Author: alastair

September 2015. Client: LGIM

Is this a portrait? The person’s face and expression are predominant enough but the true likeness is disguised with aviator sunglasses and she’s not really part of the Red Arrows squad. However, many portraits throughout history have told untruths. Most working portrait artists flattered their subjects, that’s why they got the work and perhaps why…
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August 2015. Client: Artburst

When a sunbeam cuts through a darkened room there are three choices*: 1. Expose for the non sunlit areas and let everything the shaft of light hits appear even brighter (it’ll be white, too bright for the camera to capture any detail but still a good effect for other pictures). 2. Expose for the sunlit…
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March 6, 2017 0

July 2015. Client: The Patchwork Foundation

The politically unaffiliated Patchwork Foundation held a Labour hustings and put the four candidates in front of an audience of deprived and minority communities. The foundation encourages the under-represented to play a role in British social and political arenas and I’m guessing the KPMG Canary Wharf sky-scraping meeting room had rarely seen such a diverse…
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October 12, 2015 0

June 2015. Client: Business In The Community. Seeing Is Believing.

They say never work with animals but this dairy cow was a pro and a must for all farmyard shoots. When I shouted “Hey Ermintrude! Stop nibbling Neil Khandke, Group Technical and Compliance Director of Dairy Crest!” she coyly went back to her post after expertly lightening the mood of the shot. I continued “Neil…
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October 9, 2015 0

May 2015. Client: Harvard Business Review

Jon Kolko wrote Well Designed: How to use Empathy to Create Products People Love. As the title explains the key is to understand customer needs and feelings and reflect this in the product. (He cites Nest as a good example and for £249 their “beautiful” and “revolutionary” thermostat can be yours; Included in the price…
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April 2015. Client: The Courtauld Gallery

Look closely at any of the pointillist George Seurat’s paintings and you’ll see a lot of dots (or dabs to be precise) and you’ll also see the many blues and purples he used to liven up the dark shadows (Example on right: Le Chahut – c. 1889). You’ll see a similar finish when you look…
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May 12, 2015 0

March 2015. My new baby boy arrived!

  Our new baby boy arrived! Meet Fred. Unlike most photographic subjects Fred can’t control his head, arms, legs, digestive system, has very limited attention span and just won’t listen to reason. I inadvertently captured his very essence while trying to do his passport picture. Okay that’s enough, MILK NOW! Thanks for the handy tips Passport Office!


April 29, 2015 0

February 2015. Client: The New Scientist

The New Scientist magazine held a series of lectures called Quantum World and headlining was professor of Physics, BBC TV and radio presenter Jim Al-Jhalili. The talks were not aimed at other professors of Physics but at the New Scientist audience who are “… intelligent, curious and want to know how things work and why…have…
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January 2015. Client: The Royal Academy of Arts

Just before The Royal Academy of Arts opened its doors to the public to see the Rubens and His Legacy exhibition I caught up with the curator Arturo Galansino in front of the two metre square painting A hunt of lions, tigers and leopards (1615-1618). I say caught up as he was running from room…
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