My first shoot day of the year was spent in the most incredible space at Spring Studios in London; think almost 3000 square feet of reclaimed wooden flooring and crisp white walls, flooded with natural light. It was such a treat to have a large, beautiful room to work in rather than a bustling backstage corridor or a cramped tour bus! I was there to shoot Ricky Gervais for Guitar Aficionado magazine – a luxury guitars and lifestyle mag from the states – check out the feature and some of my favourite shots below.
Ah the muddy, monsoon-like endurance test that is Download Festival – I shot ONE BAND before the metal gods cast a deluge of torrential rain upon us and so it continued for three days. I was perma-soggy and scoffed all the Colin the Caterpillars but as ever, it was the photo highlight of my year! I must enjoy the punishment?! My favourite weather related adventure was getting a golf buggy from one stage to another, weaving at high speed through the mud and the chaos of the backstage areas in order to make a tight schedule clash. We had absolutely no visibility through the rain on the plastic windscreen and there was definitely some screaming as we swerved around corners, narrowly dodging roadies and rig trucks! Check it out below for Iron Maiden (yeaaaaah!), Rival Sons, Sixx:A.M, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Haelstorm, Deftones, Disturbed, Shinedown, Megadeth and Nightwish.
In late summer I set up my lighting in front of the faded, peeling, historic homes on London’s iconic Princelet Street, just off Brick Lane, to shoot UK country band The Shires for the cover of Country Music magazine. We were joined by the BBC who filmed the session for an upcoming documentary. It’s fair to say I’m happier behind the camera than in front of it, but it never fails to amaze me where I end up on my photography journey!
Earlier this year in Los Angeles I had an amazing week photographing The NAMM Show and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona. But the cherry on top of the LA cake was visiting Joe Bonamassa at his Hollywood home to shoot some highlights from his vintage guitar collection for Guitar & Bass magazine. The fate of the shoot was touch and go for a few days as Joe was trapped in New York following a snow storm. We waited patiently in the Californian sunshine and thankfully, after a winding journey up the steep slopes of Laurel Canyon (have you ever driven an automatic up a hill?!) and accidentally going to the wrong house, our stars finally aligned! You can check out the feature in my PUBLISHED portfolio but for now, here are some of my favourites.
A couple of months ago I hit the road up to Sheffield to work with blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor on some promo images for her latest album. I found the most amazing location while scouting for the shoot – Kelham Island Museum – site of a Victorian iron foundry and power station in the old industrial district. It’s crammed full of gritty backdrops and textures and was perfect for our shoot. Make-up and styling by the fabulous Ali Gunn.