Alex Paton

2018 Year Review

Hello and welcome to my 2018 end of year review!

The past 12 months have been extremely fulfilling, presenting some exciting opportunities to cover a whole host of events. Below I have shared a number of my favourite images from each month, presenting a journey through my year.

 
The new 2019 banner for  Stephen Wright Photography .

The new 2019 banner for Stephen Wright Photography.

 


January

The start of the year had me covering Rambert’s Season of New Choreography as well as a portrait session of musician Alex Paton. The new year also marked the first ever football game I covered, photographing Brentford vs Norwich City.

February

February provided more football fixtures, covering games on behalf of both the English Football League (EFL) and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. During the midst of the ‘Beast from the East’ I was making the journey up to Birmingham to work with and photograph for the DanceXchange capturing images of their open dance classes for use online and on marketing materials.

March

March was the month of Gymnastics with the British Championships taking place in Liverpool as well as the World Cup of Gymnastics in Birmingham. March also provided an interesting opportunity to photograph the rock music band, Feeder at the Brixton Academy.

April

The Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their shortlisted finalists in April, which was then followed by a week of special events and talks hosted by writers, comedians and journalists. National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) had their London performances at Sadler’s Wells, performing Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal.

May

Returning to Sadler’s Wells I photographed Step Change Studios for their performance in the Lilian Baylis theatre which marked the UK's first inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance-inspired showcase. I joined Opera Holland Park to photograph their Prelude event in the grounds of Leighton House Museum, celebrating the start of the season with an intimate performance for special guests. Following on I worked with Arielle Smith, a London based choreographer for a photoshoot to promote her then upcoming show, Lots of Varied Expectations.

June

June marked the start of the Birmingham International Dance Festival, a biannual dance and arts festival taking place in various locations around the city. Having photographed the announcement of the finalists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction back in April, I rejoined the team to photograph the winners announcement and garden party. Kamila Shamsie took the top prize with her book, Home Fire. June also marked the London Festival of Architecture with which Siobhan Davies Studios in association with Theatrum Mundi hosted the event day, How does the City move you?

July

In the surprising heat of the British summer I headed to Garsington Opera to photograph images for their brochures and website/social media. Dancer and choreographer, Hemabharathy Palani who is based in India was in London to work on various research projects with a number of artists, one of which was Hetain Patel. July hosted an early pre-season game for Leeds United as they travelled south to play Southend United.

August

August gave way to yet more football with the Community Shield and the start of the English domestic leagues. I was also given the unique opportunity to photograph Patricia Okenwa and Geoff Holroyde’s wedding which took place in the beautiful Kew Gardens.

September

With the British Basketball League (BBL) season starting, I was sent out to photograph players both on and off the court for use on the official social channels. September marked the start of covering assignments on behalf of Sportsbeat, which presented opportunities photographing on the pitch at Wembley and for SportsAid. Breakin’ Convention hosted Pierre Rigal's Scandale at Sadler’s Wells which presented some eye-catching images.

October

Back at Sadler’s Wells to photograph the Young Associates as they worked on their pieces for the their upcoming Mixed Bill in the Lilian Baylis theatre. I continued photographing for the BBL making my way around the various teams of the league. Yet more events covered for Sportsbeat working with both Land Rover and Adidas for Lifestyle Sports.

November

November hosted yet some more events both with SportsAid as well as SAS Software in partnership with British Rowing. It meant meeting and photographing Greg Rutherford on two separate occasions in as many weeks! I also worked with BBC Children in Need photographing Nadine Coyle as she visited a children’s play centre.

December

Last event of the year before heading away on holiday I was photographing the Club Wembley Christmas party featuring a panel discussion with England international players as well as live entertainment.

I hope you enjoyed the tour through my past 12 months. Bring on 2019!!

See you in the New Year.

Stephen

Feat. Football

Hello,

The start of the year has been very exciting. I am happy to announce that I have started working with Pro Sports Images, photographing editorial content for the press and on commission. I have photographed dance galleries at both Rambert and Sadler’s Wells, and I have had multi-talented musician, Alex Paton in the studio for a portrait shoot.

 
The  Rambert  building as part of the  Lumiere London  festival. Images of the dancer's feet by artist  David Ward .

The Rambert building as part of the Lumiere London festival. Images of the dancer's feet by artist David Ward.

 

First off I headed to the Rambert studios to photograph In the Making 2018. This programme showcased 7 works choreographed by company dancers in addition to Rambert's choreographic fellow, Julie Cunningham. The performance also coincided with the Lumiere London festival. Rambert took part in the light festival collaborating with artist David Ward. David worked with the dancers photographing the soles of their feet creating the body of work, Light on Their Feet, which was projected on the side of Rambert HQ throughout the festival. Click here to see more images from the performance.

Pierre Tappon  and  Jacob Wye  performing  The Space Between Us  choreographed by  Luke Ahmet  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Pierre Tappon and Jacob Wye performing The Space Between Us choreographed by Luke Ahmet as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Hannah Rudd, Nancy Nerantzi  and  Sharia Johnson  performing  R2 , choreographed by  Liam Francis  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Hannah Rudd, Nancy Nerantzi and Sharia Johnson performing R2, choreographed by Liam Francis as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Juan Gil  and  Brenda Lee-Grech  performing  DIAL/LOG  choreogeraphed by  Daniel Davidson  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Juan Gil and Brenda Lee-Grech performing DIAL/LOG choreogeraphed by Daniel Davidson as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Hannah Burfield , Julie Cunningham and  Carolyn Bolton  performing  Crave  by  Julie Cunningham  as part of  Rambert 's  In the Making 2018 .

Hannah Burfield, Julie Cunningham and Carolyn Bolton performing Crave by Julie Cunningham as part of Rambert's In the Making 2018.

Next I was joined by Alex Paton in our home studio. Alex is a multi-talented musician who plays an array of instruments in addition to writing music for films and dance. Alex was a pleasure to work with, and we were all very happy with the results. Click here to see more from the shoot.

 
Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

 
 
Musician  Alex Paton  on set during his portrait session.

Musician Alex Paton on set during his portrait session.

 

After, I was off to Sadler’s Wells for their annual Sadler’s Wells Sampled programme, which includes an eclectic mix of dance including the likes of Ballet, Contemporary through to Breaking and Flamenco.  It was a great opportunity to capture a range of dance styles in one evening.

 
Zenaida Yanowsky  performs  Swan Lake  as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Zenaida Yanowsky performs Swan Lake as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy   crew,  Yeah Yellow  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy crew, Yeah Yellow perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

 
NDT2  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

NDT2 perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Jesús Carmona  performs as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Jesús Carmona performs as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy   crew,  Yeah Yellow  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

French b-boy crew, Yeah Yellow perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Humanhood  perform as part of  Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Humanhood perform as part of Sadler's Wells Sampled.

Throughout February I have been attending and photographing at sports fixtures on behalf of Pro Sports Images. Currently I have been photographing Football games, covering Premier League through to League 2 games. It has been fantastic covering the national sport, and I am very happy to see my images being published in the press. 

Images from  Charlton Athletic vs Bradford City  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Images from Charlton Athletic vs Bradford City on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 
Publication in  Dagens Nyheter  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in Dagens Nyheter on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

Images from  Southend United vs Portsmouth  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Images from Southend United vs Portsmouth on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

Publication in the  English Football League  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in the English Football League on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 
 
Publication in  The Sun  on assignment for  Pro Sports Images .

Publication in The Sun on assignment for Pro Sports Images.

 

Be sure to like and follow my social media pages to keep up to date with my shoots and travels.

Look forward to sharing more soon.

Stephen