Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Mixing it up

Hello,

So, as you may have noticed, my website has had a major update! I knew I had to make some changes to my portfolio to represent the changing body of my work. I hope you like it, and I would love to hear any feedback you might have. This month I have been very busy attending photocalls, rehearsals and sports competitions all over London. It has been great fun covering such a range of events and I am happy to share some with you below.

First off I headed to indigo at the O2 for Cage Warriors 84 for a night of mixed martial arts, or MMA for short. MMA pits two opponents in a caged Octagon to fight it out over a varying number of rounds and you can win either on points, a knock-out or tapout. Although MMA is a brutal sport and isn’t for the faint hearted, it is fantastic to photograph! 

 

Cage Warriors 84, a night of mixed martial arts at the indigo at the O2

 

Next up was a trip to Sadler’s Wells for a photocall with Scottish Ballet. I was looking forward to photographing the company, firstly because I hadn’t photographed ballet in a while, but also they were performing the Crystal Pite work Emergence which I was excited to see and shoot. The work focused on the power of the group, making use of large group unison for maximum effect. I certainly enjoyed myself, and I am happy to share a collection below.

 

Scottish Ballet performing Crystal Pite's work, Emergence at Sadler's Wells.

 

Lastly, I headed to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to photograph some international Hockey. This was a new sport to photograph for me, so I was very much looking forward to the challenge. I photographed two matches over two days, England vs Argentina and England vs The Netherlands, and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing a new sport. I will be heading back over the weekend to photograph the mens Hockey World League semi-finals and finals, fingers crossed England make it all the way.

 

The England women's hockey team playing against both Argentina and The Netherlands as part of the Investec Internations at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

I have a couple of projects that are still in the pipeline, and I look forward to sharing more about them when the time is right.

Until next month.

Stephen  

Festivals

Hello,

At Rambert we are about to set off on our Autumn Tour. Next week we travel up to Salford, Manchester for a the premiere of Malgorzata Dzierzon’s new work Flight. The work is based upon migration and the experience of leaving one’s home in search for another. With use of a moving set, multimedia projections and live orchestra, Rambert is adding another interesting work to the repertoire. I will be performing in this work, but I hope to sneak into the auditorium to capture some images of the work, watch this space!

One of the things I love about London is the thriving arts scene and its commitment to providing free cultural festivals. Last month I had the great pleasure at photographing at two of them. The National Theatre hosted their own River Stage Weekends where they set up a stage next to the river and present live music, dance, performances, DJs and workshops for free to anyone who wanted to drop by. This event gave me the opportunity to photograph an old Rambert colleague turned choreographer, Mbulelo Ndabeni. This was a solo dance featuring live accompaniment from the Yemalla Drummers. For a public performance on a busy through-route it was incredible how well Mbulelo held the audience, by the end of the solo he had a large crowd and received a warm reception. 

 

Mbulelo Ndabeni performing NaY ft. Yemalla Drummers as part of The National Theatre's River Stage Weekends.

 

The second festival I attended was Evolving Landscapes held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and featured Parkour Dance Company. This mini festival was funded as a means to inspire and increase the numbers of people regularly taking part in physical activities. This performance took place in the Tumbling Bay playground, and although just off the beaten path, gathered a large crowd for their two performances. It was fantastic to see and hear how the younger audience members and their parents reacted to this performance! It goes without saying the performance was engaging and exciting, I can’t wait to work with these guys again in the future.

 

Jacob Smart and Eric Mitchell in Parkour Dance Company's new work, Sacred Sons as part of Evolving Landscapes festival held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

In addition to these festivals I took to the studio to have a play with lights, and photograph on my own terms. I was joined by Vanessa Kang and Jacob O’Connell who are obviously fantastic and great models to have onset. I always look forward to these sessions as they give the ultimate in creative flexibility. Naturally I will be booking the studio again soon for some more sessions.

 

Jacob O'Connell onset in the Rambert Studio.

 

The month ahead is looking very busy indeed, with trips away up north and overseas.

More soon,

Stephen