... and all the best for the New Year!
The New Zealand based travel magazine 'Destinations' asked me to capture the spirit of Naples and what it means to live next to one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes. As well as capturing the photographs, I also wrote the story. It was a great experience to interact with the locals to get the sound bites, snippets of information and recommendations of the roads less travelled in the search for the soul of the region.
The story is on Destinations' website: The Layers of Napoli
Once we moved on to Capri, the weather deteriorated for a little bit. The lightning lit up the early morning sky over Marina Piccola.
Capri offered an opportunity to add to my ongoing series 'On Location', and we ventured out to see Casa Malaparte, used by Godard in his film 'Le Mépris'.
… 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.
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
London's newest skyscraper opened last night. I made a little time-lapse film, capturing the lasers and the helicopters buzzing around in the night sky. The music is by those Eighties icons 'Yello'.