Thursday, December 30, 2010

Professor Brian Cox - You Magazine

At the end of Summer I shot Professor Brian Cox for You Magazine. The article came out on 12th December and the tearsheet is below.

Professor Brian Cox is probably best known these days for presenting the hit TV series 'Wonders of The Solar System', soon to be followed by a second series 'Wonders of The Universe', and accompanied by his book, of the same name.

And if by any chance, you haven't seen the book or watched the TV show (where have you been?!), you may remember him from the 90's band D:Ream (Things Can Only Get Better) or prior to that, the soft rock band, Dare.

Brian was a delight to meet and i was thrilled that we had such a strong foreboding sky as a backdrop for our shoot, it seemed very apt considering Brian's work as a Physicist.

To read more, here is the article:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Some angel out takes

And here are some angel out-takes as promised.....I like it when he's laughing - it was quite an hilarious shoot, we had lots of interest from passer's by. Oh and it was also 0 degrees. I think the laughter is slightly hysterical. David said he was so cold he had lost the ability to think.....oops!

The Christmas Angel Takes a Break

Merry Christmas! I finally got around to making a Christmas card (well, a Christmas e-greeting) and here it is......

A very naughty angel taking a break from the Christmas tree to look at some filth. Scroll down to the video and see what happens when you do that.....

Nb/ buying the Daily Sport from my local newsagent was one of the more embarrassing things I have had to do of late. I even tried to fold it over to hide the shame but of course he had to look at the front to get the price. And yes, he then gave me one of those looks of surprise and amusement whilst i went a finer shade of purple.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Louie Spence in The Sunday Express

I just received this from my syndication agent, Camera Press. It seems one of my shots of Louie was featured last weekend in the Sunday Express and here it is.......

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Drums

Finally I got around to going through the Summer shoot I did with the Drums back in August.

I say Summer, I think there was actually a spot of rain during shooting, hence the umbrella.... Typical English Summer - a photographers nightmare.

Anyway, we still managed to get a few set ups that I was pleased with and here they are.......

Monday, December 6, 2010

Boy George & Mark Ronson exclusive!

Mark Ronson's new album, 'The Business Int' features Boy George singing (with Andrew Wyatt) on the single 'Somebody To Love Me' This is a great track..... Check out Mark's website to hear the song and see the video, featuring old footage of Boy George.

I was lucky enough to get George and Mark in the same room for an exclusive photo-shoot back in October and here are the tearsheets from December's Attitude Magazine.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mark Ronson

I recently shot Mark Ronson at Sony HQ.....below are some of the out-takes, recently submitted to Camera Press, who are my new syndication agency.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Su Pollard out-takes

Below are some of the out-takes from my recent shoot with Su Pollard. I can't decide which is my favourite. Do let me know what you think......

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gok's autograph/ business card

Gok contacted me a while ago to ask if he could use my photograph of him on his fan/ autograph card. Is that what you call these things?? The card he signs and gives out when somebody asks for his autograph.
Anyway, I was very pleased and flattered that Gok wanted to use my image. I received some copies through the post last week and here it is....

Friday, November 5, 2010

Busaba Shoot for Restaurant Magazine

Last month I shot Jale Erentok who runs the Busaba chain of Resturants for a feature in Restaurant Magazine.
The shoot was at the Bird Street Busaba in central London.

"Busaba Eathai, conceived by Alan Yau, is modern Thai eatery. Busaba is a Thai flower. Eathai is a fusion of the words eat and Thai, it replaces the term restaurant, which is often associated with formal/fine dining establishments. Busaba Eathai is a casual dining venue offering a single course eating experience devised to feed you with minimum fuss."

Busaba has a great reputation, I've always wanted to go but the queues at the Wardour Street venue in Soho usually tend to run down the street and now I understand why. Jale treated us to a fantastic lunch after the shoot and I'll definitely be going back!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It takes courage to be happy all the time!

I took this photo in April at a Hindu Temple in Singapore and sometimes need to remind myself so today I'm posting it.

I started an inspiration wall after meeting Larry Tee (he has one - it's quite impressive) and this was the first picture i stuck on it.
I sent it to Larry and he told me that although he liked it, sometimes you can just put things up that catch your eye and the meaning will come later, rather than being so obvious.

After that, I scoured the pages of the Observer Food Monthly for inspiration and ended up with a photo of a fish and an artichoke.
No meaning came to me, apart from that I like artichokes and I rarely come across them in the UK.

In the States, I used to eat them regularly. My friend, Zippy and I would have artichoke and wine nights which consisted of 2 (sometimes 3) steamed artichokes, some garlic and butter dip, much red wine and lots of catching up.
I miss those nights. Maybe that is the meaning behind it.

However, I had no idea what to make of the fish and having a picture of a fish and an artichoke on my wall was freaking me out so eventually i took them down.

Clearly I need more inspiration in my life!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Inca The Dog

Recently I shot my friend Alex's dog, Inca and below are a few pics.

Now, I have to say Inca was not the most co-operative dog I've had in front of my camera (bless her, she doesn't like the flash!) but we got there in the end....

To see more of my animal photography, look up my facebook group, 'Alex Grace Animal Photography'.

And if you would like me to shoot of your furry friend, do get in touch!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Role Models: Holly Johnson & Su Pollard

I recently shot a couple of portraits for an Attitude 'Role Models' feature.
Three Journalists were asked to meet and interview the people who inspired them whilst growing up.

For Paul Flynn, that is Holly Johnson from the band 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood' who found fame (and controversy) in the mid 1980s with their debut single 'Relax', later followed by the number one hit, 'The Power of Love'.

We shot Holly in Brompton Cemetary one sunny weekday morning (those seem to have disappeared now the Winter is setting in right?).
Holly was immaculately styled and groomed and on very good form and, despite a sleepless night, was an absolute pleasure to shoot. I did the typical photographer thing and wanted to carry on shooting and shooting even though i had LOADS of good shots already, but Holly was very gracious about it. I will post the out-takes and my favourite shots when I go through them properly.

Brompton Cemetary is also a very pretty location. After the shoot, I changed into my running clothes in my car (yes, i got a few strange looks from passers-by) and went for a quick jog around the Cemetary.....this activity comes highly recommended and is also a great way to relax after shooting.

I was then sent to photograph English comedy actress Su Pollard, of 'Hi-di-Hi' and You Rang, M'Lord' fame, at The Hexagon Theatre in Reading (also known affectionately as 'dreading' to Su ..... am i allowed to say that?!).

At the time Su was performing in 'Annie' which I believe is now touring the country. Su was a riot; eccentric and entertaining as ever and very easy to shoot. It was fun listening to her stories and also hearing about Simon Marks' (the journalist) childhood obsession with 'Hi-di-Hi'.