Mixing it up

Hello,

So, as you may have noticed, my website has had a major update! I knew I had to make some changes to my portfolio to represent the changing body of my work. I hope you like it, and I would love to hear any feedback you might have. This month I have been very busy attending photocalls, rehearsals and sports competitions all over London. It has been great fun covering such a range of events and I am happy to share some with you below.

First off I headed to indigo at the O2 for Cage Warriors 84 for a night of mixed martial arts, or MMA for short. MMA pits two opponents in a caged Octagon to fight it out over a varying number of rounds and you can win either on points, a knock-out or tapout. Although MMA is a brutal sport and isn’t for the faint hearted, it is fantastic to photograph! 

 

Cage Warriors 84, a night of mixed martial arts at the indigo at the O2

 

Next up was a trip to Sadler’s Wells for a photocall with Scottish Ballet. I was looking forward to photographing the company, firstly because I hadn’t photographed ballet in a while, but also they were performing the Crystal Pite work Emergence which I was excited to see and shoot. The work focused on the power of the group, making use of large group unison for maximum effect. I certainly enjoyed myself, and I am happy to share a collection below.

 

Scottish Ballet performing Crystal Pite's work, Emergence at Sadler's Wells.

 

Lastly, I headed to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to photograph some international Hockey. This was a new sport to photograph for me, so I was very much looking forward to the challenge. I photographed two matches over two days, England vs Argentina and England vs The Netherlands, and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing a new sport. I will be heading back over the weekend to photograph the mens Hockey World League semi-finals and finals, fingers crossed England make it all the way.

 

The England women's hockey team playing against both Argentina and The Netherlands as part of the Investec Internations at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

I have a couple of projects that are still in the pipeline, and I look forward to sharing more about them when the time is right.

Until next month.

Stephen  

Wire Service

Hello,

Since my last post I have been busy working on a number of projects, some have been published and some are still works in progress. I have been returning to Rambert for a number of shoots, working with the different departments within the building. I have also started working with the wire service photography agency REX Features as a means of distributing my images, and to shoot more elite sporting events. Additionally, for the Easter break Vanessa and I spent the weekend in the Lake District walking and taking in the scenic beauty.

It has become somewhat of a tradition for Vanessa and I to spend our Easter break in the Lake District. This is a time for us to recharge our batteries and spend some time in the great outdoors. Shooting nature, animals and landscapes was how I first started enjoying photography as a hobbyist, and still is a passion today. Luckily the Lake District had plenty of scenic beauty to offer, and is a treasure trove of images ripe for the picking.

Vanessa walking in the Lake District.

Friendly cows in the Lake District.

 

Abstract beauty in the Lake District.

 

As of last month, I signed to start shooting with Rex Features as a contributing photographer. REX Features is a Shutterstock company, and is one of the world's leading photographic press agencies and picture libraries. My first assignment with the agency was photographing at the BBL & WBBL British Play-off Finals at the O2, London. The first game of the afternoon was the Women's play-off finals between the Sevenoaks Suns and the Nottingham Wildcats, with the Suns coming out on top 70-61. The second game was the men's play-off final featuring the Leicester Riders and the Newcastle Eagles with the Riders dominating 84-63. I had a fantastic day and was really happy with the images I came away with.

 

The BBL & WBBL British Play-off Basketball Finals at the O2London. Featuring the Leicester Riders vs Newcastle Eagles and the Sevenoaks Suns vs Nottingham Wildcats.

 

At Rambert I have assumed the position of House Photographer, taking on many of the photographic responsibilities for the company. I have been working with the Learning & Participation department, capturing images from evening classes and outreach programmes and the Marketing department photographing the company in rehearsals, performances and additional projects. Many of the images can be found on the Rambert website, but I will share some of my recent images below.

The Rambert company dancers performing in Christopher Bruce's iconic work, Ghost Dances. Performed at Sadler's Wells TheatreLondon.

 

Rambert dancers Jacob O'ConnellCarolyn Bolton and Vanessa Kang in rehearsals for The days run away like wild horses choreographed by Aletta Collins.

 
 

The Rambert company dancers performing in Christopher Bruce's iconic work, Ghost Dances. Performed at Sadler's Wells TheatreLondon.

 

Lastly, a few months ago I had the great pleasure to work with the British Gymnastics Foundation, which is the charitable wing of the British Gymnastics Association. This was for the wonderful cause of capturing images for their Love to Move campaign. The Love to Move programme is an age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme which is transforming the lives of people living with dementia. I was thrilled to be a part of this project and as of last week they launched a crowdfunding campaign to help expand the programme into more care homes throughout the UK. Click HERE for more information.

 

The British Gymnastics Foundation launch their new dementia friendly seated gymnastics programe, Love to Move.

 

Till next time,

Stephen