Political portraits are often shot on location for example this set of images of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Moog was shot in Somerset for The Daily Telegraph political interview article. When commissioned to photograph someone who is in a prominent position in public life for an interview you have to be able to supply a full set of images to fulfil the brief.
I was recently asked to shoot a set of portraits of graduate students for The University of Reading, each student is in the running for University award and all were photographed in their place of study, from the farm to the lecture hall, the university library, the european centre for medium range weather forecasting and the in the lab.
As I say “it never rains it pours” here is another book cover just published in Europe. Shot this image whilst on a commission for The Daily Telegraph, a lonely night in Birmingham waiting for the next day’s job, so I spent a few hours creating atmospheric street imagery for the library. It must have been 25 years ago now so goes to show it’s worth creating and maintaining an archive of generic imagery.
It never rains it pours as the saying goes and this week has started off with the publication of my work on the front cover of another book, in fact it has been used across Europe on a new book in a variety of languages. This image is another example of looking at the detail in the landscape and your surroundings. Shot during the winter this frost covered rose bloom has now been used in over 4 countries so far as the cover image for Paulus Hochgatterer’ novel (excuse my translation) “The Sweetness of life”.
Over the last few months I have been following artisan furniture maker Neal Hathaway who has been making his own wooden surf board for surfing the Severn Bore, a river wave created by the surging tide found in Gloucestershire, UK. From the raw wooden planks that Neal picked up at the saw mill to the finished board, this gallery shows the work in progress. Only one more shot to achieve… Neal riding the board on the next wave!
It’s always great to be on the street shooting some editorial photography and in a quick pit stop on my way through my old London home of Tooting I managed to shoot a small set of street photography, there’s always a picture out there, the only picture that is not is the one you have not taken !
Last week I was invited by Lucy and Colin to Corinium Ales Cirencester to shoot some imagery for the new website and other marketing collateral. It was an early start, 6am to get shots of the first part of the process, then throughout the day shooting each stage of the beer making. You can view the full all of photography from the day on the linked gallery. Lucy and Colin were inspired by American craft ales, a long-standing love affair with British real ales, an interest in Cirencester’s brewing history and using the town’s Roman origins in name, they set up Corinium Ales in November 2012. They have won several awards for their beers, through CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) beer festivals, the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards and the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club for product innovation, development and promotion.