2020 a challenging year

Well, what a different and challenging year 2020 has been.

None of us have been unaffected in some way by this global pandemic. Little did we know what was coming in the early part of the year. Shoots and travel were booked and then slowly they were all cancelled as the lockdown came into being across the world.

For all creatives this has been an incredibly challenging time.

Fortunately some enterprising people saw an opportunity to use technology and the web to enable remote shooting and thus image making could take place. With me at home and the models in another part of the world, this was a way to keep producing images during the periods of lockdown.

This certainly enabled me to work with creatives in other countries which would not have been possible in normal times. A few of the images selected here were shot remotely with models/dancers as far away as Denmark. When the restrictions eased mid year, some social distance studio work did take place.

I think I have learnt a little bit about myself during this time. I am more interested in the engagement with people and creatives, then the popularity of my photographs. If people like my work then that is fine, but I am not interested in creating images to be popular.

That would compromise my creativity and my style of image making. I have certainly found a calmness in creating images that I like and not being driven to follow the trend to be popular.

As is often said “Art mirrors life” and aesthetic output reflects on us as people. The twenty images I have selected here are ones where I felt strong connections with the creatives I was working with and reflect my style and values.

Thanks to all the creatives I managed to work with this year and lets hope that 2021 brings a return to a more normal artistic environment. 

Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of carla in her leather jacket leaning against the wall looking at the viewer
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of carla in her leather jacket looking directly into the camera
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochorme fashion image model seated on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochorme image model laying back on a chair wearing a black body and black unlaced walking boots
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - monochrome image of dancers poppyseed and jasmin who is holding a handstand with her legs at ninety degress and the second is holding her in balance making a strong body shape with legs and arms
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - monochrome image of dancers poppyseed and jasmin one laying on her back holding the other on her feet above her
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - monochrome image of dancer Elesha in mid air with front leg bent at ninty degrees and the back leg pointing down her left arm is pointing straight to the right of the image
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - monochome image of a dancer in fight her arms are back behind her head and legs cured up one mirroring her back and the other bent up underneath her body
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of natalia wearing torn jeans caught in mid air pointing out to the side of the her body
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of natalia wearing torn jeans doing a leg kick towards the camera with one am pointing towards the viewer as well
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - monochrome image of dancer her front leg bent and held on poinet and her back leg out straight behinder her, she is look towards her right and arms are held a shoulder height forming a pleasing shape
Dance Photographer - Dance Photography - monochrome image from a shoot with dancer bou she is on a single pointe and has her backleg up and angled towards the ceiling arms are making strong angles shapes
Aerial Arts photographer - Aerial hoop photographer - Aerial Arts photography - Aerial hoop photography - monochrome image featuring aerialist ariel taylor sitting inside her aerial hoop holding position with feet and back
Aerial Arts photographer - Aerial hoop photographer - Aerial Arts photography - Aerial hoop photography - monochrome image featuring aerialist ariel taylor sitting inside her aerial hoop holding position with feet and back
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer - monochrome image of model seated side on looking to her left into the light with her jumper off her shoulder left hand raise to her left shoulder
Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - monochrome image from virtual shoot with amie boulton head and shoulders shot with model wear a spiky necklesss
Portait Photography - Portrait Photographer - monochrome head shot from the remote shoot with Zoi
Fashion Photography - Fashion Photographer -  monochrome image of model wearing a black leather skirt with attitude
Dance Photographer - Dance photography - monochrome image of dancer making shapes against the wall lit  from the side

Models/ Dancers: Carla Monaco, Riona Neve, Poppyseed Dancer & Jasmin, Elesha Eden, Natalia, BOou, Ariel Taylor, Amie Boulton, Zoi, Erica Mulkern.