... and all the best for the New Year!
We spent a couple of enjoyable days at an atmospheric stately home near Oxford, to test some new techniques and find ways of telling stories with the augmented reality app Blippar.
The project was conceived as an experiment in bridging the gap between still images and moving content.
Although the images can be viewed independently, by scanning them with an augmented reality app they come to life, revealing extra layers of information.
Is it just business as usual at the Manor, or is there a more sinister undertone to the activities of the individuals?
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.
… the weather, that is!
We worked with Dare in London to create a series of Post Office sponsorship idents for Channel 4's weather forecast.
The idea was to capture and show weather changes using time-lapse techniques. Each time-lapse would be focused around a small scenario, promoting the different services offered by the Post Office. Some of these scenes would naturally take several hours or even days to unfold, others no more than a few minutes. We needed to find ways to compress the action into just 10 seconds or 250 frames for each spot, and at the same time show very visible weather changes.
We took advantage of the forever fickle British autumn weather, we instigated small rain dances on the spot to speed up the process, we applied a flurry of snow and the slightest sprinkling of digital trickery just to make sure ... but mostly we just waited … and waited ... We got there, thanks to the efforts of a terrific team, open-minded creatives and a trusting client.
Below, one of the initial tests of cloud and rain ...
The final sports are posted in the Moving Image section.
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.