Close To Home

Close To Home

As I write this we are still in lockdown and like many, I’ve been keeping myself busy and flexing the creative muscles with a personal stills project called Isolate and the short film recently completed here.

 Despite being isolated to our homes we have been fortunate to have had some great weather (and light) during the last few weeks. This has been not only been a blessing but of course, frustrating as we can’t venture far to fully enjoy it.

It’s not in my nature to allow things in life to stand in my way or limit me so when the craving to film something came I decided to work with the imposed restrictions and get creative which is something that is often needed on shoots when issues arise.

Close to home is a short video which captures my son’s adapted training routine to keep fit and sharp ready for when the lockdown is lifted and the football season can resume.
The locations were all local to our home in rural Somerset.

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Thinking On Your Feet, Football Portraits

The biggest part of what I do when commissioned is to problem solve.

When my regular client Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust who are the charity arm of Yeovil Town Football Club asked me to shoot (no pun intended) the Directors,Coaches and other staff there where several things to overcome.

The aim was to produce stylish images with continuity so that they looked like they where shot at the same time even though in fact they might (and were) shot weeks apart. I also had to work quickly as the Directors and Coaches both where very busy plus it was pretty cold to be standing around for too long.

I decided to use a small strobe on a pole off camera that would not only give a stylish lighting signature (& continuity in the look) to the images but also be quick & portable to use anywhere I might need to go.

Unusual for me I suggested we drop the colour from the images to avoid the distractions of various clothing people would be wearing and go for a subtle duo tone.

For the image below I composited the background to add to the football theme but the finished client images shown Here where left a simple clean black.

 

 

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This is my final image from my recent Football themed shoot I completed a few weeks ago.
I was somehow drawn to this slightly unusual capture which normally I perhaps would have dismissed as a reject.
I left it for a few weeks before retouching thinking I may change my mind and bin the idea but somehow I really liked the fact that the models face was hidden (sorry Dan !) and found the image quite graceful.
It inspired me into visions of South America (really don’t know why he had a Holland kit on !) so I added one of my beautiful skies I have in my archive and also added some mountains too add some weight to the bottom of the frame.

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