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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

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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www.marknorthfield.com

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