We did some portraits of the London based artist Yani B. He is showing at Archive Gallery in London in November, and we also shot a video explaining more about his thoughts and process as he prepared for the exhibition, Trans:plant.
I was asked by Olivia Beasley to be cinematographer on a short film that she was directing for the London based fashion company Merchant Archive. The shoot took place for two days at Dungeness in the south of England.
One of the largest expanses of shingle beach in Europe, Dungeness is such an eerie place, completely unique and wonderfully bleak. With catering every day from the appropriately named 'Snack Shack at the Fish Hut', the great crew Olivia put together wasn't complaining about the long and occasionally drizzly days.
It is always pleasing to get images accepted into the AOP awards. Unfortunately I couldn't take part in the celebrations this year, as I was working in Istanbul, but I heard it was an enjoyable night.
One of the images accepted was an outtake from a shoot in Lyme Regis on the English south coast. I was adding to the ongoing 'On Location' series and stumbled on this fisherman on the harbour wall, known as 'The Cobb'. The location was featured in John Fowles' novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and the film of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.
The weather was, very fittingly, atrocious.
I was pleased to be asked to contribute to the National Portrait Gallery's annual 'Portrait Gala', in support of the gallery's work.
The event showed 200 'Mystery Portrait Postcards', each being sold anonymously at the auction.
It was great to see the photograph of Inez Valk included alongside portraits by (apparently) David Hockney, Alex Katz and Paul Smith.
As the deadline for submission approaches, I was pleased to be able to help Leo Burnett with the invitation for the Renaissance Photography Prize, organised by the Lavender Trust.
The invitation this year was based on a simple, nice concept, a day in the life of an obsessed photographer, as he or she tries to turn everyday objects and situations into award winning photographs.
At first, the brief seemed fairly easy and straightforward, but of course it wasn't completely. Each image had to be considered and tweaked until it was potentially worthy of being entered into a photo competition.
We had a great time with this concept, and I am really happy with the way Matt Lee and Pete Heyes at Leo Burnett laid out the series and tweaked it into a fun narrative story. Thanks also to Leo Burnett's ECD Justin Tindall for casting his sharp eye over everything, and to AB Simon Pedersen for coordinating the ambitious undertaking.
More images here.
Until 27th January 2013 The Serpentine Gallery is showing a selection of Jonas Mekas' film, video and photographic works from throughout his long career. Mekas is known for his diary film style. His poetic vision is unique in its ability to capture personal moments of beauty, celebration and joy.
I photographed Jonas at his studio in Brooklyn last year, the images above are outtakes from the shoot for PRINT Magazine.
April saw Marc Hundley's exhibition 'Knock Knock' open at Herald Street in London. I have been working with Marc over a period of time, capturing his preparations for the exhibition. Click here for the video.
Last day at the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Very pleased I managed to catch a glimpse of his work before the exhibition comes down tomorrow. The video work, captured with a special rig of Canon 5D Mark II's, supplied by Ted Chau, was equally inspiring.