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Circus/EveryDay People

I needed something to do in January as it is notoriously quiet and I have  barely woken from the slumber of Christmas. Luckily the lovely Janette at BAFTA called to say that they are putting on a small exhibition of photographers work that has been commissioned over the last couple of decades. Its a group exhibition featuring many notable photographers who I will conveniently NOT mention here. So if anyone actually reads this or looks at my Twitter the images will be up at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly for the public on the 24th and 25th of January and a live auction will on the 30th January by Bonham’s Auctioneers. Here is one of the images  they are auctioning and I will be at the venue on Sunday the 25th for a Q and A around 2pm..

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As we are discussing auctions here is a composite image I am rather pleased with as it is never easy to to do these things especially in a real location that stays open to the public..it was for a Channel4 documentary about The Lots road auction house. You don’t have to be crazy to work here but…

Ch4_Lots Rd_299and whilst on a theme, some more eccentric people going about their business at Liberty’s of London..

Liberty2_comp1_colourLet me introduce a couple of comedians. This is Noel Fielding by the way..and an image that had everyone present in stitches. The mag didn’t publish this one as they were obsessed with the issue having a Xmas theme or reference. I don’t hate Xmas like I used to but in an age when it’s forced down our throat for months then I get a bit upset that intelligent magazines still want tinsel in their images..but I’m sure there is a mountain of marketing evidence that will prove I am in the minority..so it goes..

Observer_fielding_55685    and this guy is Mickey Flanagan…returning to Victoria Park East London where he grew up..”you can almost see my Dad’s house from here. “..

Times_Flannagan_55214and we now jump from the ridiculous to the sublime..and wish I had some gripe with this shoot but it was polite , courteous and professional, Redmayne is a gentleman. Which on reflection is a gripe..sorry but I want my film stars difficult and ungrateful.

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I want to end on a portrait of Glenn Ligon an artist from New York..goodbye

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I’m delighted to now feature,  finally the results of a recent collaboration with Shaun McGrath, a friend and hair stylist who has been producing amazing “wigs” for the last few years. I put wigs in inverted commas because they are more like head sculptures that resemble wigs. “Safety Pins” uses 9000 of them to create a classic “bob” and almost 8000 miniature paper planes were used in the office scene,. We had one of the pictures featured in a group exhibition, “The Wing Assignment” before Christmas but shown last night for the first time were the three we have completed so far. Its been a wholly creative enterprise for both of us where our styles seem to compliment each other. Watch this space for news of the new creations which feature glass, electrical wiring and possibly taxidermy.

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planesAlso displayed for the first time last night was the commission the venue asked me to do as an addition to the “Everyday People” series. Limited to the venue itself I was keen to finally do something that featured clowning. I was put in touch with Angela de Castro a legend in clowning circles and a talented circus performer called Alcina Mendes who threw herself into the part of a frustrated cleaner.

CanteenIts colourful, dynamic and hopefully fun.

Go see it big and visit the exhibition which will be up till the 20th July…..

The exhibition is down but the prints have still garnered some more attention from Image, the magazine of the Association of Photographers where the tightrope image graced the front cover.

with a 5 page feature inside.

At the same time I as featured in F2 magazine, which is dedicated to freelance photographers. The feature wasn’t just about the project and covered my editorial and television work. The opening page page gave nice coverage to the Launderette image but I’m still shocked at the size of the by-line picture of me.

Its the morning after so this will be quick..

Thanks to everyone who made the effort and came to the private view last night. It was pretty busy for such a large space and the atmosphere was great, helped along by some fantastic improvised circus from Damiano and Alice who performed some adapted  pieces form their act “Dirty Laundry” which is on now at the Arts Depot, Finchley.

Miranda Gavin from Hotshoe magazine was at the exhibition and has written about the show on her blog. Also Image magazine the AOP organ will be doing a 5 page feature in the next issue. Thanks to you both.

 

 

To read more go to :  http://hotshoeblog.wordpress.com/

 

Getting the press to take notice. I

I have been working for Timeout, The Times Magazine and The Observer for a few years and have a great relationship with the art directors and picture editors on all of them. Yet, it was the editors on all these magazine who we had to persuade that the exhibition was worth a third of a page . The picture editors were wholly supportive and at one point The Times wanted me to shoot Florence + the Machine on a swing amongst sea containers! but it was February..

Emails came back that their editors thought the project had some impact,  but they would not commit in case of something more newsworthy. I had meetings with Timeout where we discussed a unique cover in the style of the series to coincide with the festival opening. But nothing happened…

..then Tony Bell at the Observer rang me the week of the opening and kindly passed me on to their online arts editor, who was full of praise and promised we would have an online gallery that weekend:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/apr/01/photography-circusfest-roundhouse

The photographs, also then appeared in the New Review section of the Observer newspaper that Sunday,  with four pictures featured. The same day The Saturday Times review rang wanting quotes for a feature in their Saturday Review called “My Space”. In the meantime we have had a mention in the Royal Photographic Society Magazine and at the end of April the AOP (Association of Photographers) will be featuring five images in their monthly magazine..

A small mention must go to the fact I even went on live radio to discuss the project with Joanne  Good of BBC London. I got to say my piece but was unfortunately pushed into unwanted territory.

Its no longer available on iPlayer. Which I’m not sorry about.

 

 

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