fire on the summer solstice

On the longest day of the year which also turned out to be the hottest I met Nicola for a super quick shoot in Stratford. It was perfect weather for some colour.

Model: Nicola Matear.

Slowlights

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
I Try So Hard single cover.

I Try So Hard single cover.

I Try So Hard EP cover

I Try So Hard EP cover

Short video ad for the new ep

Ocean projections

Sometimes I just have a million ideas going through my head. Luckily people like Ocean are willing to let me shine all of those ideas directly into their eyes at once. 

Here are the results...

Model: Ocean Navarro. 

A little bit of red and a little bit of white.

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. 

Vogue

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.

LTA/YG european tour March 2017

Some of my favourite shots from the LTA tour in March. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Touring with friends is the one. Playing shows at night and taking snaps all day 10/10

Yeh, nice. 23.02.17

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.

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A freezing January in London

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...

New work

I love the challenge of finding different scenarios to shoot in.  This time around there was little to no preconceived idea of where and what to shoot. Something I would normally never do but there's something quite spontaneous about these shots that I love.

Model: Claudia Maybury 

 

 

Yeh, nice! 04.01.17

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.

1. Sight

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.

The Serenity and Inside Out series are my favourite. Check out some examples below...

 

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. 

3. Taste

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.

  1. Put some coconut oil and cumin seeds in a non stick pot.
  2. 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.
  3. then drop the spices and yeast on top and stir until it's all covered. 
  4. pour in the almond milk and simmer until the texture is moist but not dried out.
  5. 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.

5. Inspire

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! 

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Top 10 (9) albums of 2016

This is a list of my most listened to albums of 2016. I strongly recommend listening to them all if you haven't already...

1. Radiohead - a moon shaped pool  been a fan since 9yrs old and the Bends came out. This is Radiohead at their best. 

1. Radiohead - a moon shaped pool

been a fan since 9yrs old and the Bends came out. This is Radiohead at their best. 

2. Frank Ocean  - blond  is it awful that I wasn't totally sold on Frank until this album? It's insightful, hopefully honest, and genre bending.   Part of what I love about this album is that it's pretty weird. Like a lot of people just won't get it. But it's a huge album. It's nice that not all huge pop albums are straight down the middle. 

2. Frank Ocean  - blond

is it awful that I wasn't totally sold on Frank until this album? It's insightful, hopefully honest, and genre bending. 

Part of what I love about this album is that it's pretty weird. Like a lot of people just won't get it. But it's a huge album. It's nice that not all huge pop albums are straight down the middle. 

4. Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere  Thrice. I don't need to say much more. This album rules!

4. Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere

Thrice. I don't need to say much more. This album rules!

3. Bon Iver - 22, a million.  Probably my most listened to album of the year. A smokey paradise.       

3. Bon Iver - 22, a million.

Probably my most listened to album of the year. A smokey paradise. 

 

 

5. Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine  Human warmth. first of all I love the songs and second of all I love the play on gender roles throughout the album. A Must listen.

5. Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine

Human warmth. first of all I love the songs and second of all I love the play on gender roles throughout the album. A Must listen.

6. planet Earth 2 soundtrack   Yeah it's not really a proper album but this is my most listened to albums of 2016 list. since the show has been on I listen to this all the time whilst editing. Although the hunting songs can raise stress levels a tad too much. The main theme is just incredible. 

6. planet Earth 2 soundtrack

Yeah it's not really a proper album but this is my most listened to albums of 2016 list. since the show has been on I listen to this all the time whilst editing. Although the hunting songs can raise stress levels a tad too much. The main theme is just incredible. 

7. Tycho - Epoch    just straight up chill music, no vocals. Perfect for working concentration. 

7. Tycho - Epoch  

just straight up chill music, no vocals. Perfect for working concentration. 

8. M.I.A - AIM  The coolest of 45yr old former refugees. Sometimes i think this is too mental and her accent is just so overly english but you can't deny how cool she is

8. M.I.A - AIM

The coolest of 45yr old former refugees. Sometimes i think this is too mental and her accent is just so overly english but you can't deny how cool she is

. Architects - It takes a lot for me to really like a current metal album. But there's something undeniably amazing about this. I couldn't begin to imagine what 2016 must have been like for this band and seeing how strong they are together is totally inspiring. 

. Architects - It takes a lot for me to really like a current metal album. But there's something undeniably amazing about this. I couldn't begin to imagine what 2016 must have been like for this band and seeing how strong they are together is totally inspiring. 

New Years Preorder

Thank you all for your supporting my little adventures. I'm genuinely surprised how many people picked something up! From Merthyr to Inverness, North Carolina to New Zealand. You guys are the best! 

I have put a preorder up for some new prints and the notebooks as they all sold out in a few hours last time, which blew my mind!

The following are on their way in the New Year and available to preorder now...

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All Preorders will be shipped the first week of January.

