Category: Commercial

Return of the Soldier

The Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester, does a great job of putting on small productions but with massive talent. My most recent commission for them was The Return of the Soldier: ‘The Return of the Soldier, by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, is a musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s remarkable novella written at the […]

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Portraits for Anthemis

Portraits for Anthemis   A few headshots for London-based fintech firm Anthemis. They strike the right tone of familiarity and respectability I think. There’s a Five Guys around the corner too.     Shot on the Pentax 645z at either 90mm or 150mm. The 90mm lens does the nicer, sharper pictures and is a lovely […]

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Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal There’s a simplicity to powerlifting – how much can you lift, once? In front of an audience at Event City UK, the competitors enter the lifting stage – sometimes by strolling, sometimes by charging bull like – and focus all their body and soul on beating gravity’s influence on hundreds of kilos of […]

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PTs At Dawn

PTs AT DAWN A shoot with personal trainer Aaron Caton in the early morning mist. To get that sense of urgency in his expression Aaron would sprint a hundred or so metres away from the mark and back to get his heart going. The shoot was more or less an interval training session for him, […]

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Oh No It Isn’t

Oh No, It Isn’t! Panto: it’s great, because it’s fundamentally, cheerfully silly. The lack of pretence is a relief. It must be the least uptight form of entertainment on the planet, and that’s not an easy mark to hit.   These are cast members from the recent production of Cinderella at the Manchester Opera House. […]

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Genre bender: Pentax 645z

An affordable medium format camera, that behaves like a big DLSR. Affordable is a matter of perspective of course. You can buy three Canon 5d3 bodies for the cost of the Pentax. But until the Pentax came along, there was no half way house, functionally or financially, between the 35mm formats and the majesty of […]

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1930 and Thriving

After spotting a portrait of pre-war prime minister Neville Chamberlain, I noticed how different the approach to portraits once was. His face was very nearly full to camera but with a flattering high angle. Most interestingly the eye line looked off into the distance, an affectation of the time – today subjects always expect to […]

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