Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Shooting sometimes hundreds of people each Sunday presents me with an interesting problem. What, in the name of all that's good and true, am I going to do with all these images. For the Silhouette shoot I decided to put everyone in a London park. I have always been amazed how, on a warm Summer day most of the population seem to fill the parks. Elbow to elbow different cultures and age groups just get on with their thing in total harmony. Barbecues, baseball, nappy changing, skateboarding, tai chi, and mini raves all happening at the same time. Humanity is alive and well.
Saturday, 14 June 2008
London-based property magnate David Pearl was the subject of this shoot for Lloyds Bank. David is familiar to anyone who watched the TV show Secret Millionaire. He went undercover as a volunteer at the Queen Alexandra, the largest hospital in Portsmouth. I found myself moved by how deeply affected he was by the difficulties people faced in that community. He changed a number of lives with his generosity and has continued to help groups in the area.
David is what I can only describe as a character. I do enjoy a character. As a subject he was impossible to control, chatting in an animated way throughout the shoot. At one point he asked me about my studio. " Its right by Columbia Road, in the East End" I said. "Oh I own most of Columbia Road ", he said, "and nearly all the streets around it". He wasn't joking.