The shoot took us all around London, starting off in a coffee shop in Shoreditch and finishing up in a Soho back street. Dan is a photographer as well, so most of the day was spent geeking out over cameras.
I was recently asked to take photos for Bringing Sexy Back, a collective of women from all walks of life who come together to overcome, in a fun way, fear of their bodies, their body hair and themselves. It was a very fun day and a great opportunity to venture out of my comfort zone.
For further information on the project, or if you'd like to participate, please contact founder Lara Bell (email@example.com).
Art direction: Lara Bell / Make-up: Paula Delgado / Light technician: Anna Grenman
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot for The London Food Project again. These commissions are always a pleasure because I get to stuff my face with delicious food for a large part of the day! On this occasion, we were documenting a couple of traditional Malay dishes cooked by Hui Thoh. Delicious! For more information on The London Food Project, follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
I was recently asked to take a very quick shot of gastronomic mastermind and head chef of El Bulli Ferran Adrià for One Aldwych Hotel in London. Mr Adrià is pictured with the hotel's head chef, Dominic Teague. This was a good initiation into 15-second photo shoots!
I was asked once again to shoot for the London Food Project. This usually involves taking photos of people cooking delicious food and then EATING said food, so I never turn down these jobs! This time the focus was on Japan. We spent time with Hana and Rina while they cooked Japanese delicacies. And, yes, it was all delicious!
In the quiet and unassuming north end of Pitfield Street, Hoxton, one can find a small but important jewel: The London Bike Kitchen. The premise of the shop is simple: come in with a broken bike and they’ll show you how to fix it. Jenni, LBK’s founder, was inspired to by bike kitchens found in her native California. She has to turn the odd person away who just wants to pay someone to fix their bike. Most people, however, are intrigued...they come in for a class or some workshop time and leave with a working bike and a head full of bicycle maintenance knowledge.
The local kids love it so much Jenni says she can’t keep up with their enthusiasm. The LBK runs a series of classes, such as Build Your Own Bike or Introduction to Bike Maintenance which mainly run on the weekends. There are also classes for young people which teach “critical thinking and analytical skills via the bicycle” and on Mondays they host WaG Night (Women and Gender-variant).
L'illustré is French-speaking Switzerland's most popular weekly magazine. A couple of weeks ago they sent me to the House of Switzerland to photograph Nicolas Bideau, Head of Presence Switzerland.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the person responsible for promoting Swiss culture around the world and to visit the House of Switzerland in London Bridge...more importantly, it was a great occasion to sample some delicious rösti!
A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to collaborate with The London Food Project Lara Bell (founder of TLFP) and I spent the day at the home of an Armenian family in North West London. Sisters Vera and Gassia introduced us to Armenia’s culinary traditions as they prepared food for Easter celebrations. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.
I’ve recently become involved in a project run by The Hackney Society called Love Local Landmarks. It aims to collect photographs of all the locally listed buildings in the borough of Hackney. Locally listed buildings were previously known as English Heritage Grade III sites. In the 1970s, however, this category of buildings was downgraded to locally listed status and handed over to local councils. Unfortunately, locally listed buildings are not protected and a few of the structures I was meant to photograph have already disappeared. This photo is of one of my favourite buildings in the whole of East London (on Pitfield Street).