to life in the studio.

The idea was to take the Chambers & Partners books and give them an alternative use other than the directory and bookshelf "benchwarmer" that it is. 10 different ways in fact. Here is a selection of my favourite alternative uses for the book along with a few behind the scenes images from the shoot.

We spent a couple of days in the studio shooting all 10 executions.

The uses for the book that the guys at Realityhouse came up with were: Emergency supplies part 1 (pictured), emergency supplies part 2 (pictured), vanity (pictured), coffee table book, workout, insurmountable wall preventing rebel scum from returning to their ship, privacy, stress relief (pictured), heat protection & lunch (pictured).

 

Had great fun shooting this project for Realityhouse and they let me know it went down a storm with existing client roster as well as prospective new business.

I love shooting these kinds of creative projects, so if you have something coming up or in mind, drop me a line and I'll be more than happy to chat about things!

Beasts Of Balance

The guys behind this new, cool game, Sensible Object came to me needing a hero imagery that was going to grace the box of the game as well as a set of other images that would form assets for other parts of the game packaging and marketing.

The brief was that they wanted to show what the game was about in one single image that would sit on the box. The game is played with a tablet, and the game pieces are stacked on the plinth until they eventually fall. A more modern and technical jenga. Maybe.

It seemed pretty obvious that we needed to show the tablet and then the stack falling as that would help encompass the game in a single image.

A super technical and fun couple of days in the studio and we managed to create a pretty killer image for the box alongside a full set of hero images of the characters in the game too.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of these boxes on toy shop shelves soon.

There are a few behind the scene's images from the shoot too!

Check out there website at www.beastsofbalance.com

2016: A Year in Review

2016 has been a year of highs and lows. A strange year. One to remember for many reasons, but also one to forget for a variety of things too.

Looking back at the year at the photographic highlights of the year as we prepare to move into 2017. Hope you enjoy looking back as much as I have.

Excited to see what the new years going to hold for us all!

TRON

A Personal project using Perspex, mirrors, gelled lights and a precise placement of the lighting to create a series of images that reminded me of the film Tron. I coupled up complimentary colours to help the effect and to accent the refraction through the blocks.

3 days were spent in the studio creating the images. The perspex blocks had to all be as clean as possible, which is a difficult task within itself because of there static nature, and then arranged onto the mirrored surface to create the set. Lighting was then brought in with gels to show the refractive nature of the blocks. A timely, and pretty testing few days in the studio, but really pleased with the results.

Shouts must go out to Sophie Morrison (http://creativepool.com/SophieMorrison/projects) who retouched the images and added the final gloss to them!

 

GLITCH - AN EXPLORATION OF REFRACTION.

I recently had an idea about taking the conventional, painterly kind of still life stuff and trying to turn it on its head a little bit. Flowers have been painted and photographed for years. Karl Blossfeldt's early photographic studies of flowers and fauna stand out, but almost every photographer has done something with flowers along the way.

I wanted to try and see if I could do something a little different. Glitch like as it were. Perspex blocks make for a perfect way to achieve that as what they "see" on the ends can be pretty strange at time. 

A lot of careful placing and waving a tape measure around helped determine what would be seen through the blocks, here are some results. Retouched by Darek Szwedo (szwedo.co.uk).

HIPPIES IN BARSTOW

Met these guys in a petrol station car park in Barstow, California as we headed along Route 66 back at the start of March. Mars and her friends were road tripping as well, but heading to San Fransisco. Her road trip had been 5 years without any obvious destination beyond San Fransisco in the short term and moving from festival to festival after that. 

We filled up a Jerry can of fuel for them to help them along the way and stood chatting and snapping the odd frame here and there for a good 20/30 minutes. They had no cares in the world other than getting to the next destination or festival, via a few stops at garages to rely on others to help them put the fuel in their van.

BETTER BY BIKE

Back in the Autumn I shot a new campaign for Bristol City Councils Better by Bike initiative (with Stuff Advertising) where they want to encourage people to cycle around the city to help reduce congestion and make Bristol a greener place to live.
We shot on various locations around the city for a couple of days using people who actually live and cycle around the city as our subjects. Using real people who cycle around Bristol was an integral part of the shoot as opposed to using models.
The campaign was launched with a door drop targeting households around the Bristol to Bath cycle track and is now live on the Better by Bike website - www.betterbybike.info/.

