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Pride kicks off with the Spectacular at Wonderground

The Pride in London Month has opened with the Spectacular – and what a night. People with so many entertaining skills kept us amused and amazed. Michael Twaits hosted the event with aplomb and drew the night to an end with a fiery rap that was so poignant in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub sadness in Orlando, which received a well deserved standing ovation.

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

pridein london spectacular at london wonderground

Host: Michael Twaits
Resident Band: London Gay Big Band
Makeup Sponsor: Mehron United Kingdom
Hair Sponsor: Milk Shake Hair UK
Makeup Teams: Seventa Image Academy
Hair Teams: HairArt Teresa Weller
Producer: Ian Massa-Harris

Pride’s Got Talent in London 2016

I was fortunate to photograph the amazing abilities on show at Pride’s Got Talent last Sunday. Hosted by Michael Twaits and produced by Ian Massa-Harris it was a highly entertaining evening. you can see the complete set of photos here: https://https://www.facebook.com/ianmassaharris/media_set?set=a.10156848266115328.625415327&type=3

Meanwhile here are a few to gove you a taste of the evening…

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

prides got talent at the charing cross theatre in london, may 2016, hosted by michael twaits and produced by ian massa-harris

Music Video for Mark Northfield

We started the planning for this video last autumn. Initially we sought out a studio to film in with a blank background to concentrate on the use of the bull, bear, and wolf masks. However with a tight budget and commercial realities we decided to approach this with a more guerrilla film-making approach. We sourced the locations around London and then six of us turned up to film using a range of very different cameras. Two were mobile phones, one was a consumer video camera, one professional broadcast camera, and two dslrs. We felt that the variety would add to the hands-on approach and six camera persons with diverse filming styles and abilities would produce a challenging result. It was also more exciting to take these diverse cameras in these quick ‘perform and go’ setups. The actual filming was spread over two evenings, one with the dancers and multiple cameras, and one with just Mark and myself.

After the initial edits, Mark would join in to make sure that the activity on screen responded to the audio. It was then that I was to deal with the colour grading – which when dealing with these different cameras – some with auto white balances, that the job became quite involved. It’s a job that requires an edit and then re-edit and then re-edit….all so that the viewer gets that feeling of ‘one-ness’ from the end result.

Anyway here it is – Saturday Night from the forthcoming album ‘European Dream’ by Mark Northfield

Amazing talents emerging at Pride in London this year

There are some amazing new talents that are emerging through the likes of Pride in London. These guys and gals have developed acts that are very entertaining and some of them will definitely be ‘on the scene’ within the next year or two. I photographed these folk performing this week in the pubs like The Two Brewers (Clapham), the Bloc Bar (Camden) and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Look out for them both in the final and also at Pride itself.

Director Ian Massa-Harris @ianmh
Host Michael Twaits @michaeltwaits

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

amazing talent at pride in london - photographed by simon c bennett photographer

Behind the Scenes for Homeless Ashes -the trailer

One wet cold day a small team of people were seen marching round South London, cameras in hand to make a trailer for what will be an amazing film. Marc Zammit and the team had raised the funds for this trailer and I was there to capture some of the moments. Here are some photos behind the scenes taken for the making of the trailer ‘Homeless Ashes’.

Check out more info at: https://www.facebook.com/homelessashes.Themovie/

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

behind the scenes for homeless ashes the trailer

Lookbook photoset with Kurt Nagy, model and dancer

@kurtnagy Model and Dancer Kurt Nagy
@ianmh MUA Ian- Massa Harris

Amazing day with fantastic model Kurt, who is primarily a dancer.

lookbook photography with kurt nagy dancer

lookbook photography with kurt nagy dancer

lookbook photography with kurt nagy dancer

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