I’ve driven past Ripon College, just outside Cuddsden a few times and always been struck by it’s lovely position on the edge of the Chiltons and its Gothic architecture. So it was very nice to photograph for them this week. Although most of the buildings are Gothic revival, the chapel is only a few years old and is very modernist as you can see from the pictures. A really lovely space. One of the perks of being a photographer - being invited into all these interesting places! Ripon College will be using the images for website and publicity, and apparently the Church Times, so I’m pleased to add that to the list of publications I have had a photo!
Event photography at an industry on-boarding couple of days at Nene White Water Centre in Northampton. Always fun shooting this kind of event.
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It was great working with the Future Filmmakers team again. Amy's film 'Wave Length' has worked really well. It's always great to do the cinematography on these films. Looking forward to the next one!
Broadleaf really do some interesting projects that take them beyond being simply very high quality joiners. I have been privileged to shoot their work in a number of Oxford colleges. Here is a staircase they installed at Keble College, Oxford. They are also restoring the wooden screen at the back of the dinning hall - one of the most beautiful in Oxford - cleaning away hundreds of years of accumulated dirt and grim to reveal the beautiful original wood.
Been getting up to London a bit recently to help my daughter on her A level art project. Whilst we were at Primrose Hill I thought we should re-create a picture by one of my all time favourite photographers: Bill Brant. That picture is of the painter Francis Bacon. Anyway, Rosie took the shot, and I don't think she's done too bad a job. You can check out the original here.
Just finished the shoot for Oxford Royale Academy's Future Filmmakers Programme. Very enjoyable few days. This time the students were extremely lucky to have Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Pirates of the Caribbean, Endeavour) as one of the actors. When I was a film student we were lucky to have actors, let alone one of Anton's calibre! He was extremely helpful, patient with the students, and a great bloke. Thanks Anton! I'll post the film when it's edited. You can see production stills under 'Recent Projects'.
Oxford Royale Academy have just posted the summer marketing videos that I produced over the summer.
Crew: John Hunt, Camera, Producer, Editor, Tim Bearder, Camera, Charlie Landells, Camera, Guy Hawkins, Camera, Will Chamberlin, Camera, Phil Hopkins, Editor.
A couple of years ago I helped set up Future Filmmakers Programme with Oxford Royale Academy. You can see the first film produced 'Amidst the Flowers' elsewhere on this site. I'm delighted that this year there are more students and that once again I am helping with the shoots. Basically the excellent Bruce Windwood teaches day to day, but the premise of the course was that the students have a chance to work with pro crew to realise the scripts they have written. So that means that pro actors, sound recordist, camera and production assistants and me as director of photography. It's a chance for the students to really experience what it is like to be on (as near as possible) a pro shoot and learn some of the tricks of the trade. The students all get hands on the camera and get to direct, produce and work with actors. Last week was the practice shoot, and I may post a link to that later, but image below. Next week, full shoot, so it will be great to work with all the crew and students. Thanks to Dan for the image.
Here's a project I shot early this summer, finally got round to uploading. The Sales leaders campaign for Avon was shot in Watford, Crewe, Barnsley and Glasgow. I enjoyed working with Avon and Cloud Nine and most of all the Avon Sales Leaders. Interesting commercial photography project, always nice shooting people and working with some great teams.
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It's always a bit of a privilege to be able to film in hospitals and to get an insight into the lives of the staff and patients. This video was produced for Oxford Medical Illustration who do great work shooting videos that cover all areas of health in Oxfordshire PCC and further afield. I'm lucky enough to shoot with them quite a lot: thanks OMI!
Having seen the excellent photo essay by Rick Findler and Matt Fidler entitled 'The Holy Mountain: Monks of Mt Athos' in the Guardian on 5th January, I was reminded of my own trip to this mysterious monastic community back in 1993. Permits signed by the British and Greek Embassies my brother and I travelled up through Greece from Athens over a couple of days to finally catch the only boat that drops off and picks up once a day to this inaccessible peninsula at the very top of the country. Having embarked the next job is to find accommodation in one of the twenty monasteries that are situated all over Mt Athos. Luckily Monks driving past in a battered old pick-up stopped and invite us to stay in their monastery. Over the next few days we visited monasteries and experienced life as a monk, a way of life unchanged for many centuries. I wanted to take more pictures than I did: the monks were not happy to have their pictures taken at that time. The Guardian's article has given me the opportunity to visit my photographs again and post them here. They would have been taken using my Nikon FM2 and HP5 or FP4 film.
'Amidst the Flowers' was a highlight of 2016 for me. The film was written and produced by Berend, a talented Dutch filmmaking student at Oxford Royale Academy on the Future Filmmakers programme. I've been collaborating with the good people at ORA for 10 years now, looking after their media and filmmaking programmes such as Future Filmmakers and summer Film Academy. Quite simply they are a brilliant company. 'Admidst the Flowers' was a film that came from the collaboration of Berend and Bruce Windwood, who regularly teaches for ORA as well as being an independent film producer. Bruce wrote the score for the film as well. We were also ably supported by all the talent and crew who made it possible, working on reduced fees, so big thanks to them. Future Filmmakers gives students the opportunity to work with a pro crew in the great location of Yarnton Manor. If you want technical details, I shot the film with a Canon C300 and a range of Canon lenses. Lighting was Kino Flow Divas, Dados, and a Gekko LED light panel.
The beauty of the stunning North Norfolk coast was on full display over Christmas and New Year, great light and icy cold air... Click on the images to see more.