Hemabharathy Palani

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

On the Road

Hello all,

I am very excited to share with you the things I have been up to over the past month! Since my last blog I have been travelling around the UK working with Rambert and 2Faced Dance Company. Additionally, I am proud to include the British Basketball League (BBL) to my client list.

The beginning of October marked the start of the BBL Championship League and as one of the official photographers for the league, I was asked to travel around to fixtures, photographing action shots from games in addition to headshots for the league rosters. I have absolutely loved photographing the action from courtside. Basketball is a physical, fast-paced sport and as such, extremely photogenic! Here’s a few of my favourite shots from the past few games.

Moritz Lanegger of the  London Lions  faces off with  Gerald Robinson  of the  Surrey Scorchers .

Moritz Lanegger of the London Lions faces off with Gerald Robinson of the Surrey Scorchers.

Paul Guede of the  London Lions  is attempts to get around  Jermel Kennedy  of the  Worcester Wolves .

Paul Guede of the London Lions is attempts to get around Jermel Kennedy of the Worcester Wolves.

 
Roster headshots for the  British Basketball League  and the  Women's Basketball League .

Roster headshots for the British Basketball League and the Women's Basketball League.

 
Chantelle Pressley  of the  Sevenoaks Suns  attempts to block  Evelyn Ovner  of  Team Northumbria .

Chantelle Pressley of the Sevenoaks Suns attempts to block Evelyn Ovner of Team Northumbria.

Neil Watson  of the  Plymouth Raiders  fends off  Adam Weary  of the  Bristol Flyers .

Neil Watson of the Plymouth Raiders fends off Adam Weary of the Bristol Flyers.

Earlier this month I headed to The Place to photograph production images for 2Faced Dance Company’s new production OUTLANDS. This triple bill of contemporary dance showcases and celebrates three female choreographers; Hemabharathy Palani, Ronita Mookerji and Emma-Jayne Park commissioned as part of 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH INDIA and UK programme. 

Emma-Jayne Park  performing her work ,   It’s Not Over Yet  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Emma-Jayne Park performing her work, It’s Not Over Yet as part of OUTLANDS.

Ronita Mookerji  performing her work,  Who  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Ronita Mookerji performing her work, Who as part of OUTLANDS.

 
Hemabharathy   Palani performing her work,   Yashti  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Hemabharathy Palani performing her work, Yashti as part of OUTLANDS.

 

I joined Rambert a couple of times this month both in the studio and on stage. First I headed to Rambert HQ, joining the dancers in the studio as they rehearsed for their new creation Goat choreographed by Ben Duke. Goat is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage by jazz singer Nia Lynn. As a dance theatre work, it was great to see the company working with text and theatrical elements, I look forward to seeing it on stage.

 
Kym Sojourna  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Kym Sojourna in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

 
Pierre Tappon ,  Miguel Altunaga  and  Daniel Davidson  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Pierre Tappon, Miguel Altunaga and Daniel Davidson in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Rambert  company in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Rambert company in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Finally, I headed to The Lowry, Salford to join the company as they premiered Andonis Foniadakis’ new work Symbiosis. I had photographed this piece in rehearsal a couple of months prior (Bumper Issue) so I had a good idea of what to expect. In the studio you are only exposed to the movement choreography, which can be a beautiful thing by itself, but it is only when you arrive at the theatre that all the design elements come together to shape the work. Symbiosis had a fantastic creative team with music from Ilan Eshkeri, lighting design from Sakis Birbilis and costume design by Anastasios Sofroniou all the elements came together to create a visually stunning work. After photographing the work I was able to sit back and enjoy the premiere performance which was stunning and the dancers looked incredible, I look forward to watching it again at Sadler’s Wells!

Stephen Quildan ,  Liam Francis ,  Joshua Barwick  and  Adam Park  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Stephen Quildan, Liam Francis, Joshua Barwick and Adam Park performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Liam Francis  and  Nancy Nerantzi  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Liam Francis and Nancy Nerantzi performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Miguel Altunaga  and  Hannah Rudd  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Miguel Altunaga and Hannah Rudd performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Adam Park ,  Brenda Lee Grech  and  Liam Francis  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Adam Park, Brenda Lee Grech and Liam Francis performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Till next month,

Stephen