P.S. don't forget that I'm doing custom sizes on (almost) any picture from my site until January 1st.

Bring on 2017!

New store addition - Notebooks!

Where would I be without a notebook? Probably still thinking about maybe possibly setting up my store and maybe one day in the future possibly selling them along with prints.

Of all the things I could have done with my store notebooks seemed like an obvious choice. I use my notebooks all of the time. Here's a few ways they help me stay organised...

1. 'To do' lists: I live by my lists. Tending to write a new one for each week from trivial things like making sure I eat well, to big jobs like getting my taxes done. My tip is to always try to cross off the most difficult one first and the rest of the list seems to disappear with ease.

2. Ideas: I'd never go out or go to sleep without having a notebook next to me. The number of times i'll be lying awake in bed for hours with ideas rolling through my head to wake up the next day and not remember a thing. It actually helps with insomnia as my mind feels at ease knowing I won't forget. All songwriters I know carry a notebook. You'll never forget those spur of the moment lyrical inspirations if you can write them down instantly.

3. Dreams: I had a period of time where I got recurring nightmares. So I did a bit of research and one way to help counter them is to simply write down what you are dreaming about. It sounds silly but it helps to rationalise why the dreams are happening and it really worked for me. 

There's something quite therapeutic about writing things down by hand when so much is done on our phones or laptops. They come in a handy pocket A6 size and are printed on recycled paper, inside and out. Available to purchase now at my store and free with all orders over £40. 

 

 

 

Skye

Here's my top 10 from the Isle Of Skye. People forget how amazing the UK and in particular Scotland can be. I'd go back every year if I could. Starlit skies, lochs, waterfalls, snowcapped mountains, lighthouses, highland cows almost running you off the road and oh so many sheep.

Whenever we go somewhere I always insist on at least 1 or 2 sunrise mornings. It's the best time to be anywhere in the world. It belongs to you because everyone else is still asleep.

Whenever we go somewhere I always insist on at least 1 or 2 sunrise mornings. It's the best time to be anywhere in the world. It belongs to you because everyone else is still asleep.

and you get to see the fog rolls out of touch. 

and you get to see the fog rolls out of touch. 

loved them.

loved them.

Sunset is almost as good as sunrise but by then the clouds covered every inch of skye most nights. Sat on the edge of a cliff to get this and I was definitely shitting it.

Sunset is almost as good as sunrise but by then the clouds covered every inch of skye most nights. Sat on the edge of a cliff to get this and I was definitely shitting it.

The 14 hour drive back to london led us through magical views of snowy peaks and lochs. I'll definitely be returning soon.

The 14 hour drive back to london led us through magical views of snowy peaks and lochs. I'll definitely be returning soon.

You get to see views like this! Purple skies and the moon, what more could you want.

You get to see views like this! Purple skies and the moon, what more could you want.

house goals

house goals

you could barely the other side of the loch for the fog, it was so peaceful. 

you could barely the other side of the loch for the fog, it was so peaceful. 

something a bit cheesy about long exposure river shots but I couldn't help it. Spent some time exploring the Fairy pools. A massive hailstorm came through all we could do was huddle together like penguins and face away from it. The back of my legs were getting pelted with stones but thankfully it only last about 5 minutes.

something a bit cheesy about long exposure river shots but I couldn't help it. Spent some time exploring the Fairy pools. A massive hailstorm came through all we could do was huddle together like penguins and face away from it. The back of my legs were getting pelted with stones but thankfully it only last about 5 minutes.

This is now available to purchase from my print store. Go check it out!

Prints!

Finally! I have had the time to organise and set up my print store. The first two are a limited run of 18 x 12 inch prints for £20 each. I took the time to find the best quality printer in my area and i'm really happy with how they've turned out!

This is just the beginning so to say thanks there's a 20% discount for the first 10 orders of these two. Just enter the code 'first10' at checkout. 

Also, for a limited time I'm offering to print (almost) any picture of your choosing from my site. They range in price from £15 to £25 depending on size. This is where it gets a little tricky... If you are planning to order one of these, please email store@frasertaylor.co.uk with a screenshot or description of the image you would like before placing the order. As a general rule any band promo shots are not allowed to be reproduced so please don't request them. find some inspiration in the gallery below or just browse my site and pick!

YG October 2016

Sorry this is a bit overdue! Here's my favourite pics/places from our European tour with Billy Talent. It had been a while and I intended to make the most of every city we were in. The full set of shots is up on my new facebook page. 

The shows in the UK were amazing as they generally always are. I love touring at home. A few snapshots during soundcheck.

I also love pizza! I dunno if it was the influence of local treats but Pazzi in Amsterdam was one of the finest pizzas I've ever had. For real.

I Have wanted to visit these underground stations in Stockholm for a few years now. We actually bought tickets just to wander about various stations but it's worth it. A series of stations unlike anywhere in the world. This particular one was Radhuset.

