Great to have one of my images selected by National Geographic yesterday as part of the twelve pictures their editors chose daily . I’m particularly chuffed because as a photographer , I have always dreamed of being associated in some way with this great institution, plus , between NG and NG-Photo they have a following of over 21 million people ! A added bonus was one of their editors picking out my shot for this comment -below. I am very happy they went with one images from the Translavania , Romania series.
I was asked by creative director Simon Sworn of J.Walter Thompson -London along with Kat Thomas and creative producer Anna Henderson to travel the length & breadth of the UK and photograph everyday folk enjoying cycling in all it’s forms for a new national campaign launching July 2017. After a period of pre-planning I headed out alone at the start of June returning after 4000 miles and 20 days where I then spent another week or so completing the post-production
It was a wonderful opportunity to discover , organise and meet some great people who thankfully allowed me to photograph them despite my chasing them up the street armed only with a camera , model-release form and a letter of introduction from the agency .
I think the images deliberately benefit from the lack of over-production and the element of the moment of place, light, time and subject. Fortunately Simon, Kat and Anna at the agency recognised that too and I’m thankful for their trust and support.
Here is a small selection …
Amy Smith on her unique custom chopper was about to leave for the Glastonbury festival where she and her band ‘ Oh my God it’s the church’ were to perform that weekend . Then there’s young Lucas kelly looking cool in his RAF outfit . The wonderful ‘scrubbers’ that were Andy and Andy resplendent in drag at the Eroica Britannia cycling festival in the Derbyshire peaks national park as was the fabulous Gem Maynard-Watts on his stilts-cycle. Lastly there is Carl Jeffiries MBE cycling on the beach in Northern Scotland where he took over the fab ‘Betty Hill Hotel’ after retiring from the RAF three years ago ( he was the one who taught Prince Harry how to fly Helicopters )!
Great having work chosen and a double page spread in the Netherlands based ‘Get Inspired Magazine’. They chose a selection of my on going work in Transylvania for their issue 16 and here is a snapshot of the spread I was awarded . Cool people and cool magazine and thanks to Andre Kreft for the appreciation . https://getinspiredmagazine.com
The documentary by Icon Films , ‘Andrew Marr – My Brain and Me’ was broadcast this week on the BBC and my pictures I made of Andrew were widely used across all national digital and print media . Here is a one of the photographs in this weeks RadioTV Times magazine.
This is great the actor and director Charles Dance OBE, most recently ‘Tywin Lannister’ the Lord of Casterly Rock in ‘Game of Thrones ‘.
Charles is providing the narration for the new Natural History mini series ‘Savage Kingdom ‘ , that follows warring animal tribes battling for survival in remote regions of Africa . Premiering in the U.S.A. on the NatGeoWild channel , November 25.
I was kindly asked by the producer Icon Films and NatGeo Wild channel, to provide behind-the-scenes and promotional pictures of Charles here working in the small basement recording studio in Soho during the recordings. Lovely man, what a voice , what a production , what a film . Thank you Harry & Laura Marshall / Anna Gol at Icon . Thanks also to the little wifey Mihaela, for providing her usual impeccable make up skills ( for Charles, not me … although the time is fast approaching ) !
Charles Dance OBE. Darran Rees / Nat Geo Wild / Icon Films
I was invited by the International Film Festival (iffp ) to make project of the small island of Patmos, Greece , to run as a exhibition concurrently with the week long annual film festival there in July. Shooting in June, I returned to London to print and back to Patmos in July to hang the exhibition .
Measuring only 8 km x 2 km, the island is a fascinating microcosm of a larger world tucked away in the Northern Dodecanese in the Aegean sea. With a mix of peoples, some who were born ,live and work on the island, to expatriates from all corners of the world who have made homes there for most of their adult lives. Not forgetting the tourists who come to swim in its beautiful waters and to visit the cave where John the apostle had his vision of Jesus .
The plan was to capture a snap-shot of the island in the limited time I had there. As the title suggests, it was twelve days, but actually only around 8 shooting days. I wanted to make a wide variation of work as I could in order to capture something of the island that would make the familiar seem unfamiliar , to people of the island and visitors alike.
‘Come to Paradise 1 ‘
‘Son of Greece’
‘A son of England’
‘Flying child of Patmos’
I wanted also to make a few pictures that commented upon the tragic migration crises that has, I feel, affected Greece and some of her islands in a disproportionate way compared to other ( and richer ) European countries. These three pictures are the ‘Come to paradise ‘ series and one of them is shown here.
There were eventually 26 large framed prints hanging in the show, so given the limited time to get ‘beneath the surface’ I was pleased. There are plans to transfer the exibition to a central Athens gallery and beyond following that. More info about this will be forthcoming. D
Thanks to Chris, the Editor / Creator at Sodium Burn , for the invitation to be interviewed to discuss my work , approach and philosophy etc.
I was very fortunate to have had the wonderful and thoughtful writer, Harry Keir-Hughes carry out the interview. Harry’s very clued-in words , and, sheer appreciation of the art form I love, can be read here.