Julie Cunningham

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

Full-Time

Hello all,

It has certainly been longer than I intended to write this new blog post. My excuse is that over the past couple of months I have undergone a significant lifestyle shift. I have now officially retired from dancing, and have become a full-time photographer!

 

Christopher Akrill in Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather performed at The Place, London.

 

The idea that being a dancer isn’t a lifelong career is acknowledged, but not always accepted. As dancers, we are very lucky to have access to a wonderfully helpful charity, the Dancers Career Development (DCD). The DCD set out to help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career. It is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition. I had been in contact with the supportive staff at the DCD long before news of my retirement, and they have provided me with tremendous help during this time. In addition, their retraining grant has facilitated a smooth career transition. If you’re a dancer reading this, definitely check out their website by clicking HERE.

 

Isabel Mortimer of The Dancers Career Development working with dancers helping them with the difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career.

 

Now that I am dedicating all my time to photography, I have been able to take on more projects and create more galleries. First up was Julie Cunningham & Company ahead of their performances at the Barbican next week. This was a promotional shoot set on stage, lit using my Profoto gear. I have photographed Julie Cunningham and her dancers now on several occasions, they are a wonderfully supportive group with a beautiful cohesive energy, which is what makes them so captivating to watch on stage. I look forward to working with them again soon.

 

Julie Cunningham, Alex Williams, Hannah Burfield, and Harry Alexander in Julie Cunningham & Company's, Double Bill performing at the Barbican.

 

I also went into the studio to photograph Theo Clinkard and his dancers whilst they create and work on Theo’s new work, This Bright Field. I really enjoy watching and working with Theo, having watched his past works as well as taking his classes whilst dancing at Rambert. I can connect to his approach to movement, and his sensitivity to his dancer’s individual artistry. I will certainly be watching this work when it is premiered in Spring. Click HERE to view the full gallery which has been published on DanceTabs. 

 

Nick Coutsier, Pau Aran Gimeno in rehearsals for Theo Clinkard's new work, This Bright Field.

 

I was at the photocall of Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance’s, Stepmother/Stepfather which is performing at The Place till 11th March. This double bill is a visual feast, and a pleasure to photograph. I tilt my hat to all the creatives involved in this work, all the elements pull together to take the audience on a very dark but captivating journey. Click HERE to view the full gallery which has been published on DanceTabs.

 

Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

 

Clemmie Sveaas, Corey Claire Annand, Valentina Golfieri in Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

Corey Claire Annand, Karl Fagerlund Brekke in Arthur Pita HeadSpaceDance's, Stepmother/Stepfather, performed at The Place, London.

In addition to these galleries I have also been working on other projects and creating new opportunities, which I will be sharing when they are published and made public. I have a lot to look forward to, with this month in particular being very busy. I will be sharing more soon!

Thanks again, 

Stephen