the BAFTA Scotland ceremony took place in Glasgow yesterday. best film and best actor awards went to FOR THOSE IN PERIL! i’ve mentioned George MacKay and how great he was to work with a few times before, so i’m obviously very excited that he got the award - congratulations!
here is another poster shot i took of George, which was used at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. such a great image, i thought i’d post it here now for those who haven’t seen it earlier.
• 18 November 2013
about a dozen images of mine (colour and b&w) which i’ve taken for THE SELFISH GIANT are up at Curzon Soho in London. if you haven’t already perhaps swing by and go downstairs. once there make sure you take a few (free) postcards with you also featuring my images. i’ll be posting the link to the original photos very soon!
• 14 November 2013
Uncertain States is a lens-based artist collective, which included my work in their latest journal, issue 16.
four b&w portraits of mine are accompanied by a short text which i’ve written on the in-between photography.
Uncertain States got recently supported by Arts Council England and can now distribute nationally. hard copies are available at V&A London, Baltic Newcastle, Ikon Birmingham, Open Eye Liverpool, Impressions Gallery Bradford, Rich Mix East London, Flowers East London. make sure you get one. issue 16 will be available online soon (i’ll post a link to it).
you can also pick up US issue 16 at the exhibition which opened today and runs until Nov 30th. selected previous contributors are showing their work at The Bank, Central House (59-63 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7PF) right opposite the Whitechapel Gallery.
meanwhile check out their events page for a lot of interesting talks: http://www.uncertainstates.com/Events
• 7 November 2013
best thing happened today. i took H for a midday walk and on my way back home a stranger waved at me, said hi and started looking for something on the phone. i thought i was being asked for directions and stood there smiling waiting to hear an obscure address but instead i saw a picture of H and i on his phone! i was a bit speechless: firstly, we have never met before, secondly, i couldn’t even identify where and when it was taken, and thirdly, this is such a good photo - amazing colours! he said it was taken in the summer and when he saw me again walking towards him he thought he’d show it to me. totally made my day in a big way. here’s to random encounters and saying hello to strangers!
photo credit: Spacey Blak (who said is a videographer, which makes sense because he certainly has a great eye! i found this website, check it out: http://www.spaceyblak.com)
• 28 October 2013
amazing that this image of mine got picked by the guardian. i feared it wouldn’t be published much, love it, such a great moment, here’s the link: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/20/selfish-giant-barnard-set-visit
The Selfish Giant in cinemas and on demand from tomorrow - book your tickets http://www.TheSelfishGiantFilm.com/
+ today’s (another!) five star review here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/24/the-selfish-giant-review
• 24 October 2013
the poster which i shot for Clio Barnard’s THE SELFISH GIANT is literally everywhere on the tube in London. i love this image and will never have enough of it so seeing it around wherever i go feels amazing. most importantly though - it’s a great (great) film and it has just been screened at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this evening. there is another screening (see here) before the film is out in cinemas and available on demand on October 25th.
another film which i worked on (as a specials photographer, i.e. a lot of images you’ll see are digital and not taken by me) has also been selected for the BFI LFF, it’s Joanna Hogg’s EXHIBITION, totally sold out already unfortunately, but have a quick look here anyway.
• 14 October 2013
i went to the Barbican earlier and have seen the poster which i shot hanging on the wall. very nice. featuring George MacKay (as below).
• 8 October 2013
2 films which i worked on last year hit the UK cinemas tomorrow (Oct 4th). Kevin Macdonald’s HOW I LIVE NOW and Paul Wright’s FOR THOSE IN PERIL. I took the picture above of George MacKay on the FOR THOSE IN PERIL set. we worked together twice, he is in both films and he’s great.
details for FOR THOSE IN PERIL are on Warp’s website here. don’t miss the screen talk with Paul and George at the Barbican: http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=15316
HOW I LIVE NOW has a special screening at Curzon tonight (details: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/events/details/1826/how-i-live-now-plus-qa-with-kevin-macdonald/) and Saoirse Ronan will join Kevin Macdonald at the Q&A.
