LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Participants in the Royal Automobile Club’s annual Veteran Car Run in Hyde Park on November 3, 2013 in London, England. Around 500 eligible pre-1905 cars take part in The Royal Automobile Club’s annual 60-mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront on the Sussex resort of Brighton. It is the longest running motoring event in the world, and attracts entrants from across the globe. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
One I forgot to blog when it came out ….. Video director Tim Pope shot for the WSJ’s Off Duty section – good fun, nice guy and a very cool greenhouse….
A short portrait session with Ian Rosenblatt of Rosenblatt’s solicitors to update their PR pictures.
Craig Kreeger, chief executive officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., poses for a photograph in London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Kreeger said he’s optimistic about a turnaround at the U.K. airline as the economy improves and a partnership with Delta Air Lines Inc. expands market access.
Ambius, a division of Rentokil Initial, is the world’s largest interior landscaping company. They design, install and service office plants and interior landscaping for commercial businesses. I spent a day covering their work at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. I’ve passed through here before, but never really noticed many of the places and features that they maintain before. The trees, tulip containers and living walls blend into the environment seamlessly, turning a cold and sterile area into a more relaxing and experience. It takes a full time team to look after the whole airport, next time your passing through Schiphol open your eyes and have a second look around.
All shot using three Elinchrom Quadras with various softboxes, which was all taken in hand luggage. The airport has no shortage of places to shoot, we could have easily spent another two days going through all the different backdrops, but unfortunately only had a day. We narrowed the focus down to the key elements of aeroplanes, the Dutch aspect and concentrated on working these into the images. The airport is so huge that getting between each location, plus passing through security took a large amount of time.
Rentokil pest control team – Hamburg. After telemarketing identified a potential shipping customer based in Hamburg; Marco Bartens presented Rentokil’s credentials to the company. The ship was found to have bed bugs. Marti & Marco Haas shipped the necessary equipment and boarded in Venice. They finally disembarked in Turkey – having disinfected 168 crew and 12 passenger cabins.
In Madrid we focused on Initial Hygiene, and also staff members who worked behind the scenes in the office, in the critical areas of customer service, training, sales and admin. Making offices look exciting is always a creative challenge, but with a lot of lighting and plenty of smiling and acting we made some of our favourite pics so far. While some of the pest control teams jobs are so visually striking it’s hard to take a bad picture, its satisfying to make something great out of a very plain office.
Following on from the Schiphol airport shoot – we travelled to Duiven, the site of the Ambius processing factory. Here plants are grown, looked after, made into arrangements by the very talented Marcel, and shipped off to their prospective customers.
Working in one warehouse meant we could get round the whole team in a day, no time wasted packing away lights and travelling. The usual lighting setup is two softboxes on a person, using extra heads/softbox to fill in any dark areas in the scenes and add a three dimensional quality.
Locations for the Rentokil Pest Control team on the Lisbon stop included flour and food processing factories, along with set up scenarios in the area surrounding the offices.
A fascinating laboratory, but very small offices means lighting becomes a challenge – both to make it look visually exciting, and the practical problem of keeping lighting stands and soft boxes hidden from the shot. Grids, gels and artificial whitebalances become key to lighting only the bits that are important, making the results striking and stylised.
Simon Cook, chief executive officer of DFJ Esprit LLP, an investment company specializing in technology companies, poses for a photograph in London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. U.K. stocks climbed as investors assessed the likelihood of the Federal Reserve tapering its bond purchases after a report showed the U.S. economy created fewer jobs last month than forecast.
Dmitry Pumpyansky, Russian billionaire and chairman of OAO TMK, the world’s largest pipemaker by output, poses following a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. TMK, owned by Pumpyansky, sold more high-quality pipes in the first quarter amid demand from customers that include state-run OAO Gazprom and OAO Rosneft. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
I spent a day shooting the annual yearling sales at Tattersall’s bloodstock auctioneers in Newmarket, a place I’ve been to for at least the last four years. Originally I shot this for editorial clients, but for the last two years I’ve been commissioned directly by Tattersall’s to shoot in an editorial style for their marketing materials. It’s difficult to keep coming back to the same place with a fresh eye every time, but it’s such a large and beautiful estate that with some nice light to highlight the horses, there’s still endless beautiful pictures to be had.
A businessman holds a mobile device in front of 6 More London Place in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. U.K. commercial real estate values rose for the fourth straight month in August, led by office buildings and warehouses, Investment Property Databank Ltd. said. Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (R) talks with Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg on the balcony of City Hall, after launching the 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge in Europe on September 24, 2013 in London, England. The Mayors Challenge is a competition, with prize money coming from Mayor Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation, designed to challenge cities to find innovative and creative ideas to solve problems faced by urban living. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
Sam Walsh, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Group, poses for a photograph after announcing the company’s earnings in London, U.K., on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second-largest mining company, said first-half profit dropped 18 percent as slowing economic growth in China sapped demand for raw materials, dragging down prices. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Commuters walk down steps during the morning rush hour on London Bridge in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Job vacancies at London’s financial-services companies jumped 16 percent last month, as confidence returned to the market, recruitment firm Astbury Marsden said.
