Photographer

Paul Thomas Bell

I met Paul Thomas Bell, an award-winning blogger/writer/presenter, and an all-around renaissance man a couple of months ago for coffee after a few exchanges on Instagram. We chatted about how we got to do what we do for a living, about the world of social media, photography, music and everything else in between. We've also agreed that we should work together at some point and we finally managed to meet again last month and take some pictures. See the results below. 

GEAR:
Nikon D4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter 
Beauty Dish
Reflector

My Sister Ania

My sister Ania has been the subject/victim of my photographic endeavours ever since I knew how to press the shutter button on a camera. Now, I'd like to be able to tell you here a nice, sentimental tale of how I was a wonderfully attentive older brother wanting to capture every moment of my beloved sibling but that just wouldn't be true. Ania likes to tell the story of how, whenever the two of us were going somewhere together I would walk ahead with my headphones on, blasting music while she was trying to keep up with me a few steps behind. There's my level of brotherly attentiveness for you.

Having said that, she’s always been available to have a picture taken and willing to indulge whatever ideas I might have. Getting wrapped in cassette tape? Sure! Posing in a bath filled with paper offcuts? Bring it on! Wearing nothing but tinfoil? Where do I sign up? I could go on but you get the picture. Our relationship has changed quite a bit since we were kids and she not only became my absolute favourite person but also someone I truly admire. I don't photograph her as much as I used to these days as we're both busy with our work (Ania's a seriously talented, award-winning nail artist and runs a salon in Glasgow called Beauty Beehive) but there's probably a book's worth of images I've taken of her throughout the years. Some are great, some of questionable standard but all are a testament to our growth: her as a woman and mine as a photographer and I thought it would be interesting to share some of them here. Enjoy.

Hello 2018

Had a super quiet New Year with friends in Otter Ferry and now it's back to Glasgow and back to work. Happily though, I have to say, as I always get a bit lost during the festive season - sitting on the couch, stuffing your face and doing nothing is fun for a day or two but after that, I start getting antsy. So here we are, another year over and below are some of my favourite images I took in 2017. Hope you like them too.

Govanhill Baths Editorial, January 2017

Govanhill Baths Editorial, January 2017

I’ll Be Your Mirror, February 2017

I’ll Be Your Mirror, February 2017

Laura Hurst, April 2017

Laura Hurst, April 2017

The Dolls, April 2017

The Dolls, April 2017

Caezar, May 2017

Caezar, May 2017

Rory Hutton, June 2017

Rory Hutton, June 2017

Sandie Robertson, June 2017

Sandie Robertson, June 2017

Stuart Cosgrove, July 2017

Stuart Cosgrove, July 2017

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay "Bare Knuckle" Album Cover, August 2017

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay "Bare Knuckle" Album Cover, August 2017

Nicole Caldwell, September 2017

Nicole Caldwell, September 2017

Colin Gavigan, October 2017

Colin Gavigan, October 2017

Rosie Noon, Designer photographed for Nu Blvck, November 2017

Rosie Noon, Designer photographed for Nu Blvck, November 2017

The Eves, December 2017

The Eves, December 2017

And for my own future reference more than anything else,
my favourite music of 2017 (in no particular order):

ALBUMS:

Margo Price "All American Made"

Tove Lo "Blue Lips"

Dua Lipa "Dua Lipa"

Lorde "Melodrama"

Pink "Beautiful Trauma"

Betty Who "The Valley"

Madonna "Rebel Heart Tour Live"

Stout & McKay "Bare Knuckle"

Lana Del Rey "Lust For Life"

Drake "More Life"

SONGS

Sigrid "Strangers"

Tove Lo "Disco Tits"

Dua Lipa "IDGAF"

Lorde "Green Light"

Pink "Beautiful Trauma"

Taylor Swift "Don't Blame Me"

Selena Gomez "Bad Liar"

Charli XCX "Boys"

Lana Del Rey "Love"

Fergie "Tension"

Radio Pulse Interview 2017

It was over a year ago that Diana Schad interviewed me for Radio Pulse on her Night Nurse music show. Being the only non-musician to ever be featured on the show I was surprised (and delighted!) to be invited back last month. Listen below for more talk about photography; which magazine I'd like to have my work featured in; travelling in Scotland, my music choices and more:

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Celtic Orbit

Celtic Orbit is a musical collaboration between acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas and Eimear McGeown (Flute), Catriona McKay (Harp) and Chris Stout (Fiddle). I photographed and filmed part of their rehearsal process at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall earlier this year, have a look below:

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