Sunday, 31 October 2010

Print issue of Carbon Copy 01 now available!

Really excited that a print issue of Carbon Copy 01 is now available to order online. My 12-page editorial of Tom Norkett at Oxygen Models is included. Make sure you get a copy :)


An online preview is available here.

Print issue of Carbon Copy 01 including Tom Norkett now available!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Muse

I often tell people that Simon is my muse. This is something I'm quite happy to talk about, as I find it fascinating how people are inspired to create work of art of some kind. Some photographers view their work as art. I'm one of them. A muse has around the www sphere been described as "someone who has such an influence on another that he or she becomes the focus and inspiration for that person's creative work." Yep. Recognise self.

Some people effect your life in ways you didn't expect. When I first had a message from Simon about a year ago, I had no idea he'd have that much of an impact on my passion for photography and the quality of my work. He is the one who inspired me to start shooting male models in the first place, and have been a constant inspiration throughout the last year. Inspiration for me can not be based on looks alone. There has to be something deeper in a person that I find interesting and exciting to explore. I blame him fully for making me push myself beyond what I can sometimes take, to improve and get my photography out there.

Sim Jennings
Image of Sim Jennings (Oxygen Models) taken in Milan, 2nd October, 2010.

As a model Simon models very naturally, understands the image I'm trying to capture and delivers that with an added creative edge. He is what I like to call a floater, as he is constantly moving and giving different things to capture. He models like he means it, yet sometimes as if the camera wasn't there. This creates some absolutely magic moments for me to capture. I'd love for him to come teach any new faces I shoot how to pose! He also doesn't shy away from getting involved in the creative process to achieve best results. As a person he's got heaps of levels and I keep discovering new and interesting layers that are colourful enough to fill a book. And he's fun. I'll forgive him for the numerous jokes about my age. He has also taught me a completely new teenage language. Safe everyone. I don't doubt for a second that Simon will continue to inspire me, as well as others wherever he goes, and that he'll soon be making a massive impact in the bigger picture as a model.

I recently did two editorials with Simon, that are soon to be published in Client Magazine, and another one in Carbon Copy. One of these editorials was captured in Milan in beautiful italian surroundings and with cool styling, so keep an eye out for images from that series! Possibly some of my best work yet. Very proud of it, and can't wait to be able to share it and see it in print.

In addition to images I've done previously with Simon which you can see on my webpage, Facebook page or Flickr site, I've also done a couple of behind the scenes type videos of him which I thought I'd include for you to check out here if you haven't already.



I'd be interested to hear how other photographers find their inspiration. Are muses a thing of the past, as this is something I don't hear about that often, or is it mostly something that is more related to painters and poets. Are we as photographers artists? Should we have muses? I believe so. Passion creates art. And anything that inspires beautiful images makes sense in my mind.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Luiz at D1 Models

Recent images of Luiz at D1 Models. Grooming by Josie Heighton-Towers.

Luiz @ D1 Models
Music: "Flume" by Bon Ivers

Monday, 25 October 2010

Behind the scenes from my Norway shoot

I just got back from Norway yesterday. Headed back for the weekend to see family and friends, as well as go to a reunion party with old class mates. Also managed to squeeze in a shoot working with two female models from the main agency in town, a wonderful location and a local team. Nice!

My uncle happens to be a photographer in the main newspaper in Stavanger, and when I asked if he wanted to come check out my shoot, he happily came along and captured a few behind the scenes images. Hurrah!

The scenario captured is with one of my models of the day, Rakel from Prestisje Models, inside a tiny white cottage. Will have lots of images to share from this shoot later, but for now hope you enjoy some behind the scenes images to give you an idea of some of the Norwegian inspired feel of the shoot.

Photos by Fredrik Refvem
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Thursday, 21 October 2010

James at D1 Models

Recent images of James Cooper at D1 Models. Grooming by Josie Heighton-Towers.


James Cooper @ D1 Models

Music: "Down" by Jason Walker

As the game goes on

Remember this
I am a determined fucker
Things could be better and simpler than you think
Unnessesary roadblocks vanish
Blessed be those who embrace the wicked
Or what do I know
My brain is not really with me any more
I left it in the bottom drawer
What is so good about normal anyways

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

People are strange

When you're strange
No one remembers your name

- The Doors

James at D1 Models
Picture by me

Model: James Cooper at D1 Models

Alone with you in my mind

I love being alone with you inside my mind

where I can kiss you again and again

You’re all I want

I have so much to say to you

Tell me how to win your heart



Thank you Lionel for words of inspiration.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Behind the scenes video from Carbon Copy Editorial with Tom

Behind the scenes of my Carbon Copy editorial “I Just Don’t Know What to do With Myself” with Tom Norkett at Oxygen featured on the Client Magazine Blog. Click here to visit the Client Magazine Blog and watch the video.


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Igor @ D1 Models

A few images from a recent shoot with Igor at D1 Models. Very hip. Very young. Very now.

Igor @ D1 Models

Igor @ D1 Models

Monday, 11 October 2010

Teaser video from Milan

I recently went to Milan to shoot with models Sim & Tom from Oxygen models, who I've worked with quite a few times before. We went to shoot an amazing editorial there, which I am currently editing and very excited about being able to share once released.

In the meantime I have put together some random moments from our Milan experience.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Carbon Copy editorial preview "I just don't know what to do with myself"

I'm so excited to have an editorial in the first release of Carbon Copy by Client Magazine! Carbon Copy editorials are featured online and then in special print issues.

Preview below. To see the full ten-page editorial preview go to www.clientmagazine.eu (click on "Carbon Copy").


Team:
Photography: Cecilie Harris
Model: Tom Norkett at Oxygen
Styling: Umisha Mistry
Grooming: Gosia Peruzynska
Assisting: Cath West

Monday, 4 October 2010

OhLaLa Magazine feature: Alex @ D1 Part 2

Just got back home after a very eventful weekend in Milan shooting. Lots of pictures to go through, which I look forward to sharing when I can! What a great city to work in. Agency meeting went super, awesome models to work with and got to build some great new contacts to work with in Milan. Exciting stuff.

Whilst I go through my Milan work, the lovely OhLaLa people have posted the second part of my Alex images. Most of the images from this set is during a later shoot than the first post. We had some extra time after another shoot that day and thought we'd get some chilled street pics. Hope you guys like.


Alex