Take-Two Model Agency - Tests From The Late Eighties

Back in the late eighties and early nineties I shot a lot of tests for a model agency called Take-Two, who were based in London’s Covent Garden. I’d just taken on my first studio and was eager to shoot personal portrait and beauty work, and so it was a fantastic opportunity to work with such high calibre models.

All of the work was made with natural daylight and occasional tungsten fill, and shot on a Mamiya RB67 and RZ67 ProS with 180mm ƒ4.5 lens using Fuji NeoPan 400. The work I then Lith printed and Gold toned.

Below is a small selection of the work that I recently scanned from the archive, with more examples to be found here.

Bletchley Park Codebreakers

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

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.

We certainly reaped the rewards of the 03:30AM call time, as you can see below. More of the work available to see here.

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

The #iPHONEONLY Exhibition Heads North To Edinburgh

I’m delighted to announce that the #iPHONEONLY exhibition is heading north to the city of Edinburgh, to Gallery Close

The gallery is Edinburgh’s only independent photography gallery, and is situated in the heart of the historic Georgian New Town, midway between Princes Street and Stockbridge, in Scotland’s capital.

As well as single images from the book, there will also be a selection of triptychs available. Signed copies of the #iPHONEONLY book will also be available throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 19th of August.

Gallery Close
4B Howe Street
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH3 6TD

For opening times and other information, please contact the gallery here before making a journey.

Chasing Shadows For Land Rover On The Isle of Skye

Back in January I spent a week on the Isle of Skye, and the reason I was there was to shoot the all new Land Rover Discovery 5.

We had a week of suitably wet and wild weather, which of course added realism and drama to the imagery, with the added bonus that the Discovery’s colour, Namib Orange, perfectly complemented the brooding grey skies and rich warm colours of the Scottish winter landscape.

Much of what I shot has appeared in Land Rover’s OneLife magazine, in a 12 page article entitled ‘Chasing Shadows’ which tells the story of my time with the car, and also my thoughts on landscape photography and equipment, it also documents a part of my journey around the island that I’ve come to know and love so well.

Client : Land Rover.    Agency : Spark44.    AD : Dan Delaney.

Below is a selection of spreads from the OneLife article, with larger versions of the images here.

Ash Soan Portrait For Zildjian

I recently had the good fortune to work with drumming legend and all round lovely human being Ash Soan, recent winner of Modern Drummer’s 2017 Readers Poll ‘Studio Drummer’ award, making him the first U.K. artist to win this category since Simon Phillips did so in 1987. 

We shot his portrait for world renowned cymbal makers Zildjian, who look after all of Ash’s cymbal needs.

The cymbals you see in this shot are from the new ‘Zildjian K Custom Special Dry’ range.

Location was Ash’s recording studio ‘Windmill Studios

New Work For GE Oslo

New work for GE is now live.

The GE Oslo shoot was a perfect example of a team effort. We were working under reasonably tight time and location constraints, shooting real people in their busy working environments, and so we had to remain as flexible as possible. Working with an experienced and flexible art director meant we could quickly explore visual ideas as they presented themselves, and working with a seasoned production crew meant we could work unhindered, knowing everything was at hand.. and all I had to do was think about making the pictures. It was a memorable shoot, and for all the right reasons.

Some kind words from Seven Stones’ creative director, Justin Earl.. “Working in Oslo with Julian and his team on this four-day shoot was an absolute pleasure. He knew exactly what we wanted to achieve with each shot, shooting in some very challenging industrial spaces. The brief for this shoot was about capturing the characters and stories of real employees and we did exactly that, thanks to the way Julian made everyone feel very much at home in front of his camera.”

Client : GE.    Agency : Seven Stones.    AD : Justin earl.

Below is a small selection of the work we made, with more examples available here.

Land Rover Reborn

I was recently commissioned to shoot a story for Land Rover’s Onelife magazine, on the Reborn project.

Spending two days in Land Rover’s Solihull manufacturing site, surrounded by history and witnessing first hand the amazing restoration work that the Reborn team are undertaking, was a real honour. 

For anyone who has a passion for Land Rovers, seeing these beautiful Series 1 vehicles up close, and understanding exactly where the Land Rover story started, is highly recommended, and you can do just that on a Land Rover Reborn Tour. You can also find more information on the Land Rover Reborn project here.

Client : Land Rover.    Agency : Spark44.    AD : Dan Delaney.

