27
Jul
2011

Josie Long and James Acaster Edinburgh Preview? Why thank you!

So yesterday I got invited by London Is Funny to an intimate preview of Josie Long and James Acaster‘s Edinburgh sets…I was assured there would be bucketloads of tea, and the price of entry was ‘some cheese’….so I turned up with some of the deliciously smelly french stuff, got almost instantly handed a mug and offered a plate of biscuits, and sat down to enjoy James Acaster’s set involving the most realistic reaction to a doughnut that is not a doughnut I have ever seen, an overwhelming skydive reenactment, a small interjection from Willoughby the bear, and a cowbell solo!

Next up Josie Long who I haven’t seen since she got in the ring to wrestle Simon Munnery at the Nave a few months back….This time though, she’s in a slightly more serious mood…previewing ‘The Future is Another Place’, discussing using the word ‘Tory’ as an insult, how to get involved in political activism and weather the media backlash and surviving  near death experience without even getting a biscuit afterwards….

27
Jul
2011

Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo!

A while back I did a shoot with Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo…seriously…if you haven’t been to a gig of theirs yet WHY NOT?!  With tracks featured on BBC’s Wallander and, more recently, The Shadow Line and a new UK Tour coming up this Autumn you’ve really no excuse not to go and see them!  The keen eyed among you will recognise the beautiful Gill Sandell from a shoot we did together last month…she’s got a bunch of gigs coming up too…so why not get down to those too eh?

We had a lot of fun shooting on the day and some of my favourite shots have to be the ‘outtakes’…

27
Jul
2011

The River…

Over the recent months I’ve been working on a private commission to take some black and white shots around the Thames…it’s amazing how the scenery changes from Spring to Summer, from day to night…

I guess it’s true that “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man”

- Heraclitus

12
Jul
2011

Have camera will travel…

…wandering with various cameras…

every now and then…I shoot a little colour…

…so there you have it…my first post of personal work in quite a long time…here’s hoping there’s enough time to make it a more regular occurrence!

12
Jul
2011

Peppermint Candy Album Launch @ The Cobden Club 06/07/11

A true gem of an evening…launching the Peppermint Candy album;

“Curated by swing connoisseurs, hip DJs and vintage style icons Broken Hearts, Peppermint Candy is the first fruition of a joint venture between Universal Music and Jazz FM. This 2-CD collection charts the story of the swing genre via the most danceable swing songs from the 1920s to the present day and it’s an absolute belter, connecting the Harlem hep cats of the 1930s to today’s sexy, exuberant clubbers of the electro swing scene. Here, Frank Sinatra rubs shoulders with Andre 3000 and Ella Fitzgerald collides with Imelda May on a thrilling, upbeat and stylish ride for the happiest feet in town.”

Having never been to the Cobden Club before I immediately fell in love with its beautiful decor, particularly in the breathtaking Grand Hall, which is of course, where I spent most of the night!  If you get the chance, go check it out for yourself before it gets converted into apartments!

Dancing music on the night was provided by ‘fine purveyors of filthy swing’ Top Shelf Jazz,

The Correspondents…complete with travelator…

…’turntable goddesses’ The Broken Hearts..

…he of the rare and amazing record collection DJ Swing Maniac

…the perfect set up for swing dance enthusiasts and amateurs alike, and boy did they cut loose…

Many Thanks to JazzFM for inviting me!