Pre-Season

Hello and welcome back,

Over the past month I have been busy working on a number of projects covering a broad spectrum of genres; dance, sport and events. It is such a pleasure being able to work in different photographic environments, it keeps me on my toes and keeps things fresh. 

First off I joined the lovely team at Siobhan Davies Studios as they worked with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture to deliver a day of panel discussions, physical workshops and a performance by the awesome Candoco Dance Company. My job was to photograph and capture the events throughout the day which was a pleasure and whilst behind the camera I was provoked by the discussions, brought joy from the workshops and inspired by the performance. It was a good day!

 
  Candoco Dance Company  perform at  Siobhan Davies Studios  during an event in collaboration with  Theatrum Mundi  and  London Festival of Architecture .

Candoco Dance Company perform at Siobhan Davies Studios during an event in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture.

 
 
 Workshops taking place at  Siobhan Davies Studios  during an event in collaboration with  Theatrum Mundi  and  London Festival of Architecture .

Workshops taking place at Siobhan Davies Studios during an event in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture.

 Panel discussions at  Siobhan Davies Studios  during an event in collaboration with  Theatrum Mundi  and  London Festival of Architecture .

Panel discussions at Siobhan Davies Studios during an event in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture.

 
 
 Workshops taking place at  Siobhan Davies Studios  during an event in collaboration with  Theatrum Mundi  and  London Festival of Architecture .

Workshops taking place at Siobhan Davies Studios during an event in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture.

 Panel discussions at  Siobhan Davies Studios  during an event in collaboration with  Theatrum Mundi  and  London Festival of Architecture .

Panel discussions at Siobhan Davies Studios during an event in collaboration with Theatrum Mundi and London Festival of Architecture.

 

Throughout the Summer I have been working with a number of football teams covering their pre-season in addition to the start of their domestic seasons. These teams have included; Leeds United, Middlesbrough, AFC Wimbledon & Forest Green Rovers. It is a great to work directly with these football clubs and their media teams. Seeing your images up on the website and official social media pages within minutes of them being sent through is pretty cool!

 
 

In between football fixtures I joined Hema Palani in the studio as she worked with Hetain Patel on a new work being produced by Fuel Theatre. Hema and Hetain had spent a week in the studio playing with ideas using text and movement which resulted in a sharing for invited guests. Having worked with Hema in the past, I was looking forward to collaborating with her again. 

 
  Hema Palani  works with  Hetain Patel  in the studio researching a new work produced by  Fuel Theatre .

Hema Palani works with Hetain Patel in the studio researching a new work produced by Fuel Theatre.

  Hema Palani  works with  Hetain Patel  in the studio researching a new work produced by  Fuel Theatre .

Hema Palani works with Hetain Patel in the studio researching a new work produced by Fuel Theatre.

 
 
  Hema Palani  works with  Hetain Patel  in the studio researching a new work produced by  Fuel Theatre .

Hema Palani works with Hetain Patel in the studio researching a new work produced by Fuel Theatre.

  Hema Palani  works with  Hetain Patel  in the studio researching a new work produced by  Fuel Theatre .

Hema Palani works with Hetain Patel in the studio researching a new work produced by Fuel Theatre.

 

Lastly, I had a blast from the past in returning to Garsington Opera, but this time as a photographer as opposed to a dancer! I was there to capture images of guests enjoying the Garsington ExperienceGarsington Opera is based in the grounds of the beautiful Wormsley Estate just outside of London. Guests are given plenty of time before and during an extended interval to enjoy the grounds and picnic in these scenic surroundings.

 
 Views of  Garsington Opera  within the  Wormsley Estate .

Views of Garsington Opera within the Wormsley Estate.

 
 
 Views of  Garsington Opera  within the  Wormsley Estate .

Views of Garsington Opera within the Wormsley Estate.

 Views of  Garsington Opera  within the  Wormsley Estate .

Views of Garsington Opera within the Wormsley Estate.

 
 
 Views of  Garsington Opera  within the  Wormsley Estate .

Views of Garsington Opera within the Wormsley Estate.

 

That is it for now, but in the meantime, please do make sure you are following me on Instagram at @stephenwrightphotography. I post every weekday sharing with my followers what I am up to and throwbacks to previous work.

 
 Follow my  Instagram  page  @stephenwrightphotography  for all my latest work.

Follow my Instagram page @stephenwrightphotography for all my latest work.

 

See you next month,

Stephen

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