VENICE BEACH SKATEPARK

Earlier this year I found myself out in the States and on Venice beach on a perfect Californian evening. 20 or so minute of shooting these dudes at the skatepark and I walked away with the below images.

I'd love to go back and spend more time there, doing the skaters there some more justice or finding something a little more obscure to photograph. Either way, its somewhere that I'll definitely be going back to sooner or later...

VALENTINES DAY

At the start of Feburary I went in and shot this typographic made from love hearts for the Green Chameleon guys. A giggle working with them as ever. Looking forward to the next time we shoot together!

NIIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR

I recently photographed a couple of the Nike Flyknit Lunar trainers.

The idea was kind of simple really. I’ve always had an interest in space, even though it blows my mind. I also rather like trainers so I thought I would combine the two, trainers on the moon. I was looking at a lot of NASA images to start off with for this, one in particular stood out which is the image of a footprint in the moon surface. I started to look at trainer and found the Nike Lunars. A match made in heaven!!

 

6 o CLOCK GIN

This one's been a while in the pipeline. When I first went to see the GC guys they mentioned this project and how excited they were for it if it was going to happen. Fast forward 6 or so months and we were ready to shoot some lifestyle imagery for the client after a rebrand and a great new bottle shape and colour.

We shot on location in a pub for the day. It was big enough to give us a variety of backgrounds and create a few different moods throughout the day. Time just went too quickly on the day though - I could have easily spent another day shooting more! It always helps when its a beautiful looking product too.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day - setting up and moving the colossal amount of kit that we needed to make sure that we were getting the results that we wanted.

A few behind the scenes images (thanks to Wayne Lennon for those) and some of the finals are below.

 

2015 CHRISTMAS CARD

I got caught a little bit short with this (2015’s) years Christmas card. Its good to be busy, but then a few things get put to one side and forgotten about. Luckily, my friends at Green Chameleon had an awesome idea for a christmas card and asked me to go in and shoot it. I’d like to say it was a collaborative effort, but look at the effort that went into making the card!!

Hoping everyone has a great start to 2016!!

FORTHGLADE ORGANIC PET FOOD

This was the first time that I have worked with the Green Chameleon guys in Bristol (check out their work). They came to me with a brief for some still life images for their client Forthglade who produce organic pet foods, all made in the UK.

The brief consisted of a couple of parts, firstly they wanted some images of the fresh ingredients that go in to the pet food and then some images with the ranges of products in a collection type scenario. I was more than happy to get involved with this one and I’m pleased to say that both the client and the agency, along with myself are really stoked with the images that we got on the day!!

THE GREEN CAFE

I was recently approached by Clive from the Green Cafe in Ludlow to shoot some of his delicious food for him and his new website. Clive and his team have just been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand award – not difficult to see why with the quality of the ingredients used and the attention to detail with the homely and warming dishes.

The Green Cafe is one of my favourite spots when I’m visiting my parents and my hometown of Ludlow. One perk of the job was tasting the food that I was shooting. Incredible as  ever.

PORTRAIT OF JAMES

I photographed James, an old college friend in the studio a few weeks ago. He wanted something a little different from the usual corporate kind of headshot for his website. I was more than happy to help.

Check out his work: www.jamescastro.co.uk

HONEY

Just messing around with some honey in the Studio recently.

BLOK KNIVES

Sanj from The Quarterly got me together with Ben to shoot a piece for the magazine with the theme of journey. In this instance, the journey of craftsmanship. Ben from Blok knives was only too keen to get involved and was an absolute pleasure to work together on this one.

Its great to see someone who’s so passionate about what they do and taking the time to make something so beautiful and unique in this day and age. Safe to say, I’ll be placing myself an order for one of Ben’s knives sooner rather than later!!

You can check out his work at: www.blok-knives.co.uk

“When I walk into work it just makes me smile, because I know I’m going to make a knife.”

THE SCIENCE OF COFFEE

This ones been a while in the making. I came up with the idea when I was sat in a coffee shop in London with one of my mates. We watched on as the staff prepped coffee with a seemingly precise attention to detail. But not only that, there was coffee that looked as though it was some sort of chemical experiment. That was it, the idea was born!!

I sat on the idea for 6 or so months before I actually started to shoot it. I developed strong visuals in my mind of how I wanted each image within the piece to look. Sketching them down helped, then it was time to make this idea a reality. Here’s what I have so far. Bit of an ongoing one this I feel so look out for more of it throughout 2015 or 2016!!

Best enjoyed with a coffee…