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On the Road

Hello all,

I am very excited to share with you the things I have been up to over the past month! Since my last blog I have been travelling around the UK working with Rambert and 2Faced Dance Company. Additionally, I am proud to include the British Basketball League (BBL) to my client list.

The beginning of October marked the start of the BBL Championship League and as one of the official photographers for the league, I was asked to travel around to fixtures, photographing action shots from games in addition to headshots for the league rosters. I have absolutely loved photographing the action from courtside. Basketball is a physical, fast-paced sport and as such, extremely photogenic! Here’s a few of my favourite shots from the past few games.

Moritz Lanegger of the  London Lions  faces off with  Gerald Robinson  of the  Surrey Scorchers .

Moritz Lanegger of the London Lions faces off with Gerald Robinson of the Surrey Scorchers.

Paul Guede of the  London Lions  is attempts to get around  Jermel Kennedy  of the  Worcester Wolves .

Paul Guede of the London Lions is attempts to get around Jermel Kennedy of the Worcester Wolves.

 
Roster headshots for the  British Basketball League  and the  Women's Basketball League .

Roster headshots for the British Basketball League and the Women's Basketball League.

 
Chantelle Pressley  of the  Sevenoaks Suns  attempts to block  Evelyn Ovner  of  Team Northumbria .

Chantelle Pressley of the Sevenoaks Suns attempts to block Evelyn Ovner of Team Northumbria.

Neil Watson  of the  Plymouth Raiders  fends off  Adam Weary  of the  Bristol Flyers .

Neil Watson of the Plymouth Raiders fends off Adam Weary of the Bristol Flyers.

Earlier this month I headed to The Place to photograph production images for 2Faced Dance Company’s new production OUTLANDS. This triple bill of contemporary dance showcases and celebrates three female choreographers; Hemabharathy Palani, Ronita Mookerji and Emma-Jayne Park commissioned as part of 2Faced Dance Company’s The BENCH INDIA and UK programme. 

Emma-Jayne Park  performing her work ,   It’s Not Over Yet  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Emma-Jayne Park performing her work, It’s Not Over Yet as part of OUTLANDS.

Ronita Mookerji  performing her work,  Who  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Ronita Mookerji performing her work, Who as part of OUTLANDS.

 
Hemabharathy   Palani performing her work,   Yashti  as part of  OUTLANDS .

Hemabharathy Palani performing her work, Yashti as part of OUTLANDS.

 

I joined Rambert a couple of times this month both in the studio and on stage. First I headed to Rambert HQ, joining the dancers in the studio as they rehearsed for their new creation Goat choreographed by Ben Duke. Goat is inspired by the music and spirit of Nina Simone, with a selection of her best-loved songs performed live on stage by jazz singer Nia Lynn. As a dance theatre work, it was great to see the company working with text and theatrical elements, I look forward to seeing it on stage.

 
Kym Sojourna  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Kym Sojourna in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

 
Pierre Tappon ,  Miguel Altunaga  and  Daniel Davidson  in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Pierre Tappon, Miguel Altunaga and Daniel Davidson in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Rambert  company in rehearsal for  Rambert 's new work  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke .

Rambert company in rehearsal for Rambert's new work Goat choreographed by Ben Duke.

Finally, I headed to The Lowry, Salford to join the company as they premiered Andonis Foniadakis’ new work Symbiosis. I had photographed this piece in rehearsal a couple of months prior (Bumper Issue) so I had a good idea of what to expect. In the studio you are only exposed to the movement choreography, which can be a beautiful thing by itself, but it is only when you arrive at the theatre that all the design elements come together to shape the work. Symbiosis had a fantastic creative team with music from Ilan Eshkeri, lighting design from Sakis Birbilis and costume design by Anastasios Sofroniou all the elements came together to create a visually stunning work. After photographing the work I was able to sit back and enjoy the premiere performance which was stunning and the dancers looked incredible, I look forward to watching it again at Sadler’s Wells!

Stephen Quildan ,  Liam Francis ,  Joshua Barwick  and  Adam Park  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Stephen Quildan, Liam Francis, Joshua Barwick and Adam Park performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Liam Francis  and  Nancy Nerantzi  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Liam Francis and Nancy Nerantzi performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Miguel Altunaga  and  Hannah Rudd  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Miguel Altunaga and Hannah Rudd performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Adam Park ,  Brenda Lee Grech  and  Liam Francis  performing  Rambert 's,  Symbiosis  choreographed by  Andonis Foniadakis .

Adam Park, Brenda Lee Grech and Liam Francis performing Rambert's, Symbiosis choreographed by Andonis Foniadakis.

Till next month,

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