Hetain Patel

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

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