#APRES2015: Good-looking engineers!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

A week ago today, I was just packing my bag for a shoot in central London. I was going to spend a whole day in a basement, hopelessly outnumbered by engineers. Also, the coffee would be bad. Anyone who knows me even slightly would imagine that might be my idea of hell, (the venue, in ...

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Pulling faces: Salon.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog | 2 Comments

So, these are the rejects from the Taylor Wessing portrait prize. I don’t want to go overboard with the WTFs, but there needs to have been some pretty strong competition for these to be considered unworthy of even an exhibition place… My favourites are Sir Ian McKellen, Simon Pegg and the Afghan man and his ...

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“Call that a knife?”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

It’s that famous line from Crocodile Dundee – the best cheesy 80s movie ever – where Mick Dundee is threatened by a street punk with a switchblade, and confronts his would-be assailant with the machete he keeps up the back of his jacket… My friend, fellow photographer Scott Chouciño, recently published a blog post about ...

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Regrets, or bravery?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Just a little musing for today; I don’t tend to wax lyrical on matters philosophical – at least not without a few beers, in a “putting the world to rights” sort of way. However, a couple of things recently have made me consider the ideas of bravery and regret and why that should be relevant ...

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Was it all worth it? Portrait of a CX bike.

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | One Comment

As you may have seen in my last post, I was planning on doing some lighting tests on location (er… in my garden) today, but it’s too small and windy for anything meaningfully resembling a location test. However, a quick scoot over to the local woods proved much more promising. Trees, you see, have a ...

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Testing…

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Nick’s simple guide to lighting tests in a high wind. Lesson one:   I think the main lesson is that my garden is way too windy for a Rotalux 100 Deep Octa softbox. I don’t think stage weights and sandbags would have helped much in this case, but I’m going to take it all (camera, ...

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Instruments of the Afterlife at the V&A, London.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Well, I’ve been struggling to write this blog post for a while. Nothing I seem to be able to say about this performance/sculpture series/musical composition seems to make sense or to do it justice. However, Professor Jacqui Glass of Loughborough University has beaten me to it and written a very eloquent and readable piece for ...

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Mulletproof poet.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

As today is National Poetry Day, I’m just gonna leave this here… Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Andrew “Mulletproof Poet” Graves’ one man show, “God Save The Teen”, in Leicester’s pub theatre, Upstairs At The Western. I’ve photographed Andrew before, both onstage at the Y in Leicester, as part of Word! and ...

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Single Track

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Mountain bike heaven. Heaven: It’s different things to different people, I think we can all agree on that. I’m sure that for anglers it’s a quiet river bank or a boat on a lake; for a shopaholic an endless Oxford Street in the sky; I’m pretty sure there are those for whom it’s an infinite ...

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Hackathon?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Early last month (I know, I’m really slack at blogging, I hope you can forgive me…) I was invited to photograph a couple of events at The Royal Academy of Engineering. The first was a “Hackathon” on the theme of ethical sourcing in the construction industry. I spent all day with players and thought leaders ...

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