Campaign for Rhonda Wilson-9 Days Left to Help

My friend, Branko about to star in a Nottingham Trent/Rhonda Wilson special. Using digital technology in 1996.

My friend, Branko about to star in a Nottingham Trent/Rhonda Wilson special. This image is from a series called Centaurus. It was made nearly 20 years ago on ancient grey macs ( sorry cutting edge for the time!)

In 1998, I was working at Jessops cameras in Leicester after finishing at University, not really having a clue about how to take my wonderful photography degree and turn that into a living. Rhonda Wilson had been a tutor to me at Nottingham Trent and had been a wonderful source of inspiration and support.

At that time there was a fantastic centre for photography in Leicester which was for professionals and amateurs alike. Essentially a place for people passionate about photography to hang out and drink wonderful coffee. The centre was set up by Roger Bradley and Anna Smalley. They decided to apply for lottery funding to set up a part-time course for graduates of photography to teach them business skills, something that I was sorely lacking ( but hey I don’t think anything has changed for most graduates of photography, so don’t feel too bad for me!) The centre sadly closed a few years ago, due to lack of funding.

This great course saw talks by Simon Norfolk, Rhonda Wilson, Steve Pyke and Barry Lewis as well as many other practitioners of photography, production and film-making. It was invaluable really.

 

Part 2 of the most amazing piece of comping the world had ever seen

Part 2 of the most amazing piece of comping the world had ever seen

One thing that Rhonda suggested during one of our modules is the opportunity to do work experience, something that I had ( doh..) turned down at University. She set me up with a photographer in London called Jonathan De Villiers, an art photographer who had ended up doing a lot of fashion photography for at that time Sleazenation and Self-Service.

Woah horsey!

Woah horsey!

I spent a good week with Jonathan trawling around locations and taking pictures so he’d have something to refer to when it came to arranging the shoots for real. Bird World in Surrey and the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace were two highlights.

After a few days of roaming around, he sent me off to see Steve Lazarides who at the time was the picture editor of Sleazenation magazine who immediately put me to work filing transparencies and prints for a new venture he’d set up with the Sleazenation publisher: PYMCA, which was a youth culture based photo library ( and still is, it’s excellent!!)

Hmmm, looks a bit static

Hmm, a bit static!

After a week of that, I returned to Leicester and a few months later, Steve phoned me with a job offer to be his assistant (nice!)

I kept in contact with Rhonda and last time I saw her was when she was having a party in Hyde Park with her friends and family to celebrate her MBE for services to photography.

Recently I heard that a campaign had been set up to help her as she’s been ill for the past three years and is now facing financial ruin, for example she could lose her home.

Rhonda had a great impact on my life, as she has for many photographers, picture editors, art buyers, film makers…essentially anyone involved in visual media. Anyone that has ever met her can testify to her unwavering passion for photography in all its forms.

The secrets have been revealed as the horse is one of those plastic ones you get from an Early Learning Centre...! Cracking!

Job’s a good’ un!

Be good, donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-rhonda-wilson

There’s lots of prints available, as perks. Mostly for £200, so have a gander. At time of writing, there’s one Brian Griffin print left plus numerous others.

 

Traverse 50 exhibition

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Traverse 50 exhibition

Just got the press release through, what a fantastic lead picture, I wonder who the photographer could be…

Behind the scenes…

What do Welsh Dragons do at home?

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.

At Home With The Furries

This image is from the series “At Home With The Furries”

To see more from the series, pop along to my website

A lovely behind the scenes report of Saethwr’s shoot

King of the Dishes-Stuart Martin-Traverse 50

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.

We were shooting at my favourite coffee shop, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers in Hither Green, I exhibited my landscape series: Perceived Patterns there last year.

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.

Stuart Martin, actor and writer of Kitchen Sink Dramas

Check out those cakes, they were rather good

I'm sure he's thinking  how on earth I managed to drag him across London for this one-time exclusive gig doing the dishes in a coffee shop

I’m sure he’s thinking how on earth I managed to drag him across London for this one-time exclusive gig doing the dishes in a coffee shop

Links:

Tom Broadbent

Stuart Martin

Traverse Theatre

Writer Pictures

One to watch-Phil Clarke-Hill-Photojournalist

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.

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

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.

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

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…

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

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.

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

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.

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

Free To Party: Documenting the rave scene (Images courtesy Phil Clarke-Hill)

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.

Phil Clarke-Hill’s website

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Fangorn and then some

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Fangorn and then some

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.