Highways England Portraits

Back in January I got a call from a client who had moved to Highways England. She asked if I’d be interested in helping them create a collection of location portraits that represented the various arms of Highways England, and that would illustrate the diverse nature of the company and its people.

We spent six days on the road and covered hundreds of miles, shooting in a variety of fascinating locations across the UK. The resulting images have already been used across a large range of publications, including the annual report and accounts.

Below is a small selection of the portraits that we made, with larger versions to be found here.

Lotus Cars - From Norwich to Nevada

Tight timings and impossible logistics often mean we have to be smart when producing images to a brief. This commission for Lotus Cars being a perfect example.

The project involved shooting six iconic sports cars over ten long days in a coved studio in Norwich, close to the Lotus HQ, and then compositing them with various back plates of locations from around the world. Careful attention was paid to match the lighting of each car to the background that each would inhabit, with CGI rendered reflections, studio shot wheel spins and virtual rig motion blur adding the touches of realism that would ensure that each car felt embedded in to it’s chosen environment.

A big thank you to the good folk at ThirdEye Studio in London, for their CGI and post production expertise and to assistants Brian and Steve for their hard work in the studio.

Client : Lotus Cars.    CGI & Post production : ThirdEye Studio.    ADs : Julian Calverley & Matt Haysom.

Below is a small selection of the work produced, with more available to view here.

The cropped imagery below hints at the level of detail achieved when shooting with the high end medium format digital back..

New Work For Delta Air Lines

I was recently commissioned by the good folk at Zero Collective to help create a series of ads for Delta Air Lines.

The agency, stylist and hair and makeup artist for the first round of ads were from the UK, with the models and client being flown in from Paris and the US. We then flew one of the models to the US to shoot a second round of ads with a CGI team from Atlanta, in their bespoke green screen studio. We were then home from the second leg of the shoot on a red eye flight, within 48 hours of leaving Heathrow!

The aircraft interiors were created and ‘lit’ completely in CGI and built out to match the exact lighting, camera heights, distances, focal lengths and apertures that we used to shoot the model. The separate elements were then brought together in post production.

Client : Delta Air Lines. Agency: Zero Collective. Art Directors : Paul Geudon & Greg Davies. CGI : Trick 3D. Post Production : Tom Wheatley.

Below is the rather surreal green screen studio set in Atlanta, where we shot the photographic composite elements that later became the ads that you see above.

ENO Orphee

It was lovely to get a call from the good folk at Rose and to be asked if I’d be interested in shooting one of a series of English National Opera posters that they were working on.

Working in one of ENO’s rehearsal studios in London, we first shot a black and white portrait, lit in a style that paid homage to Jean Cocteau original 1950’s film ‘Orpheus’ and then projected it back on to the model and the simple fabric set which we built.

Client : English National Opera. Agency : Rose. ADs : Abbie Edis & Simon Elliott.

Treasured Cameras

Some of my most treasured cameras, which I originally photographed for a promo piece timeline story..

From left to right.. Nikon F2A, ALPA 12 STC, Ebony SV45TE, Nikon F3, Contax 645 AF & ALPA 12 SWA.

For those asking.. the minimalist ball-head is the Acratech Ultimate Ball-head.

World Land Rover Day - April 30th

World Land Rover Day is celebrated on April the 30th every year, to mark the global premiere of the original Land Rover at the Amsterdam Motor Show on this day in 1948.

Below are some views from my trusty Land Rover, shot on my iPhone.. While stationary I might add!

Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis Workshop

UPDATE - FULLY BOOKED

I am running an all inclusive workshop in partnership with British landscape photographer Steve Gosling in March 2019. This will be my first workshop in the UK, having lead previous workshops in the United States for ALPA and Capture Integration.

This is an exclusive and intensive workshop for intermediate or advanced photographers wanting to develop their photography in some amazing Scottish island locations, under the guidance of two experienced professional photographers. The emphasis will be on getting you to some fantastic locations and helping you refine & develop your approach to the photographic process. The workshop will provide a challenging experience, not only out photographing but also with lots of time allocated for discussions and debates on the principles, philosophy and aesthetics of photography.

To enable maximum interaction between instructors and participants numbers are strictly limited to 6 people.

Both instructors use ALPA and Phase One medium format equipment, so we are particularly interested in working with existing or potential medium format photographers. 

THE LOCATIONS

Skye is a wonderfully dramatic & picturesque island located off the west coast of Scotland that has been voted 'the 4th best island in the world' by National Geographic magazine. It's a place of extremes, from the craggy outline of the Cuillin to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend to peaceful bays & beaches. The photographic opportunites it offers are both varied and stunning.

Harris & Lewis is one island accessed by ferry from Skye. It is a location full of history - the neolithic standing stones at Callanish are older than Stonehenge - and the landscapes offer tremendous variety, from high mountains to deeply indented sea lochs, coastal islands, rocky coves and beautiful white sandy beaches. It is a wonderful location providing space, peace, tranquility and photographs aplenty.

