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I have uploaded some new photographs to chronicles, my snapshot blog. These shots are all from the last few months and taken on my trusty point and shoot camera.
The good folk at The District commissioned me to shoot a bank of images for the new 2014 prospectus and website of Norwich University of the Arts. This included student portraits and images of the campus and facilities. Its always great to work with The District as their design always gives photography space to breathe alongside the vital information that needs to be conveyed. You can see some screen grabs for the website below along with a few of my favourite images.
Just before Christmas I was commissioned to shoot Palma Violets, fresh from performing on Jools Holland, they played an intimate show in their practice space. I would say it was the smallest gig I have ever been to, let alone photographed. I was pretty glad I had my wide angle lens with me.
The pictures are starting to make the rounds including a feature and calendar picture in Japanese music magazine, Rockin On’.
I was very flattered to be included in the 2012 NME photography awards exhibition at the Getty Images gallery in central London.
The original image is part of an editorial commission from Loud and Quiet on the Maccabees return to Brixton Academy.
The exhibition is on until 1st December.
My friend and film maker Andrew Telling invited me to come and work on a short film commission for Rapha. We traveled to the Dolomites mountains in Northern Italy for five days to follow and film Phil Deeker and the riders on the second of the three Cent Cols Challenge tours.
It was an adventure of epic proportions, from driving along steep mountain passes in the mist to careering down hairpins to find the best vantage points, grabbing quick espressos in sleepy little Italian villages whilst capturing the spectacular locations and the inspiring determination of the riders. It was an experience I will not forget for a long time.
Find some more images from the trip. http://owenrichards.co.uk/rapha
My friend Elinor Jones and I are having an exhibition as part of Illuminations next month.
We will be previewing two brand new series of tour documentary work at the Village Underground on 6th November as part of the Cloud Nothings gig. For people not coming to the show we will be expanding and moving the exhibition to Bardens Cafe on Stoke Newington High Street from 19th November to 3rd December.
Hope to see some of you there.
Long time collaborators Mathy and Fran asked me to take on the role of director of photography for their new short featuring No Age and Emily Taaffe, The Lights and then the Noise. We shot the film over two days at the Spaghetti Tree festival put on by Upset the Rhythm in April 2011. Recently the film had its debut screening at Encounters International short film festival in Bristol.
You can now see the film in full here. The Lights and then the Noise
Here is an in depth interview with Mathy and Fran about the film that explains how it all came together.
Many thanks to Mathy and Fran for having enough faith and giving me the opportunity.
This happened. Expect photographs with a real camera soon!
I was recently commissioned by
Raphato document the Dolomite/Italian event of the Cents Col Challenge 2012.It was definitely an experience I wont be forget,a big thanks to Owen Richards for his work/assistance on the shoot. Below are a few iphone photos taken during the weeks shoot, the film is due out in the next few months.
My second commission for Freunde von Freunden is now online. Olivia Hegarty is one of the designers of menswear label Percival who coincidently are based just downstairs from my studio. The article is also viewable on Zeit Online
One of the best feeling is when you see your friends doing great things. Sauna Youth do this with their music, ideas and art. They have always been a great band to photograph, I have been there with my camera since the first show back in 2009. They release their first LP, Dreamlands on Faux Disc/Gringo Records today. I made a non chronologic chronology of images here
As part of the Cultural Olympiad I was commissioned by the PRS Foundation to document the New Music 20x12 weekend at the Southbank centre.
“New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.”
The weekend was the first time all of the commissioned pieces had been performed at the same event. The variety of music and performances from operas about middle distance runners to string quartets with table tennis players meant a challenging but interesting weekend.
This is a selection of images. More can be seen on the PRS Flickr.
Loud and Quiet commissioned me to photograph Rose Keeler-Schäffeler also known as Keel Her.
A few weeks ago I spent a lovely afternoon hanging out with Marika Hackman. We managed to time it just right with the weather and explored spaces along the banks of the Regent’s Canal.
She has a new single out in September.
So my updates have been as sporadic as the sun this year. Here is a brief run down of what I have been up to.
Press shots for Scottish band Admiral Fallow, an enjoyable day spent exploring Epping Forest.
Seams is realeasing a new EP and needed some new photographs. We had some fun playing around with a projector.
Sue Denim and the Unicorn asked me to work with director Graham Maguire to help shoot stills for her the animated video for her new single Bicycle. Something a bit different from what I normally do but it was great fun.
Lots more to come in the next few months including commissions for Loud and Quiet, FVF, Transgressive Records and exciting project with the PRS Foundation.
NOW COME ON SUN!
White Sands, NM, USA - 2011