A couple of stills from the up and coming TNT suspense drama, I Am The Night starring Chris Pine, India Eisley and Jefferson Mays. Directed by Patty Jenkins and written by her husband Sam Sheridan. I don’t think I’ve worked with a method actor with such an intense scene to shoot. Chris limited dialogue with anyone other than Patty and Sam. Certainly left me with an intense character to play with all day.
Eric Idle - Comic, actor, songwriter…
There are few on screen comedians who stand out from my earliest memories of comic entertainers. Saturday nights watching the box with my folks and sister. My list is typically British for a nipper.
Tommy Cooper, Jasper Carrott, the show Are you Being Served along with the legends of Monty Python.
Cut to a few years later, ha ha, and the bright man Eric Idle walks in for our portrait shoot.
Cuppa tea I ask? Yes please. None of that Earl Grey stuff he says.
Shooting editorial portraits has been my passion most of my career. (I started out wanting to be a reportage, war photographer.) My career took a turn as my employer Timeout magazine, London began to faze out the news and current affairs sections of the mag in favor of lifestyle, entertainment and celebrity.
I learnt over time and some stressful scenarios, we don't always need a big team, fancy location and or studio to create a poignant portrait. Yes, it's wonderful to have the time those big budgets but we're in at the afternoon tea of the editorial world with it's changing pressures. Picture editors, photographers and related craftspersons are stretched to create what they're known for with less notice, time and money.
This portrait of Guillermo del Toro was shot in my dirty old storage lockup. There must have been roughly 24 emails to put the interview and portrait together. Once the session was locked in, it was Guillermo's easy going personality which allowed us to shoot this simple portrait in my rat trap space. He rolled up to my place in his early 2000's Seabream, no publicist or desire to be groomed. Such a treat to meet and photograph this gentleman. #geniuscreator.
The lovely Andy Puddicombe in the weekends copy of The Times UK. Shot on Venice Beach, Andy was well up for a bit of Cardio, jumping into a lotus position. His five years in Tibet as a Buddhist monk went a long way here. Whether you're a cynical old fart or not. It's worth checking his Headspace App out. There's a 10 day free introduction here.
Some of you may know I love working with stunt professionals. One of these professionals is Luci Romberg. A champion gymnast and US representative in the American Ninja Warrior competition. Luci allowed us to photograph her on fire for #RedBulls #RedBulletin Magazine. The very accomplished gang from Action Factory provided the fire along with their brilliant safety team. All fire in this image is real. The only retouching was to remove the harness crease and suspension cables. Outside of the time it took setting up our lighting and fire tests, this has to be one of the shortest photo shoots I've completed. About 8 seconds. To show good will and that I'm no chicken, Action Factory gave me a little dose of flame so I could feel what it's like to be set on fire. See snappy video below.
Do know, these are award winning professional stunt practitioners. They have the best safety equipment and products on the market. Even if you're a seasoned Burner, you'd do well having Action Factory at your side.
Here's Luci's submission to this years Red Bull's Art of Motion competition. Six Free Runners, three men and three women will compete in Greece this coming October. If you like her brilliance, please go ahead and vote for her in the three categories of Creativity, Execution and Technical difficulty. The six athletes chosen from the online qualifier will join the eight finalists from last years event.
Let's get Luci to Greece so we can see her amazing moves kick up the dust in this ancient land. By voting, you're entered into the hat to win a trip to watch the competition on Greece.