'Koi' is my first collaboration with the wonderful animal photographer Steve Hoskins.
Steve had always been fascinated by traditional Japanese art motifs particularly the paintings of graceful birds and koi carp. So we started researching the variety of koi breeds and got really inspired by their iridescent scales and patterned markings. We had to get some in the studio!
When you bring any creatures in to the studio, particularly aquatics, you've always got to allow room in the ideas for the unknown, those chance twists in the water. On this shoot it was the ripples on the surface that gave us our added bit of magic. As soon as we saw it on screen and the painterly effect it was giving us, we knew we had struck on a shoot to be really proud of.
Ages of Us is an interest in the process of ageing, the effects of that unstoppable process on our physical being and how our attitude, conscience, hopes, aspirations and desires change as we go through the stages of life, all captured here in this amazing project by Dylan Collard.
Therein lies the start of Dylan's interest and the springboard of an idea for #AgesOfUs that led myself and Dylan (via coffee and cake) to decide the project should look at three broad stages of life, Youth, Middle and Older Age. In doing so, #AgesOfUs asks who we were, who we are and who we’re going to be, asking questions about our past present and future.
October 2016 saw the AOP Awards return to The Truman Brewery.
Along side the main awards show ran a four day festival featuring a host of inspiring talks and panel discussions as well as a very special pop up studio brought along by the fabulous Tif Hunter.
Tif and I started working together late summer 2016 looking for ways to platform his Tintype photography. Having won an award for his Toast campaign at the 2015 AOP Awards I saw the opportunity to bring something different to the AOP's 2016 programme.
Tif and I worked with the AOP's Charlie and Seamus to create a live Tintype pop up studio experience, with sittings all day and live processing demos. We welcomed over 25 sitters across the day including Amit & Naroop and Igor Emmerich.
Working with leading ad agency Integer on their latest campaign 'There's an Adventure Brewing' Sharp's Brewery gave people the chance to win one of five extraordinary adventures throughout the year.
For one of their adventures Sharp's teamed up with England World Cup legend Phil Vickery to put together a Cornish beach rugby training camp for 40 hopefuls.
After being put through their paces on a sandy Cornish beach, 10 players were handpicked to join the Sharp's Brewery team - each player proving they had what it takes to to stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best at London beach rugby 2015.
I had the joy of helping the creative department at Integer find the perfect photographer for the job!
Jack Eames and I have worked together, on and off, for the best part of five years. And yet in all this time we had never collaborated on a specific project, instead filling our time with portfolio edits and creative strategies.
So when Jack was approached by Make-Up 54, to pitch some ideas, offered us the perfect opportunity to work on a shoot concept together.
Taking inspiration from the femme fatales of the Film Noir genre, Jack and I created a make-up story full of atmospheric and moody highlights, gathering light on to single element of our models faces.
The introduction of the word 'selfie' into the Oxford English Dictionary marked a huge change for the world of portrait photography, brought about by the flood of self-portraiture across social media channels.
Looking to explore the current notions of the self-portrait, #Bagsie is a collaboration between Creative Advice Network, Soapbox & Sons and award winning photographer Jonathan Knowles.
The project sought out the talents and personal interpretations of ten artists, asking each to draw/paint/create a self-portrait on a paper bag that reflects the personality within.
This campaign positions brand experience agency, Tribe, above the competition with a new kind of promotional staff offering. Not simply representing products and services (like a brand ambassador) brand warriors are fully trained to fight for the brands they work for.
AN was approached with the campaign idea and asked to project managed the shoot. This involved sourcing the photographer and make-up artist as well as co-ordinating the casting and creative consultation on the imagery.
Photographer / Jonathan Knowles
Creative Director / Martin Homent
Make Up Artist / Aly Hazlewood
Project Manager / Emma Taylor
Japanese Combs is a collaborative project between photographer Jonathan Knowles and Norwich based Illustrator Stacey Knights.
As everyone knows Jonathan is one of my favourite clients, he's a dream to collaborate with so when he was kindly given a set of beautiful Japanese combs by a friend, we knew the way he photographed them needed a different approach. Jonathan wanted to keep the combs in context but move away from conventional still life and portraiture.
Having worked with Stacey on a previous project, we were really pleased when she agreed to work with us on this. Stacey created some fantastic portraits that drew elements from traditional Japanese paintings, using fine strands of paper to work the combs subtly into the hair.