My friend, Claudia Westmore on Instagram, popped into the studio for a quick shoot the other day. She’s been training non-stop for her first entry into UKBFF and it’s amazing to see how much she’s progress … not just physically but also mentally.
I am really excited to announce that from today, for about 6 weeks, I have been commissioned by the BBC to help launch their new website BBC Britain.
I’ll be working on this together with the talented @clerkenwellboyec1 (food), @londonlivingdoll (art & design) and @susiebubble (fashion) … with the aim of showcasing some of the extraordinary things that make Britain the cool, multicultural, complex and contemporary country that it is right now.
Over the past few months I’ve been working with Jack Daniel’s on the Hero Serve Campaign. It’s always a dream for any artist to work a project that inflames belief and inspires creativity. It doesn’t happen for everyone but I am one of the few lucky bastards in the world who has had the opportunity to work a dream-job with a brand that has influenced me to some of my favourite work; work that I am insanely proud of in both a personal and professional capacity.
The team over at Splendid Communications came up with a vision for the initiative and I’ve had an awesome time grafting to make that vision happen, in a way that has successfully merged my own signature style with the already established Jack Daniel’s voice.
After lots of love and labour the Hero Serve Campaign has finally hit the streets, featuring a series of images of the band CuT rehearsing at The Underworld in Camden Town. I shot the stills with little preconception; nothing was posed or staged and we opted for a documentary style approach in order to capture an AUTHENTIC experience. The images have been used to create a selection of point-of-sale posters, coasters and bar menus across the country but have also been picked up for use worldwide.
I feel incredibly honoured to have been trusted by a brand with such a strong music heritage – supporting rock and musicians for the longest time; it’s something I’ve supported and admired, and am now glad to be a small part of.
Check out the picture below: it’s a poster making use of the lead image from the campaign – I’m stoked that the pictures are out for people to get a load of. WATCH THIS SPACE…there’s more where that came from.
I was recently interviewed for Lens Army in Germany and it has just gone live. I really enjoyed this one and it’s great to read an interview with myself done in German (that’s where my family is from).
I’ve been working a lot lately with a band called New Volume, that have recently signed with Sumerian Records, and they have just released their debut single and the music video to go with it.
I directed the music video and shot it together with Ryan Prout (performance scenes) and Brendan Monteiro (make-out scenes). It involved a LOT of planning and working really long hours overnight to create sets and shoot everything on schedule but, together with the band, we all pulled our weight, drank loads of Red Bulls and made it happen.
All performance footage was shot at Belt Craft Studios on a Sony FS700 and the make-out footage was shot at a warehouse in Wembley, where we created the bedroom scene from scratch. I originally cast a different solo model for this video but we ended up going with the two models (Sarah Jackaman and Jesse Burgess) and they were both really professional ensuring that an awkward shoot wasn’t awkward at all.
The video was edited by Steven Contreras but I will be releasing a Directors Cut in the next month or so (when I’ve finished it) that will feature the original model (and edit sequence) as I imagined the video to be.
Absolute pleasure working with the guys on this and hoping it is just the start of many for us together.
I shot a great bunch of behind-the-scenes stills that I will be posting up soon to better show what the sets looked like and the work process involved
I was recently interviewed by the guys over at The Sharpest Lives where we discussed things like me moving from SA to the UK and my work over here, specifically in live music, which is only a small part of what I do but I think it still turned out alright.
I’ve worked with Andrew King (Band Of King) a few times and it’s always a pleasure because he has such a great positive energy which spreads with everyone in the room. We shot some amazing stuff together and he just sent me this poster for a show that he is doing on Boxing Day at Filthy’s … I like it.
In the last few months I’ve been thinking a bit more about my gear setup and trying stuff I wouldn’t normally consider shooting with … the result has meant I’ve ended up buying a bunch of new toys and it’s been really exciting. Currently my favourite setup is the Nikon 810 with the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Lens. It’s so good that I’ve actually bought another D810 purely so I can one setup like this at all times in my bag ready to play with. Never did I think that I’d be opting Sigma glass over Nikon glass but this lens (along with the 35mm F1.4) is in a completely different class compared to the equivalent Nikon offerings.