Actor Tom Gaskin


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Regulars follower of my blog or instagram will recognise this guy. @tomgaskin_ is a friend of mine, also from Great Yarmouth. He does a lot of things — he’s a juggler, a comedian, a model. Recently he’s been doing pretty well with his acting too, he had a small part in a big movie, got an agent, and is doing some commercials and cool projects now. We had a good time in the studio making some new headshots recently.

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Joe Allens for Monocle Magazine


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For Monocle latest Drinking & Dining Directory I was asked to go and take a few photographs at theatre-restaurant staple Joe Allen’s. The original is in New York on Broadway, I think, but the London branch has been around for years too. It’s a known spot where influential theatre types dine, but also where a lot of famous West End actors worked as waiters before they made it. The story for Monocle, as I understand it, was all about tables in restaurants where important deals are done. It came out in their Spring/Summer issue.

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Easy Like A Sunday Morning


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A few of the images from a really fun editorial I worked on recently with some great collaborators. The creative here was to produce a New York style loft apartment in the studio and to make some great underwear lifestyle images. We wanted to make images that felt like our model was enjoying a relaxed Sunday morning at home in bed with coffee, breakfast and the paper. In sexy underwear. Looking amazing. Because everybody does that, right?

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Coal Office


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Another day shooting with regular client Coal Office. The restaurant is in the new Coal Drop Yard development at Kings Cross and is the brain child of designer Tom Dixon and famous Israeli chef Assaf Granit. I spent a day recently with head chef Nitai following him around as he did some prep (which I’m sure he doesn’t normally do!) and briefed his team.

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The Auld Enemy for Rugby Journal


Scottish legend Scott Hastings

Scottish legend Scott Hastings

ultra-aesthetic rugby enthusiast’s magazine, Rugby Journal, asked me to photograph some of the giants (literally and figuratively) of the English and Scottish Rugby National teams. The studio was set uo at The Auld Enemy, an event organised by legend Doddie Weir’s charity to raise money for Motor Neuron’s Disease sufferers whilst celebrating the rich history of the rugby rivalry between Scotland and England. Apparently. I’ll admit I know nothing about Rugby.

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Rory Underwood

Steve Thompson, OBE

Steve Thompson, OBE

Wildes Cheeses for National Geographic Food


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This week I had to pleasure of visiting Philip and Keith, the two gents who own and operate Wildes Cheeses. I was asked to go and photograph their cheese making day-course for National Geographic’s relatively foetal food periodical National Geographic Food. I didn’t want to show up expecting that some poor sod would be OK with me sticking a camera in their face, so the guys allowed me to bring a friend along — friend of the blog Tom Gaskin — who took part and I snapped him instead.

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The 43rd Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival


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For the second consecutive year I returned to Monaco to spend a few days backstage at the Monte-Carlo International Circus festival. Arguably the most significant event in the global circus calendar this prestigious festival is often referred to as the Oscars of the circus world, with the best international acts being invited to compete for one of several coveted prizes. None is so famous or revered, though, as the Clown D’or, or Golden Clown — the circus performers’ most distinguished accolade.

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My visits to Monte Carlo, as anyone who follows my work will guess, are a part of my longest personal project — photographing circuses and circus artists. I have been taking photographs backstage at the circus since I was a teenager, and it has become a serious undertaking that, I hope, will one day comprise a book. I’ve managed to make a good connection with someone at the festival press office and my (already very generous) access was improved from my first year. I enjoyed a full four days of unlimited artists’ pass. During shows I spent my time shooting backstage and around the edges of the Chapiteau (big top). I grade these images black and white because firstly, it helps with the quality of the images shot in extremely low light, and secondly, it creates a clear distinction between these images and the main portraits;

Artists from Gia Eradze’s famous Royal Russian Circus

Artists from Gia Eradze’s famous Royal Russian Circus

As with the previous year the work I made in Monaco comprised both these reportage images shot during the show and also more formal, strobe-lit portrait sittings with artists from the lineup. I posed the artists as I always do — fully made-up and costumed, but without the flare and flamboyance of their characters. I ask the subject to recede into themselves, as if to become invisible within their show attire. It’s always interesting to watch trained athletes and gymnasts attempt to slouch, drop their shoulders, uncock their hip.

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Testing with Tom

This week I met up with my friend, juggler, actor, model, comedian and all round good-guy Tom Gaskin to help him film some new material for his 2018 show reel. In between takes we were messing around with some new lighting kit I've picked up. 

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I send most of my time shooting ambient, environmental portraits, and when I do use flash it's usually just to add a little definition to whatever the ambient is doing. 

That being said I really enjoy the occasional splurge of absolute artificiality. On camera flash (or close to it) big vignettes in post-production and excessive desaturation always make me feel like I'm shooting a magazine cover. Chance would be a fine thing. 

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Of course, the one quick ambient snap i took at the end of the day is, as always, my favourite.