Even though I was really pushing a countryside yurt, we stayed in Salisbury on our first proper day off. The tallest church spire in the UK resides in this chilled town. So instead of a picture of the spire here's one of the inside. For all the horrors that religion has created, the architecture is regularly mind boggling.

 I LOVE fog. That is all. I'll get up at whatever time is necessary to see it.

mellow yellow

Exploring Luxembourg. Always on the look out for reflections.

A bizarrely difficult photo to get. We were just pulling into the port in Turku, Finland on an overnight ferry from Stockholm. The sun hadn't crept above the horizon yet so it was super dark and we were on a moving boat. I decided to trust the high iso function on my camera. There's definitely a vibe even if the added noise is a little distracting.

A bizarrely difficult photo to get. We were just pulling into the port in Turku, Finland on an overnight ferry from Stockholm. The sun hadn't crept above the horizon yet so it was super dark and we were on a moving boat. I decided to trust the high iso function on my camera. There's definitely a vibe even if the added noise is a little distracting.

A little note to Billy Talent for being so welcoming and awesome every night. What a band!

US tour September '16

Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of photographs on this tour. The schedule was insane. We’d be getting to festivals at 10 am, playing between 1 and 3pm, doing press and leaving by 5 to get to the next show in time. But here's a brief run down of what we got up to on our time off on this tour.

We flew from London to New York, our home from home, for a day of press and to say hello to all the great people at Wind Up records. 

A day later Echoes was finally out! Everyone was more stoked than they look.

A day later Echoes was finally out! Everyone was more stoked than they look.

We had the unfortunate news of some of the shows we were playing with our friends in Of Mice And Men being cancelled due to illness. I’ve seen enough hotel rooms and cinemas around the world so instead of sitting around for a couple of days, we got into adventure mode. TM and general legend Brendan rented an Airbnb by a lake and off we went to chase some waterfalls ;). The US is such a place of contrast. Most of the time we go from city to city seeing the same old beige shopping centres and straight roads with, bluntly, no character at all. I’m being harsh on some of America’s great cities but if you have ever toured there you would understand what I mean. the major travel routes are littered with them. However, most of the time, if you have a vehicle and the desire to see more, you tend to never be more than a few hours away from natural beauty. 

Here’s some shots from Cummins state waterfall and swimming hole a few hours outside of Nashville, TN.

Handed the camera to Brendan Donahue for this one.

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pretty glad to see this guy as we were leaving.

Pictures from the shows themselves can be found on our band Instagram

I think That’s a wrap on our US touring for 2016, but we will be back next year!

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Echoes

Echoes was recorded, nearly mixed and ready for reproduction except for one fairly important detail, the album cover. We had been sent some initial ideas (admittedly from our own basic thoughts on how it should look). Nothing seemed right. Management suggested I give it a go. Massive PRESSURE! 

I roped in our long time friend and photographer, Marcus Maschwitz, to help set up a shoot to help bring some of our ideas to life. I strongly recommend looking at his work. In fact I’ll put some of his stuff on my next 'yeh, nice' blog. I’m really happy with how the portraits turned out. A large part of the visuals for this record stemmed from that shoot. The artwork booklet, which I know many of you are still waiting for, will contain a lot of those photographs and sentiments from Echoes. I have put up a selection on the projects tab but I’ll add another blog when the book is finally sent out. 

 

The last idea I had is what became the final artwork. I’m torn between explaining fully or not. There's something to be said for leaving a bit of mystery to your work in this day of youtube tutorials and walkthroughs.

It’s a macro photograph. I’ll let you decide what else was involved. The lighting was important but it was all done in my flat with minimal equipment.  As usual, the set up took far longer than getting the shot. After all the processes we went through to get the right piece for the cover, shooting this set up only took 15/20 minutes. Which I often found writing music too, my favourite things tend to come out of nowhere and fall into place really quickly. It’s too easy to overthink things. 

Here’s the final image that I came out with. It felt right. We had been sent a number of images with repeating sharp lines representing the echoes. But I like the way this image has natural echoes in the swirls and it is a bit more ambiguous than initial ideas. We felt like the cover needed to be dark in colour. The lyrical content of this album isn’t light. 

The inlay was made of other shots from this set up and a portrait we had done earlier in the week. I'm not overly pleased with the execution of the group shot, but it didn't really matter for the way it would be blended in.

I know people were asking for a full explanation of how I got the shot and I'm sorry that I didn't oblige. But the thoughts behind it are often more important than the final piece. Making album art is something that’s new to me but through all the pressure of deadlines, not to mention making sure everyone was happy, I found it to be something that I really enjoyed and would love the opportunity to do it for other artists. 

If you haven't already, please check out Echoes at all the usual places.

Official Store 

iTunes 

Apple Music 

Google Play 

Amazon 

Spotify