EverydayClimateChange is an exhibition curated by James Whitlow Delano and Matilde Gattoni which presents the works of 25 photographers from all continents. The exhibition offers a new perspective on climate change, exposing its causes, possible solutions, the important role for food security and development, and loss of lands for indigenous peoples, amongst others.
If you’re in Milan please go along, take a look and show your support. Grazie!
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in collaborazione con l’Institut français Milano per Expo2015.
EverydayClimateChange – a cura di James Whitlow Delano e Matilde Gattoni – presenta il lavoro di 25 fotografi provenienti da tutti continenti. La mostra offre una prospettiva nuova sul mutamento climatico, denunciando il suo importante ruolo per la sicurezza alimentare e per lo sviluppo.
Some recent photography from a commission on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, showcasing their facilities here in Glasgow, Scotland, and further afield, for clients of their services. The assignment required portraits being shot of their development officers, counsellors, and clients of their service, all undertaken with a natural, reportage feel. No models were used, as the campaign benefited from the time and generosity of real people who use the services, keeping the imagery believable and authentic, easy for people who see the posters to relate to. A very enjoyable job to work on with them, and interesting to learn of the much needed services they offer in the communities.
The portraits come from my photography project ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’, which will be exhibited in part at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, as of September 26th this year. They will form my contribution to the Document Scotland show ‘The Ties That Bind’. A book of the same name, ‘Unsullied And Untarnished’, will be published to coincide with the show – but more info on that soon!
Another portrait assignment from a few weeks back, this one of Scottish adventurer and cyclist Mark Beaumont. And not the usual Scottish editorial photography location, this one took place during a few days trip over to Cairo, Egypt, to photograph the start of Mark’s AfricaSolo World Speed Record expedition to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town.
The idea with this portrait was to shoot something the day before Mark began his expedition, to get images which could be used by himself for his social media, his record of the expedition, and for use by his various sponsors back home in Scotland. Instead of shooting in downtown Cairo, in anonymous looking streets, we headed out to the Pyramids, something nice and iconic to place Mark as being in Africa, something that would appeal to the Scottish newspapers the following day for their reports of his expedition beginning. Our use of the Pyramids as a backdrop was slightly hampered by the zealous forces of security that patrol the desert and the Giza Necropolis checking for filming and photography permits, and this dictated where we shot the images and some piece to camera interviews.
The above image and some of Mark cycling, warming up his legs and bike, did indeed run the next day in the UK newspapers. But by that time we were onwards, the expedition had begun with a 7am start at the iconic Cairo Tower, the point where regulations stated the Guinness World Record had to begin. There Mark was met with various media, well-wishers and fellow cyclists who helped him get out of the city in fine style, with a Friday being chosen for the ‘Off’ as the street would be quiet due to the day being a holiday…
And from there it was out of the city, myself and a film crew scrunched up on the back of a jeep vehicle, filming and photographing through the bumpy streets and then out past the first military checkpoint and into the desert country roads…And soon after this was where I parted ways, Mark was on his own, and I was heading back to Cairo to send images back to the UK from a coffee shop with decent wifi. The normal life of a photographer, “flat white, a triangular sandwich and your wifi code please.”
A couple of weeks back I had an early morning editorial portrait assignment up in sunny Aberdeen, Scotland, a pleasant rush hour drive from Glasgow. The assignment, for the prestigious science magazine Nature, was to shoot a portrait of Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute, to accompany a forthcoming article.
Prof. Dawson is a ‘soil sleuth’, a scientist with the know-how to profile the DNA of soil, and along with her team, help detective teams the world over examine soil forensic evidence in crimes. I shan’t try in my layman terms to explain the in’s and outs of her job, but the article is here should you wish to read it.
I post below the portrait of Prof. Dawson as used by the magazine, on a left hand full-page, a crop from the original image (also below).
And from the shoot, the below was the image I preferred. Interesting both myself, the picture editor and also the designers all chose different shots from the portrait shoot…and the one chosen by page designers is the one which made it onto the page.