WHEN

1st to 10th March 2019

THE COST

The cost per person is £6250.

This includes tuition, accommodation in premium hotels, all meals, dinner one evening at the award winning 'Three Chimneys' Restaurant on the Isle of Skye and transport (including from/to Inverness Airport and the cost of the ferry crossing to/from Harris & Lewis).

OUTLINE PROGRAMME

We will collect participants from Inverness airport on the 1st March and then travel to our base on Skye - the magnificent Cuillin Hills Hotel with its fantastic views across Portree Bay.

We will stay on Skye for 5 nights visiting locations such as The Quirang, Neist Point, the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle, Sligachan and Loch Coruisk.

On day 6 we will catch the ferry to Harris and Lewis where we stay at the Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert for 3 nights. Our relatively short time on Haris & Lewis will be spent making the most of the photographic opportunites at locations such as Luskentyre, Seilebost, Traigh Iar, Huisinis and of course the historic standing stones at Callanish.

We will leave for the return ferry across to the Isle of Skye on the morning of the 9th March where we will spend our final night back at the Cuillin Hills Hotel. The following morning we will load the vehicles and take people back to Inverness Airport for their return journey home.

Alpine Passes for The Road Rat magazine

I got a call from my old friend Mikey Harvey.. how did I fancy shooting a series of Alpine passes for a new premium automotive magazine called The Road Rat? Of course I said yes.

With three locations chosen, a couple of Michelin maps in the glove box and hotel and Eurotunnel reservations made, Claire and I hit the road.. After 5 long days, 146 caffè lattes, numerous marmot encounters and with 1987 miles behind us.. we were back.

The mountain passes were truly breathtaking and recording them was not a straight forward task. Instead of cropping a single super wide shot, I decided to shoot panoramics using the ALPA 12 STC, ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/40mm SB17 and a nodal rail. The scenes before us were so vast that some of them required 12 stitched frames.

You can see a small selection of the work we made below, with more examples here.

“Exquisitely printed on a mix of heavy gloss and matt art papers, Issue One of The Road Rat is a beautiful thing. 244 pages (it weighs around 1 kilo) it is at once absolutely of the moment - Lewis Hamilton, the Aston Martin Valkyrie - yet simultaneously timeless as we dwell on the making of the modern Ferrari and the decline of the Mercedes SL. It’s not a place for hot takes but long-form, writing every bit as considered as our photography, illustration and design.”

For The Road Rat magazine subscription information, head over here.

The opening spread.

The opening spread.

The Col d’ Izoard.

The Col d’ Izoard.

The Col du Galibier.

The Col du Galibier.

The Col de la Bonette.

The Col de la Bonette.

CEWE & MIND Charity competition

I was recently invited to judge the CEWE and MIND Charity 'My Inspiring Moments' competition.

I strongly believe that spending time in the landscape is an extremely therapeutic, healing and worthwhile thing and so was very happy to accept the invitation.

When asked to pick a single image that defines my inspiring moment, I chose the image below, which was made in Glen Brittle, on the Isle of Skye. It was made on a wet and wild winter’s day and although it was a challenge, It was the first time that I felt I’d actually made a photograph that illustrated how I actually felt when standing in a Scottish landscape.

12 winners will be chosen to feature in a bespoke charity calendar curated by myself, plus all entrants will automatically be entered into the CEWE Photo Award 2019, the biggest open photo competition in Europe.

For competition entry details head here.

Aston Martin Rapide AMR

I was recently commissioned by Aston Martin to photograph the stunning new limited edition Rapide AMR for it's timely launch..

"As Aston Martin returns to Le Mans to defend its 2017 victory at the iconic 24-hour race, so the latest car in the exciting new AMR stable has been unveiled. Following hot on the heels of the DB11 AMR, Aston Martin has revealed the limited edition Rapide AMR. This production version of the concept shown at Geneva last year is limited to just 210 cars."

As is often the way when photographing a sought after production vehicle, you have to achieve a lot in a short period of time, so a big thank you to my 'pit crew' for their hard work and focus during a long studio day.

Below is a selection of the work, with larger versions available here.

ALPA Landscape Workshop in the Olympic National Park, WA

I'm delighted to announce that I'm leading an ALPA cameras landscape photography workshop in the beautiful Olympic National Park, Washington State, in September of this year. The workshop is being organised by my good friends at Capture Integration, who have years of award winning experience when it comes to offering the best in customer service and care.

I've been an ALPA user for many years and have always enjoyed sharing my experiences of working this wonderful camera system, with old and new users alike. This workshop is also a unique opportunity for clients to spend time with André Oldani, the CEO of ALPA Cameras.

The choice of location for the workshop was inspired by the simple fact that the Olympic National Park has such a diverse range of scenery and with the added bonus of some often challenging and dramatic weather, which is something I relish when making personal landscape work.

Finally the grand Lake Quinault Lodge is a truly wonderful place to be based. Stepped in history and surrounded by beautiful landscape, it is the perfect place to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in a week of landscape photography.