• 3 October 2013
i’m back in london from nyc, and back to shooting portraits, here’s one of Ross. it’s been almost a year now since i’ve started taking b&w portraits of men in my london studio. i’m thinking about publishing them all together soon (you can see more photos on my facebook page or here). it’s quite a personal project and i want it to feel right. it needs time too, as i don’t work with models. this quote on importance of portraiture is nice (from Susan Sontag’s On Photography):
'I long to have such a memorial of every being dear to me in the world. It is not merely the likeness which is precious in such cases - but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing … the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the sanctification of portraits I think - and it is not at all monstrous in me to say, what my brothers cry out against so vehemently, that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest artist’s work ever produced.’ Elizabeth Barrett, 1843
• 15 September 2013
KEVIN MACDONALD’s ‘How I Live Now’ starring Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay and Tom Holland has just premiered at the TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL and more images are coming to the surface at last! i worked on it last summer as a specials photographer, and it made my summer with its beautiful locations and truly great cast (most talented and so amazing to photograph!). not all the images you’ll see are taken by me, which may be confusing. hopefully you’ll be able to tell the difference, the stills photographer was as usual working digitally, and i shot my specials entirely on film. above is one of my images featuring two beautiful and amazing people who i honestly absolutely adore - Saoirse and George! (here’s to you guys, congrats!!xx)
• 11 September 2013
i have just woken up to some beautiful news - you can now take a look at the official poster which i shot for Clio Barnard’s THE SELFISH GIANT - out in cinemas and on demand October 25th!
• 2 September 2013
making makes, i.e. work in progress.
b&w is for work (this is a page from the test run of my next newsprint - available soon). colour is at home (mr bloom’s foldees @cbeebies). playing with children makes me realise how i’m actually comfortable with colour and see its creative potential, but for some reason it often doesn’t work for me photographically. it’s almost as if i strip the world down to the very basics and think in b&w.
i reread ‘Camera Lucida’ and found chapter 34 rather reassuring: 'It is often said that it was the painters who invented Photography […]. I say: no, it was the chemists. […] I am not very fond of Color. […] I always feel (unimportant what actually occurs) that in the same way, color is a coating applied later on to the original truth of the black-and-white photograph. For me, color is an artifice, a cosmetic (like the kind used to paint corpses). What matters to me is not the photograph’s “life” (a purely ideological notion) but the certainty that the photographed body touches me with its own rays and not with a superadded light.’ Roland Barthes
• 26 August 2013
i shoot regularly, but i just can’t get over my love for b&w film portraits. this time/silence between two frames - so powerful, so telling and beautiful. here are some portraits i took of lydia wilson (actress) back in march. quiet moments.
• 14 August 2013
here’s a shout out for Max Knight. an incredible friend and the most talented photographer. i just got back from Levi’s 501 book launch. Max convinced me to sit for him for the 501 Levi’s campaign, and now a massive picture of H and I is hanging at Rook & Raven, 7 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HN London. go and have a look, it’s next to a b&w picture of anna kendrick. there were only 14 prints selected and Max has 4 images printed! i think the exhibition is going to beijing next, then tokyo?, la, nyc, and paris. even more pictures are printed in the book. check out his work here and spread the word: www.maxknightphoto.com his instagram is pretty great too: instagram.com/maxknightmare (includes many pictures of H the whippet, even one of us skating). so, here’s to Max, i love you so much.
(i-D magazine update: http://i-donline.com/2013/07/i-Society-Levi’s 501®-Book-Launch)
• 10 July 2013
a still from the new Terrence Malick film? not quite. my friend Nick took this picture when we walked my dog together. it made me think of To The Wonder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAzcTZTY1g
i love the light on this picture (taken on samsung galaxy s4). i don’t say it easily - i only shoot on film - but the quality of light is incredibly nice: quite raw, yet soft and subtle. i’m obviously aware of the amount of photographers who shoot on iphones (i come across different ‘best photographers to follow on instagram’ every week). now, does anyone know of a photographer who shoots on samsung galaxy? please send me links, so curious.
• 7 July 2013