Category Archives: Portraits

East Sussex

Some pix from last weekend in East Sussex when we went to friends down in Hastings , visited Seven Sisters’ cliffs, Rye and Winchelsea. Weather forecast was supposedly dire, well it was anything but that. Windy and sunny and in the end we had a few drops, but nothing that spoiled the fun.

Great times.

Love the cliffs, should do a proper shoot around the area…..

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Sarah Giles

Both my desktop and laptop went belly up inside one week, it is not that the hardware fails which just happens, it’s the files; the recovery and above all the mess that comes with it.

Lord Wilson has been in touch, an ep is in the works and then he is about to go run a marathon, boy oh boy how things change, I hated him when he was a degenerate drunk and drugged up fuck but now him being a health Hitler is totally another. I bet the ep cover art is all flowers and Labrador puppies………

Come back Lord Wilson, and all will be forgiven!

Meanwhile here is Sarah Giles, in 1998 with Models One. The gun I nabbed from a mental pirate party, complete with a pirate ship built inside a marquee in Battersea Park. This is cross processed as well btw. No retouching either.

Styling: Jackie Beeke

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Cheryl Davey in Den-Bosch

In 1992 I spent a few months at Harry van der Brugghen’s studio in Den-Bosch. I took this pic of Cheryl Davey using print film and having it processed as a slide instead.

It was my first try doing this. I have to say this portrait is very much to my liking.

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Gillian Wong – The Beauty Truth – 2nd Generation Magazine

I took this in 1998 in Finsbury Park as part of a spread called The Beauty Truth for 2nd Generation Magazine, a magazine with a lot of potential but sadly folded after 3 years. I think it happened before The Millennium.

Taken with Ektachrome 200 (EPD) then processed in C41 (for those that don’t know: it’s putting a positive film in a negative processor so instead of getting a slide transparency you get a negative instead).  Fab contrast and colour ratio no other slide film comes out that well after cross processing.

I still have a few rolls in my freezer…….waiting for the right project……

Hair: Guy Pranzili

Make-up: Cynthia Balligan

Model: Gillian Wong / Select Models

 

 

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Bacardi Breezer

One from my archive a few  years ago for Bacardi Breezer using Religion Clothing.

All taken on film, au natural 🙂

Bettine McCabe.

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And here is Ruari.

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Simone Bovair.

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Terry O’Neill

Just happen to read an interview about Terry O’Neill on the Treats Magazine website (I go there for the interviews honestly……)

I like Terry’s work, some fab images he has made that have stood the test of time, may he sell loads of prints!

One part of the interview stood out, after which I could only exclaim ”EXACTLY”

Here’s a copy and paste of that part from Harvey Kubernik’s interview with Terry O’Neill:

Access to celebrities today isn’t what it used to be. How has this affected your work? 

Yes. You can’t spend time around them when they’re working, which is the most interesting pictures of all. You can’t take off-beat shots of today’s celebrities because of the PRs. The publicists destroyed the type of photography that I do. They forced every star into not letting photographers into their lives, or give them any time. They don’t strike up working relationships with them. It’s awful, really. It’s gonna cause a huge rift in the photographic history of Hollywood for a start. I mean, it’s just gone now. The publicists want approval of everything. The words, the pictures…it’s a joke. If you want to photograph anyone today who is famous you have to do it in a studio or in a hotel room, and the PR stipulates which shots you can release. It has impacted my journey. Absolutely.

That’s precisely the reason I don’t do celebs (personally I don’t care much for the culture around it) and some of the people that hang around them (and that’s what they do hang around…) aren’t very nice people at all and could ruin the making of a great image completely.

The best PRs? Simple. The ones that say you got 20/30 minutes don’t walk off to far and be back in time. Great way to get the job done and everyone goes home happy and the results will be way better.

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Touring with Die! Die! Die!

The band is back in the EU and since I missed out on their massive Summer tour I wanted to hang out for a week and shoot some.

They arrive late on a Sunday and therefore are forced to cancel their show in Manchester so their first show is at The Shacklewell Arms in London, a good show and former bassist Lachlan Anderson is in the crowd, too bad there was no little jolly up. One more note for the owners at The Shacklewell Arms: please get rid of that stupid arch on the stage!

