Festival Photographer

Hello, 

It has been a while since I last posted, which just means I have more images to share! Over the past (slightly more than a) month I have been busy attending dance performances, festivals, photocalls in addition to an important and sentimental event.

I am very happy to share that I have just finished working with the Birmingham International Dance Festival, photographing official images for the festival. Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham throughout June. I had a great time photographing and watching so much high-quality dance, most of which was free! Here’s a collage of some of my favourites from the festival.

 Images from  Birmingham International Dance Festival .

Images from Birmingham International Dance Festival.

Next up I was at Rambert to attend and photograph my old boss and ex-artistic director Mark Baldwin’s farewell party. Mark offered me a job as an apprentice dancer back in 2010, and it was his decision that has shaped me not only as a dancer but as a photographer and a person. I owe him a great deal, and I was honoured to photograph this event on his behalf.

  Mark Baldwin 's gives a speech at his own Farewell Party at  Rambert .

Mark Baldwin's gives a speech at his own Farewell Party at Rambert.

  Angela Towler  hits the catwalk during  Mark Baldwin 's farewell party.

Angela Towler hits the catwalk during Mark Baldwin's farewell party.

  Brenda Lee Grech  hits the catwalk during  Mark Baldwin 's farewell party.

Brenda Lee Grech hits the catwalk during Mark Baldwin's farewell party.

  Mark Baldwin  poses with the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club during his Farewell Party at  Rambert .

Mark Baldwin poses with the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club during his Farewell Party at Rambert.

Next I joined Arielle Smith and her company at the Rosemary Branch Theatre to capture promotional images ahead of their performances of Lots of Varied Expectations. On the day I worked with two of the company dancers capturing portraits using movement from the work. It was a lovely afternoon spent with the company, and we were really happy with the results.

 
  Arielle Smith  dancer  Inês Pinheiro  during the new full length work  Lots of Varied Expectations  choreographed by  Arielle Smith . 

Arielle Smith dancer Inês Pinheiro during the new full length work Lots of Varied Expectations choreographed by Arielle Smith

 

Lastly and most recently I attended Sadler’s Wells for two photocalls capturing galleries from a couple Europe’s top dance companies, SemperOper Ballett and Nederlands Dans Theater 1. First SemperOper Ballett visited to perform their evening of works, All Forsythe. As you might expect all the pieces were choreographed by William Forsythe, who if you don’t know, is a global choreographic superstar! SemperOper Ballett are a very gifted company. I haven’t seen such a slick, well rehearsed and wonderfully executed evening of work in a long time. To see the full gallery of All Forsythe click the link the button below.

  Thomas Bieszka  and  Svetlana Gileva  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  choreographed by  William Forsythe.

Thomas Bieszka and Svetlana Gileva of SemperOper Ballett perform In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated choreographed by William Forsythe.

  Aidan Gibson  and  Casey Ouzounis  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  Neue Suite  choreographed by  William Forsythe .

Aidan Gibson and Casey Ouzounis of SemperOper Ballett perform Neue Suite choreographed by William Forsythe.

  Skyler Maxey-Wert  of  SemperOper Ballett  performs  Enemy in the Figure  choreographed by  William Forsythe .

Skyler Maxey-Wert of SemperOper Ballett performs Enemy in the Figure choreographed by William Forsythe.

  Natsuki Yamada  and  Houston Thomas  of  SemperOper Ballett  perform  In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated  choreographed by  William Forsythe.

Natsuki Yamada and Houston Thomas of SemperOper Ballett perform In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated choreographed by William Forsythe.

Then came Nederlands Dans Theater 1 or NDT1 performing Stop Motion choreographed by both Sol León and Paul Lightfoot and The Statement choreographed by Crystal Pite. These two pieces we photographed were again beautifully danced, and produced some great images.

 Dancers of  Nederlands Dans Theater 1  perform  Stop Motion  choreographed by  Paul Lightfoot  and  Sol León

Dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater 1 perform Stop Motion choreographed by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León

More exciting projects around the corner.

Till next time,

Stephen

Variation on a Theme

Hello again and welcome to my blog!

I am very happy to share what I have been up to over the past month. I have enjoyed having a huge variation in subjects, photographing plenty of football but also dance, events and some headshots thrown in for good measure!

A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing classes for the DanceXchange. This was the first time I worked with the DanceXchange, but the open and friendly atmosphere at the studios made me feel like I had been there many times before! It was a pleasure photographing the classes, observing people dancing for the joy of it. I am looking forward to announcing more collaborations with this great organisation in the future, so stay tuned. To learn about the DanceXchange's open classes find details on their website here.

 
 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 
 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

As mentioned, I photographed plenty of football over the past month. I attended my first England international game at Wembley, as well as my first Cup Final. I performed club photographer duties for two teams and I even got a shot of ‘that’ Aaron Ramsey goal for Arsenal against CSKA Moscow! Below are some of my highlights in addition to a few of the publications.

As well as sports and dance, I had my old colleague and friend Jon Savage join me in the home studio for a headshot session. Jon has moved away from dance and has now trained to be an actor. Jon wanted his images to express his open and friendly personality whilst remaining neutral. Working on set, Vanessa and I gave Jon thoughts and ideas to help him draw out nuanced expressions. To see Jon's actor profile click here.

 
 Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 
 Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 

Additionally, I was thrilled to work with the Sam Holden Agency and cover this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction photographing the awards and events on behalf of the prize. During the Women’s Prize for Fiction, my job was to capture images from the week of panel discussions at the Bailey’s Book Bar at the Gower Street Waterstones. It was fantastic to spend my time working listening to inspirational, funny and intelligent discussions. To find out more about the Women's Prize for Fiction click here.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

 Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Lastly, I joined the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells to photograph their new premiere, Used to be Blonde choreographed by guest Artistic Director, Sharon Eyal. This shoot threw up some challenges of being a dark piece with black unitards and black backdrop. Thankfully my Nikon D5 didn’t let me down and let me shoot this work as if the dancers were flooded with light! 

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company . Publication in the  Independent .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company. Publication in the Independent.

  Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

I have lots lined up for the coming weeks, which I will of course share with you in due course.

See you next time,

Stephen