Making album art is definitely one of my favourite things to do. Roam approached me with an album title and a brief of creating something colourful that reflects the ups and downs of life. I found it really tough at first. Went for a zillion walks to try and trigger some ideas. Deciding just to try to write an email with some loose directions, the ideas began just flowing out. From a picture of a dog jumping up to catch a frisbee to a kid on a rollercoaster looking absolutely terrified. Writing things down is so important, I never would have got those ideas just walking around thinking.
We decided on the helium balloon struggling to stay up above a cactus. thought process being that no matter how high you get there's always something to pull you back down to earth. Initially I wanted it to be a distant image of a balloon, running low on air and falling to the cactus below. But for some reason it just didn't have enough conflict or tension about it so I changed tact and went for a close up image. 50 balloons later and scaring myself every 30 seconds as they unexpectedly popped, I got the shot that would eventually be the album cover. It needed to have the perfect tension just before it popped and with enough pressure to see the cactus needles pressing the balloon. not an easy task. Shot with a Canon 5Dmkiii and a Sigma Art 50mm lens and if I remember correctly just a speedlite for the final image.
The album is out now and it's a banger. Check it out and to see a few more images head here -> https://www.roam.uk.com/
Every year we go to Scotland for an escape from life in a city that doesn't let you have a moments peace. London can be the best but I feel like I need these trips with no phone signal or internet for a week to reconnect and refresh. It's nearly impossible to ignore notifications and emails unless you have no choice. On top of that the fresh air is so revitalising, it's really on my mind how polluted our air is and being in the middle of a forest on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere I can really feel the benefits. Mountains, forests, rivers, lochs, beaches, oceans and a tonne of rainbows. I'd recommend the Scottish highlands to anyone.
Occasionally I make videos too. Absolutely love this song and I'm really happy with how this one turned out.
A mix of found footage and new. Enjoy!
To fight away the dreary mid summer days I decided to bring out a new series of books and prints. All available to buy now from my store!
Some classic A6 pocket notebooks with lined and plain paper and a limited run of 100 page perfect bound A5 notebooks with super thick paper.
Along with a set of 3 12" x 18" prints to celebrate the brightness of summer.
In what has been one of my favourite projects, I've been working with Slowlights on an ongoing basis since February this year. From promos at 5am on the coldest morning of the year to their biggest live show to date. Getting creative on the design and videography front is a massive bonus for me too. I would love to get involved with more campaigns like this but it helps that I'm totally into the music too!
It's been a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to continuing the journey.
The new I Try So Hard EP is out now on Spotify. Check out the video ad for the ep below and have a listen in full here
There are studies confirming that high amounts of pink colour can have a calming effect on the nerves and even create physical weakness in people. Although, overexposure to the colour may have the opposite effect...
Some quotes from popular theologians
“Pink isn't just a color it's an Attitude too!” - Miley Cyrus
"Right, right, turn off the lights
We're gonna lose our minds tonight" - P!NK
Always a rad time shooting with Hayley Ku'unani.
Been too busy to actually go do something for myself and see people so we made the trip across the overground to Kew Gardens. Straight to the palm house, always a favourite.
So much greenery makes me feel a certain kind of wistfulness. Like, I need to be in amongst it. I suppose that's a little odd but I love plants, alright?
Because of a lack of nice compact camera to take with me I decided to bring along my two smallest and cheapest lenses. the canon 1.8 50mm and this old olympus g.zuiko 28mm lens I found in amongst some old slrs. I bought an adapter off amazon for a few quid and it's turned out to be really useful. It's not super unbelievably sharp, it's a manual focus, it's only f3.5, but, whatever. I've used it for commercial shoots as well fun projects. Just goes to further prove the point that spending loads of money on gear isn't the solution to taking photos you're happy with. you can pick one up for next to nothing on ebay.
I'm pretty happy with them. Especially seeing as I didn't have to lug those heavy sigma lenses around.
In conclusion, get some green and cheap lenses in your life.
Had a great time shooting Celine and learning about Vogue. It was one of those amazingly bright days we had in March. London has magical light on our occasionly sunny days, the unlikeliest places often offer the most. Some of the shots below. You can follow Celine and see more of her Voguing at instagram.com/celine_zosia.
Sorry it's been a while since I've posted something. I decided 2017 is gonna be my year so I've been working myself super hard to make all my dreams come true. That comes at a cost, especially when a big part of your work is coming up with ideas. Some days it can be like there is literally nothing going on in my mind, maybe a couple of moths flying about a tumbleweed. Then other days it's like there's too many ideas floating about and I can't quite catch just one to make it a fully fledged thing. I obviously prefer the latter so I find it important to take a break from my own work to get some inspiration from others. Here's a few things that have turned my head this week.