Die! Die! Die! play well, especially the songs from SWIM sound great, but I miss a certain oompf and wonder whether Lord Wilson has lost his edge.

This is being thoroughly discussed the next day in the van on our way to Tilburg in the Netherlands. During our journey we are stuck in Belgian traffic for 6 hours (averaging 10 mph). Lord Wilson gets the hint and goes for it and so do Mikey Prain and Michael Logie, a very good show. The next day in Lille it gets even better, where the crowd is mad for it in a sweaty basement club called El Diablo, wicked show. My fave.

We head up to the north of The Netherlands to Groningen where they play another good show, slight changes are made to the set, shifting songs, all for the better. In Leuven (a very pretty city to the East of Brussels) they introduce ‘We Built Our Own Oppressors’ which goes down extremely well and gives Lord Wilson another ‘excuse’ to rummage through the crowd once more…..

Bruges, at Club Cactus, the next day has the best stage and lighting for me and next door in a bigger auditorium I take a few minutes to photograph the band.

The gig itself is ok, Andrew keeps being touched up by a 40 year old woman, rather bizarre…..

I post a few pix, and I am going to put a 2nd book together. It will be released next year.

The first book on Die! Die Die! can be ordered here.

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AnneMarie Prince

This is a polaroid transfer of AnneMarie Prince and was taken in 1993 in Den-Bosch. I cross processed the negative as a slide film (that is c41 film  developed as e6) and that gave it this large green tint. I shortly after found out which film to use and what filtering to counteract that.

I then grabbed this slide and put it into a colour enlarger and exposed it on a polaroid back, then processed it (it must have been Polaroid 669), but peeled off the negative after just 15 seconds of processing and mounted it to some white board ( used for mounting prints inside frames) and then used a rubber roller carefully to transfix the image on the board.

This is the only attempt that worked, as the negative tended to ‘slip’ while rolling therefore blurring the end result, hence this being precious, here is the digital scan. I have a load of slides of this shoot which I will scan in at some point and publish. I remember meeting Annemarie in Milano a year or so before this shoot. Lovely person to work with.

Model: AnneMarie Prince
Hair and make-up: Karin Melissant.

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Profile Models New Faces

Last Sunday I went back into the studio again, it had been just over 8 months. Managed to photograph three young girls from Profile Models.

First one who popped round was Charlotte Whitehouse, with her mom Sue. I must admit I felt a bit rusty at first but once I had things set up it all went very smoothly. I changed sets and lighting around to make it a bit more interesting and get a bit of variation in moods.

This was Charlotte’s very first photo shoot and by taking that into account I have to say that she did extremely well. Here are a few.

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Next was Lola Parnell, discovered a few years ago on the street when she was twelve ,now with Profile Models and her mom is a photographer too and it shows as she is at ease in front of the lens.

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And finally Rosanna, where I managed to get one of my personal favorite photographs. She did great, for it being her second ever shoot.

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All three girls have major potential to further their modelling career and I wish them the very best of luck with that!

Thanks girls!

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Rose Elinor Dougall

Shot in 2011 for Spindle Magazine.

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Tanya Auclair

Tanya Auclair, the first time I saw her play was as support for Stateless at the Jazz Cafe. Thought she’d make good copy for Ponytail Magazine as I really liked what she did musically.

The piece never got pubbed because the mag went belly up.

Some portraits shot during and after the interview.

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Toni & Guy

Here are some shots I did for the Toni & Guy look book, supposedly coming out in Sept.

Chanie Louise, Laura Andrea Kell, Lena Marie & Max, all at Profile Models.

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Since quitting Facebook I have started to read books more, I seem to have an appetite for the RFK and JFK assassinations, out of an investigative p.o.v., very interesting indeed.

Who Killed Bobby by Shane O’Sullivan (excellent book).

The Assassination of Robert Kennedy by William Turner & John Christian (the final chapters should be turned into a screenplay, would be a brilliant court room drama).

JFK and The Unspeakable (my fave JFK book, puts it all in perspective as to why).

Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill (if you want a glimpse of what the current war on terror entails then this is a must read)

Grof Geld by Roe Janssen (A Dutch book on financial scandals and speculators in Holland, us Dutch are quite ”good” at this)

And now I am starting to read London Underground by Stephen Smith.

 

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Jamie Dornan

So I have been watching The Fall the other day,just about to finish the last ep., and it has Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame in there having the lead role.

Then there is Jamie Dornan the serial killer, and the name kept ringing a bell. But it was more his face, I don’t really forget a face (I hope to run some day into the f***ing burglar who passed me on the steps in my then flat in Finsbury Park).

It nags me when I can’t figure out which person or what the title is of a  certain film and so forth so I end up going through all the composite cards of all the  models I have photographed over the last two decades  and there he is and it all comes back to me.

I shot him while doing a job for Donovan Pascal’s designs for Pascalokada, which we took in Seven Sisters at Marina Avraam’s space above her studio. These were done in  2004. He ended up becoming a big model (doing campaigns for Calvin Klein, Aquascutum and Banana Republic).

Still nice pix, he has  a great look and good for him playing a baddie in major BBC drama, go get ’em 😉

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Paul Fusco

I don’t really write, or comment about other photographers.

In fashion i/e there are not many that I really admire, and the ones that I do have achieved granddad status 🙂 or are not among us anymore. The ones that have been added on the so called BIG status these past two decades not one has ‘moved’ me as these old timers have. I have to confess I have not bought a fashion mag in more than a decade, but I do check them out and I catch myself to go through them faster and faster for the sheer vacuousness they display.

If you think of shooting with a large umbrella in front of a white backdrop is edgy and ground breaking, then think again, people like Albert Watson, Bill King, Bert Stern, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn did it decades before you and a lot better too, the fact that this way of displaying fashion images is still being used shows the real conservative side of the fashion industry, Juergen Teller changed his style from cross processing to a more simpler approach (and incorporating a ring flash) and it brought him a lot of success, to me his shots became a lot more uninteresting, that’s my personal opinion, like it or not.

These days any young photographer will spunk a set out for free just to get published in the one too many online/print magazines which hardly anyone is bothered to read in the first place, no need to delude yourself it is a fact. Part of the blame is also to the huge flood of digital images which has devalued this profession to scrap. The Chicago Sun Times just dropped all their 28 photographers, one of them being a Pulitzer price winner John H. White. The paper will ask their correspondents to come up with the photos and videos.

I could go on and rant like the next dissatisfied armchair critic, so I better stop.

Here is something to spend a few minutes of your quality time on, the RFK funeral train, Paul Fusco’s photographs which I personally find one of the most moving set of shots I have ever seen.  It makes a project like The Bench look pussy. The funny thing about that project I did is that I personally feel the least connected with it in an emotional way as I always thought ”anyone else can do this”, yet overall everyone likes it a lot, I have only received two negative feedback against hundreds of positive ones.

One day I hope to understand that  unemotionally involved pix of mine get more appreciation than the ones I bleed my heart and soul out for.

 

 

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May update

I have deleted my Facebook profile and also the Bartolomy page, I just grew tired of the whole FB thing, like MySpace it has had its best time. All the ads, and above all the pictures of people of showing their dinner/cats/back garden etc. Very tiring and very repetitive if you ask me. Time to move on.

Here is an article on stylist Juli Molnar, who I have been working with these past 6 months. The Into the Black story and some of yours truly in action can be seen there.

I have a ton of fashion pix to show, but I am simply too busy posting them, all in due course.

Die! Die! Die! are back here end of June for a few months, so expect some stuff on them as well.

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Into The Black

Into The Black posted at The Storm Magazine, view the entire spread HERE.

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Dancers backstage Hippodrome Great Yarmouth

Dancers stretching before the show at The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth.

Jan. 2006, a week after my dad passed away.

