Vanessa Kang

Variation on a Theme

Hello again and welcome to my blog!

I am very happy to share what I have been up to over the past month. I have enjoyed having a huge variation in subjects, photographing plenty of football but also dance, events and some headshots thrown in for good measure!

A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing classes for the DanceXchange. This was the first time I worked with the DanceXchange, but the open and friendly atmosphere at the studios made me feel like I had been there many times before! It was a pleasure photographing the classes, observing people dancing for the joy of it. I am looking forward to announcing more collaborations with this great organisation in the future, so stay tuned. To learn about the DanceXchange's open classes find details on their website here.

 
Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

 
Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

Open classes at the  DanceXchange , Birmingham.

Open classes at the DanceXchange, Birmingham.

As mentioned, I photographed plenty of football over the past month. I attended my first England international game at Wembley, as well as my first Cup Final. I performed club photographer duties for two teams and I even got a shot of ‘that’ Aaron Ramsey goal for Arsenal against CSKA Moscow! Below are some of my highlights in addition to a few of the publications.

As well as sports and dance, I had my old colleague and friend Jon Savage join me in the home studio for a headshot session. Jon has moved away from dance and has now trained to be an actor. Jon wanted his images to express his open and friendly personality whilst remaining neutral. Working on set, Vanessa and I gave Jon thoughts and ideas to help him draw out nuanced expressions. To see Jon's actor profile click here.

 
Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 
Actor's headshot for  Jon Savage .

Actor's headshot for Jon Savage.

 

Additionally, I was thrilled to work with the Sam Holden Agency and cover this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction photographing the awards and events on behalf of the prize. During the Women’s Prize for Fiction, my job was to capture images from the week of panel discussions at the Bailey’s Book Bar at the Gower Street Waterstones. It was fantastic to spend my time working listening to inspirational, funny and intelligent discussions. To find out more about the Women's Prize for Fiction click here.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Event photography for  Women's Prize for Fiction .

Event photography for Women's Prize for Fiction.

Lastly, I joined the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells to photograph their new premiere, Used to be Blonde choreographed by guest Artistic Director, Sharon Eyal. This shoot threw up some challenges of being a dark piece with black unitards and black backdrop. Thankfully my Nikon D5 didn’t let me down and let me shoot this work as if the dancers were flooded with light! 

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company . Publication in the  Independent .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company. Publication in the Independent.

Used to be Blonde  choreographed by  Sharon Eyal  and performed by  National Youth Dance Company .

Used to be Blonde choreographed by Sharon Eyal and performed by National Youth Dance Company.

I have lots lined up for the coming weeks, which I will of course share with you in due course.

See you next time,

Stephen

Sports, Science & Culture

Hello again,

I had an interesting and fruitful November photographing a variety of dance and outreach events. It also included a trip to Leicester to photograph at the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece.

 
Liam Francis ,  Vanessa Kang  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Liam FrancisVanessa Kang and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

 

Firstly, I headed to Laban Theatre to capture and photograph Theo Clinkard’s new work, This Bright Field. Having photographed Theo’s work on a number of occasions, I knew I was going to enjoy myself photographing the new work. Danced beautifully by the entire cast, I wasn’t disappointed. Here is a small selection from the work. To see my full gallery of This Bright Field click Here.

 
Nick Coutsier  performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Nick Coutsier performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

 
Stephanie McMann ,  Luke Dival ,  Leah Marojevic , Colas Lucot performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Stephanie McMann, Luke Dival, Leah Marojevic, Colas Lucot performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

Colas Lucot , Meri Pajunpää performing  This Bright Field  choreographed by  Theo Clinkard .

Colas Lucot, Meri Pajunpää performing This Bright Field choreographed by Theo Clinkard.

Next up I was at Sadler’s Wells to photograph New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley and the Gillespie School’s showcase performance. This was a wonderful collaboration between the primary school and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, using dance workshops to engage young children in solar science. In his introduction, Alexander explained how the collaboration could encourage engagement in science amongst young girls, whilst also making dance a fun accessible activity for young boys. It was great to see the children take such pride in their performance, and I felt privileged to photograph their experiences.

Students from the  Gillespie School  perform at  Sadler's Wells  in partnership with the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Students from the Gillespie School perform at Sadler's Wells in partnership with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Students from the  Gillespie School  perform at  Sadler's Wells  in partnership with the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Students from the Gillespie School perform at Sadler's Wells in partnership with the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Alexander Whitley  speaks during the showcase performance in partnership with both the  Gillespie School  and the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company .

Alexander Whitley speaks during the showcase performance in partnership with both the Gillespie School and the Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Hannah Ekholm  and  Leon Poulton  of the  Alexander Whitley Dance Company  perform an extract from  8 Minutes  choreographed by  Alexander Whitley .

Hannah Ekholm and Leon Poulton of the Alexander Whitley Dance Company perform an extract from 8 Minutes choreographed by Alexander Whitley.

Returning to Sadler’s Wells, I photographed Rambert’s new work, Goat choreographed by Ben Duke. Having been connected to Rambert company for the past 8 years, I have never seen the company present a work like this. Having trained as both an Actor and a Dancer, Ben Duke's choreography often explores the overlap between dance and theatre. Critics and audiences have always celebrated Rambert as being a company of versatile dancers, and Rambert's performance at Sadlers Wells this autumn certainly lived up to that reputation! To see my full gallery of Goat click Here.

Pierre Tappon ,  Miguel Altunaga  and  Daniel Davidson  perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Pierre TapponMiguel Altunaga and Daniel Davidson perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Brenda Lee Grech ,  Stephen Quildan  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Brenda Lee GrechStephen Quildan and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Miguel Altunaga ,  Stephen Quildan ,  Adam Park ,  Vanessa Kang  and dancers of the  Rambert  company perform  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Miguel AltunagaStephen QuildanAdam ParkVanessa Kang and dancers of the Rambert company perform Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Liam Francis  and  Hannah Rudd  performing  Goat  choreographed by  Ben Duke  for  Rambert .

Liam Francis and Hannah Rudd performing Goat choreographed by Ben Duke for Rambert.

Lastly, I headed to Leicester for the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece. Having photographed a large number of the British Basketball League games, I was excited to photograph my first international game, especially one of such importance. Unfortunately, Great Britain came away second best, but not before pushing the game into overtime and giving the crowd an awful lot to shout about. It was a shame for the loss, but I think everyone in attendance was proud of the team’s display.

 
Action shots from the  FIBA Basketball World Cup  qualifiers between  Great Britain  and  Greece  at the  Leicester Arena .

Action shots from the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers between Great Britain and Greece at the Leicester Arena.

 

Thank you and see you next time,

Stephen