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Hitting the Gym

Hello,

Over the past month I have been incredibly busy. I have been working on various projects, and photographing many different things and not just dance. There is too much to write about in a single blog post, so I will narrow it down and give you my honourable mentions! 

 

Sam Oldham preparing for the Rings at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 

Recently, it has been very much about Artistic Gymnastics! I was delighted to be accredited to photograph at two major gymnastics competitions featuring some of Britain’s Olympic heroes and National Champions. The two competitions I attended were the British Championships which was held at the Echo Arena, Liverpool and the World Cup of Gymnastics which took place at the O2, London. It was an incredible experience sharing the gymnast’s space and being so close to the action, and I am very happy with the images I produced. For these competitions I partnered with The Couch Gymnast where my images have been published. Below are the links to the two galleries I produced. Also be sure to check out my new gallery on my website here.

 

Max Whitlock giving a demonstration on the Pommel Horse during the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2London.

Amy Tinkler flying on the Uneven Bars at the British Championships 2017 held at the Echo ArenaLiverpool.

 
 

Ellie Downie competing at the British Championships 2017 held at the Echo ArenaLiverpool.

Sam Oldham nailing the dismount from the High Bar at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 
 

Brinn Bevan competing at the World Cup of Gymnastics at the O2, London.

 

In addition to gymnastics I have also been busy in the dance studio. As I said in my last post I headed to the Barbican to photograph the production gallery for Julie Cunningham & Company. It was great to see how this piece evolved from when I first saw it being performed in the Rambert studios. The lighting design by Richard Godin was really striking, making use of multiple Softboxes which produced a really flattering creamy light. Softboxes would usually be associated with still photography rather than stage lighting, but it was a lovely effect.

 

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

 

I also made my way to The Place to photograph at 2Faced Dance Company’s photocall for their work From Above. Coincidentally, this dance work also made use of large Lightboxes creating yet another beautiful lighting effect designed by James Mackenzie. I produced a full gallery for DanceTabs which you can find by clicking the link below.

 

Louis Parker-Evans of 2Faced Dance Company performing From Above, choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald and performed at The Place, London.

 

Have a lovely long weekend!

Stephen

A New Year

Hello, and a belated Happy New Year to you! 

The past couple of months have been very interesting and fulfilling, filled with exciting new opportunities photographing celebrities, music videos and plenty of dance!

Just before Christmas I was contacted to photograph for David Haye for the unveiling of the Undercards in preparation for his comeback fight in January. As you may or may not know, David Haye is a two-time heavyweight world champion boxer, who after a hiatus of 3½ years made his return to the ring. I photographed the publicity head shots for the Undercard fighters with and without Haye, and also the Undercards whilst they did some Shadow Boxing. It was great to see the boxers in action. Being able to observe their movement, focus and energy in such close proximity, I felt invigorated by the opportunities to capture such high intensity dynamics. It is certainly something I will revisit, and I will be more than happy to share my shots.

 

Jose 'The Look' LopesWadi Camacho AKA Machoman’, Kayamba Prosper AKA Special K’.

 

Arriving into January, I took a trip up to Newcastle to photograph Fertile Ground in preparation for their upcoming tour and new season of work, Dancing the Road. Fertile Ground are a lovely small scale company, oozing with passion and vigour with dancers willing to experiment and be creative. When I met them, the dancers had only been working together as a group for just under a week, yet it was they interacted as with such ease and amongst themselves. I very much enjoyed spending the day shooting these dancers.

 

Emma Palmer & Niall Tyzack-Carlin promotional image for Fertile Ground.

 

Finally, and most recently I worked on set with NonZero Productions for a music video directed by James Holroyde. This was a very rewarding shoot, with the opportunity to capture both candid images from behind the scenes, and also atmospheric production images. Set in the basement of a London hotel, I was presented with some very interesting and visually impressive backdrops to create images with. We all had a great time on set, with plenty of laughs and jokes, but ultimately I was very happy with the results.

 

Vanessa Kang, on set with NonZero Productions.

 

Rambert are now out on tour for the Spring Tour, my camera is never far from my side, and I am very much looking forward to shooting some more of the company on the road. Watch this space!

Till next time,

Stephen