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An Eventful Autumn

Hello,

I am back from an unplanned hiatus from writing my Blog, with a post sharing my eventful autumn. Over the past couple of months I have been working on various commissions, with long days of shooting and the subsequent hours of editing. My work has taken me to the dance studio, court side, pitch side, in nurseries, in gyms and in theatres. 

 
Greg Rutherford  is interviewed by the team at  Sportsbeat  on behalf of  British Rowing  and  SAS Analytics .

Greg Rutherford is interviewed by the team at Sportsbeat on behalf of British Rowing and SAS Analytics.

 

Just as my previous post, I have continued to cover club photography duties for EFL Championship teams Leeds United and Middlesbrough FC. In addition to photographing directly for these clubs I have also attended other games covering for agency Pro Sports Images. Football photography has an incredibly fast workflow, with images being; selected, imported, captioned, edited, exported, uploaded within a few minutes of a goal being scored. I don’t often get to review my shots, but here are some images I’ve picked out to share with you.

 
 

Recently I have been working with sports content creators, Sportsbeat, part of the BeatMediaGroup. It has been great working with the team, and it has taken me to some really exciting and interesting events where I have had the chance to meet lots of sports celebrities! These images have accompanied local and national articles as well as official social channels.

I was really happy to have been asked to work with BBC Comic Relief covering a visit to a children’s play centre by ex Girls Aloud turned solo pop star, Nadine Coyle. This was a lovely job to cover, celebrating children’s right to play. Naturally, everyone in the building had a huge smile on their face!

 
Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

 
Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

Nadine Coyle  attends a nursery with  BBC Children In Need  and  Asda  to launch the  Power of Play 2018  campaign.

Nadine Coyle attends a nursery with BBC Children In Need and Asda to launch the Power of Play 2018 campaign.

As with last year, I was back photographing for the British Basketball League and Women’s British Basketball League. This included photographing headshots for the players in addition to action shots from games for use on the official social channels and website. Basketball is a great game to photograph, with it’s own set of challenges. The fast pace nature of the game can present some very physical, and therefore rewarding images.

 
 

In September I was in the Rambert studios photographing their Season Launch party. This was an opportunity for the company to invite guests and share with them exiting news and information on the new works that are on the horizon. Additionally, there was a unique and special performance by both Rambert and Rambert2.

 
 

Lastly, I joined up yet again with the Sadler’s Wells Young Associates as they presented their new works for the stage. Having worked with these young choreographers sporadically over the past 18 months it has been great to observe the development and evolution of everyone’s individual styles. 

Coral Montejano Cantoral, Flavien Cornilleau, Alex Mikl ó sy and Miia Ma̎kila̎  perform  A Quiet Hope  choreographed by  Wilhelmina Ojanen  performed as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Coral Montejano Cantoral, Flavien Cornilleau, Alex Miklósy and Miia Ma̎kila̎ perform A Quiet Hope choreographed by Wilhelmina Ojanen performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Hannah Kidd  performs  Three Visions  choreographed by  Christopher Thomas performed  as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Hannah Kidd performs Three Visions choreographed by Christopher Thomas performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Sara Augieras  and  Áine Reynolds  perform  Shall We Just Retire to the Lake?  choreographed by  Ruby Portus  performed as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Sara Augieras and Áine Reynolds perform Shall We Just Retire to the Lake? choreographed by Ruby Portus performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

Cher Nicolette Ho  performs  Tsutseka  choreographed by  Anthony Matsena  performed   as part of  Sadler’s Wells Young Associates .

Cher Nicolette Ho performs Tsutseka choreographed by Anthony Matsena performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Young Associates.

I am very lucky to be taking a holiday soon where I will have space to reflect on what has been a great year. So do look out for a special 2018 review which I will be publishing sometime before Christmas.

More soon,

Stephen

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