Posted on February 27, 2012
I’ve had the pleasure of being asked to be Director of Photography by writer and director, Richard Plumley, on his short film URMA (working title). This is a grab portrait of lead actor, Matt Corcoran. The film also stars local lady, Janine Lashmar. My youngest son, Ric, who joined us as a runner, was promoted to sound recordist within five minutes of arriving on set.
Filmmaking is a bit of a first for me, I’ve done a small amount of camera work for other producers, but I’ve never had the responsibility of DoP. We’re mid-way through filming at the moment, we’re having a great laugh and already plotting ideas for future productions. I can’t say much about the film, other than it has a less than cheerful start. Filmmaking is also a much longer process than I’d imagined!I took this portrait of Matt a few moments before we started filming act 1/scene 1 (Canon 5D mk2, 24-105L, 1 Bowens Streamlite on half power)
Posted on February 25, 2012
I bought a second hand Olympus Mju II film camera a while back, these are a few photos from the first couple of rolls of Kodak Portra 160/400. I’m really inspired at the moment by the work of Ondra Loup, Bryan Ferry and Andi Otten (Otty the light stealer…), three photographers who use whatever cameras they have with them at the time to create beautiful images of everyday objects and situations.
Posted on February 23, 2012
I’ve been taking photos, on and off, mainly on, for the last 25 years and I still can’t quite get my head around black and white film. I’ll see the work of another photographer and think ‘Right, that’s it, I’m only shooting mono from now-on because their photos look so damned good’, I then load a couple of cameras up with Kodak T-Max or Fuji Neopan and off I go. I don’t think I’ve ever shoot more than a couple of rolls at a time though, in fact, I have actually ripped mono films out of cameras halfway through a roll because I’ve just got bored of it. Bored before I’ve even seen the pictures. Mono shots never turn-out the way I see them, not even close sometimes.
I’ve just loaded a Mamiya 7II medium format and a Nikon compact with Kodak Tri-X. Let’s see how this pans-out…
PS – I was going to write an article about my new Think Tank camera bag, but do people really care that much about bags?. It is a damn nice bag though.
Posted on February 19, 2012
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that I photograph men more than women, friends of friends have inquired as to my sexual orientation, many times. I’m straight. But men are generally easier to photograph than women.
This is a shot I took of Lockett Somerville at is home in Ramsey. This isn’t the actual shot I went for, I’ll post that soon, but I do like this out-take. I lit Lockett with a single Bowens Streamlite with another smaller Streamlite to fill the shadows at the back of the room.
*Update – A few people have asked me to explain why I prefer shooting men, so I will. It’s not that I prefer shooting men, it’s just that the process is easier. Blokes aren’t as bothered about cosmetic appearance, so the shoot can be a lot more spontaneous, which is how I like to work. The shot below of Simon Campbell is a good example – we arrived at the studio at 2pm, before I’d even set-up the lights, I was ready, got the shot and left the studio by 2.30pm. Ladies inherently take longer because there’s the hair and the make-up and then the demands to see EVERY single shot that’s taken.
I also think…well, I know, that women are a lot more ‘choosy’ about the final image, less accepting of those crows feet and bags under the eyes. Men, as a rule, don’t care as much. I’d love to get more ladies into the studio, believe me! They look a hell of a lot nicer than blokes.I have, of course, photographed extremely vane men and cosmetically confident women, so all this is generalisation.
WANTED – females who know what they look like for free portrait sitting. No Photo Shop.
Posted on February 4, 2012
This week I’ve been photographing musicians, mostly. Last Monday I had the band ‘3 Million‘ in the studio, they didn’t bat an eyelid when I told them I was going to bind them all together with cling-film for half an hour. I’ve seen these chaps play a couple of times, I recommend you do the same.
On Wednesday I had a second session with the yet unnamed duo, Adam Jones and Geoff Tinkler. This pair are VERY photogenic! We started the shoot at Port Soderick, but it was so cold that me thumbs went completely numb and we were forced to retreat to The Carrick Lodge coffee house for Angela & Simon Campbell‘s finest refreshments. I got a few candid shots on a very cold Gansey beach , we then finished-off in Port St Mary. The ‘bus shelter shots’ are going to go down well, I think.