Let The Body Go – music video for Mark Northfield

Mark Northfield - Let The Body Go

I vividly recall the first time I heard the instrumental for this piece. It was when we were filming the session music (see last post) and Mark played this piece to which I remember feeling my eyes welling up. I was in grief for my father who had only recently died and my emotions were all over the place. I just thought it was a beautiful piece of music.

Then Mark told me that it was in fact a tribute to his late mother who had died about a month before Dad. What we have here is a touching accomplished piece of work which I was delighted to film and edit earlier this year.

Mark Northfield - Let The Body Go

Mark posted this on his Facebook page and it is more eloquent than anything I could write on the subject.

“Today would have been my mum’s birthday. It’s the first one since she died last July, so it feels particularly strange and poignant. I thought this would be an appropriate time for me to share this song and video, even though the instrumental version was the first of the Cherry Mint Koala videos I shared online last month.

Two days after mum’s death I wrote a song called ‘Let The Body Go’, which was my own way of trying to come to terms with the intense feelings of grief and release. Mum had suffered severe chronic pain for many years, and it had reached a point where everything was a huge effort. The struggle to survive became the only focus, and with no realistic hope of recovery. An impossible situation. And yet, being the incredibly determined person she was, she lived far longer than I ever expected.

But I didn’t want the song to just be about an ending, even though being present at her death was fresh in my mind. Stupid as this sounds, I wanted to undo time, to rediscover the woman she used to be when physical illness wasn’t so all-encompassing. To celebrate the joy of being alive, of physical experience, of music, and of the role that love and memories play in helping us deal with the nature of mortality.

Above all else, I wanted it to be a serene and beautiful elegy for the woman who lost her one and only child, but then raised two others completely as if they were her own. A most precious and enduring gift.

The video for the song is something I worked on with Eva Perdiki Holdsworth (who previously choreographed a duet for Waiting For Green). Most people who know me will know I’m not a dancer, and goodness knows there are enough talented people I could have asked, but as the song was so very personal I really felt it was something I wanted to have a go at, technical limitations and all. The second half depicts scenes from a life – some of which are directly connected with mum, some not – while the first half anticipates these movements by presenting them in a more neutral choreographic way. It was filmed by Simon C Bennett with assistance from James P Goldie.

The song was another piece used in the recent 1.2 dance project at ArtsEd. They sang my four-part arrangement of it in the WW1 context of the piece so unbelievably beautifully, I was moved to tears by the end. The experience of that performance will stay with me for a very long time.”

Mark Northfield - Let The Body Go

With thanks to UniQ Studios for their assistance with the lighting.

Assistant Editor: Sam Watts
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Music video for Cherry Mint Koala

I have been working on a series of videos of session recordings for Cherry Mint Koala, a trio of talented musicians who recorded music composed by Mark Northfield. ‘Let the Body Go’ is a work produced at an intense time for the composer and the emotive aspect makes itself quite clear.

Video still by photographer and cameraman Simon Bennett for Cherry Mint Koala music video

This series of recordings will be released as an album entitled ‘Beguiling Transmissions’ later in the spring.

This first track in the sequence – ‘Let The Body Go’ – was written by Mark last summer a few days after the death of his mother, Beryl Brown. Although it sprang from this very personal grief, the song was written in the hope that anyone coming to terms with such a loss might find a measure of solace through it. It is both a serene elegy and an uplifting celebration of life and love.

Mark’s vocal version of the song is the title track of a digital EP being released next month under his own name, and there will be a separate video featuring this.

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Hosts at Winterpride

There are some amazing creative make up artists out there and a few of them got the chance to flex their muscle with Seventa Image last month at Winterpride in Tobacco Dock. I was there ready to get them in their finery….

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

winterpride hosts and make up artists

Amazing headsets by Alien Foxx Designs @alienfoxxx
Make Up Sponsor Seventa Image @SeventaImage

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Publicity photos for Iamsoho

You may recognize the models – it’s Class A doing the promo!

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

publicity photos for iamsoho lifestyle card member promo- photography by simon bennett

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Fancy a tart?

As a photographer I am frequently asked to photograph people; however the remit is expanding. I am currently involved with a new entertainment company who is involved with food, although I had relatively little prior experience of the food sector.  I get asked “do you have any experience of photographing….?”  -the … referring to the subject matter that the client wishes to process. Clients like to know that you can do it, and in our Fordist world we are only good enough if we have done it before. Yet a decent photographer will be able to turn his or her hand to whatever subject matter is placed before them, providing that specialist equipment isn’t necessary and the deadline wasn’t yesterday.

food photography by UK based Simon c Bennett

food photography by UK based Simon c Bennett

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Country to Capital 45 mile run from Wendover to London

These amazing people of all ages and genders took part in a 45 mile marathon (yes 45 miles) to raise money for The Childrens Trust and Teach Africa. These photographs were taken just seconds before the finish line and had I been a participant I doubt very much I’d have looked quite so chirpy and fit. At this stage I’d have been slithering along the towpath looking like something fit to be condemned. Their success was a massive feat of endurance.

country to capital 45 mile marathon from Wendover to London 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

country to capital 45 mile marathon from wendover to london 2014 photo by Simon C Bennett

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A night with makeup and gels.

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Jae came over one evening, the week before Christmas wanting to do something creative and different. We had some make up and body clay left over from a previous shoot which we had wanted to use for ages. Out came the gels for the lights and Jae covered himself in the clay.

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Happy New Year 2014

Time for a party methinks; see out the old year and welcome in the new.

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Behind the scenes at Salon du Chocolat

Salon du Chocolat was held at Olympia and I was shooting the behind the scenes photos and for the fashion show itself. It was a celebration of all things chocolate, with stalls of small artisanal producers from England and France producing some divine products. If you didn’t get there, you missed a treat but it will be repeated next year so make sure it’s in your diary – if you are a chocoholic like me it’s an essential visit!

stefanija - one of the talented make up artists

mannequin of chocolate delights

tools of the trade for the mua

talented mua's and hairdressers create

delicious artisanal chocolates on offer from some amazing chocolatiers

Salon du Chocolat
Client: Seventa Image

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Fashion shoot on the streets

Photographed in North London
Fashion Designer: Francesca Robinson
Creative Director: Ian Massa-Harris
MUA: Dave Darko

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

tie dye photoshoot in London Autumn Fall 2013

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