Lake District

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

Touring

Hello,

As we headed into March, touring with Rambert was in full swing. Seven weeks of back to back touring involved long drives, late nights and tired bodies. During this time I photographed Carlos Pons Guerra during his week of Research & Development, got some shots of Rambert out on the road, and to finish off the month, Vanessa and I went to the Lake District where I was able to photograph the great outdoors!

At the start of March I was invited into the studio to shoot some behind the scenes images for Carlos Pons Guerra as he worked with 2 dancers Owen Thorne and Mark Kelly. He was joined in the studio by Peggy Olislaegers, the wonderfully talented and creative Dramaturge. Peggy’s role as Dramaturge is to help refine and challenge Carlos as he creates his work. This positive energy and creative conflict can really accelerate the refinement of ideas and produce a much more textured theme.

 

Owen Thorne & Mark Kelly working in the studio with Carlos Pons Guerra of DeNada Dance.

 

Rambert’s Spring tour came to a close in the seaside town of Brighton. I spoke about in my previous blog Time Flies, about the then upcoming premiere of Patricia Okenwa’s work, Hydrargyrum. These performances went fantastically well, and certainly became the highlight of my Spring tour. Also along the way, I used every opportunity to get my camera out and shoot the dancers during performances and in rehearsals. One of the venues allowed for an interesting new angle, so I set about in one of the performances capturing Alexander Whitley’s piece Frames. In the past I haven't been able to photograph this piece much, as the wings are covered to create an enclosed area for the dancers to perform inside. Fortunately, I had no such issues from the new spot!

 

Rambert during performance of Alexander Whitley’s work, Frames.

 

Finally, Vanessa and I put our Easter weekend to good use and took a trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District. We spent our weekend going on long walks, relaxing in the local pubs and taking lots of pictures. It was a great weekend, and it was great to escape the city even for a short while. We came back feeling very recharged, and excited about what is next!

 

Vanessa in the Lake District.

 

Cheers,

Stephen