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The Festival of Freaks

Always great to see my work being used in a variety of ways. I think I shot this clown series about 3 years ago now, and are still being used today! This looks set to be a great event. Dec 22nd, Bristol. For ticket info please visit: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Bristol/Lakota/The-Festival-of-Freaks-/13066281/

R.I.P. Charlotte

Unfortunately some sad news last week as I found out Charlotte had lost her battle to cancer and passed away. I was lucky enough to meet and photograph this brave young lady on several occasions through CLIC Sargents fashion brand Fix Up Look Sharp. Charlotte had a massive interest in fashion and was brilliant every time she came onboard to help model the latest clothing, and will be hugely missed by her friends and family.MG_0294

BIPP – National Photographer of the Year

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Last week I took my little self and one of my oldest friends Claire (known the longest, she’s not 82) up to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire to attend the BIPP National Awards evening. Lovely venue where they were also holding an exhibition of other BIPP members work. I’ve always absolutely adored seeing prints and galleries of work, so many amazing images on show. Was great to see some familiar faces and talk to fellow creatives. I was really chuffed to pick up this award for my panel of five images ‘The Travelling Circus’. Looking forward to creating more images in 2016, a cracking start to the year and very honoured to have my work recognised by my peers. Was nice to see Kevin Wilson (Right) who presented my award with BIPP President Eric Jenkins. Photo by: Scott Johnson.

Guest Speaker, South West Digital Imaging Show, Exeter

Some news that may interest some of you. On May 25th I’ve been asked to be a guest speaker for the SWPP at their digital imaging roadshow in at the Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre, Exeter. I’m on at 12:30 talking about how to use locations to your advantage, and getting the most from the environment you’re in. Hope to see some of you there, it’s free to attend for further information and to book please fill out the form at the bottom of this link. http://thedigitalimagingshow.co.uk/events/exeter-2016/Photo 22-02-2016, 14 14 17

SWPP 20 X 16, 2016 Finalist

A brilliant week away in London, a few more images entered this year (they had a bloody good deal on!). I was really pleased to have an image in the final for my 2nd year running again in Portrait Avant Garde, which is by far my favourite category. Unfortunately though I was only able to come runner up this year, but also had 10 Silver Merit Awards for my other entries, along with my one Gold for the Mad Hatter image with my good old friend and fellow creative Rebecca Rose Robinson. This image was taken during one of my big shoot days with The Prop Factory, Wedding and Decor Stylist Hannah Taylor, Hair and makeup by The White Rabbit Makeup Artist & Rebecca Rose Robinson. I always try my bloody hardest to get images up on the wall in the Hilton for the people I work with, just glad I managed it again this year. 2016-01-21 18.36.23-1

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Associate Level, (ASWPP)

So in the build up to Christmas I was pretty together putting together and mounting 35 20 x 16 prints ahead of the competition in March, 15 prints for the comp, and 20 prints which made up my Associate level panel to be assessed during my time away in London. I’m pleased to say I had some amazing feedback while I was there, with all five judges unanimously passing my panel. Along with hanging my panel on the wall, I began by reading out a short statement of intent alongside it. I’m not a particularly emotional sort of guy, but half way through reading it, a moment dawned on me where I realised that this panel of images represents the core of my work since I picked up a camera three years ago, and now here it all was about to be assessed by five strangers who have been in the game a long time. Anyway I managed to get through to the end without making a plonker of myself. The morning of my panel being judged, I also met a lovely but rather nervous young lady called Audrey, she was due to go in the slot just before me, again for Associate Level, and we got our images ready in the prep room at the same time, I took a look at just a couple of her images and they blew me away, a horror esque gothic storytelling style of images, that also faired very very well when it came to competition time. We were both presented with our certificates on the same evening too, although we both chose different cameras to smile at.

Associate Panel Submission, Thursday 21st January 09:30 – Alistair Campbell

Before I begin I’d just like to say that before I joined the SWPP a year ago, I had no idea that panel’s of work even existed. When I began taking photographs about 3 years ago, I did so out of passion, creativity and as a means to express myself. Putting together this panel has helped me make sense of my style, my work and ultimately what I am trying to communicate.