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Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria

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A lot of the island of Gran Canaria along the coast is very built up, but the last village on the southern coast Puerto de Mogan has escaped, so far, the huge apartment complexes and the lit up boulevards rammed with  KFC and other related establishments that offer no real value. Puerto de Mogan is sleepy compared to its neighbouring villages and towns, only to wake up on Friday where a huge market is being set up. Other than that a beach front with many restaurants, of which the majority offer the same touristic tapas fare or try to lure you in with a large beer for 2 euros (it seems to work for many). The marina is nice, good for strolling about and just hang and have a meal or a cocktail. Many Norwegians and Danish here escaping the freezing Nordic temp, and although they are the main group there are still plenty of other EU nations represented so you do not have that ”invaded by such and such nationalities” vibe at all. The food is not cheap here, you will have to go inland to get better deals (as always) but overall a really pleasant place to stay if you want some winter sun.

 

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On tour with Die! Die! Die!

Joined Die! Die! Die! on four dates of their Harmony tour in Western Europe; after landing in Germany instead of Eindhoven due to heavy fog I had to grab a cab to Nijmegen to get to Utrecht where I hooked up with the band at DB’s. This was also my first live show acquaintance with new bass player Michael Logie. The show itself was pretty good, the owner of the venue liked the show so much he ended up buying discs and t-shirts for all his staff for X-Mas! Ghent on the next day made us go to a club where Andrew claimed his stake on top of the bar. After which we also joined for quite a few, good times indeed. Too bad about the minimal lighting, a red wash is anything but nice looking on digital format.

Paris the next day was an amazing show, Le Point Ephemere has a great stage, great crew and without a doubt the best sounding show of Die! Die! Die! I have heard. Only minus was the strobe lighting which made it a bitch to shoot good pictures. Finally Old Blue Last, a venue the band should not be playing at any more, they deserve better, especially sound wise, the sound man was more active on the internet than actually paying attention to the band, only after yours truly told him to up the guitars did it start to sound like something. I had a blast, time flies when you are having fun.

There is talk of recording a new album early next year and come back to the EU in April, good!

Just finished shooting two fashion spreads, one based on stripes and one, shot on film, of dark nudes with accessories. I used polagraph film, a 35mm film manufactured by Polaroid and has not been made since early 2000’s and also shot Kodak EPY, which I will cross-process.

Some shots of Die! Die! Die!:

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The Bench vs Bench

I was going through my Twitter feed and stumbled across something that caught my eye: Ukrainian photographer Eugene Kotenko spent four years documenting one bench outside his house. Thought that sounds similar to my project from 2005, and upon looking at it is VERY similar. The differences being the location (now that would be freaky) and the time frame; I spent about 6 weeks doing this, as I knew I had to move house so there was a definite end to my project, which also suited me fine as I would be well bored doing this for four years if you ask me.

Another difference is, by the looks of it, his are tripod based whereas mine were taken hand held.

Let’s get one thing straight I am not pissed off, well a bit as he gets a lot of recognition for it which I don’t think is deserved. When I finished the project I had a similar project in mind (not telling 🙂 ) as a follow-up but it was so identical in execution as a photographer that I decided not to do it and shoot The Kiss instead, as that proved to be a challenging task, and it still is.

The total collection consists of 243 pictures and I will release it in book form, and no I am not rushing it out just because Eugene Kotenko has done a very similar project as mine (his starting 3 years after I finished mine!). I simply lack the time and there are two books before this one slated for release first.

Anyway I have moved on, here are a few shots from The Bench shot between July/September 2005.

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Zwarte Cross 2012

Had a fab time at Zwarte Cross 2012, went there on the Friday and Saturday. It started as a mudfest but the ground dried up over night and turned into a  dusty desert instead! Hell were excellent, it is great to see a band that dresses up and throws in a few show elements, amazing what you can do with a suit case full of outfits and masks and a couple of portable backdrops, well done.

Municipal Waste caught my attention as well and I was pleasantly surprised by Lizzy Borden, some of the 80’s stuff withstood the test of time. Pity I could not go on the Sunday, seems that Suicidal Tendencies had a crowd on stage.

Shooting from the photopit wasn’t as good as standing in the pit between the moshers, the angle was a lot more pleasant. During Hell I went on stage and managed to nab a bow shot at the end. Great atmosphere and very well attended too (156K).

Here are some shots:

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