Hello…..yes it’s been awhile since I last wrote. I made a new year’s resolution not to work so many crazy hours and get a life. So since January I have been working crazy hours and still not got a life. I guess I am lucky to be kept busy in these recessionary times although it’s good to know that the bankers are still receiving their bonuses, while the rest of us get steadily poorer. A lot of the last six or seven months has been taken up expanding the skillbase with precision and macro product photography – including jewellery at UniQ Studios. There has also been the expansion of my video editing and here are a few recent videos for Sultanesque. UniQ Studios is a sister company to UniQ Clothing and supplies all the fashion photography for the product lines, as well as now managing the portfolios for several other companies. If you are interested in high class product photography and video then we would love to help. Call us on 0207 987 8444.
It may seem a bit quiet on this blog but life is hectic. Current projects revolve around fashion – underwear, evening and beach dresses, jewellery, motorbike gear, catwalk etc. If you are a model, male or female, based in London and could look good in underwear, or you have hairless ear lobes to model ear rings or great hands for other jewellery then message me here or apply on the UniQ Studios website as I am interested to hear from you.
Photos taken October 2012 for The Wig Party Fundraiser.
Check out Cameron Matthews here biding time between bouts.
Photograph taken in Manchester, October 2012
Lately I have been involved with a lot of video editing – mainly documentary of various sorts, which is why you haven’t seen so much from me. However I am also involved with the Wig Party and help promote it with my camera. This year The Wig Party is raising funds in association with The Elton John Aids Foundation for ‘Freedom To Be’. This excellent cause is raising funds for young people (teenagers) with HIV. The Wig Party itself is an extraordinary event and if you go to just one big party this year make it this one. It’s glamorous, fun, and freeing- you can be anyone you like for the night. It attracts a lively creative crowd of all ages, genders and colours and there is a wig pageant for those that have always wanted to do the catwalk. Here I attach some photos taken last night at Kings Cross Steelers RFC where the lads sportingly donned wigs to help us promote this cause. Expect to see a few of them at the party…
More about the wig party here #getyourwigon
Last year my work was pretty much all photography but this year my workload has taken a foray into the world of video and editing and is consuming a lot of my time now. Here is the new video from the talented Mark Northfield which I shot with stylist and make up artists Ian Massa Harris and Jae Pii Goldie. Like all videos that are apparently simple to effect (lip synch at normal time by recording with the music running at 50% time to give the hands some ‘speed’ and effect a transformation in the time allowed by the track, it turned out to be anything but simple when it came to matching the music when sped up to normal time largely due to the differing audio/video/web compression rates! What you learn along the way!!!
Some people reckon that one’s wedding day should be unforgettable…
For one couple it most certainly was. The day arrived and after weeks of rain and storms one could indeed breathe a sigh of relief as the sun shone in the relatively calm and upmarket neighbourhood of Lincolns Inn Fields. The chauffeur arrived in the gorgeous vintage Roller and lets face facts, the couple looked good. So what now could possibly go wrong? What?
Ah yes; choosing to get married in style the very same day the World Naked Bike Ride descends on the square and takes over! The couple stared out of the luxurious gas guzzling limo’s windows askance at the naked, wigged, painted, pierced, and tattooed people that now surrounded them on their bikes, unicycles, and skates all protesting about the worlds reliance on oil. Where they might have liked to wave at the general wellwishers, they got an eyeful of crossbars and genitals, – and why not? They’ll never forget their wedding day. To be perfectly frank they missed a photo opportunity and a half – if they had got out and walked amongst the crowd they could have had some lovely pics for the mother in law’s mantelpiece.….so where was that wedding photographer????
I have been travelling about a fair bit over the last week or two. Having returned from Cyprus I was then off to the Channel Islands to photograph and film the Rumblemania Wrestling events in Guernsey and Jersey. Here are some photos from the event at Fort Regent in Jersey.
In case you’ve been wondering at the paucity of postings lately, it has been due to the considerable workflow I am managing at the moment. The new website at UniQ has gone up showing what we do and what we can do. Videos for the site are currently in production so be patient! We work on the in house UniQ Clothing line and handle projects for other companies and individuals too. Anyway enjoy these photos from the Roshi collection and I will start posting the videos as we finalise them.
Photography by Simon Bennett @UniQ Studios
Eighteen months ago I visited North West Scotland on holiday and stayed on Mull with some friends. At about the same time I became aware of the 2010 project for Macmillan Cancer which was accepting photographic entries for a new book to raise money for Macmillan. The finished book includes some of my outdoor natural world photos which I undertake pretty rarely due to commitments with the camera elsewhere. It would make a great present for someone and can be ordered from BobBooks here.
More about the 2010 Project here.