It is a task that would seem relatively straight-forward but once considering all the factors that feed into representing the work as true and precise as possible, it becomes an operation.
Firstly is creating a lighting environment that evenly lights the work as naturally as possible but avoids all reflections, while also giving depth to the frames. Using my trusty Rotolight Aeos set up I was able to achieve a soft spread of light. Positioning the lights at a 45 degree angle towards the work eliminated most reflections, joined with making sure no other light was entering the space (god bless gaff tape). Got really nice shadows too, bonus!
Secondly, and most importantly is colour-matching the works to the actual photographs because as smart as modern mirrorless cameras are they don’t always reproduce colours completely accurately.
Thirdly is careful getting rid of any dust or foreign objects on the photographs or behind the glass with a bit of gentle retouch.
Lastly is exporting the images large and detailed enough (TIFFs) that they can be archived to then be used in a multitude of applications for the future.
And there you have it, some sweet documentation of some great photographs.
Promoting their new album 'Joy as an Act of Resistance' the five-piece played their hearts out in the most perfect packed out venue, even with a setlist formed live of audience requests: 'What's your name? Where'd you come from?', 'Do you know any Idles songs?'
I was definitely part of the action in more ways than one for this shoot. Idles have a tenancy to enter the crowd, and not just frontman Joe Talbot, we are talking guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan crowd surfing and passing the mics around the mosh pit, if the crowd could lift drummer Jon Beavis still playing I'm sure they would have.
Still buzzing from it to be honest. Oh and go buy the album, it's mint.
High shutter, high ISO and high frames per second to capture the pure energy from the whole band, I commend Sony on their stella autofocus from the A7RII, makes me want an 'RIII even more!
The new Summer campaign from Areté can finally be revealed!
It was important for us to take more of a focus on developing the brand this time round as the Barbers enters its second year in business.
It was all about the vision, the hair, the looks and the feel of what Areté is and represents.
Experimenting in the space we focused on collaboration rather than Danni soley directing.
Soon into the shoot I felt the energy of Danni's movements were not being communicated effectively when filming static on the tripod. I went handheld to get more into the action and found myself reacting to Danni's movements within the dance, but also over time going against these self-established rules moving the shot away from the subject.
This decision was influenced by Steve McQueen's video with Kanye West for All Day where Kanye's presence flows through McQueen's single continuous shot facing off, chasing and ignoring Ye's performance. Because sometimes it's what you don't see that is the most interesting.
One of the most stand out music videos I have seen in a long time. Still not sure if 'This is America' topped it or not.
Had to get some photographs of Danni doing her thing too obviously.
Had fun with this one and tried to make something a little different from most grime promo’s I see all while keeping current.
You can get tickets for the Nottingham gig here and I’ll see you there.
From working with Areté nearing a year now I have been able to experience (albeit from an outside perspective) Josh and Matt's journey of building their barbershop.
Our first meeting last year (over pizza) was for shooting their SS18 collection, this is where I was introduced to the concept of Areté with promise of opening it's doors soon after. I was excited at the chance to work with a company who share similar values to my own, as well as hearing about a grooming experience that I was certainly crying out for in Nottingham.
They are now establishing themselves as one of the top barbers in Nottingham practising something no one else is.
I feel like over the three videos we have produced, conversations, meals and haircuts I've had with Josh and Matt this is just the beginning in providing the upmost value to Areté clients and beyond though the content we create.
Our latest work together is this short documentary to celebrate their six months in business and how much they have grown in that short space of time.
Filmed across my Sony A7R2 and A6500 in 4K.
It has been great to see this project develop over the past year into a very successful opening evening and to work alongside David Severn who was photographing the event, do check him out, very big influence towards my personal projects.
Existing as a performer and filmmaker in this work is exactly the reason I love working with Artists, it's always new and exciting that helps develops my creative input for other more commercial projects.
There is always a different vibe at the wide array of Rough Trade Nottingham's events and gigs that allow me to change up the way I shoot.
This time round I found myself working with the feel of the DJs' set to influence the angles and overall compositions of the photographs.
And that ISO 12800 is still the way forward on the Sonys, don't be afraid of a bit of noise!
My photographs have recently been published in a monograph/biopic of Swiss artist Guillaume Pilet. The book has been created by Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne to coincide with the artist's recent exhibtion there.
The selected images are from a performance of Pilet's that was exhibited last year at the artist-led space Primary in Nottingham.
Very proud to have made the front cover!
Stopped by Homeboys' Ramen pop up at Jamcafe in Nottingham this weekend to get some snaps of their amazing Asian street food.
I've never worked in the kitchen environment before as a chef, waiting staff or photographer so this was an experience and a half!
Homeboys have a permanent residence at Nottingham Street Food Club if you wanted to try some one weekend, I can wholly reccomend you do.
Shooting again at Rough Trade Nottingham featuring Merky ACE, Lemzly Dale, F17, Lukas Wigflex, J Dot, Kyeza and DJ Skimask.
Energy was high for this one and a great time to work with my recent lens addition - Sony FE 28mm f/2.
With not a lot of light at the venue I've had to use the audiences LED's from their phones while they are videoing again as I'm not quite a fan of flash for events like this.
Thought I'd test it out myself this time, camera in one hand and phone in the other, quite useful to direct and bounce some fill light.
Photographed Zed Boys at the weekend at Rough Trade Nottingham.
To say there was zero light apart from the odd LED from a phone and the projector vs the guys absolutely bumping it on the stage I think the camera performed quite well.
There's something about working with the 'natural' light that captures the atmosphere a lot more truly than a brighted out flash, that's not to say there isn't room for some experimentation in future.
P.S - 12800 is the one.