If you follow my stories on instagram you’ll have seen I was in Hyde Park in London filming a very special (to me) and temporary art installation. But what of it, you ask? I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about inspiration.
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For the past few years there's been a lot of 'in my bag' posts where photographers list or take a picture of their kit. For me that would be a challenge in itself as most of my kit is big bits of metal or just too long to fit into your average picture.
Instead of a normal picture, I decided last year to show some of my kit in action on my 2014 showreel as a kind of mini intro to the video. For this year's reel, I wanted to go big...
Renowned for it's islands poking out of the Adriatic sea as if they were coming up for air, Croatia is a beautiful spot for touring around on a boat but for this assignment, we were bound for a mainland-only tour to capture it's equally beautiful land based areas! With a rainy start, would we get what we needed in time?
As I sit here typing this, my legs ache, my neck aches - everything aches. I'm still shivering and if there were a human size microwave available, I'd pop myself in and hit defrost! But what's this all about? If you've been following my story for a while, you'll know that every January I'll release a reel of clips and highlights covering my shoots from the previous year. This year, however, has been nothing short of manic and the usually slow January and February in tv land proved to be otherwise so I've not found the time to get round to it as well. Boo hoo I hear you cry. Well, the thing is, I also wanted to shoot an idea I had and I've been waiting on some decent weather to coincide with my schedule...
On Saturday the 6th December I was invited to do a talk about motion timelapse at an event set up by Triggertrap to create the world's first crowd-sourced timelapse of London. I've not done much in the way of public speaking since I was asked to do a reading at church when I was a kid and subsequently broke down into a blubbering mess, overcome with emotion, nerves and not liking the whole 'situation'. What could go wrong?
One of the most common bookings I get for shooting timelapse is when a project is almost finished. The production company has shot all the material (or most) and is now sitting in a windowless, probably underground bunker-type room with a handful of drives, an editor or two and an edit producer or someone similar.
The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month, 1918 - Armistice Day. Today it's often known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day and a two minute's silence is held for the fallen in all conflicts since this date. In the UK and other Commonwealth members, a poppy is worn out of respect for those that gave their lives so we can live ours freely.
Working as a full-time Timelapse Photographer can have it's downsides - not many, but like any other profession, it's not all plain sailing. When I'm booked for a job, I'll try and catch up on my sleep before I head off but sometimes, I really don't help myself. So I was asked to head to Anglesey to shoot some timelapse for the good old BBC (The programme name withheld as it's not been broadcast yet) and I took the 6hr drive from London to the very tip of Anglesey, technically Holy Island, to Southstack Lighthouse to do a bit of a recce before the next few day's shooting commenced.