Another Award! I am delighted and a brilliant party in the Mall with lots of foodies & photographers in attendance at the after show party in April.
I love winning awards. My shot ‘Bar Snacks' for Kricket London has won more success, this time at the International Color Awards 2019, NYC.
There were a total of 7,241 entries received from 79 countries. This follows on from winning the Fortnum & Masons Photographer of the Year 2018 and the inclusion of 4 images in this year’s Association of Photographers Awards. Hopefully there’s more to follow….?!
Yesterday I had a lovely day in Tate Britain looking at the Don McCullin show. It made me realise there are now very few photographers attached to newspapers (& record companies etc) and very few gritty Sunday supplement covers featuring wars and politicians. The days of memorable ‘news’ pictures are over. Don McCullin’s work really captures news stories from the last 60 years; it’s like flicking through an old diary. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/don-mccullin
One painting I really liked in Tate Britain (along with David Hamilton’s Keith & Mick (Stones handcuffed after their 60’s drug conviction) was by Lisa Milroy. I never previously knew her work but now absolutely love her paintings especially one of pairs of black shoes. This really inspired me to shoot a test of mussels based on her idea. This probably sounds a little obscure but they look so similar. https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain Please see my test below
Once again I am humbled to receive more awards from my photography & advertising peers. This time with four in the Association of Photographers Awards 2019
Cheese is not only beautiful but tastes wonderful too. We always have a large selection from Neals Yard at Christmas but sadly eat very little at other times of the year apart from Mozzarella and Parmesan.
So many vegetarian friends consumed cheese as a source of protein and probably felt they were helping to save the planet. However…. read on!!
The Fortnum & Mason awards is one of the highlights of the year and winning the Photographer of the Year is so rewarding. I already want to repeat it next year.
The party is superb, wonderful champagne and nibbles plus a room full of stars - Rick Stein, Nadiya, Mary Berry, Nigel Slater, Ottolenghi with my award presented by Claudia Winkleman.
What a great night.
We have been shooting a series of short films and gifs for a new project ‘Shred my boss’ with superb creative Michaela Pannese.
Each of the selected politicians, Donald Trump & Jeremy Hunt, chefs, Gordon Ramsey, Media Moguls and Editors, Piers Morgan, Anna Winter, Rupert Murdoch portraits are etched onto a sheet of pasta and shredded. Please see some of the stills from the project.
We are all becoming obsessed where our food comes from with more and more people especially younger generations growing their own. The Sussex Peasant www.thesussexpeasant.co.uk sources food from nearby farms and the mileage of each item purchased is printed on the receipt.
Most of us eat Brussel sprouts for Christmas and the tops are incredibly popular in the restaurant world. My home-grown tops were full of so much flavour.
Most European’s are recovering from New Year’s Day hangovers but we’re up early shooting Christmas in the frost - Christmas has come early this year.
With many retail companies spending 25% of their budgets on Christmas, it is a booming area in what is a tough Brexit world.
Dark rich moody and delightfully tasty salty gorgonzola with orange blossom honey on tasty Gail’s sour dough
Gail’s Bakery baguettes smothered in the nicest garlic butter. Bet you can’t just have one!!
As summer draws to the end, we photographed the last sun ripened tomatoes on Gail's Bakery wonderful new sour dough bread range
This job featured the most amazing Cocoa Jones chocolate made by family Michael & Naz Ogazi & packaging from http://supplestudio.com/ Phil Skinner the designer produced the most beautiful designs. Stunningly colourful and reflective of the product.
We shot a social media campaign for M&S to launch their new Indian range. Our brief was to shoot their best seller, Chicken Tikka Masala with the main shot being the tikka cooked over red hot coals in a tandoori oven.
We shot the coals separately because of the heat haze from the charcoal below and the tikka as a separate layer against red so it would reflect into the meat to simulate the flames below.
It will make a really good campaign
There is very little humour in todays advertising which is a shame. We used to have wonderful funny ads from Heineken, Castlemaine to name two but obviously today ads have to be more hard hitting
Our recent campaign for Just Eat is an exception. Although we don’t have the Just Eat Subway, Itsu, Pizza, KFC posters and Gifs I attach a few in situ examples
I love working with AMV BBDO, the Rolls Royce of advertising. They have been the top or second best agency for 30 years. We had a fantastic few days shooting the newly won Asda account (which replaced Sainsbury’s) with 2 brilliant CD’s/Art Directors Colin Jones & David Hillyard. The poster, press , SM & Pos is out this September
Dave’s now married and what a wonderful day, full of northern hospitality and to a lovely young lady, Tor.
I have known Dave for seven years and have never seen him in a bad mood. He is very open and non judgemental and deserves to meet and marry such a lovely girl.
We wish you years of happiness. It was lovely meeting Dave & Tor’s lovely family and friends.
After arriving back from Italy we shot AMV BBDO’s first campaign for ASDA with Colin Jones and David Hillyard (2 great AD’s & blokes) before heading up North to the Yorkshire Dales.
Although the barometer dropped from 36 to 7C the scenery was spectacular as beautiful as anywhere in the world. It will stay with me for years (& also the incredible haddock & chips in Magpie’s, Whitby - simply memorable).
What we forget is how clear the air is on the Yorkshire Dales and how polluted London is, which must be bad for our health.
What a brilliant project to shoot in Italy celebrating their hot summers. I have shot so many food shoots in Italy it was lovely shooting something else, especially when it is 36C, full sun and no clouds.
One of the main areas I wanted to capture was the blue sky and lots of summery primary colours.
We used a wonderful location for this shoot owned by a great friend and wonderful food stylist, Sarah Tildesley at Paper Mill Studios and a beer expert genius, Adrian flew in from Malalaga in Spain to style the bottle.
With two incredibly important cogs we shot a really nice campaign for Pravha, Vccp who are a brilliant agency to work with.
Kricket was voted number 52 in the Best 100 Restaurants in UK. Chef, Will Bowlby's ambition was to have his own restaurant by 30; he better that as he has 3.
We had a great day with Will & Rik last week, here are some of the pics.