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.
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.
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….
Amazing headsets by Alien Foxx Designs @alienfoxxx
Make Up Sponsor Seventa Image @SeventaImage
You may recognize the models – it’s Class A doing the promo!
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.
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.
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.
Time for a party methinks; see out the old year and welcome in the new.
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!
Salon du Chocolat
Client: Seventa Image
Photographed in North London
Fashion Designer: Francesca Robinson
Creative Director: Ian Massa-Harris
MUA: Dave Darko
UniQ Shoots Promo from Simon Bennett on Vimeo.
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