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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

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