The Smiths and A Taste of Honey

As I sat watching a documentary on The Smiths last night I couldn't help but bring to mind this shoot from 2009 for the Royal Exchange Theatre. I blogged it then.

No explanation needed:

Circling kids on mountain bikes were not too intimidating and they were used to seeing people getting photographed in this iconic location. We dodged the looming rain by seconds, getting the shot just ahead of the sky opening upon us, and best of all someone from Salford Lads Club invited us in for a quick tour as well. Splendid.


A Walk in Wales

I finally managed to reunite my lost Canon G11 with it's lost battery charger last week. It's a long and boring story which centres on the video shooting requirements of a bunch of teenagers and subsequent not-lost-just-can't-find-it conversations. A replacement charger came from Hong Kong and fingertip search of the house turned up the camera. Which meant I once again had a quality and portable camera to always have to hand.

This meant that I had something with me on a great little walk in the Welsh mountains at the weekend. Some of the offending teenagers were force marched around the same walk which gave the whole thing a sort of satisfying completeness.



Last week the lovely Victoria Elliott came by the studio to update her Spotlight pictures. Now the last time we met she looked more like this:

I guess that's acting for you.

I do a few of these shoots a year. They are a lovely way to get behind the public face of the actor which despite the fact they are a sort of glorified passport picture it is still possible to try out techniques whilst sharing a coffee and chat.

This time I decided to make use of my north-light window in the studio and shoot with available, natural light. I should use it more often as it is such a classic and beautiful light. Judge for yourself.

It was noticed that I seem to have spent a lot of time with Vicky on this shoot. I can assure you that this had absolutely nothing to do with her gorgeous NE accent. Pure professionalism on my part..


Skaters #4

Although the project is about the faces of skaters it's also about the details and spaces that form a backdrop to their lives. Here's the first.