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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

Fire poi in France

So there I was trawling round with the camera when I came across this chap and his friends, who watched as he practiced his fire poi by the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux. They were friendly and totally at ease in their environment. I wondered how long a group of young people like this would be left alone on British streets without the blue flashing lights turning up. Joi de vivre is naturally evident here.

fire poi in bordeaux pic by simon bennett photographer

And so to conversations in Bordeaux

There are some people who reckon the only place to live is London and invariably trot out that overused Samuel Johnson quote to back up their argument. Given the economics of living in today’s London I’m not convinced about that one, and it’s only when I visit other places that I realise that the quality of life is also very significantly better elsewhere. The other day I was prowling round Bordeaux late in the evening, like you do, after work with my camera getting some night views of the city. From a safety perspective this could be questionable but I could feel the friendly vibe of this city and felt pretty safe there. This led to this all night traipse around the banks of the river between the bridges with my camera and tripod. During the evening I talked to a number of young guys at different times, all interested in the photo-taking. In this instance, I was just concentrating on a street shot using the ambient light when I was approached by this friendly chap who stopped to chat. Then in a second he posed and I clicked. It just happened – and this is him. Bordeaux is a pretty city well worth a few days of your time – with friendly locals, and very drinkable wine. So what are you waiting for?

photo of Bordeaux guy Victor - friendly face to a lovely city