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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

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

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

Stealing a bride’s moment

Some people reckon that one’s wedding day should be unforgettableā€¦

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.ā€¦.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

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

See some opera this Christmas

If you are lurking in London over the festivities why not go and see ‘Hansel and Gretel’ The Opera, which is at the Kings Head in Islington. When two bored kids (played by Danae Eleni and Laura Kelly) get sent to the woods by their irate mother (Janet Fischer) they become ensnared by a particularly revolting witch, brilliantly played by Ian Massa-Harris. Check out some of these pics and give yourself a night out in Islington…

hansel and gretel the opera publicity pics ian pope janet fischer photo by simon c bennett

hansel and gretel the opera publicity pics ian pope janet fischer photo by simon c bennett

hansel and gretel the opera ian massa harris witch photo by simon c bennett publicity pics

hansel and gretel the opera publicity pics danae eleni laura kelly publicity pics photo by simon c bennett

hansel and gretel the opera photo by simon c bennett publicity pics