Burr! it’s cold being back in London, swapping shorts and a tee shirt for, hat and gloves was never going to be an easy transition to make, but being home with the family kicks all those minor worries into touch, plus being back in the hubbub of London is great, full of exciting opportunities and cool stuff. Down in Shoreditch to drop off the hard drive with all our four weeks work on from the Portuguese trip, I caught the last day of a “Street Art” / “Graffiti” show called the White Canvas project, they are moving the show to Dalston and reopening in a few weeks in the same building as Beyond Retro, I’ll shoot some images and post them soon. In the mean time here are some more backlit garden images from the last few weeks in the sun…………
a well deserved day off today, week two is in the bag and it’s Sunday, the sun has rejoined us and next week is looking easier weather wise not having to battle with clouds mornings and afternoons, we have had some dappled light but only fleeting glances to keep teasing us, well hopefully the forecast is reliable and we get some better days coming up. Aside from domestic tasks like a super market run & laundry, today some of the team have been to the local market @ Quatrim, which seemed to be half local produce and half car boot. Now all that know me will know that car boot sales don’t normally float my boat, but it was curious to see that the type of stuff you find here is about the same as the stuff you find at any boot sale where ever you are, but we always hope to find some gems, and today I did. The beautifully aged box photographed above & in it’s interior it contains ink stamps that I have bought for the boys, the guy who was selling them said that Portuguese schools used to use them in lessons, I am sure the boys will love them. Ones lots of different types of boats and ships in one, the other is different types of traditional buildings from other cultures from around the world, more stories for the Algarve soon…………
About half way through week 2 of our five week Portugal shoot, I snapped these in one of our garden locations when we had just finished shooting for the day. With week one under our belt, with fantastic teamwork, lots of sun, great locations courtesy of Shoot Portugal which has resulted in beautiful images which our client is really happy with, it couldn’t be better, unless of course I could have Jo and the boys with me which would be the icing on the cake, but as we all know you can seldom have it all, but looking forward to the first days off to get the opportunity to do some exploring. I have been to the Algarve many times but never had the time to wander about to get a proper feel for Portugal, so wonderful to be here out of season when you can get a real feel for the place & the people, more soon……..
Well last year while the streets of London were smouldering, and bracing themselves for another night of riots, I was enjoying the sunshine in the Cotswolds and hospitality of Juliette Barrell of “Wesley-Barrell” @ her unusual curved eco house while on an interior photographic commission shooting for “Homes and Gardens“. The drystone curved wall in the above image is what greets you as you arrive on the driveway, very striking given the architectural style of the rest of the village it is surrounded by. The curve in the building I seem to remember Juliette telling us was to maximise the warming rays of the sun, making the building as environmentally low impact as possible. You can see the whole house story starting on page 51 of the July issue of “Homes & Gardens”, hope you enjoy it,
Another house from a New York trip, this time not from Manhattan or an NYC neighbourhood but from the Hampton’s the idyllic Sag Harbor to be exact, this house was down the end of an unassuming road, and tucked away down an equally unassuming short drive way, maybe it started life as an out building once upon a time, I just loved the wooden shingle cladding from the moment I saw the recce pictures, I will be up in the Hampton’s on my next trip to NYC for a few days shooting in Bridgehampton & Southampton, so hopefully some more beautiful American exteriors to add soon
Yes that’s right, watch out the mean streets of Dalston, I have joined the ever swelling ranks of two wheelers on the roads of London. I just bought myself a beautiful retro Raleigh bike from the lovely people @lock7cyclecafe on the canal bridge by broadway market. He or she can’t quite decide on the gender of my new two wheeled friend, is a dark Indian Red according to Colford.com, with new cream tyres. I will be trying very hard not to be a fair weather cyclist, but the newly fitted basket can’t carry all of my interior photographer kit,as anyone of my clients will tell you I tend to have quite a bit of stuff with me on shoot days, so please don’t expect to see me turning up for my next interior or fashion lifestyle shoot on him/her. Once the gender has been decided an official christening will be held, if you’d like to get acquainted, with the bike that is, let’s meet for coffee to chat about making pictures. Suggestions on the gender gratefully received …………
well after many years of good service we are about to say bye bye to our beautiful Balzac sofa by Matthew Hilton, because our heart (mine & the misses) has been stollen by another, which will be revealed very soon on www.location78.com. good old Balzac would have some tales to tell, I am sure, it has featured in many shoots both myself and lots of other high profile photographers shooting fashion, interiors & lifestyle photography @ our house, it’s had many famous bottoms on it, and i know of at least one naked lady who was in close contact with it, so if your in the market for a wonderful piece of furniture click here i do hope he goes to a good home to be loved for many more years ………….
well there isn’t any doubt that trees laden with pretty blossom makes one feel better, it’s one of many signs that the cold months will soon be behind us once more, the same is certainly true for me walking to and from the studio where I am currently shooting a massive interior photography project for a big UK retailer, we are at the beginning of week three of a five week schedule. yesterday on my way home I saw a couple walking along in front of me, he was pretty tall and she was fairly small, nothing strange so far I hear you say, but as they stopped to admire the flowers above he reached up and bent down a low bough to pick some of the pretty blooms for her, romance is alive and well in the streets of london, hope your enjoying the signs of spring on your travels too ………….
Here are two images which I shot for Dulux Colour Futures, see the rest of the project here. I just recently added these images to my Advertising Folio and then a few days later was happy to see that Elle Deco UK had decided to use the left hand image to open their decorating section of the April issue, if I may say they definitely have a sense of calm which I really am proud of, but I can’t take all the credit for that, both Mother Nature for lighting and the ever talented Hannah Simmons styling deserve equal billing, and of course Dulux for brave use of paint, an example below. Which in these days of Adobe making all things possible we collectively decided to do this one for real, in camera, thanks to James Henderson (set builder) had to make it happen, which took a bit of time, but it was worth it, hope you agree……………..
Got an email flyer from shoot factory one of location78‘s agents this morning, about a new location they are now representing in Nottinghamshire Ravenshead, well it took me back, I had shot this house for Elle Decoration a few years ago with the lovely Andrea Lynch who has been a long term friend since we worked together for Harrods years earlier. The house as you can see is a modernist classic it could be straight out of a 007 set, packed full with modernist furniture which the owner Simon deals in through his shop Atomic in Nottingham, I absolutely loved this house when I shot it we had a great day, although a very long one waiting for it to get dark to do the exterior, but Simon did provide some great grub from the local chippy to keep us going, hope you enjoy looking at the images, I’d love to get an opportunity to shoot there again…..