Mousetrap

Recent work - April 2019

(Above and below) A series of images of street cleaners, enforcement officers, and waste collection teams for Wandsworth Council.

(Above and below) A series of images of street cleaners, enforcement officers, and waste collection teams for Wandsworth Council.

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For Standard Chartered Bank’s annual report.

For Standard Chartered Bank’s annual report.

Corporate portrait for Pearson.

Corporate portrait for Pearson.

(Above and below) portraits for Corporate Financier magazine.

(Above and below) portraits for Corporate Financier magazine.

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Corporate portraits where people are blinking are, on their own, entirely useless, but make an intriguing set that one day I might put on the blog. The same goes for lighting test shots (as in the example above) which - by definition - aren’t even posed. This photo would normally have been deleted straight after import but caught my eye.

Corporate portraits where people are blinking are, on their own, entirely useless, but make an intriguing set that one day I might put on the blog. The same goes for lighting test shots (as in the example above) which - by definition - aren’t even posed. This photo would normally have been deleted straight after import but caught my eye.

(Above and below) Interior designer  Sam Watkins-McRae .

(Above and below) Interior designer Sam Watkins-McRae.

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(Above and below) Workshops for  Mousetrap Theatre Projects .

(Above and below) Workshops for Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

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(Above and below) For the University of London, some portraits of graduates - and some quick candids in between - at the Barbican.

(Above and below) For the University of London, some portraits of graduates - and some quick candids in between - at the Barbican.

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Recent work - February 2019

Here’s a selection of recent work , mostly with a commercial / event angle:

We took Joey up on the roof at dusk to announce the return of  War Horse  return to the  National Theatre .

We took Joey up on the roof at dusk to announce the return of War Horse return to the National Theatre.

Also for the NT,  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  was moving to the  Piccadilly Theatre.  We took the scene where Christopher is lost and bewildered on arriving in London, and shot it at Piccadilly Circus lights. It was probably the least unusual thing going on there, despite Toby being a real rat on this occasion (we’d used a puppet  previously ).

Also for the NT, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was moving to the Piccadilly Theatre. We took the scene where Christopher is lost and bewildered on arriving in London, and shot it at Piccadilly Circus lights. It was probably the least unusual thing going on there, despite Toby being a real rat on this occasion (we’d used a puppet previously).

Egypt’s tourism minister Rania Al-Mashat prepares for a live interview at Bloomberg.

Egypt’s tourism minister Rania Al-Mashat prepares for a live interview at Bloomberg.

One of a set of portraits for Freesat at their offices.

One of a set of portraits for Freesat at their offices.

(above and below) I was sent to photograph BTS of the judges and finalists of for Toyota Mobility Foundation’s $4 million ‘Mobility Unlimited Challenge’ at the offices of (partner) Nesta, the Innovation Foundation. Innovators from around the world presented their technologies aimed to improve the lives of people with lower limb paralysis.

(above and below) I was sent to photograph BTS of the judges and finalists of for Toyota Mobility Foundation’s $4 million ‘Mobility Unlimited Challenge’ at the offices of (partner) Nesta, the Innovation Foundation. Innovators from around the world presented their technologies aimed to improve the lives of people with lower limb paralysis.

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(above and below) Global industry leaders came together for the live launch of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) at the Leadenhall building.

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(above and below) A circus skills workshop for students ahead of Cirque du Soleil’s  Totem

(above and below) A circus skills workshop for students ahead of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

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Also for  Mousetrap Theatre Projects  ,  I photographed a Relaxed Performance of   Motown - The Musical   .  These performances are designed for families with children with special needs.

Also for Mousetrap Theatre Projects, I photographed a Relaxed Performance of Motown - The Musical. These performances are designed for families with children with special needs.

I ran a (very) informal photography session, and took photos of visitors, at Facebook London’s annual ‘Take Your Parents to Work’ day. This is me - and I don’t like having my picture taken.

I ran a (very) informal photography session, and took photos of visitors, at Facebook London’s annual ‘Take Your Parents to Work’ day. This is me - and I don’t like having my picture taken.

(above and below) Product shots for  Fruitflow .

(above and below) Product shots for Fruitflow.

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MP Ed Miliband speaks about Net Zero Britain at Portcullis House (a discussion on climate policy, not Brexit).

MP Ed Miliband speaks about Net Zero Britain at Portcullis House (a discussion on climate policy, not Brexit).

View from the gods

I covered a 'Relaxed Performance' of Mamma Mia for Mousetrap Theatre Projects. These are for families who have children with special needs, and provide an opportunity for young people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment.

I've shot a few of these, and look for images of families enjoying the shows in the stalls, but usually the light drops off considerably beyond the fourth or fifth rows closest to the stage, and with limited access to shoot from the front (sometimes I'll shoot from a box, or in front of the edge of the stage), coverage can be quite tricky and limiting. 

This was taken from the gods - I'm not really sure why I was up there in the first place, as it's very dark - I'd enough of the usual images, and I often wander around locations for ideas, if I can. In any case, it hadn't occurred to me at all to look for silhouettes, but I noticed one boy dancing (something you wouldn't see usually - I imagine Abba fans can only tap their feet politely at a regular performance), but here everyone is free to express themselves. 

The performers themselves comment afterwards on the incredible energy in the audience, and the families have a fantastic experience, at what (I assume) must be a fairly rare opportunity for many.

Mousetrap

Mousetrap Theatre Projects' mission is to get young people involved in theatre, and their focus is on disadvantaged youth (be those learning, economic or social difficulties). One of my favourite clients, they tirelessly work to offer a wide range of opportunities and activities, alongside regular education within schools and colleges. 

I covered two workshops for them recently. The first was an "Insight" session, a 90 minute pre-show workshop for students to get inside the creative process of putting a show together (here, for Brecht's Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre):

The other was coverage of part of the "SummerStage" program, where students work with professional dance and theatre professionals to put together and perform a show in the West End: