Rockabilly Nights

A few images from a new personal project Rockabilly Days/Rockabilly Nights. First the nights....

Rockabilly, it seems, is alive and well and living in Liverpool - all pictures shot on location at Camp and Furnace as part of the Action Packed Rockabilly Extravaganza

Thanks to Mike Badger, the main man, who agreed to me taking over one end of the venue for my impromptu studio.

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New Heathrow Ads

Just a quick one this morning with the new ad we shot for Heathrow Airport. A bit of fun with 9 very willing models and some very bemused passengers arriving bleary eyed from overnight flights! Many thanks to John and Taheera from Saatchi Masius, London and to Angelina for the styling.

Agency: Saatchi Masius

AD: John Griffin

Stylist: Angelina Pretty

Assistant: Wayne Pilgrim

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New artworks for London Offices

Just completed a series of night-time shots of London for the offices of a leading private equity firm. The pictures are all of specific areas of London as briefed by the client and I chose to shoot them all at night - during a very cold snap in January! Beautiful large format Lambda prints mounted on aluminium sheet made by Steve at Genesis Imaging in Fulham.

Here's a few of them....

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The scooter club.....and more awards news!

Happy New Year to all and I begin this year with a determination to complete 'The Scooter Club', a project I started at the back end of last year. All guys who are fanatical about the old Lambretta and Vespa scooters from the 50s and 60s - mostly they have been riding them for years and in many cases owned them since new (I understand that some of the parka jackets are not as slim fitting as they were back in the day!). Some of these machines are extraordinary and as soon as the weather improves and I can persuade the guys to bring them out, there will be more pics to follow.... scooterclub_01

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and I've also heard that I had three series of pictures selected for 'Honourable Mentions' at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles:

Dreich; Eiffel Tower and the VisitBritain 2012 Olympics campaign.

Mud!

You've got to hand it too them. Freezing cold...been raining for days...mud everywhere... The girls and boys, women and men of the cycling world gather come rain or shine for the winter cyclocross series. It's a long, long way from the sun drenched Avenue des Champs-Élysées in July!

Thanks to all who, at the end of the gruelling races, stood in the cold for my camera.

Chapeau to you all!

 

 

 

 

 

The Boatmen

I was down on the seafront and met these guys a couple of weeks back. Here's a few pictures a propos nothing in particular. Just a bunch of men totally immersed in their hobby. Lovely blokes - we had a fascinating morning just chewing the cud and putting the world to rights....

 

Conté à Paris

The new packaging I shot last year in Paris for Conté à Paris fine art materials is now available in stores and is looking very lovely (though I say so myself!! ahem!) Shot over a beautiful few days in Paris with a couple of Leica's and all black and white felt like stepping back in time.

Commissioned by Turner Duckworth London, Art director: David Blakemore. http://www.conteaparis.com/nouveautes.html

 

Lexus Shoot in the Cotswolds

It's been a busy few weeks with the publication of the new book and shoots for The National Trust in Scotland  and Lexus in Gloucestershire. All this of course, whilst trying to keep up with Bradley in the Tour - only a few big hills to go now then onwards and upwards to Paris! Here's a few images from the Lexus shoot with the new GS at The Lakes by Yoo in the Cotswolds.

New fine art prints for Lime Wood hotel in the New Forest

A few images of the new collection of prints I've made for the gorgeous Lime Wood boutique country house hotel in Lyndhurst. Set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the hotel asked me to create an portfolio of large format prints of trees and woodland. Just an hour and a half drive out of London if you fancy a weekend away...  www.limewoodhotel.co.uk

Land Rover shoot

Here, as promised, are a few pictures  from the recent LandRover trip. Shooting the LR Defender in locations all over the UK and meeting owners and enthusiasts of this classic vehicle as it celebrates 60 years of production.

and whilst we were up in Scotland on a diabolically dreich (that word again!) day, here's a snap of me shot by my assistant Wayne Pilgrim who says "You can look at this two ways, either you have this incredible talent for controlling your subjects. Or the fact that you are just plain crazy, and have no thought for life and limb". But of course, this is not Wayne's natural habitat...he's more likely to be found snapping an all together different animal... you can see his fashion and beauty work here.

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Dreich

Well, last day of April and I've heard of April showers but come on...that was ridiculous! Although it did help me with my ongoing personal project 'Dreich' - a wonderfully descriptive Scottish word that I remember my Grandmother in Edinburgh using. Still in general use it means variously damp; dank; dull; dreary; dismal with regards to the weather but for me it can mean an exciting challenge photographically. More to follow, but here's a selection shot this month...Not sure if some of these mightn't more accurately be described as a squall but whilst it felt damp, dank and dreary it looked fabulous...

 

Isle of Skye

Just coming back from the Western Isles last week, we stopped over in Skye to shoot some pictures I'd been wanting to do for a while. These from up around The Quirang in the north of the island.

As we drove back over the bridge it reminded me of some pictures I shot there in the days when you still had to sail to Skye. Of course, I've always known the song about Bonnie Prince Charlie being taken 'over the sea to Skye' but only discovered last week that the route that Flora MacDonald rowed was not as I had thought the short stretch from the mainland, but rather the 12 miles across the Minch from North Uist - Respect!

Here it is just a few weeks before it was joined forever to the mainland.

 

Colour proofs for new book...

It's been a non-stop couple of months, finishing the edits for the new 52 Weekends book - '...in the Country' to be published in July this year. I was down at the publishers checking the colour proofs the other day and it's looking lovely - the repro house have done a great job again...

Will post more images nearer the publication date.

In amongst the editing I've managed a short landscape trip to the wilds of Scotland - I love it up there in the winter - this from the Corrour Estate on Rannoch Moor.

and a wonderful (if frantic) ten day shoot for LandRover running around all over the UK with a couple of the classic Defender's. Again I'll post the pictures once they've been published, but here's a taster...

The end of Summer?

Well, we had a full range of weather over the 'summer', didn't we? I've just finished all the shoots for the next book in the '52 Weekends...' series - available in all good bookstores from next April - now it's down to some serious editing. here's a little taster...

The lovely Upper Teesdale

and this really is August in Eskdale, Cumbria

more to follow - watch this space...