Profoto

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

Studio Shooting

Hello,

This month I am very happy to announce Stephen Wright Photography has taken a huge leap forwards, I am now the proud owner of Profoto studio lighting equipment, which will give huge amounts of creative freedom, organising my own shoots or realising someone's creative vision. I have had the great pleasure of working in the studio with Rambert’s talented new apprentice Jacob O’Connell, who was a finalist in 2015’s edition of BBC Young Dancer competition. We had a playful approach with the simple desire to create stunning images. Jacob has bags of talent, and you would be hard pressed to find something he can’t do - perfect subject! We were all very happy with the results and I am very proud to share these first images from our collaborative shoot.

 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 
 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 
 

Jacob O’Connell on set with Stephen Wright Photography.

 

Last month I was invited by Fearghus O’Conchuir to produce a production gallery for his recent work, The Casement Project. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing artistes, on what was a visually powerful piece. The work was based on the life of Roger Casement. Casement was knighted by the British government for his work exposing human rights abuses in the rubber trade of the Congo and of the Amazon, but his support for Irish nationalism during the First World War prompted his death sentence for high treason. The British government went on to publish his personal diaries, where Casement journaled his sexual encounters with other men in an attempt to discredit him. Fearghus’ work is a visual feast, that invites you on a personal journey with the performers.

 

The Casement Project choreographed by Fearghus O’Conchuir.

 

This month Rambert are on Summer break and Vanessa and I are about to embark our annual big trip. I will be taking my camera to document our travels. We are both looking forwards to having a rest and recoup ahead of next season.

Until next time,

Stephen