Summer cafe

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I found this cafe during the summer when I was looking for cafe location for a project with Parker Pens. I love this trompe l'oeil painted on the wall. A lot less trouble than looking after a palm.

Abby

I have been shooting with a girl I met called Abby. We are just working together in natural light walking down the street and it gives us an enormous amount of freedom. I'm starting to think it would be brilliant to have some styling though.

Emily Dean

I was commissioned to shoot broadcaster, Emily Dean for The Times weekend. She bought her late sister's dog, Mr. Giggles, along for the shoot at The Athenaeum to promote her dog walking podcasts. I love working with people to get the best out of them but it wasn't until I got home that I realised that the dog's expression is just as important as the person. Mr. Giggles was looking a bit bored . . 

Fearne Cotton

Fearne has suffered from depression in the past so now she has written a self-help book called Happy suggesting small steps to move forward and make life more positive.

Charlotte Edwardes interviewed her for the Times Weekend and I was commissioned to shoot her portrait. She looked great in the styling provided by her stylist of 10 years, Sinead McKeefry. Makeup by Justine Jenkins and hair by Lisa Eastwood.

Winter weather

Amazing frosty and foggy conditions in Victoria Park and along the canal yesterday. It was worth the early bike ride to see the park transformed into an unrecognisable place for a few hours. The day was still and it was such a hard frost overnight that the hoar frost covered all the surfaces with little spikes.

More Writer's Block

Another shot from the Soma series Writer's block with Theo Neilson. Writers use all kinds of diversionary tactics to get ideas for plots and characters. Walking, running, bathing, riding on the bus and going out for coffee are all used to overcome a creative block. Writers like Stephen King Murakami and John Grisham swear by a fixed writing schedule though.

Writer's Block

We shot with book lover and English undergraduate Theo Neilson for our Writer's Block story for Soma magazine. Theo took time out from his degree at Bristol to play the part of a young author who has run out of ideas.

I worked with stylist Georgina Hodson, groomer Julie Cooper and props stylist Emma Kay. See the series in the fashion section.

Isabelle

I'm recording Isabelle's first year at The Courtauld Institute at Somerset House. She is doing an art history degree.

We meet up and walk around taking pictures. It's very free and easy with no styling or hair and makeup.

Q & A with Marie Jacotey

I interviewed and shot French artist Marie Jacotey for Soma magazine about her love of films and the inspiration behind her paintings. 'I am very inspired by films; both narration-wise and pictorially. I find film has an interesting format relating closely to that of a novel; fiction, character, timewise. And, I also find to it a real painterly quality'.

Her parents and grandfather are all architects and encouraged her to draw from an early age. Her brother and sister are in creative fields as well. 

 

Anna Murphy for the Times magazine

Fashion editor, Anna Murphy has a new column for the Times Saturday Magazine where she tries on different seasonal looks and writes about her first hand experience of wearing something she wouldn't normally consider.

It has been fun working with stylist Prue White and hair and makeup team, Elvire and Julie, to get the looks right. I thinks looks amazing in the red - a Tod's jacket and Proenza Schouler dress.

Alice Goldsmith and Georgie Parr

The Times commissioned me to photograph Alice Goldsmith and her friend Georgie Parr. They have started a business making and selling children's clothes. Georgie is based in Beijing where she sources materials and has the garments made.

Alice says that she has realised that they are capable of running all the different parts of the business themselves without outside help and she prefers to work that way. They also have 5 children between them and the builders were due to move in the day after our shoot to gut Georgie's beautiful old house so it's going to be a busy Autumn.

Marie Jacotey film

Marie speaks about her paintings from her studio in Bow. She has started a new series painting direct on paster with her oil colours. The plaster is so absorbent that every stroke has to be correct and she can't re-work it.

Marie goes back over her many drawings before starting a painting and often re-uses characters and ideas from previous series. The new work shows erotic intimacy and dark sexual encounters between couples, often featuring the type her work is known for. She likes to use the writing and secondary images within the images to build layers and meaning.

London's creatives

Marie Jacotey is a French painter working in London. I have been photographing her in her Bow studio just before she moved to Bermondsey. We also made a short film. The film and stills will be in the new edition of Soma magazine.

Rencontres Arles

There were many exhibitions at Rencontres Arles this July but Christian Marclay's vision of urban streets took me back to East London. In these videos, projected on either side of a corridor, you see and hear bottles, glasses and cans being kicked down the street by an unseen protagonist. 'Pub Crawl' shows the street close up only focusing on the vessel and the road. The sound is especially clear and unsettling, the bottles hitting the tarmac and rolling around. The morning after the night before.

Additional videos show stills of street detritus - drink cartons with straws, chewing gum cigarette ends, carefully positioned in the edit to give the illusion of time and motion. The straws circle like the hands of a fast moving clock reminding us of his time obsession.

Christopher Kane

We shot Christopher Kane and his CEO Sarah Crook for The Times. He has a beautiful store in Mount Street designed by John Pawson. It is a classic Pawson light filled space with mirrors, sleek perspex shelves and a sweeping spiral staircase at the end of the store.

Arcadia

I have just edited this film we made alongside an editorial for Soma magazine. Long days at the height of summer in a house that looked like it should have belonged to the Bloomsbury set. Beautiful faded fabrics and furniture carefully chosen by two artists. Camerawork by Henrik Knudsen, styling by Georgina Hodson, hair by Amiee Hershan and makeup by Kristina Vidic. 

Seasonal Debate film

We made this film during our shoot for Soma magazine Spring issue. We shot around fashion week so that we could edit in footage from the shows with our fictional images. Styling by Georgina Hodson, cinematography by Henrik Knudsen, hair by Elvire Roux and makeup by Kristina Vidic.

Models - Silke at the Hive, Robertas at Select and David Yang at Models 1.

Game changers

We shot Kim Hersov - stylist, designer and founder of fashion label Talitha, for the Times today. Harriet Walker asked three women about their game-changer pieces for the new season.

Kim chose an amazing Valentino bag and a jacket from her own collection. Anna Laub designs glasses and swimwear for her label Prism. Eve Kalinik is a nutritional therapist but has a fashion PR background. All three were quite sure of their style and added pieces to work with existing wardrobe.