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“La Ronde”

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I’ve worked with the multi-talented chap that is DANIEL DONSKOY  quite a few times. The most recent of which was for the new production of”LA RONDE” of which he is the producer. The original play, written in 1897  shocked Europe on its release with its tales of sex, love and lust.Director MAX GILL updates the story to modern day London and the four actors appear in an order defined by the spinning wheel at the rear of the stage .

I shot all the promotional images for the show and also directed the trailer which was filmed and edited with LOUIS BRYANT 

The fruits of our labour you can see by clicking here : LA RONDE TRAILER

 

A Thousand Tiny Lights….

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Just before Crimbletime I went off to the outbacks of Reading to photograph the album sleeve for the new Gareth Malone Album, “A Great British Christmas”.

The concept for the cover came from Gareth ,so we had full reign to go as over the top with the Christmas lights as we wanted.

So, at about 7am we turned up at the location house with the prop team who unloaded a huge truck load of lights as myself and art director Paul Chessel did a lot of “can we put that there,and all those up on the roof please “. We then headed off to the dizzy heights of a Reading industrial estate where we hooked tip with Mr.Malone and commenced the studio side of the shoot .

In the late afternoon we returned to the house to find the Propped Up team had turned a quiet suburban cul de sac into the magical sight that you see above. This sight was of particular amusement to the assembled locals who watched patiently as we all waited for the delicate balance between the fading daylight and the thousands of brightly coloured little lights to manifest itself for my camera.

Many thanks to Dave Meyer for the excellent snapshot of the day which  he filmed for the record company, Decca.

You can see it by clicking on the attached link :

 

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The Doctor will see you now……

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The stills shoot to promote the Christmas day Dr.Who episode was shot in Cardiff & London. The final images that the Beeb used were animated into a cool little viral .

The link of which is here :DR.WHO CHRISTMAS TEASER

For me the highlight of the shoot was watching PETER CAPALDI and MATT LUCAS dance around the studio as they sang along with The Human League back catalogue which was blasting out of the studio speakers.

In a quieter moment ,this behind the scenes picture was taken by HARRY HITCHENS and  although I seem to remember that I was suggesting to Peter a pose to sit in ,it does look like he’s telling me to get my feet off the furniture……

Take Me To The Church…

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We shot this in October ,on the steps of the beautiful St.Johns Church in South West London.

The shoot was for the cover of the Aled Jones Christmas release “One Voice At Christmas”.

On the album, young Aled duets with grown up Aled, which I reckon for a singer ,must be a pretty cool thing to do.

The church is situated in Smith Square next to the River Thames and  takes up the whole of the middle of the square.

Quite uniquely, the front of the church looks exactly like the back .

On the day of the shoot we arrived to find one side was basking in bright Autumn sunshine

Luckily round the other side it was snowing ……

 

360 Degrees Of The Voice

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Tonight, The Voice 2016 starts and it seemed only fitting to post this little bit of  brilliance that was filmed during the coaches photoshoot I did for the BBC.

Throughout my shoot, a tripod was placed between myself and the coaches. On top of this tripod were 6 or 7 Go Pros recording all the wonderful chaos as it unfolded in full 360 degree vision. There are little cursors on the top left hand of the screen which allow you to pan round the room to see everything as its happened .

This is a Behind The Scenes of a photoshoot unlike you will ever have seen.

Sadly the moment when I managed to coax Ricky Wilson to throw an entire cake stand at the camera is not included ,but it does give an indication of the madness of the day ….

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/jzQKBRQS2YzTQp31WcSbH0/360-photo-shoot

 

And when it was all finished this is how it looked …..

 

The Voice - 2016

Talking loud and saying something……

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I’m very chuffed to have been interviewed by Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore for their brilliant Filler Podcast series. Journalistically wedged somewhere between “This Is Your Life” and “How to survive in cameraland in 2015”, we traded stories, photographic anecdotes and industry tips. During the interview we trawled through my time fronting a band ,falling into a career with a camera, right through to some recent photographic commissions.

Should you be inclined to check it out, here is a little link to the series …..

www.fillerpodcast.com

 

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An audience with Sir Tom ….

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This is a behind the scenes shot taken during my recent photoshoot for the BBC, photographing the series iconics for “The Voice 2015”.
During this full on, but fantastic day, there were only  4 people in front of my camera, but at any one time at least 30 people behind it, all making valuable contributions to the proceedings, like a big arty melting pot.
I had just asked Tom Jones to back up to the wall, throw his arms to his side and look menacingly into the camera.  He just smiled at me and replied “whatever you want me to do boy’o “.

Then as he stared at me through the little box i held in my hand ,one thought came suddenly came to my mind …..”Wow, you knew Elvis.”

Ray Burmiston photographing Sir Tom Jones

 

Monsters

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Thanks to the great man Mr Addison Cresswell ,who many moons ago entrusted  me to photograph his star pupil Lee Evans .Up to that point i had only worked with musicians, and it opened up the world of comedy, a whole new photographic landscape for me. I have continued to capture the endless contortions of Lee over the years. Be that in a harness, on a trampoline, or even submerged in a deep filmset swimming pool. This is the latest creation by Myself and Lee, with artworking by Lewis at Tangerine. Its currently on billboards and escalators all over this fair city advertising his new tour called “Monsters”

 

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Bex,Del-boy & Rodney

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This being the weekend of Sports Relief it seemed only fitting to post a little portrait I did while shooting for Comic relief recently. The Only Fools And Horses sketch was shot over two days at Wimbledon studios ,and I was lucky enough to document the unfolding on set action .

Towards the end of the shoot I did my setups with Del-Boy,Rodney and Mr.Beckham. This is a version of the shot that the BBC used to promote the sketch. When i started shooting the trio I told them that what i had in mind was David Jason and Nicolas leaning around David B…To my confusion, David Jason then promptly turned his back on me, eventually turning round as i coaxed him to face me .

When I felt I had that shot in the bag, I asked them to change positions so that “The Trotters” were in the front with David Beckham trying to push through from behind. David Jason then looked at me, smiling and said loudly to all assembled “Oh,you want us at the front now. That’s more like it… Yes…. that’s they way it should be”

That told me !

Sports relief Only Fools and Horses with David Beckham

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Farewell to the Doctor….

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This is the BBC poster that came out of the final shoot that Matt Smith did as the Dr. Visually he is a treat to photograph….his face has more angles than a protractor. As he was staring into my lens i thought he really did look part human and part something else.

Farewell to the Doctor - Matt Smith

From my December shoot with Matt and Genna.