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'.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Drums - You Magazine

A couple of months ago I shot 'The Drums' for You Magazine's 'In a taxi with....' page.

Having seen The Drums twice over Summer, once at The Kings of Leon, Hyde Park concert and once at Barfly, I was quite chuffed to be shooting them.

I managed to shoot LOADS in the allotted half an hour, even though the boys were tired from non-stop touring, jetlag and in the middle of a punishing press day. I will post more outtakes from the shoot soon.

And if you haven't heard of The Drums, look them up and get listening. They are GREAT!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Private View....

Me finishing off putting the show up, the Private View (which was super busy) and me with the parents and my work......

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Exhibition Preview....

One more day left to see my exhibition up at The Truman Brewery.

I've had a good response to my work and it looks quite striking on the wall.

Below are some pictures (although they don't quite do it justice - you must come down tomorrow to see it properly - and if that isn't enough to tempt you, how about the fact that I'll be there too?!)

OK, here is the blurb:

The selected images are derived from two projects brought together to make a single piece of work.

This exhibit examines modern day living across the world. It explores the spaces we create and inhabit, and alludes to issues of isolation prevalent in contemporary society.

The portraits were shot in London and San Francisco and the landscapes in Paris and Singapore. This is an ongoing body of work and Alex continues to shoot for this project.

All work is for sale, please inquire about pricing

Friday, October 8, 2010


I am taking part in Photomonth 2010 which is an annual East London Photography Festival.

This year I will be exhibiting some personal work at 'Photolounge' at The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

I have a big space - 13ft x 10ft - and I'm quite excited about it - going to show some new work I think - so do come down if you can. If you would like to come to the Private view, drop me an e-mail and I'll put your name on the list.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ooo -er missus! My photo has a moment of fame...

My photo is starring in a film in LA!
Well it's in the background - although their is one scene where there is a close up shot of it. And below is the moment of fame being captured. The film is called 'The Perfect Family'; the script is good, although i probably can't disclose details at this point....more news as I have it......

The shot is 'Hannah and Liz' and it is from my Untitled series or 'Special Project' as it is called on my website. I am currently looking for exhibition space or to sell this and 1 other framed image (Kate and Shar) in LA so if anyone knows of anywhere, do get in touch.......