In 2015 I was asked to take part in the creation of the parkrun 10yr anniversary photo book. During this process I met brothers Gary & Steve Wimbledon from Fulham who were on a strict health plan to change their lives. Running had become a huge part of their lives and a year after the completion of the book I embarked on making a video with the brothers inspired by their determination to lose weight and their love of the phenomonen that is parkrun. The video has since inspired parkrun to build a new website called loveparkrun.com that challenges inactivity and uses the video to inspire.
Rob is a poet, writer & comedian. I have photographed him before and its always a pleasure as is he very open to trying things out. His shows are themed based and his new one for 2016 is 'SLEEP'. Booked in for Edinburgh Festival and a host of other venues and large festivals yet to be announced. More of him here robauton.co.uk
Photographed in my house January 2016.
Recent shoot for the launch of new beauty vitamin drink 'Vitness'. A new London based drinks brand who've just won 'Best Functional Drink' at the annual World Beverage Innovation Awards. Jolly nice folk they are too, well deserved. More on their website here : www.wearevitness.com
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Marie-Françoise is the wife of my late fathers best friend, a French man named Julien Le Meur. I'm named after Julien and have kept in touch with them both for the last 14 years. Living now in Moyrazes near Rodez in France, my wife and I visited them for a night on our return from a camping trip this year. Marie-Françoise has unfortunately had problems with her health for a few years due to a car accident and her career as an Opera Singer has been put on hold. I'd never heard her sing before until over breakfast she broke out into song mesmerising both of us as Julien carried on as normal. Shortly after we had to leave our friends and were about to say goodbye when I asked to take their picture. Marie-Françoise pulled up a chair in the front room and sat towards the light from the window which lit her up isolating her from the room detail behind. I didn't ask Marie-Françoise to compose herself the way she did or ask her to look to the window. Her dream, she told us during our visit is to sing again on stage. I like to think this is what she is thinking about as I shot my 3 frames before we left.
Selected for Portrait Salon 2015 - The print exhibition will open at 6.30pm on 19th November 2015 at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London and will be accompanied by a new publication that will look back at the past 4 years of Portrait Salon.
I'm very pleased to have two of the 'Con Club' series images shortlisted for the RPS International Print Exhibition 158. Nearly 5000 images submitted from 56 countries around the world and just over 400 selected for the shortlist by the selectors. I entered 2 images from my series that I've been shooting for the last 3 years. Both images take on a musical theme, the club hosts many nights and I'm interested in the diverse range of people and acts that play at the club. The images shortlisted are below. One from a Beatles cover band night where a small group of regulars were singing along at the opposite end of the function room to the band, the dance floor completely empty at the time. The elder members of the club are certainly not shy when it comes to getting up and dancing but this being early into the set, 'Love Me Do' as I recall, was about absorbing the atmosphere and easing into the night.
The other shot is from one of the 'Northern Soul' nights. A regular feature at the Con Club and one I have shot many times over the last few years. Ive met some great characters and great dancers and this shot was taken at the Christmas 2014 night. The young dancer is Paul Kelly, incredible to watch and I found myself fixed on him with my camera for a few frames throughout the night. That often happens when I photograph the soul nights, people stick out and I become transfixed on them. I like this one for its suggestive tones and his look of consideration for his next move. My next move is to get prints made up and delivered to the RPS judges for consideration into the 100 final prints to be exhibited.