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England chief executive officer of the U.K.’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), poses for a portrait following a Bloomberg Television interview in London, U.K., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Banks must hold better quality capital against risks not captured by Basel rules, the U.K.’s top banking regulator proposed, as it prepares to implement European Union standards. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Notting Hill Carnival on August 26, 2013 in London, England. More than one million people turned out to enjoy this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. It is the largest street festival in Europe and was first held in 1964 by the Afro-Caribbean community. Over the bank holiday weekend the streets come alive to steel bands, colourful floats and costumed performers as members of the public flood into the area to join in the celebrations.
The Brompton World Championship folding bike race, which is part of the Orbital cycling festival at Goodwood Motor Circuit on July 28, 2013 in Chichester, England. The race starts with a Le-Mans style sprint to the rider’s bike, which is then assembled and followed by a 15.2km ride. A strict dress code of jacket and tie applies, with an award going to the most stylishly dressed.
The former keyboardist of the prog rock band Yes poses in a shoot outside the Freemason’s Hall in London. Read the article here
Sculptor Justin Rowe explores his love of books in this mini-exhibition at the British Academy. ‘Turning The Page’ is on at the British Academy from 20-24 May 2013 as part of Literature Week – a festival of free talks, lectures and performances on different aspects of writing, authorship, poetry and theatre. Organised in partnership with the University of London’s Institute of English Studies with support from the Royal Society of Literature and the Times Literary Supplement. Highlights include an exclusive Shakespeare evening at the world-famous Globe Theatre, featuring James Shapiro and Jonathan Bate. Lectures by Richard Parish and Hugh Haughton on imitations of Christ in 17th Century French literature and on modern British poets and rivers will also feature, and there will be poetry readings by Alice Oswald and Anne Stevenson as well as a special event on W.B.Yeats at the Irish Embassy. During the week there will be a small exhibition by the paper sculptor Justin Rowe celebrating the art of books. Justin’s sculptures explore the importance of not just respecting literature for literature’s sake, but showing the tactile beauty of books as art and sculptures themselves.
David Fincher, Director of Se7en, Fight Club and the Social Network and plenty more, photographed at the Netflix launch of the House of Cards series with Kevin Spacey. An awful stripey yellow hotel room left few options, but a nice guy who knows his ringflash from his double rim light!
Called into the office last minute as financier Nat Rothschild was having a chat with one of the editors, I had to hang around in the off chance he would pose for a photograph. Having tried to doorstep him unsuccessfully at the high court several times, I didn’t think he would be too keen on having his picture taken. Luckily he quite willingly agreed to it on his way out, but only for three frames.
Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard and Benedict Cumberbatch for the Los Angeles Times for a story on Parade’s End. Forewarned Sir Tom was infamous for being grumpy, and really doesn’t like being photographed, he turned out to be an absolute gentleman and great in front of the camera.
Here’s a couple of recent shoots
a shot of whiskey followed by a chaser of pickle juice – the very American Pickleback at the Electric Diner off Portobello Road
classic cocktails at the exclusive Dukes Bar in Mayfair, with the charismatic Italian bar manager Alessandro Palazzi.
Both shoots for the Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty supplement, both places very cool!
It’s not often I find someone I’d like to swap jobs with but recently I spent 2 days following Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy‘s German winner Peter Pyzera for Nissan Germany’s Magazine on his training schedule. Picked from the millions of Gran Turismo 5 drivers competing online, the academy provides the dream transfer to real life racing driver, culminating in a night time endurance race in Dubai. Gruelling physicals and psychology sessions are mixed with hours in the simulator and on the track learning the courses inside out before they get there. After a quick go on the sim I realised it wasn’t quite as easy but every bit as fun as it looked.
Of course a fast lap of Silverstone from inside the car was required to get all the shots necessary…
I shot this feature over 8 months ago for the LA Times’ Hollywood Backlot and Calendar section and, it finally published this month as the latest series hits the US.
This being my first experience of the film set, it amazed me how slow everything is. In one day, 3 scenes were shot, a slow walk to the house, 2 minutes of conversation at the dining table and a brief encounter in the drawing room.
More of the pictures can be seen here:
Parliament Square- 3am (BST), to photograph the changing of Big Ben back for the end of British Summertime.
“If changing every clock in the house is a chore, spare a thought for the engineers responsible for resetting Big Ben to Greenwich Mean Time. The process of losing an hour requires split-second timing and takes the Palace of Westminster Clockmakers from 9.05pm BST to 2am GMT to complete.”
Léa Seydoux, photographed in a very tiny hotel room.
“The conductor has spread his joy across 60 orchestras, but it’s time to settle down.”
The annual Chap Olympiad, described as ‘a celebration of eccentricity and athletic ineptitude with the emphasis on panache and style over sporting prowess’, took place in Bedford Square, London, at the weekend and featured events such as cucumber sandwich discus and umbrella jousting
David Beckham ferries the Olympic torch along the Thames via speedboat… but he has a little help from some friends
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2180093/David-Beckham-ferries-Olympic-torch-Thames-speedboat–little-help-friends.html#ixzz2AiSRH9Rp
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