Talk At The Harrogate Photographic Society

I’m delighted to have been asked to give a talk at the Harrogate Photographic Society.

For the first half of the evening I will talk about my commercial work, and for the second half my personal landscape work.

The talk will be held on Monday 24th October 2016, in The Constance Green Hall at St Aidan’s Church of England High School, Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8JR.

AOP Awards 2016

Delighted to have had my portrait of biologist and seaweed expert, Agnes Mols-Mortensen, selected for the AOP Awards finals, 2016.

This was shot as part of a commission for Land Rover, on the beautiful black sand beach at Tjørnuvík, the northernmost village on the Faroese island of Streymoy. It was raining for much of our seven day trip, which added to the soft light and general mood of the imagery. 

The AOP Awards event will be held at The Old Truman Brewery, in Brick Lane, London, on the 13th October 2016. The exhibition will be open to the public from 14-17 October 2016.

Client : Land Rover.   Agency : Redwood.   AD : Dan Delaney.

Detail.. Note the drops of rain on her face..

Detail.. Note the drops of rain on her face..

North Northwest Beginnings - Show Catalogue

The North Northwest Beginnings show catalogue, designed by Jamie Milnes of Double Underscore, was produced to accompany Julian’s first solo show, back in 2012. 

From the original print run of 500, there are now just over 50 of these beautifully produced books left.

The technical specification of the book was very important, as we wanted to achieve the finest print quality to echo that of the show’s archival pigment print work.

The cover is 380 Micron Horizon Pulpboard with embossed artists seal, with interior pages on 200gsm Satimat. The book was printed using a Sublima hybrid non-uniform dot. The screen resolution is 280 lpi which boasts a higher definition than the 175lpi, normally used by printers. Images were sampled at 360dpi at the final printed sized to maximise the use of this higher quality printing technique.

The catalogue is 210mm x 210mm and consists of 24 pages. Each catalogue is signed.

To order a copy click here, and yes, we ship worldwide.

Front cover and spread examples below..

Turner's House In Twickenham

Back in the autumn of 2015 I was contacted by one of the trustees of the Turner’s House Trust, who had read in an article that I was a great admirer of J.M.W. Turner’s landscape painting. He asked me if I was aware of the restoration project of Turner’s House in Twickenham, and would I like to contribute in some way. I immediately thought I could help in my capacity as a photographer, and so a plan was hatched, and in March of this year, just days before the restoration work was due to commence, the Trust kindly granted me the great honour of two days access to the house.

I wanted to approach the work in a simple and honest way, and so decided to work purely with natural light, with the single aim of capturing the atmosphere of the house. Turner’s work, for me, is all about drama and the play of light and colour, and I’ve aimed to capture the spirit of that in these photographs. All the work was shot using available light, on the ALPA 12 MAX / PhaseOne IQ180 combo, with ALPA HR Alpagon 32mm SB17 lens.

“Sandycombe Lodge was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner, working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world. It also provided a home for his father, old William, in retirement from his trade as a barber and wigmaker in Covent Garden, and with old William’s declining health and changes in his own life, Turner sold the house in 1826

Turner’s House Trust intends to restore Sandycombe Lodge and make it available for all as a living reminder of J.M.W. Turner’s life in Twickenham and its influence on his art; 2013 marked the bicentenary of this building, a three-dimensional work by an artist renowned in his time and celebrated internationally today.

The house has had unsympathetic additions and is in a run-down condition. Turner’s House Trust intends to restore it to its original appearance and make it a monument to Turner in Twickenham. Once restored, the house will open to the public and allow visitors to explore a small but beautiful building, with fascinating stories to tell”

For more information on the history and restoration of Sandycombe Lodge, and the Turner’s House Trust, go here. You can also find information, including drawings, on Butler & Hegarty’s web site, the project’s architects, here.

Below is a small selection of the work that I made over the two days that I spent in the house, followed by some behind the scenes images. More work can be found here

Images shown courtesy of Turner’s House Trust.

Below are some behind the scenes images showing the ALPA 12 MAX with HR Alpagon 32mm f4 SB17 lens combo that was used for all of the photographs. The MBP tethering set up shows Inovativ’s excellent Digiplate Pro set up.

A Meeting Of Minds 2016

I’m honoured to have been invited to be a part of this year’s Meeting Of Minds landscape photography conference.

