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.
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.