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.
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.
An Intimate day of happiness and joy is the only way I can describe Josh and Tom's wedding day.
It was an honor to be asked to capture the day and evening later in the week.
Hosted at the beautiful The West Mill in Derby it was a pleasure to document Tim and Kerry Hartwell's wedding day.
The Bride and Groom requested the wedding to be filmed in a candid and informal way to capture the real atmosphere of the day.
It's always an amazing feeling to make something that will be cherished for many years to come by the whole family.
Shooting for final year students at Derby University.
Artists Debra Swann & Caroline Locke asked me to create video documentation of their performance at Primary in Nottingham.
With many aspects of the exhibition/performance being a one-take opportunity such as the sawing in half of the cardboard sculpture I had to get it right first time. No pressure eh?
This is where I met Tony and his shell shop on Blackpool Pier. Tony told me he had worked in his shop for over 20 years. I visited during Blackpool's 'off season' yet he was still open to visitors.
Tony's huge collection of trinkets and shell based homeware was quite impressive as well as his dedication to his shop and hospitality.
I aim to return to Blackpool in the future and create a larger project inspires by the people I met while on the residency.
Photomarathon Sheffield was a one day photo competition where after signing up participants were given a set of topics to interpret into photographs around the city.
The challenge being no editing or reviewing on a computer and the submitted photos must be the only ones on your card or the staff would take the last six images from your memory card at the end of the day.
I was swapping out memory cards throughout the day to make sure I could capture other things that did not apply to the topics I was given.
Ending up being a runner up fore one of the categories with 'Making Shapes' as the topic with the image above with the road sign in!
Can't wait until the next one!
A few photos from a visit to Castleton up in the Peak District.