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The Manor

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?

Thanks to Lou at LouLou Productions, Rachel Caulfield at ERA, as well as all the talent and crew that made it happen on the day.

Click for the image gallery, and the short video.

Universal Credit

As well as creating the print and poster material, we shot some moving image idents for the campaign for the UK Government's new Universal Credit scheme. That gave us a chance to roll out the big 18K's to create the mood required for the brief from Mullen Lowe.

The image above is a somewhat darker outtake, with Michael caught at the moment before  the doors were pushed open to reveal the 'new dawn' outside.

Merchant Archive SS16 film

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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.

All change ...

… 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.

The Mount

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John Toolan, Picture Editor at Field and Stream, asked me to illustrate a very personal story by Executive Editor Mike Toth.

We went to Mike's childhood home in New Jersey to photograph the mount of the great deer that his father had shot five decades earlier. In the interim years, Mike and his father had fallen out and only reconciled shortly before the father's death, just a few weeks before the shoot.

'Through it all, the mount was there. It was the first thing he carried inside the new house when my parents and I moved out of our apartment. Except for when the walls were being painted, it never moved from its spot on the right side of the fireplace. When I was a little kid I’d watch him carefully clean and polish the antlers before the holidays. He’d even use my mother’s hairspray on the hide. He had other mounts, but none with more mojo. I’d heard him tell the story about that buck so many times, often at my urging, that it became a memory of my own, something I play over in my head while sitting in the deer woods, waiting for shooting light.'

Above is the deer, carefully resting on the floor, ready for his closeup.

Below an outtake, a time-lapse video featuring dancing antlers

Jonas Mekas | Serpentine Gallery

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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.