The Knife Angel

In Derby city, in front of the cathedral, 29th October 2109  The Knife Angel was created by Alfie Bradley at The British Ironwork Centre, a family run business based in Oswestry. The team at the Ironworks, along with the artist, created the Angel sculpture completely out of knives, to bring the issue of knife crime to the front of society’s consciousness.  The team created…

The Beast Within

I’ve been neglecting my photography lately, as I get further into writing my novel. Back into the studio today, newly energised, working with a new (to me) model, Joel. A fantastic young man, a fun day and lots of help as usual from David at Studio 3 by Severn.

Zebra Crossing

In April this year, I had the pleasure of judging a photography competition at the Nottingham Outlaws Photographic Society. I was more than a little surprised when this photograph popped up on the screen. It really tickled my fancy, as I have never seen a show-jumping zebra! You’ve probably guessed what I failed to see on the night – it’s a very clever composite,…

Masquerade

Homage or Plagiarism? After a recent portraiture session in the studio, where I used a lot of masks I had made for the occasion, I was discussing how I might present them with Jan and she suggested combining several heads in one shot. Mulling it over, I remembered the iconic Queen album cover and decided on a similar treatment for Masquerade, as you see…

Death of a Gangster

This is one of the most frustrating pictures I have ever produced. I planned it meticulously, basing the central pose on Michelangelo’s statue, “La Pieta”, and researching Renaissance painting before translating the story into a modern setting. I organised the models into a classic triangular shape, and instructed them on how each one should react to my prompt. There are a very few touches…

Going for Gold

The mammoth task that is compiling records, creating proof sheets of the 55 images below and loading award-winning images on CD – all in pursuit of the accreditation EFIAP/Gold – is now finished. After I post it all off tomorrow, all I can do is wait, with bated breath (what is bated breath?), to find out if I have been successful. This will take…

Taking a Photograph … and … Making a Picture

Although I spend a lot of time creating composites, I also enjoy portraiture work. On being asked recently how much work goes into a portrait, I replied, “Very little”. But, as often happens, that little question stuck in my mind and, conscious of how time can fly by when I’m engrossed in working on my computer, I decided to keep a record of just…

The Many Faces of Jay

Jay is many things … an actor, a model, an entrepreneur, a man who makes things happen and a dead pirate captain. This is a small selection from a morning in the studio with Jay, some are composites and some are pretty well straight from the camera, and all are a reminder that you just never know what is going to happen in the…

Bring in the clowns …

… well, there ought to be clowns, no? Meet Martyn and Mason, admittedly not quite your usual fun-filled entertainers, and perhaps more the stuff of nightmares than likely to raise a chuckle, but – you know – I think they’re more likely to stick in your mind than the last time you saw clowns at a circus. Just don’t upset them …..