Got sent this beautiful song and asked what I'd do for a video. My immediate thought was to go to Scotland. We decided to shoot at Neist Point Lighthouse on the western tip of the Isle of Skye.
Set out at 5am from London for a mere 14 hour drive to Skye (I've done it before and i'll do it again) As soon as you get past Glasgow the views are totally worth it!
Shot all at sunrise and sunset over two days. the low light was a bit of a challenge but it suits the atmosphere. We'd initially hoped for some strong winds, stormy skies and big waves, instead we got clear skies, amazing sunsets, a calm sea and a full moon rising over the horizon. Looking back now I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Check out the video and some more pics below. Find out a bit more about Swan, who also takes rad photos, here.
Set off from London at 4am for what was supposed to be a sunrise at the White Cliffs. Turned out to be a wash of fog and grey cloud. But, actually, it felt very fitting for the atmosphere. Turned out to be the perfect time to go. It was just Sam and I for most of the morning. That is until this ghostly woman turned up and I’m convinced when I get my 35mm film back that the picture I took of her is gonna be surrounded by demons or something.
Here’s a quick vid I threw together from the morning with a little piece of music I made up years ago. Might make a habit of this on my travels. there's a few shaky handheld shots but it's just for fun innit. More photos below...
Sam caught me in my happy place. Check out his video and photos at https://www.instagram.com/samuellhocking
Been a while since i've done one of these. I'm in the process of building my video rig so this time it's all about visuals.
Haven't been this impressed by a documentary for ages. Been following the situation in Flint, Michigan through some friends from there. The story behind it all is enough to make this show fascinating and to add to it the cinematography is so impressive. Getting the shots they did in the situations they're in. Think Cops but with an actual story and shot like a movie.
2. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Maybe an obvious one but this film made me think, was strangely heartwarming and is shot beautifully. Acting is next level. A short review but basically just watch it. Two thumbs up!
3. James Blake - If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead
This video <3<3<3
hope you watch and love all of these as much as I do. Look out for some video from me in the coming weeks/months.
...but in the best way
For a week all we'd hear was "UK gripped by heavy snowfall". Gripped? I was definitely gripped I suppose but not the way they meant it. I Would just sit by the window while editing and watch the snow fall. I got up early every morning. Watching people walk in the middle of the street like there were no rules. I'd get up for sunrises, find excuses to go out and take photos at night. Now the snow has gone it's definitely washed away some magic with it. The blanket of white turned to grey slush pretty much instantly but at least I have a bunch of photos to remember it by.
Some shots from a super quick shoot with Nicola Matear before my hands froze off.
It doesn't look like it but this was on a freezing cold day in Hackney Marshes. Ntiarna and Abbie, 2 of 3 triplets, were on their way back from a casting and stopped off for a super quick shoot. It was all super last minute, the only plan we had was long grass, but it was one of those days when everything aligned. Wherever I go i'm always making mental and physical notes of good spots to shoot in so if there is something minute I can pick something out that would work. You'll probably see their faces on all of those giant Asos ads around the city at the moment. I'm sure these guys are gonna be everywhere soon. Find the full set below...
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