Outtakes

The team and I are just back from a trip around the UK, Poland & Spain where we had a great time making lots of new dog friends. 

Whilst we wait for the final files, here are a few outtakes from our exploits. 

Ribbit!

The global frog and toad population is in real danger with declines of unto 80% across breeds.
Habitat loss, pollution and climate change are playing a role as well as the virulent disease chytrid.

Many frogs are now being taken from the wild and placed into protection in zoos in order to maintain the species before disease claims them.

Zoologists like Mark Amey really are crucial to the survival of these incredible creatures. Here are a few from our recent shoot together. Below you'll see a Milky Frog, two Dart Frogs, a Tomato Frog, a Fire Bellied Toad and a Chubby Frog.

 

And relax . . .

Patiently waiting or just kicking back and relaxing, I've added some more cozy domestic images to my Animal Lifestyle section.

Texture - Farm series

Over the last few months I've been making a start on a new project, 'Texture', with an aim to pull together linked collections of detailed animal shots.

Here are the first few from the Farm series, Sheep, Cow, Cockerel, Pig, Pheasant.

British Blue

We've been very dog focused in the studio lately, so when I was building the new Animal Lifestyle section of the website I wanted to make sure we had plenty of lovely cats to share too.

There's a book reading British Blue shoot from a while back, now being shown in Animal Lifestyle.

New Personal Work - Koi

I'm really excited to be sharing another personal project with you.

I've always been fascinated by traditional Japanese art motifs particularly the paintings of graceful birds and koi carp. I started researching the variety of koi breeds and got really inspired by their iridescent scales and patterned markings. I had to get some in the studio!

When you bring any creatures in to the studio, particularly aquatics, you've always got to allow room in the ideas for the unknown, those chance twists in the water. On this shoot it was the ripples on the surface that gave us our added bit of magic. As soon as we saw it on screen and the painterly effect it was giving us, we knew we had struck on a shoot to be really proud of. 

'Koi' is the latest creative collaboration between myself and Emma Taylor. Huge thanks also to esteemed animal handler, and our friend Mark Amey for bringing such beautiful Koi along to the studio.

New Personal Work - Street Dogs

On a recent trip to France, with my Leica Monochrom in hand, I set out to explore the fishing port of St Martin with every intention of shooting poisson in the market. But instead of finding interesting fish scales to photograph I was struck & inspired by the amount of people out walking their dogs.

And there started 'Street Dogs'!

I'll be adding to this project over the coming months. Here's a selection of my favourites so far, you can find more in the new Animal Lifestyle section of this site.

Purina

Pets these days, much like their human friends, are far keener for their snacks to be more nutritious and healthy.

So enlisting the help of some incredibly energetic dogs, we set about a full day of running and jumping around the studio at Big Sky to create this packaging series for Purina's new range of snack sticks.

Daniel, Jon, Natalie & MT at Futurebrand thank you for making it such a fun day.