Yoga Paperclip. 'Downdog'
The juxtaposition of a busy work life with the serenity of yoga, here we have Down Dogposition.
Yoga Paperclip. 'Peacock'
The juxtaposition of a busy work life with the serenity of yoga, here we have Peacock position.
Yoga Paperclip 'Cobra'
The juxtaposition of a busy work life with the serenity of yoga, here we have Cobra position.
This was shot to show texture and form. I love the way things take on a new life when seen in a different way.
NYC Running Map.
I found these shoelaces in a store in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY. Thought it would be lovely to bring them to life somehow. The Breast Cancer awareness logo gave me the idea of creating a map for a charity running map around Manhattan.
Aston Martin Oil Gauge.
Art meets art, Aston Martin meets Miro….
A trip into the unknown, for the cow at least. Toy plastic cows and green furry fabric turn this world into a surreal dream. Anyone notice the UFO is a milk bottle?
A little tale of a world within an everyday scene. Great fun working with fire and plastic plants!
Owl and Pussycat.
A darker view on the popular children’s poem. Great fun to shoot, only the moon craters were created in post production.
This shot was created when I was very uncomfortable going on planes. It was about a place where aircraft could perish during the flight. I'm okay with flying now btw.
Full English Breakfast.
Another little tale of a world within an everyday scene. A real ‘builders’ breakfast. Lots of elements coming together to create a hearty meal. Including a milky tea!
For the final shot in the series I chose a classic Parisian street scene. This had been an image in my head since the start of the project. Intrigued by the battalions of lampposts, cobbled streets, and stepped walkways of the Montmartre area, I thought these characteristics would look incredible made from cardboard. Sure enough, they do!
The serenity of this shot was to come from the calmness of the fox perched on the wet cobbled street after a rain shower, his unperturbed stance as car headlights approach is a lovely image.
I really liked the idea of trickling water throughout the network of the streets and alleyways, so the water escaping from the drainpipe and the damp feel of the stone were important features.
Whilst this shot does not have the depth of Mumbai, the intimate details to look out for make this one of my favorite shots in the series. The intricacy of the rubbish bin structure, the texture of the ageing shutters, and the individually crafted cobbled streets made this a joy to shoot.
New York. 'Brownstone'
The first shot in the series and probably the most difficult, mainly due to the sheer scale of the set. Thirteen feet in length and nine feet tall! It really did fill the studio, which meant it had to be shot with me crammed into the furthest corner with the camera.
Because of its size, lighting was a logistical nightmare. These problems were eventually solved with some clever use of desk lamps. Who needs expensive gear? Naturally, being the first shot, there was a lot of experimenting on this one.
In both the design, construction and lighting it took a while to get right but this set us up nicely for the remaining shots. I wanted to use the deer in this shot as I felt it sat so nicely in set and really brought that surreal quality to the image.
London. 'Tower Block'
The idea for Tower Block came to me whilst having a brew and gazing out of the studio kitchen window.In the distance is a high rise not too dissimilar from the final shot.
This was produced on a much smaller scale to Brownstone but the attention to detail was immense, especially in the satellite dish. Texture was vital for making this one a success and we distressed it to within an inch of its life, but in the end it all paid off. As for the owl, it just works. A classic British bird that embodies the calmness required to balance the shot.
This shot was quite different to the first three as there is so much depth to the set. When you look at imagesof the slums they seem to go on foras long as the eye can see; layer upon layer of makeshift housing. I especially wanted to portray the textures and repetition of the corrugated roofing and clotheslines in this shot. The level of detail in this set really is incredible. Each stone and boulder along the waters-edge is individually shaped and every roofing panelhad hours of time spent gettingthe corrosion spot on. As this set is so busy with the water front and housing, I shot it during the hours of moonlight to keep that calmness I want running throughout the series.
The lamb was originally meant to bean otter but they are seriously hardto find, being the rare animal they are when alive! In the end the lamb worked perfectly as it retreats away from the murky, moonlit water.
Cardboard Cities. 'Tokyo'
My love of Japan and its culture made it an easy decision to do this shot. Whilst on a trip to Tokyo, I was fascinated by the juxtaposition of the old and new buildings of the city and wanted to portray this in the third shot. I love how you find the traditional inns using lanterns as their light source, yet just next door is a contemporary hostel capable of illuminating the whole street with the brash fluorescent lighting.
This was set at the end of the night when all is quiet and everyone in the modern hostel is tucked away in bed. Only the solitary hedgehog and the suggestion of movement in the inn remains.
A very brave potato, and an expectant crowd. Believe it or not there are nearly 900 potatoes in this shot, all propped up to ‘look’ at our hero spud.
I wanted to light the shot using the lights that were in the room. I like pools of light, it’s a really great way to draw attention to just a single part of the image, in this case the wallpaper.
Here’s another version, again all layered individually in Photoshop so it is all random, but this time with vibrant coloured eyelashes.
Lots and lots of toy guns all layered individually in Photoshop so it is all random. It nearly drove me mad. Looks a bit like winter camouflage.
Lots and lots of potatos, King Edwards to be exact.
All the same, but different.
We are from different places and cultures with individual experiences making us who we are.
But we are all the same.
Part three of a triptych about bringing life to everyday objects. Here two matches are saying goodbye to an old friend.
Part two of a triptych about bringing life to everyday objects. Kissing matches, would make a lovely sculpture……
A more optomistic version of 'Doll'.
Part one of a triptych about bringing life to everyday objects. This match is basking in the light of the lord……..or just enjoying the sunshine.
A child’s doll in an adult world. Still with it’s price sticker on.
Using miniature toys I wanted to create a picture of this old saying. It’s an onion soup, that’s why it looks watery.
Pick your own.
I saw the basket one day and couldn’t help sniggering like a kid when I saw it. I quite like the idea of turning one object into another.