Saturday, December 10, 2005

Product shot for 'Digital Photographer' magazine

Completely sensible photoshoots never happen...

This is an example of the type of shots you can get if you leave the subject to their own devices. The fact that the clients preferred this shot to any of my ideas is interesting...but probably says more about my photography than them...
This is really just a snapped-shot after a stressful shoot (equipment problems) that makes me laugh, so I thought I'd share it.

Alex Barrow, London

Alex Barrow, an exceptionally talented atrist and accordian player from London.

The Lamster

A writer and musician friend of mine who lives in Berlin

Fireball football

I'd say this game is fairly self explanatory and not for the faint hearted...

Norma Percy

This is one shot from a series that I did for Diplo magazine, of the award winning documentary maker, Norma Percy.

PR work

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Friday, November 18, 2005

Shooting Skin

Last night (Wednesday 16th) I photographed Skin (Deborah Anne Dyer, from Skunk Anansie fame) performing at King’s College London. Was an interesting gig-she’s a good performer really has a presence on the stage. It didn’t start to well for me though-before the gig had even begun the bouncers were trying to get rid of the six photographers at the front, including myself, for health and safety reasons-even though we all had valid photo passes. There were two bouncers on either side of the stage. One of them was getting very aggressive and completely unreasonable, whilst on the other side of the stage his colleague was actually beginning to see sense. Unfortunately I was stuck in front of the Mr Agro. This guy was so like an overgrown ape that I swear he’s the missing link that scientists have been looking for all these years. Eventually I darted into the crowd and then back behind-thus avoiding King Kong and shooting the gig in freedom.

The only other problem was that my ancient 300D (soon to be replaced by a 20D) was having serious trouble keeping up with my trigger finger. It was straining to buffer the shots, so that I ended up missing quite a few moments. Then again I can’t complain, they used to shoot gigs with manual focus and wind on films.

Three shots are Skin herself, the fourth one is of 'Make Good Your Escape', the support act.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Portfolio work

One shot taken from a series done for a girl's commercial portfolio. I managed to find a delightful little French style cafe in the back streets of soho, and ended up with an interesting series from the shoot. Oct 2005

running scared

Don't know what to make of this one. Was taken down in Poole on the south coast earlier this year. I like interesting compositions. I guess what I liked about this one was the aggressive looking physique juxtaposed with the damp and gloomy but peaceful surroundings-gives of a sense of danger.... But maybe I'm just reading too much into it.

Paris by night, taken in a park in the southern suburbs of Paris a few weeks ago-a different scene to the suburbs today...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Welcome to the Photoblog for Focus52

If you've successfully navigated yourself to my website then you may already know a bit about me but if not here goes....
Currently based in London I divide my time between studying and creating little digital memories, conventionally know as photos. Having failed in my mission to take a photo every day of my life for a year (a common resolution amongst photographers...I managed a week), I decided that the best alternative would be to create a blog where I could post some interesting images (and some not-so-interesting images) and hopefully get some feed back from friends and maybe even fans...or whoever accidently wanders into this dead-end corner of cyberspace....

I also have to thank my friend Lami for inspiring me (as she often does) to finally get my act together and start a blog. She's a writer based in Germany and her own blog can be viewed at