Monday, 6 July 2009

The Photostream has landed



This must rank as one of my all time wackiest ideas. Drawing inspiration from the moon landings (yo Buzz), the Jetsons, Marvel comics and  the Airstream caravan,  I am now the proud owner of what must surely be the world's most over designed (in a nice way) photobooth. The 'Photostream' is a celebration of the  retro-future design styles of the 50s and 60s, a time when modernity always came clad in aluminium and rivets. 

Grappling with the compound curves and design headaches were ace modemakers Applied Arts. Their patience and skill is a testament to their 'can do' attitude. So refreshing in an age of negativity.

The interior of the booth, which I have yet to photograph, continues the theme with moulds from 1950s tv screens forming the light sources and a number of other surprises. 

In keeping with Boothnation's tradition, 'beauty lighting' and a wind machine are there to ensure that the pictures are out of this world (sorry, very corny I know).





Sunday, 5 July 2009

I'd do anything!




My first foray into the world of musical theatre involved shooting the wonderful cast of Cameron Mackintosh's record-breaking hit musical 'Oliver'. Omid Djalili is taking over the roll of Fagin from Rowen Atkinson in mid July and our shoot was to be his first time trying the costume and wig. The transformation was startling. A new and very different Fagin emerged. Along with Omid I also shot three Olivers and three Dodgers. Quite a day!
A few days later I photographed the lovely Nancy (Jodie Prenger) and the amazing stage set at the Theatre Royal. The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd....