This is a composite (character placed in different background). The subject was actually a steampunk character taken at the Weekend at the Asylum in Lincoln 2014. It was taken in the castle grounds but the background was somewhat cluttered. As he looked like an old time aviator, I dropped in a shot of a Bleriot aircraft taken at a recreation of the English Channel crossing a couple of years earlier. I toned down the background a little to maximise attention on the foreground character.
There seemed to be an abundance of bicycles in Essaouira, mostly propped up against walls in the old town. I liked the almost monochromatic (brown) feel punctuated by the decayed blue of the door (blue is a popular colour in Essaouira). I applied a little treatment to give it a more painterly feel.
While walking in Rue Touahen close to the sea wall in the old town of Essaouira, I came across this beggar who wanted some money. It is normally difficult to photograph people in Morocco but as he wanted something from me I thought I would have something in exchange. I indicated to my camera and he nodded. I took a shot and gave him some money. He can be satisfied that he didn’t beg from me but that he had earned some money.
This was an Olympus ‘Big Shoot’ event with Damian McGillicuddy. Damian wanted to create a somewhat chaotic scene with a bride and light it with both warm and cold lights. He use two Yongnuo battery flash guns with gels over them and triggered by a wireless transmitter on the camera. Damian is a very creative photographer and pulls together both model and locations to create some different images.
It was a damp day in London and I was looking for things to photograph outside of the Bank when a bus pulled up. The windows were wet on the outside and had condensation on the inside but I could see a young girl staring out. She caught my eye and she saw me point the camera. This was that moment.
Christina was the model from another Olympus workshop held in September 2015. The workshop was run by Cleveland Aaron and the emphasis was on Fashion in the Street. It was at the Olympus Image Space help at the Bermondsey Art Project in Bermondsey Street and so a group of us wandered down the street looking for suitable locations. I found some glass windows on a corner shop and attempted to get reflections in the glass.
This was taken on an Olympus workshop called “Fashion Portraits in the Studio” and run by Rob Pugh and Gavin Hoey in February 2016. This shot was taken in the morning session and showed what may be achieved with simple lighting. This was a single flash head fired through some sackcloth that was held up by two volunteers. The model was Amber Tutton.
A shot from the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Rue de Monceau, Paris. It was the private home of a Parisian banker who was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century. This is one of the staircases. I like the shape of the stairs but felt I needed something more in the image. Visitors were wandering up and down the stairs and so I support my camera on the handrail at the top of the stairs and waiting for people to fill the gaps. I tried various shutter speeds and decide that 1/2s was going to give me the right amount of blur. I really wanted two people in the appropriate places but had to shoot them individually and combine them in Photoshop.