This week saw me catching up with one
of the icons in the Dance industry Mr Paul Oakenfold (notice I said Dance not
this current EDM fanboy bandwagon). Now I was hoping to have this updated with
a piece on a recent press shoot I had booked in with Paul but sadly we had to
reschedule due to a clash in scheduling, so instead its about last years shoot
and the weekends show at Ministry.
Something I have always tried to stick
to with Paul when shooting him live is not to use flash when he is on the
mixer, now not only do I actually prefer this look but my current kit has
really made this much more fun to shoot this way. So expect to see more and
more shows where I simply leave the flash in my bag.
Here is one of the shots from the 2012 shoot. It’s something that I am incredibly proud of, not least because I grew up listening to Paul’s music but also because it is on display in the Hard rock hotel in Las Vegas.
I am a big fan of location work and I have invested heavily in portable lighting solutions so I can shoot this way. White backgrounds in studios just really do not quite entice me as much as going into a fresh location we have discovered to create something different. The location we had here is actually the rooftop terrace in the hotel Paul was staying in which was quite handy for any outfit changes/equipment storage.
The shot is simply lit with one large 95cm Octabox on my Elinchrom ranger.
Well 2013 is under way for me and the blog is now here.
I wanted to finally start to write more about the thoughts I have in relation to my work and the questions I get asked by fellow photographers and music fans. January is always a month I take time off as outside of this period I don't really have any time to get away from it all and give both my body and cameras the rest they need.
This january was a touch different though and instead of going for my usual winter break and sunshine I decided to finally venture to a place I have wanted to visit for a long long time - Berlin.
Now it might seem strange to go find a
climate colder than the UK on a break but there was something interesting to me
about this particular city in the winter, and I really wanted to just go and
listen to some techno and not worry about having to worry about what shots I
need for clients. The trip was meant to be 4 days but somewhere along the line
I ended up with some chest and back pains, which meant an additional 5 days in
a Berlin hospital. Ok so a great way to relax away from the UK stuck in a bed
in a strange place, machines strapped to me with food which wasn’t what I had
anticipated when I booked my weekend away.
Away from this I did however manage to
find some time to relax and just shoot some pieces for me. The plan was to
shoot the mix of architecture Berlin had to offer, however after only a few
hours of being in the city I became more fascinated with its people and they
way they interacted with their surroundings. So I spent several hours a day
wandering about the city, jumping on and off various forms of public transport
simply shooting people in their natural surroundings.
Full gallery can be seen on my facebook page here.
Back to work on the 25th Of January saw me take on the task of shooting both the opening night at ministry of sound and Hospitality DnB at Brixton academy at the same time. Now in hindsight shooting two of the biggest events in town that night on my return may have not been the brightest idea, but I really enjoy a challenge and it was a great way to kick my year off. I was shooting the production at Hospitality for Rob @ zeroDB live and continuing my residency at Ministry as the in house photographer for another year.
Whilst away in Berlin I managed to shoot more black and white work and this is something I have tried to push more of initially since being back covering shows in London. I am a huge fan of colour however sometimes I just really like to have something a bit different to what I usually shoot thrown into the mix. Wiping out the colour and simply working on capturing a moment of pure emotion can be really special.
Anyway that’s enough for now from the start of the year. I would like to thank my good friend Tom who has put many an hour into both building my website last year and also integrating the blog so that it is a part of it. For those who like the look of what they can contact tom on facebook