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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

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

It’s been awhile

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…

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

kings cross steelers rugby lads sport wigs for the annual wig party fundraiser #getyourwigon

More about the wig party here #getyourwigon

New video from Mark Northfield

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!!!

Mark Northfield – The Up Shit Creek Blues (music video) from Mark Northfield on Vimeo.

http://www.marknorthfield.com/

Stealing a bride’s moment

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????

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

world naked bike ride meets wedding car in lincolns inn in london

Check out last years photos of the WNBR here

The new studio website

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.

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

client fashion shoot at uniq studios

Photography by Simon Bennett @UniQ Studios

Puffins for Macmillan Cancer

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.
http://www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/users/Memorygate/life-is-a-bed-of-roses/

puffin image in the new 2010 project for MacMillan Cancer

More about the 2010 Project here.

One night as a paparazzo

OMG! Last week I ended up at the premiere for the new film “Deviation” starring Danny Dyer. I wasn’t attending the premiere but taking photos of those who were. It had been suggested to me that I might like to be there and I thought it may be interesting, but it is a strange feeling photographing people going into a party you’re not invited to.

I stood with the other photographers who obviously knew this job rather better than I did. And they also knew the faces that were walking through the doors to the Odeon. Therein lay the problem- I am not a big celebrity watcher and as it turned out I knew very few of those at the premiere. Very few indeed.

Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan did the rounds and chatted to us a couple of times, and they spent time with the public who had arrived to see them in the cold of a February night.

However it was the paparazzi that caught my eye (last photo). This motley crew of diehards in various states of dress looked like villains from a Guy Ritchie movie. And it was ironic that these real characters were taking pictures of people paid to be characters in another world.

danny dyer anna walton deviation premiere

deviation premiere london

tamer hassan and fan

deviation premiere london tamer hassan danny dyer

paparazzi on the job

Model for video at UniQ

Seeking one male model and one female model for this Thursday: We are videoing behind the scenes at UniQ Studios in East London for the new promo vid. Expect to look hot after Jae does the makeup. It will take an hour or two of your time so if you are at a loose end let me know. (It isn’t paid but you’ll look good and you’ll get a video for your model profiles).

portrait pic of chloe by photographer simon bennett