The people in all of these images have a story to tell, and it lies behind their eyes, often (but not all the time) it is an extension of myself at that time.

The expressionism I like to explore is elusive, not obvious, but lies between the lines. A slight connection in the eyes can represent a deep connection and happiness or total ambiguity, often only there for a brief moment… The slightest bow of the head can mean deep sadness, loneliness or loss, a slight tilt in another direction can be playful or empowering.

When I work with people for the first time I try to take them through a range of emotions, find out their story and see what makes them tick. Often at some point during the conversation I will see that look in their eye which fits into my work, or that represents the emotion I am trying to convey.

Of course I do not work in this way every time, sometimes I work with others on just creating fun character based portraits, or even they may have a story to tell of their own. Sometimes people will say to me, why did you go to the trouble of making that set when you could have just used a green screen and edited it in… To me that’s not the ‘trouble’ but in fact one of my favorite parts of creating images. I have a personal rule that if I cannot create it in the camera, then it’s not for me (of course with with small exceptions from time to time). Visiting old buildings or strange places, gathering together outfits, costumes and a team to creating something we can all look back on, and be proud of.

I try never to have any of my images too ‘readable’ by the viewer, but always leave people guessing ‘what were they thinking about there’ I just try to suggest the start of the that thinking journey for anyone looking at these images, the rest of that journey is up to each individual…

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SWPP Associate Panel Prep

So coming up in January I have my first ever panel assessment with the SWPP, in short this is a 20 image panel made up of prints, hung and assessed and then given a pass or fail grade. I’ve put in for the Associate grade which is about half way through the ladder, which (if it passes) will give me a nice target of going for the top Fellowship after that over the next year or so. It’s still mesmerizing to see your work in prints. This is my first rough panel, looking at my work in this way I can now really see how it sits together, these images are probably about 80% of what I will submit, subject to a few changes here and there. Fingers crossed for January and now very much looking forward to the convention in London.2015-10-13 12.45.08ROTATE

Cheers Dad

Delighted to announce that I have another magazine Front Cover, this time for one of the worlds best know photography magazines, going out to over 70 countries worldwide, Professional Imagemaker magazine, which runs in conjunctions alongside the SWPP has given me the privilege of having my clown photograph on the cover, along with a 7 page article inside. I was literally going out the door to head off to Wales to get together with a young man around my age (more info on this soon) who I became friends with at the last competition when the postman dropped this through the door. Quick thanks to my Dad who took this image of me holding the magazine, when I was young I always remember my dad having a SLR around his neck, I must see if that’s in our loft or something because that could be handy. In all seriousness thanks again to the SWPP for this award winning image, and to Mike at Imagemaker for featuring it on the cover. (it’s clear from this photo why I am not on the other side of the camera, as I seem to have 3 fingers on my left hand, some sort of Homer Simpson like sausage fingers on the right, and also have no idea where to look).10603217_844064062341037_7643822398864509558_n

Welcome Along

So this week has been all about shooting the new Spring/Summer 2015 range for FULS Clothing. It was especially nice for us to expand our team with 3 new faces, Kieron, Imogen, and Elesha who all fit the style just perfectly! What do guys think? (Make-up & Hair by Rebecca Rose Robinson, Make-up Artist).FULSNEWmodels

Say Cheese, and don’t tilt your head back, you will look chubby!

Ummmm so yeh, it looks like I decided to go for the slightly hunched, hint of a double chin bulldog pose for this one! in all seriousness many Thanks to the SWPP for sending through this image from the awards ceremony last month. Here I am with (from left to right) SWPP CEO Phil Jones, Gurvir Joha (Classic Portrait), Myself (Portrait Avant Garde & Overall Portrait Winner) Martin Leckie (Childrens Portrait). Fantastic evening and can’t wait for next year!20x16portraitFB