WAY back in January 2011 I shot this image for my buddy John O’Nolan. It was to be used as the cover for his soon to be printed/published book ‘Designing Emotion’. However it was not the smoothest of endeavours for John, he describes his book writing process as “a terminal plague on the soul”. You can read the finer points of the process on John’s blog but the crux of it is that he will now be publishing his book himself, for free, online chapter by chapter at emotion.onolan.org! How cool is that! It was an awesome project to get involved with, & I even enjoyed the 10 hours of photoshopping I went thorough to complete the composite.
In May I did a shoot for independent UK streetwear brand Vapour Clothing. Working with brands like these guys is one of my favourite things to do. Vapour sent me a few items from their current range to shoot for a Summer lookbook. I shot in a city park in Lincoln at golden hour, of course shooting into the sun a whole bunch because I can’t get enough of that.
AnyForty — Australian Invasion
At the start of April this year I got to shoot the new AnyForty Spring/Summer 2012 range dubbed “The Australian Invasion” featuring work from some of Australia’s best artists including Beastman, Dale & Ben Bigeni, Numskull, Ben Brown & more. I always love working with the AnyForty family when they put out any new products. We headed back up to London Fields, the same location we used for the ’11 Crewneck Lookbook shoot.
Growl & Grandeur Summer 2012 Shoot
In March I had the pleasure of photographing Growl & Grandeur’s Spring/Summer 2012 range. The Growl team secured a location deep in the heart of East London — the F block roof of the old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. An absolutely stunning spot with a pretty unique 360º backdrop of the London skyline & enough urban architecture, pipes, steel & brickwork to keep any photographer happy for a months worth of shoots. On top of the rad location I also got to shoot Font covergirl Mellisa Clarke & Fuel Girl Charlotte Moran — fuck yes!
Tokyo Shoot Two
With a new outfit & new location in Tokyo I wanted to create a shot with a completely different feel to the previous — something that was more appropriate to the classy new look. I took advantage of the large amount of ambient light from the skylight above & two chandeliers behind. I then added a single strobe to the left side in a softbox which added depth to the model & a little separation from the background.
Tokyo Shoot One
Last Saturday I headed to Tokyo to do a shoot for a friend, & by a shoot I mean four. This is the first of the four. Unfortunately our original model let us down & we had to find a back up model at very short notice. Still manage to get some good shots out of the day. This first set up needed to be super dramatic so I had 2 softboxes on the left, one high one low, & a light behind on to some very cool skull wallpaper. You probably worked it out but the image on the right has been mirrored for the diptych composition.
Droplet Series 2 Launch
Yesterday me and the crew made the 3 hour drive south to the fair city of Bristol for the launch of the 2nd series of the Jam Factory & Crazy Label Droplets. It was a really awesome day, Gav let me get in early to take some shots of the customs, the quality of work was unbelievable! There is no way I could pick a favourite! I even did a few portrait shots with the man him self & the GIANT droplet.