A very strong one night exhibition curated by Garth Gratix with each Artist showing exceptional skill and execution in their shortlisted work and a great example of the young Artists working in the UK today.
I had the pleasure of shooting Mr & Mrs Hougham’s wedding and reception this weekend.
Making the most of the lowering September sunshine I was able to get some beautiful warm contrasty photographs, we were so lucky it stuck around for the whole day.
It was the first time of giving my Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 a good run for its money as my main lens for the job. Judge for yourself but I think it’s done a great job of capturing the intimacy of wedding day alongside the Ziess Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 and Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 also in the bag.
And where would we be without Sony’s amazing eye AF, it performs exceptionally on the 85mm.
The installation runs from 21st September 2019 - Spring 2020 with special live performance dates 21st and 22nd where musicians will be responding to the ‘music’ generated by the plants in the Camellia House.
I will also be making a short documentary around the project that is slated for release in October 2019.
It seems to come around quicker every six months, Areté’s Hair & Lifestyle Campaign.
I thought it would be hard to top what we created last season but here we are.
Another stella job done by the same team we’ve had since day one where each of us get to flex our creativity. During the edit and grade I called upon my influences of early 70’s film and home video (Super 8) that also fed into the BTS video where I’ve echoed the structure of film as well as the paneling sometimes seen in advertisements of the 60’s and 70’s. With most fashion houses heavily referencing a 90’s aesthetic this summer I don’t think Areté is ready to visit that, especially not in such a direct way anyways, and it’s good to stand out no?
I mainly used the DJI-Ronin S for this shoot but I explicitly didn’t want to it too look gimbal heavy (none of that flying around everywhere glitchy rhythmic push-in and speed up nonsense that’s done the rounds over and over). On reflection I see that I could have come off-gimbal in areas as maybe fell into clichés a bit, sickening I know, but that’s what pushes me to try and be as original as I can when working with branded content.
This short documentary was also produced to help support the publishing of the book from Beam Editions - ‘Anthony Whishaw RA - Works on Paper 1952 - 2019’ featuring the first comprehensive overview of the artist’s works on paper to coincide with the Artist’s 90th birthday in 2020.
You can find out more here where there is also a sale of Whishaw’s works that will support the publishing of the book.
Advert for wellbeing company Project Better co-directed by myself and the guys behind Project Better.
This promotional video was produced to demonstrate the lifestyle of Project Better’s target audience: the entrepreneur, the 12-14 hour work dayer, excelling in all areas of their life.
Documentary film with artist Hassan Hajjaj for the Everyday Superstars project by New Art Exchange.
@hassanhajjaj_larache was commissioned to photograph a nominee from a callout by NAE to find local superstars of the Nottingham community. Singer and songwriter @nadialatoya was chosen by the community and a young group panel to be photographed for her phenomenal fundraising work.
Working with Beam Editions at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over the weekend before we begin visiting artist studios and archives next week for upcoming projects they are working on (camera in tow of course!) Expect more from our ‘In the Studio’ series very soon.
Back with Areté for another collection shoot, we seem to outdo ourselves every time that owes itself to a solid team all channeling the same direction and aesthetic.
The palette here is the star of the show, shooting in The Hockley Arts Club’s various rooms that created this 80’s party-esque tone.
The guys at Areté welcomed and trusted my experiment of shooting vertically in camera (9:16) for more screen real estate on social media when viewed on phones, which is obviously how most people experience the world now. It’s a very different framing to work with but I think it’s perfect for this where the main focus is all on the models and hair. I imagine this can easily be done when shooting 4K horizontally and reframing in post, but unfortunately the Sony A7Riii doesn’t do that at 60p for slow-mo. Hey-ho.
I was mainly striving for a sharper video on Instagram and experimenting on ways of how to avoid it’s muddy compression that loves to make a mockery of my Sony’s amazing video quality. According to various blogs, keeping the video under 15MB at 1080x1350 (4:5) is the sweet spot to avoid compression and have the largest post size in feed, It’s seemed to work better but still it’s not perfect, I saw a video by Givenchy that was incredibly sharp for Instagram that made me question why everyone else’s videos don’t look like that. I imagine in reality it’s based in a monetary backhand to Facebook to allow this quality that us general public don’t get access to.
Regardless, I think I’ll be doing a lot more video fo 4:5 vertical video that just as easily can be used 9:16 for a gorgeous screen-filling Instagram story.
The work is a wax rubbing of Ian Curtis’s (Joy Division) old house in Macclesfield where he lived with his family, wrote his music and tragically committed suicide in 1980.
The work being the size of the side of a terrace house (563 x 504 cm) paired with being mostly white and shooting on a white wall as a typical gallery backdrop obviously bought it’s challenges in achieving balanced lighting. A mixture of bouncing large spot lights from the surrounding gallery walls and using smaller LED panels to fill in the gaps did the trick after some experimentation. I have a feeling the Sony A7RIII’s dynamic range and pixel shift mode also helped.
‘77 Barton Street’ was commissioned by Deichtorhallen Hamburg and curator Max Dax. the work is in ‘Hyper! A Journey Into Art and Music’ at Deichtorhallen Hamburg: 1 March – 11 August 2019.
There will also be a publication available with the exhibition available through Deichtorhallen.
The beginning of a new series from Beam Editions: In the Studio that will be exploring artist’s lives and practices.
We visited artist John Newling at his home and studio in Nottingham for conversations about the artist’s expansive career, growing plants for his work in his garden as well as ideas of new economies.
I’m often asked where my documentation photographs go, well here is an example of their use in the arts.
Primary’s Programme Notes are a self-published bi-annual comprehensive guide to all things Primary that look forward to upcoming exhibitions and events as well as critically discussing past shows and programmes.
They are a great ongoing accompaniment to Primary’s already rich and vast output. You can pick up all issues (now at #8) at Primary and other art venues around the city of Nottingham.
Areté and Black Cactus have come together for a collection combining each salons’ expertise - Areté’s pursuit for excellence in male grooming and Black Cactus’s Californian inspired beachy looks and Balayage colouring.
Balayage is a technique developed in the 1970’s in France, rather than using traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques, this method sees hair precisely coloured by the hairdresser’s hand.
The long winter sunset casted a golden hue over the city of Sheffield during this shoot that made the in-redevelopment old factory location shine.
For the video’s direction, I started with the usual lifestyle feel from working with Areté previously but tried to get under what Black Cactus was (as this was our first meeting) and implement that into my choice of framing and movement. After all, this is a collaboration.
Still unbelievable results from 4K out the A7RII (Super 35) downscaled to 1080p, working with hair really makes this stand out.
Check out the BTS below to see a window into the process of a collaboration like this. Also see more from Areté over in the portfolio.