Horse

Horse on St. Cyrus Beach

I wrote about my gradual return to shooting film a while back and I mentioned having some 100% analog projects in the pipeline. I can finally share one of them with you. Horse and I have been talking about doing a shoot where it’s just us, camera and the beach for quite some time and earlier this year we drove up to the beautiful St. Cyrus Beach on the East coast of Scotland where we spent a couple of hours walking, talking and taking pictures. We shot 3 rolls of film (2 black and white and a colour one) and I really enjoyed working like that again. It reminded me of the very first shoots I did as a teenager where there was no pressure, no assistants, no stylists, no crazy light equipment - just a camera and the person in front of it. Enjoy!

GEAR
Nikon FM + 50mm f1.4
Kodak 400 TX
Kodak Portra 400

Horse - Careful

Horse McDonald is a legend and a recent recipient of DIVA Magazine's Hall of Fame Award. Working with Horse is always a pleasure and we've done several different projects together over the years but the publicity images for her critically-acclaimed one-woman play "Careful" are definitely among my favourites. Shot on a cold winter day at Britannia Panopticon, the world's oldest surviving music hall, it was a very low key affair - just us, lovely Marta on makeup duties and a reflector. The play, written by Lynn Ferguson and directed by Maggie Kinloch, is a brutally honest, and at times painful story of identity struggle and self-acceptance and our goal for the promo images was to capture the intensity and intimacy of the performance. Peter Lindbergh, as well as old Hollywood photography from the 1940s, were our points of reference:

And here are some photos taken during the play's run in Glasgow's Tron Theatre:

Sandie Robertson

Sandie Robertson is a trainer and wellness coach whom I photographed several times in the past years. Gearing up for another photo shoot earlier this summer, Sandie decided to go beyond the usual headshot/portrait photos we had done in the past - the ever-brilliant I'll Be Your Mirror was asked to help with styling the session and Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton was chosen for its location. Given Sandie's background in all things equestrian (both as a show jumper and now as an equestrian confidence and performance coach) and her past career as a model it all made sense. Results below:

Photography: Kris Kesiak
Styling: I'll Be Your Mirror
Hair & Make Up: Caroline McKeirnan
Clothes: Finery, Whistles, Jaeger, ChloéJigsaw, The Kooples, Kurt Geiger

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!

Bye bye 2016! And what a year it's been - seems like the world turned upside down these past 12 months and nothing will ever be the same. Let's hope for a less mental year ahead! Here are some of my favourite shots taken in 2016:

Caroline Gilmour - "Electric Waterfalls" EP cover shoot, January 2016

Caroline Gilmour - "Electric Waterfalls" EP cover shoot, January 2016

Mark Angels, January 2016

Mark Angels, January 2016

Monkoora, February 2016

Monkoora, February 2016

Horse - "Careful" Promo, March 2016

Horse - "Careful" Promo, March 2016

Glenelg Football Calendar, May 2016

Glenelg Football Calendar, May 2016

Ceòl's Craic - "Briseadh Na Cloiche" (Play), June 2016

Ceòl's Craic - "Briseadh Na Cloiche" (Play), June 2016

Andrew, June 2016

Andrew, June 2016

Poppy & Emily, June 2016

Poppy & Emily, June 2016

Nu Blvck, July 2016

Nu Blvck, July 2016

Jill Jackson, August 2016

Jill Jackson, August 2016

Carrie Mac, August 2016

Carrie Mac, August 2016

Olivia Ennemoser - "Don't Explain" Album Cover Shoot, August 2016

Olivia Ennemoser - "Don't Explain" Album Cover Shoot, August 2016

Tyler, December 2016

Tyler, December 2016

And here’s a recap of my favourite albums and tracks from 2016 (in no particular order):

ALBUMS:

Alicia Keys "Here"

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Christine & The Queens "Chaleur Humaine"

Solange "A Seat at the Table"

Chance The Rapper "Coloring Book"

Margo Price "Midwest Farmer's Daughter"

Drake "Views" The Weeknd "Starboy"

Tove Lo "Lady Wood"

Michael Kiwanuka "Love & Hate"

Bruno Mars "24K Magic"

SONGS:

Christine & The Queens "Tilted"

Bruno Mars "Chunky"

Michael Kiwanuka "Cold Little Heart"

Margo Price "Four Years Of Chances"

Beyoncé "Daddy Lessons"

Drake "One Dance"

Weeknd "Rockin'"

Tove Lo "True Disaster"

Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop The Feeling"

Radio Pulse Interview 2016

I was recently invited by Diana Schad to be interviewed on her Night Nurse show on Radio Pulse. We chatted about photography, music and I got to play a few of my favourite tracks. Diana also kindly played "Make It Work" - one of my own songs from an EP I released in 2007 when I was trying to be a singer/songwriter. Who would've thought it would ever get a radio premiere? You can listen to the interview here:

Here I am waiting to go on air:

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