Spent a Sunday at the Tate with my partner in love, life and inspiration, Zoë. Finally went up to the viewing platform and inadvertantly watched the strangest of families play out a dramatic and bloody episode while we ate cake.
1.) Wolfgang Tillman 2017 at the Tate
currently exhibiting at the Tate Modern. I'll be honest although I knew some of his work I wasn't very clued up on Tillman.. I wanted to go to the radical eye exhibition which I really enjoyed and will talk about shortly but Zoë wanted to see this exhibition. It turned out to be my favourite part of the day. It's nice to be surprised by something you're blissfully unaware of. Having someone that pushes you to see new things is a gift that I'm so grateful for.
From huge images taking up a whole wall takes your brain a moment to figure out what is going on to abstract colour work and photographs of some of life's simple things that are often ignored. Here's a selection below although to get the best out of them go to the exhibition itself and see them covering the walls. None of these pictures are mine fyi.
2.) The Radical Eye
A photographic collection belonging to sir Elton John that is normally covering every inch of the walls in his fancy apartment. It shows a history of photography and techniques used by artists in the early 20th century. Techniques we're so used to having at our fingertips in photoshop but would have required skills and knowledge that are way beyond me at that time. An important reminder that everything doesn't have to follow rules and that boundaries should be pushed at every occasion. The classic argument that there is no wrong or right in photography. If it feels right to explore, then do so.
3.) Abstract: The art of design.
its been a while since I've watched something as inspiring as this series on Netflix. I obviously watched the photography episode first and while Platon is a gifted portrait taker but it didn't interest me as much as I thought it might.
However, despite just having an appreciation rather than love for architecture, interior design, stage design and illustration I found those episodes to be completely mind blowing and fascinating. Focusing more on the people themselves over the details of their field of work, it's amazing to see their journey to where they are today. There's not much else i've seen recently that will get you fired up to work for yourself than this series. Check the trailer below.
For now i'm about to board a bus to get a ferry to drive to Belgium. Hopefully i'll have plenty of time for exploring on this trip.
Sunrise is often the most rewarding time to be out of the house. particularly at this time of year. It feels special.
Here's various 6am outings across our freezing, foggy and unfortunately very polluted city. Each sunrise as unique as the icy crystals forming on everything in sight. Deep stuff there...
how the hell is 2007 10 years ago already? Oh well here's some things I've found that are new to me this year already.
Photographer - Can Dagarslani http://www.candagarslani.com/
These photos make my heart hurt they're so good. The colour palette, the content, the feel. Makes me so jealous in the most positive way. Nothing like finding a set of photos that makes you just want to go make something. When I'm old I hope to be this cool.
2. Mishima: A Life in 4 Chapters
A 1985 film executively produced by Francis Copella and George Lucas. Alongside is a soundtrack by Philip Glass who if you know me already, i'm a big fan of. To be honest with you i'm only half way through but i wanted to get this blog out and it's already hit those inspirational nerve endings in my brain. The film switches between the famous Japanese author, Yukio Mishima's, real life and episodes from his written work.
The script is overly poetic, the colours and the imaginary scenes are beautiful and the music is random and dreamy.
you can actually watch the whole thing on youtube too.
My tofu Scramble.
I always hear how tofu tastes crap, the texture is gross, blah blah. Tofu is so easy to cook well as it is badly. I'm sure those people have had bland tasting or badly cooked meat before.
This is just for one person, so double or triple or whatever if you have more people.
- block of tofu, no real need to firm it like I would usually do.
- smoked paprika - 1/2 tsp
- cayenne chilli - 1/2 tsp
- tumeric - 1/2 tsp
- nutritional yeast - 1 tsp
- Almond milk 4 tbsp
- sesame seeds
- whole cumin seeds
It's really easy to make.
- Put some coconut oil and cumin seeds in a non stick pot.
- cut your tofu into 1cm cubes, then squish the cubes between your fingers and thumbs till it's the texture of scrambled eggs and drop it into the pot.
- then drop the spices and yeast on top and stir until it's all covered.
- pour in the almond milk and simmer until the texture is moist but not dried out.
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
I like to finish by toasting a bagel, spreading vegan pesto on it, slicing up some avocado then spooning the scramble on top. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and squirt some sriracha sauce on top. I Love Breakfast.
Zoe, always supporting my weirdness gave me this book The Photographer's Playbook. Basically 250 photographers set out challenges and i've decided to pick one a week to try out. Week 1 ...
It's a bit like being back at school but instead of wanting to get out I can't wait to start. You should try it too and tag me in the results.
2017 is go!
This is a list of my most listened to albums of 2016. I strongly recommend listening to them all if you haven't already...