For the full details including booking, click here.

Enigma - New Work for Bletchley Park

Further new work for Bletchley Park is now live, commissioned by the good folk at Rose Design. 

I was asked to photograph the Enigma machine. It was both fascinating and a privilege spending time with such a historically significant piece of equipment, one which was indirectly responsible for saving so many lives through the cracking of it's code. 

Bletchley Park is the home of the World War II Codebreakers. There’s so much world changing history that’s been made here, it is a truly fascinating place. I’d recommend that anyone with an interest in World War II, coding or code breaking, spend a day here.

Client : Bletchley Park.    Agency : Rose Design.    AD : Garry Blackburn.

One of the ads is shown below, with more of the work available to see here.

Anniversary #iPhoneonly Book and Print Offer

It's the anniversary of my #iPhoneonly book, so I’m running a book and gifted print offer for anyone who purchases the book between May 10th and June 10th, 2018.

Unlike previous offers, this time around I’m offering a selection of paired prints from photographs made in a variety of locations. These include Glen Etive, Glen Orchy, Lochan na h-Achlaise, Loch Tulla and the leafy lanes of Hertfordshire.

The prints are made on beautiful Hahnemühle Bamboo 290gsm stock, and are numbered, initialed and embossed. Paper size is 202 mm x 140 mm.

The signed book and prints are priced at £25.00, plus shipping to your region. To order the book and prints, simply click here, and yes.. we ship worldwide!

Glen Orchy paired prints

Glen Orchy paired prints

Frozen Highlands paired prints

Frozen Highlands paired prints

Glen Etive in Winter paired prints

Glen Etive in Winter paired prints

Hertfordshire Lanes paired prints

Hertfordshire Lanes paired prints

Alan Moore Portrait

I was asked recently to make a portrait of my good friend Alan Moore, designer and author of Do Design - Why Beauty Is Key To Everything and creator of Beautiful Business.

I was also asked to shoot a series of location portraits for him, which we shot in London, Snowdonia and Norfolk, and which you can find here.

Alan created my very first corporate identity, back in 1988 when we were both based in the beautiful Spirella Building. I have fond memories of that studio. It was spacious and had a huge arched window at one end providing gorgeous soft daylight, and had its own darkroom. 

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'An Evening With Julian Calverley'

I'm pleased to announce that I'm giving a talk on April 24th 2018, at the Robert Gordan University in Aberdeen.

'An Evening with Julian Calverley' is part of the Converge Lecture Series which brings together the photographic community of the North East of Scotland. Tickets are strictly limited.

Join a likeminded group of photography enthusuasts as Julian Calverley takes us on a photographic journey through his body of work from advertising to landscape to iPhone photography. The evening is a must for any photography enthusiast and will include a presentation, a Q&A session with Julian and an exclusive prize draw.'

Tickets are available here.

Ad Campaign For Network Rail

The lovely folk at 23red, commissioned me to shoot a series of atmospheric ads for Network Rail, for their Midland Mainline Safety poster campaign.

The imagery had to be used across 6, 48 and 98 sheet sites, and so I chose to shoot on my ALPA 12 MAX and PhaseOne IQ MFDB combo, in order to achieve the largest possible file size and resolution.

A big thank you to the Network Rail safety team that watched our bright orange backs, while we worked.

Client : Network Rail.    Agency : 23red.    AD : Tristan Cavanagh & Tom Mann.

Below are 3 of the 48 sheet ads..   

Canaan Vineyard workers

I was recently commissioned to shoot a bank of imagery for the Canaan Winery, in China. Over the week we shot a mix of landscapes, working portraits and industrial architecture, which I'll be able to share later this year.

On our last day we had a few hours spare, and so I suggested to Neil the art director, that we shoot some portraits of the vineyard workers, whose infectious smiles and laughter had captivated us all week.

A makeshift daylight studio was set up close to the vineyard canteen and we made around twenty portraits. You can find a selection of them here.

Client : Canaan Winery.    Art Director : Neil Southwell.

Aston Martin DB4 G.T. Continuation

They're building cars in Newport Pagnell again!

I was recently commissioned to photograph the stunning DB4 G.T. Continuation for Aston Martin Works Service. I spent a day at the original Aston Martin facility in Newport Pagnell, recording the final stage of the build taking place, followed by a test and set up day at Millbrook Proving ground.

"Ahead of its time – and more often than not the opposition – the DB4 G.T. was a new breed of competition car. In modern parlance it was a homologation special, highly evolved from the series production DB4 on which it was based. Blessed with intensified performance and enhanced agility, the DB4 G.T. stole a march on both Jaguar and Ferrari, cementing Aston Martin's position as makers of world-beating GT cars.

Now, Aston Martin Works are making history by celebrating one of Aston Martins greatest cars with a special series of 25 Continuation cars."

I love everything about this stunning car.. the look, the sound and yes.. the smell. 

Client : Aston Martin Works Service.     Agency : Freestone.