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

Renaissance Photo Awards

henrik-knudsen-renaissance-031 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.

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.

Help for Heroes | Bells

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adam & eve DDB asked me to collaborate on a shoot for the charity 'Help for Heroes' and Bells Whisky. We created a distillery set in the studio, with a wall of barrels as a background. The outtakes from the campaign above shows Dan and Darren, photographed individually during the setup and lighting tests. It was a real privilege to work with these men. Despite the injuries and the struggles they have had to endure, they made the shoot light, effortless and enjoyable.