Just got the press release through, what a fantastic lead picture, I wonder who the photographer could be…
Jamie Oliver was on TV last night with his new show; Save With Jamie. I have to be honest though, I don’t think he has anything on my friend, Saethwr. Especially when it comes to kitchen skills.
How useful would a dragon be as a culinary assistant? Creme Brulee for one. Baked Alaska, check! Any mouse problems, check!
Saethwr lives in Cardiff, here he prepares leeks for lunch.
This image is from the series “At Home With The Furries”
To see more from the series, pop along to my website
Last Friday, I met up with Stuart Martin, he’s a stage actor with the National Theatre of Scotland and a writer of numerous dramas, including his latest play: Dream On.
This shoot was a collaboration between me and Stuart and the finished image will be exhibited at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on the 21st September, as part of their group show, Traverse 50 in association with Writer Pictures.
Stuart had recently come back from San Francisco, where he had been on tour with the National Theatre of Scotland performing in a play for two months, oh the glitz and the glamour.
Immediately I set him to task washing up, I mean honestly San Francisco to South East London is a good trade in my book. The least you can do is don the marigolds and get busy.
Asked earlier in the process, Stuart revealed that he likes to write kitchen sink dramas, which is oddly convenient. Not like I planned this at all.
Phil Clarke-Hill is a photographer I’ve worked with a few times, back when I was running the picture desk at Bizarre magazine. When he came to see me with his book, he was just beginning in his career. His work was good, quite raw. As I recall he’d gone off to Bolivia photographing shoe shine boys. It was a nice story, well photographed. But beyond the photographs, I liked Phil’s attitude, he was hungry. Plus he’s very easy to get on with, which is a distinct plus point.
I ended up commissioning him on the spot, mainly because he was planning to go to Bolivia again to follow up on his earlier project. And my editor was planning to go to Bolivia on holiday and go to some of the crazier festivals out there. Phil ended up shooting three assignments for the magazine.
Recently he’s sent himself off to University to get himself educated in the ways of the MA, courtesy of Westminster Uni. There’s some good teachers on that course, Max Houghton for example. I, of course have been coaching him to shoot in colour and leave those crazy B/W ideas behind, well I may have mentioned it anyway…
I’m pleased to announce that his graduation show is coming up on Tuesday next week and it should well be worth a visit, mainly because his final show is about the illegal rave scene as it exists today. The series is called Free To Party and he’s been documenting it for a few years: this exhibition is the fruition of that exploration.
This is a really strong project, it’s great to see how Phil’s work has really come of age. He’s definitely one to watch for the future.
About Phil Clarke-Hill:
Phil is a documentary and travel photographer, since 2007 he’s been producing cultural and environmental stories internationally. His work is regularly published and commissioned by clients such as The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, the BBC, El Pais, the Telegraph, New Scientist, the Arts Council, Reporter Brasil and Age UK.
Recently I updated my main site with this image, recently shot in Wales of Fangorn, the tiger plus a few of my key portraits as well. It’s the first time in the furry series that two fandoms have crossed paths. A furry recently joked “What do furries got that Trekkies don’t?” — A fandom that wasn’t handed to them by Hollywood, for one” Well Jedi’s here but same sentiment.
Wired Italia have just featured the furries over eight pages in their August Issue and it’s a little bit special.
The magazine is on sale for a couple more weeks and they’ve done something rather clever with the iPad edition, have a look.
After we’d breathed fire with Saethwr, we headed off to Swansea to meet up with a tiger.
Fangorn tweeted me after the Sunday Times ran the furry series saying he would love to take part in the project, and once I’d seen his suit I had to agree. It’s what we call in the trade a partial and was made by Clockwork Creature in the states, they specialise in the more realistic type suits: think Pazuzu and Zuki. (I’m turning into a bit of a furry geek I’m afraid)
Anyway he’s a tiger. We’d discussed a couple of ideas which were relevant to his character and his home life. One was he liked to play banjo, the other the small matter of him being a full fledged Jedi, yes with the lightsaber and everything.
I always like it when the furries mix up their fandoms, it’s as though they’re the A-listers of cos-play.
No videos on this one I’m afraid, mainly because my glamorous assistant was holding a light for both set-ups, I know what a slacker!!
Banjo in the garden was the first set-up, we had to work fast as the sun was dropping and we had the perfect spot on the bench.
With shaking hands, whether it was the heat or the speed we were working: I wasn’t sure but I did appreciate the lemon tea served up by Mrs Fangorn Snr.
Once that was out of the way, Fangorn made a swift change into his Jedi suit and we did a few shots of him in his living room. It isn’t always the case that I need the furries to be looking away from camera, concentrating on something else. Sometimes them looking at camera with a few suggestive details around them is just as strong.
I’m editing the final shots at the moment and they’re very special, definitely more Empire Strikes Back than Return of The Jedi.
Up next is a surprise, but I promise you it will be pawsome!! (Okay okay, that’s a shocker, sorry)