The conference will be held in November 2016 from the 18th to the 20th of November, at the Rheged Centre on the edge of the Lake District, just above Ullswater.

To receive a 20% discount on your ticket, simply enter the promotional code CALVERLEY on checkout.

You can find out more about the conference, including the full list of speakers, here.

A Meeting Of Minds 2016

'A Journey In To Landscape Photography' Standing Room Only

I’d like to say a big thank you to the events team at the Apple Store in Covent Garden, for firstly inviting me to speak, and secondly for putting on last nights event. 

I’m pleased to say that it was standing room only in the end, so I’d also like to thank everyone who took the time out to attend.. your support was very much appreciated. I had a great time, and really enjoyed sharing my work with you.

The talk I gave was called ‘A Journey Into Landscape Photography’ 

I talked about, and showed examples of, my commercial work, my landscape work, the apps that I use when planning and organising shoots, and also my #IPHONEONLY work. I also explained my image workflow on the iPhone, and my workflow in the Snapseed app, both of which are simple and straight forward.

Lotus For Seven Tenths

I was commissioned by Seven Tenths Dive Wear to shoot this image of the iconic lotus position for in their marketing campaigns and clothing line. 

It was shot early one evening while hovering in the deep blue off the coast of Little Cayman. 

Thanks go to dive buddy Kim Linford for her patience, as holding this pose underwater is a lot harder to achieve than you might imagine!

I used a Subal housed Nikon F90x and Nikkor 16mm ƒ2.8 lens, and Fuji NeoPan 400 with the final image coloured on system.

Ad Campaign For Amgen

This Ad campaign for Amgen took us to Iceland, Bavaria and Morocco.

For logistical reasons we shot the various locations first, and then shot the models in the studio in London, carefully matching camera heights, angles and lighting. The blood platelets were created in CGI and added in post.

Agency : CDM London.    Client : Amgen.    AD : Shauna Kealy.   Location scout : Leonora Sheppard.   Post and CGI artist : Kai Bastard.

Below is a selection of the finished ads..

The Sad Demise of Fuji’s NeoPan 400 B&W Film

I was sad to see the demise of Fuji’s NeoPan 400 B&W film stock recently.

All of my underwater work was shot using NeoPan 400, in a Subal housed Nikon F90x and Nikkor 16mm ƒ2.8 lens, and for those who are wondering.. I rated the stock at 1600asa, and later colour graded the work on system. This approach allowed me to shoot using natural light, and at depth. 

Thanks to dive buddies Caroline Haycock and Kim Linford, DIVE magazine, Seven Tenths Dive Wear and A.P. Diving

Locations below include the Red Sea, Bermuda, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. More of my underwater work examples can be found here.

End of day safety stop, Little Cayman.

End of day safety stop, Little Cayman.

Wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, near Res Muhammad, Red Sea

Wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, near Res Muhammad, Red Sea

Safety Stop, Cayman Brac

Safety Stop, Cayman Brac

Wreck of the Caraquet, Bermuda

Wreck of the Caraquet, Bermuda

The drop off at Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

The drop off at Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

Wreck of the Russian Frigate 356, Cayman Brac

Wreck of the Russian Frigate 356, Cayman Brac

6000 feet drop off at Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

6000 feet drop off at Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

Stunning visibility near Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

Stunning visibility near Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

Shoal of Bat Fish, Red Sea

Shoal of Bat Fish, Red Sea

The huge fluted anchor from the wreck of L'Herminie, Bermuda

The huge fluted anchor from the wreck of L'Herminie, Bermuda

Live abroad captain and ex US Navy Seal Captain Tom Talmadge, diving for Lobster, Little Cayman

Live abroad captain and ex US Navy Seal Captain Tom Talmadge, diving for Lobster, Little Cayman

Cement bags litter the wreck of the Constellation, the inspiration for Peter Benchley's film The Deep, Bermuda

Cement bags litter the wreck of the Constellation, the inspiration for Peter Benchley's film The Deep, Bermuda

 

 

 

New Interiors Ad Campaign For Marston & Langinger Paint

Ad campaign shot recently for Marston & Langinger, promoting their range of beautiful paint.

We built a series of minimally propped room sets with expansive wall space, creating the perfect stage for these gourgeous paint finishes to sing from.

The ads are currently appearing in World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Country Living and House and Garden.

Client : Marston & Langinger.    AD : Alison Jenkins.    Stylist : Alison Jenkins.

A selection of finished ads..