Recent corporate staff portraits shot for Change Grow Live
Carl went through 17 years of heroin & Crack abuse. With the help of Change Grow Live, he’s now built an amazing new life in recovery, with a loving family, a home and a successful career. See how he did it.
Good to be asked to participate to www.theshotineverforgot.com by John House. Photographers are asked to give an image to the project and some text explaining their choice. For me it was a simple one, the image above shot in Peru 2006 on my Mamiya 7 II. You can read my story here and see the other photographers here.
Working with the charity Change Grow Live has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Helping people through substance misuse, the charity is at the forefront of getting people back in control of their lives. I spent a day in Birmingham shooting peer mentors and service users for the charities literature and website rebranding. Here is Paddy, one my favourites. We also made a case study film currently in edit and to be posted soon.
On 28th January 2017 my dear friend Stuart Hudson passed away. We met at school and had a beautiful friendship that lasted 29 years.
From Monday 5th Feb to Friday 9th Feb, I am donating 100% of my book 'All the things you are' sales to the charity @mindcharity . Feb 6th is Stuarts birthday and I am going to honour him by helping raise awareness and support for the charity that I know Stu would wholeheartedly encourage.
At the beginning of last year I had my self published book delivered & ready but found it difficult to celebrate any kind of launch after his passing. I pushed a launch back to March and decided on @thesociallondon Heavenly records music venue/bar in London. Chosen because of Stu’s passion & love for the band St Etienne. Thanks again to all who came and to Carl, Danny & Co. His friends & family are still processing the loss and there are events planned later this year and already a half Marathon has been accomplished by @niklodge to help raise awareness for Mind in memory of Stu. It’s a positive step in desperate times but we all hope that further awareness can prevent people spiralling into life threatening problems through mental health issues. We may not be aware if someone is suffering from a mental health problem or may not feel we can talk about one. I hope this small offering can help in some way to raise awareness. Although Stu never got a copy of the book we did discuss it and I know he shared its sentiment.
EACH ORDER MADE THROUGH THIS SITE, I WILL DONATE THE FULL AMOUNT (MINUS POSTAGE) WITH YOUR NAME AND £26 DONATION. MESSAGES CAN BE ADDED TO THE PURCHASE WHEN BUYING FROM THIS SITE THAT I WILL PUT WITH THE DONATION ON THE MIND PAGE ONCE ORDERS HAVE BEEN MADE. THIS WILL BE EMAILED TO ALL PURCHASERS AFTER FRIDAY 9TH FEB 2018. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MEMORY OF MY FRIEND.
New Ad's out for Santander Cycles. Shooting with two social media influencers - Ellie @ellenextdoor fashion & lifestyle blogger and John Quilter @foodbusker. Shooting in various locations over London to create the imagery for Unlock your London campaign for digital outdoor, print & social. There are some more Ad's in the commissions section of the site.
A few shots from a recent trip to Iceland. We spent a few days driving Snæfellsnes Peninsula visiting the sites that we could when the wind wasn't too strong. The snow held off until the last day before we made our way to the ION hotel on route to the golden Circle. Amazing country, I'm planning the next trip already. There are only 4 hours of daylight in December and the light was ever changing. I shot with my trusty Hasselblad 500c/m & CFV50c digital back. Shooting with this set up slows me down, I love it.
Long exposures at midnight with my Hasselblad 500C/M & CFV50c digital back. Beautiful mountains surround the campsite at Arolla. At an altitude of 1950 meters, the campsite is in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
Recent commission with Cico Books for Wendy Ward (no relation!)
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