• BJP Portrait of Britain 2020 – Triple Winning!

    One winner, and two finalists of mine have been selected for this year’s BJP Portrait of Britain Awards. They’re part of my Hospital During Covid project, and I’m so chuffed to have an almost un-heard of three images by the same photographer in these prestigious awards.

     

    I spoke to both BBC News and BBC Breakfast about winning and this amazing project, and what it was like shooting in the hospital during the pandemic, and the hardships faced by the staff.

     

    All three of my images will be in the Portrait of Britain 2020 Book, available through here by Hoxton Mini Press, and you can see all the winners and finalists here.

    Whittington Hospital in the time of Covid

    This is all part of a larger project centred around the Whittington Hospital during the covid lockdown. It was an intense project, but it’s so important that the people and their experiences and stories don’t disappear from view, and so I’m really looking forward to finishing the production of my book about these amazing people and their stories. All proceeds will go to the Whittington Hospital Charity, deets to follow.

    Nursery Lockdown

    During lockdown, there’s a group of people who hug others.

    Though they don’t live with them, they’re keen on the contact – casually dishing out hugs, wiping tears and blowing snotty noses, all without a hint of anxiety, and all without a hint of any PPE.

    I’m delighted to be featured as a Guardian Photo Essay

    IHG Hotels

    Pandemic or not, the show’s got to go on.

    What a lovely shoot to do in such a glamorous location!

    This Is Embrace

    Shooting for my good friends at This Is Embrace, it’s lovely to be in the position to do so, over 20 years after my first shoot for them!

    What a scorcher!

    It might be lockdown, but at least the plants are thriving! It was great to get out and about during lockdown, catch some rays and recharge in the green spaces of a London nursery.

    Food Banks and the Pandemic

     

    The volunteers on the front line

    I was recently given special permission to photograph and interview behind-the scenes at one of the largest food bank hubs in the country. What sort of people volunteer their time and effort to help so many vulnerable people that would otherwise go hungry?

    BLM London

     

    I wanted to find out what people

    thought about the current situation and turmoil, and so I headed out onto the streets of London. Click the pics to see and hear more.

    Turn2Us

     

    Turn2Us is a charity that I work for pro bono.

    They work with people that are in finanacial diffiuclties, and aid and support them so as they can get back on their feet. The range of people that are helped by them is staggering, and in the current climate, will probably only get larger.

    KPMG’s Blue Door

     

    KPMG’s blue door is a staple of their brand,

    and so it was great to see what I could do with it. The brief was to produce stills and moving idents, all of which my team was responsible for. The agency and client loved the ‘stunning’ results!

    Behind The Scenes video

     

    The story of a shoot, shot over 1 day, with 12 models and 16 crew 

    Big shoots are very tricky to get right, primarily because there’s so much to get wrong. That’s one of the reasons why I’m always so keen to plan shoots, even the small ones. But after multiple days prepping and planning, organising and corralling, the big day comes and then, to a certain extent, it’s my job to let go of the lists!

    The whole process is like landing a jumbo, while having tea with the passengers!

    Saint Brides Church

     

    Tucked away, just off Fleet Street, in the heart of old London

    lies Saint Brides church. It’s an incredible place, an oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the city – it’s serenity hides a history that stretches back over two thousand years. Underneath the present church are Roman ruins, and above those a charnel house with the reamins of hundreds of plague victims, their bones and skulls neatly packed and arranged. Above that are the ruins of the church that was left gutted by the great fire of London, and above that the current church, designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

    Dr Max

     

    Shot in Prague over two weeks, 

    we rolled out the fantastic new store designs for one of Europe’s leading pharmacy chain. It was a corker of a shoot, with new models daily, tight time slots, a rolling roster or products, and people from at least 6 different countries involved – we couldn’t have done better!

    Saudia Airline

     

    Saudia Airline trains all its First Class flight attendants at The Savoy.

    By butlers, of course! Apparently, though it didn’t come as a huge surprise, I’ve been doing it wrong all these years!

    Dr Max

     

    The production and shoot was huge, and of course we smashed it!

    We were shooting in Prague with 2 store locations and 1 studio. We wanted the models to be locals, and so we cast them on a previous trip, but we did all the styling in London. You wouldn’t believe the levels of problem planning that my team went into!

     

    But with 15 models, multiple locations, and a crew / client list of 13, keeping tabs on everything was so important. One thing that I (and the clients loved) was an album containing all the story boards that I’d drawn because we gradually replaced them with photo prints from the shoot as we went along, so that everyone knew just where we’d been, and what we had to do.

     

    With my studio being the lead for all of these parts, we had our work cut out, and I’m so happy to say that the clients loved all the shots!

    Irish Passport

     

    Everyone needs one, let’s be frank.

    That’s the thing with Brexit … well, apart from it being stupid. So, just give me a shout as I’ve got a patent pending method of securing an Irish Passport and, as you know, I’m always happy to share. Just look at these happy customers!!

    Tasnim Lowe

     

    Tasnim’s father killer her mother, her aunt and her grandmother 

    Her mother was just 16 at the time, and pregnant with what would have been Tasnim’s brother or sister should she have survived. The only person to escape the burning house was Tasnim’s grandfather. Continued…

    Weil – an American law firm

     

    They’re very people centric, and proud of how they treat their young lawyers

    And with just one day to shoot all the reportage that was needed for a 16 page brochure, it meant things had to be zippy! With multiple locations and people, all in a working office, and sometimes shooting in working meetings, it’s got to be fast and light, but all the while I need to be mentally triaging the shots, locations, people and timings!

    Selected by The British Journal of Photography

     

    For the book, Portrait of Britain

    What a great pleasure and, as they say, it’s available in all good bookshops!

    This photograph was part of a series of mine, and there’s more of them to see here.

    Happy Valley – Where Celebrity Meats Tasty

     

    I was touched and humbled to shoot for one of the best dead meat companies there is,

    because it doesn’t come much better than The Tasty Meat Company and their premier brand Happy Valley. All of their celebrities are raised on Grass, Water and Sunshine, and before their last holiday at the Happy Abattoir, they lead charmed lives – lives so happy you can taste it! Click the pics to see more!

    Double Award Winning: William Hill, Problem Gambling

     

    Gold Award – Corporate Content Awards, and Shoot The Face Awards

    I think this series of images deserve their awards – it was striking that the team from MerchantCantos and William Hill were keen to push the boundaries in order to tell the story. It was great to be involved early in the process, because the message is such a difficult one to deliver visually, and something that we had to tease out in a responsive and responsible fashion. See more about the campaign on the MerchantCantos site here.

    Jarrad Comley, Partner and Executive Creative Director called me in to talk about this, visual storytelling and so much more – check out the vid above!

    It’s Award Winning!

     

    Blind Pilot scooped a Photographic award with One Eye Land

    If you look closely, the dog is reading ‘How To Fly –  For Dogs’, of which I’m the author! I usually don’t talk about it much, but if you’re asking …