Category: Portraits

The Prattle Of Trafalgar

My clients don’t prattle, but this is my blog, so I do. And I need a catchy title to draw you in. I like doing character portraits – you can always be a bit more adventurous by telling the story through lighting, and of course you’ve always got people in front of you who emote. […]

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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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New Lifestyle Work – Jul 2018

I’ve owned a Pentax 645z for a while and couldn’t rate it highly enough, but with one small problem. The flash sync speed sucks. It’s got these beautifully sharp files with gorgeous tones but you just can’t sync with flash past 1/125th and that rules most things that aren’t stood still, or portraits with a […]

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God Dame!

God Dame! Panto is a venerable yet wonderfully stupid British tradition that everyone should experience.  It’s a tough genre to excel in, straddling (haw haw) the bawdy, the fun and the absurd, and it couldn’t be better exemplified than in Eric Potts, writer, director and the grandest of dames. Here are just couple of costumes Eric […]

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Manchester Pride 2016

Pride in Manchester is when the centre of the city becomes, for one weekend, taken over by the LGBT community. It’s a great place to find a concentration of interesting and unusual looks and faces. On Saturday I took a small softbox and a portrait lens into town, and with the help of assistant Ben […]

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Four Legs Good

Four Legs Good A good amount of what I do is photographing human beings, and trying to shape light to bring out their best features. This project was about seeing how animal’s heads react to the same treatment – seeing if they look any more human… These are all animals from Wythenshawe Community Farm in […]

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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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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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