I loved meeting and working with Dawn French. I have been a fan since her and Jennifer Saunders first appeared in The Comic Book Presents back in the eighties. A fabulous pioneering funny woman, talented actor, writer and author. Catch her this Christmas as Beatrix Potter, and in a timely revival of the Vicar Of Dibley (in lockdown). Laughter really is the best medicine ; )
I found it incredibly moving watching this exhibition. At a time when visiting galleries has been difficult or impossible, the clever people at the British Journal of Photography have created something quite magical.
“400 photographs [from the 2019 and 2020 Portrait of Humanity award] ascending 130,000 feet into the stratosphere, broadcasting a message of peace and unity from humankind to space – and possibly even our extra-terrestrial counterparts.”
“There is more that unites us than sets us apart“
From take-off to landing, enjoy the whole exhibition here.
As always, my thanks to Emma Slade, Madeleine Smith, Julie Read, Betty Brigstock-Williams and the Parker family. Thanks also to the teams at Portrait of Humanity and British Journal of Photography.
Hosted by the British Journal of Photography, you are invited to a private view at 18.00GMT today, my portrait of Buddhist Monk Emma Slade will be exhibited as part of the BJP’s Portrait of Humanity award.
This is a career highlight for me. My portrait of Jonathan Morgan, a volunteer lifesaver with the RNLI has been chosen as a winner of the Portrait of Britain award! There were over 13,000 entries to this photography competition, and the 100 winning images will be displayed in a public photography exhibition at the many JCDeceaux screens around the country.
I photographed Alex Jones for Stella magazine in June 2020, my first commissioned shoot since the beginning of lockdown. Working in the #newnormal means temperature checks, face masks, face visors, individual computer screens, social distancing and the constant application of hand gel. Alex, who has been working throughout lockdown, was completely at ease with all these changes. A calm, consummate professional, and an absolute pleasure to meet and photograph. You can read the full feature here
With thanks to top team :
Krishna Sheth – Director of Photography for Stella Magazine
My sister has lived in the Puglia region of Italy for most of her adult life. This week, as the Italian government eases it’s lockdown restrictions, she can leave her home for the first time in two months. It’s also her birthday, so I thought it would be nice to show some photography from her adoptive home. Happy birthday Lynn Carrig x Ciao bella x
I think you can tell how happy I am to be on set with this gorgeous creature. I am talking of course about Maddison the Dulux Dog photographed here (pre-Covid) with Dulux’s ambassador, the equally gorgeous Fearne Cotton. Dogs can be the most calming and gentle of creatures and I would love to include one on all my photoshoots. Meanwhile locked down at home in London I am hugely grateful for the company of our own four-legged friend who helps banish anxiety and brings us joy in these troubled times.
#clapforcarers I will be on my doorstep tonight at 8pm this evening, and every Thursday evening, showing support and solidarity for all the brave key workers who care for us and are ensuring our world can keep turning during the coronavirus pandemic.
NEWS FEATURE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERSWe talk to Wendy Carrig who won a Gold in the 2019 Awards. Wendy, a
long term member, has been instrumental in reinstating the f22 group -
Women Photographers at the AOP. Read more to find out about her winning
image and the overall impact her continued involvement with the Awards
has had on her career.
Tell us more about your Selected image and the story behind it?This image forms part of a series of fashion portraits of photographer,dog hotelier and ex-model Liddie Holt, taken at her home in Somerset.This was a personal collaborative project that was later accepted forpublication.Can you tell us something surprising about the image?There were a number of dogs on set that day including dachshunds Ernieand Vincent; and a gentlemen of a Giant Irish Wolfhound called big Ron.It was also my assistant’s birthday, but she didn’t tell us! So a bigshout out to superwoman Julie Stewart!What impact has being a gold winner in last year’s awards had on your career? Winning GOLD was euphoric and surreal, and I even received two new workcommissions the day after the Awards ceremony. I’ve since been invitedto speak at a number of photography colleges; and I am currently enjoyingjudging SUN#31 the Shot Up North Photography Awards. Winning increasesprofile and confidence, and gives conformation that the work we createis enjoyed and appreciated. It has spurred me on to explore differentareas of photography and always challenge the perceived limits of myown creativity.What does the AOP do for you? The first year I set up on my own as a photographer I joined AFAEP andwas very pleased to have an image accepted into the Awards. That yearthe Awards ceremony was held at London’s Cafe Royal and my work andname was put in front of an amazing audience of high profile clientsand art directors. This type of exposure was a massive springboard intothe industry for me (possibly even more so in the days before socialmedia) and helped to immediately establish my career.This year Iwas pleased to be involved in the relaunch of f22, the AOP women’sphotography group. We aim to support AOP women photographers at allstages of their career and challenge the continuing gender inequalitywithin our industry.Have you got any advice for photographers considering entering the next awards? Be original. Be brave. If you are not sure whether to enter your workshow it to your colleagues or share it on social media to help gaugeresponse, but make your own decisions. Take responsibility for and beproud of the work you have created.And women photographers, if we all enter at least one more image thanwe did last year we could help make a difference to the gender imbalanceat the Awards, the AOP and the wider photographic industry.Good luck to all!