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Great Scott

Some of you may recognise  Jo from a previous shoot I did for Dorkzine ; well since that shoot we have stayed in touch and boy am I glad we did! Jo is not only captivating to look at from behind the camera but she has a similar creative vision to myself and we have developed a great working relationship. So I thought I would share a few shots from a couple shoots we have done recently.

First up we visited Alderly Edge a location I have always wanted to check out, not specifically for photography but generally it just looked like a nice place to visit. Anyways rather loosely Jo and I arranged to hook up and check it out for some shots. After meeting up and finding out Jo had forgotten her Sat Nav – we got explicit directions from her step-dad (something he is reknowed for apparently ;-) Anyway here’s a couple images…

The Thing I love and indeed other people have commented on my photos of Jo, is that she manages to look completely different all the time, whether that be down to posing, facial expression or styling; she is SO versatile to work with. Anyway we packed up after a few shots up on the edge itself as light was fading fast and rain was threatening, as is fairly common around these parts ;-) bloody English weather. If I was cursing the weather then, it was nothing compared to what was in store on our next trip out!

I awoke on the Wednesday morning at around 8:30am to large thunder claps and torrential rain, not what I had hoped for having planned a shoot with Jo at a location I had not previously scouted and was unsure how feasable it was to start with! As soon as it was a more sociable hour I sent a text to check weather (boom boom) we were still on. Jo was as usual still fiercly keen to shoot so we met as planned! On the way we both laughed at how both of us were more than concerned about dragging the other out on such a hellish day like this, despite both been secretly mad keen to go ahead anyways! So off we went…

After a little re-con we found the location, an abandoned power-station. I have to say visiting locations like this one is not un-common to me but dragging along a model is not such every-day occurence and I was unsure how Jo would hold out but like the  true preofessional that she is, she took it all in her stride. Anyway enough waffle here’s some of the shots…

…and just to demonstrate just how bad the weather was (and hopefully how awesome the location was), I used some artistic license and the full potential of my (basic) photoshop technique and came up with this…

Jo can also say she is an urban-explorer aswell as one hell of a model!

Hope you enjoyed looking, stay tuned for more…

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There’s More, There’s More…

Bugsy PT2

Ok Ok so that was technically Jimmy Cricket not Bugs Bunny, I can imagine him saying it anyways I didgress on with the update…

The tail end of May saw me attend a a launch for a new Vodka Mixer from Schweppes, the interesting “Russhcian” – it does actually taste quite pleasant, yes I drank quite a few between grabbing people shots and taking incidentals at Ithaca Sushi Restuarant in Manchester. This rather plush venue offers the photographer some unique opportunities to capture great shots and interesting angles, I was facinated by the sparkly wallpaper and stairwell, that looked like some kind of nuclear spaceship engine bay, it also changes colours…

Schweppes Russchian Launch

Finishing things of in May, although chronologically slightly out of order, was a gig from Fulham based rapper Example, whos “We Didnt Invent The Remix” was introduced to me a year or so ago and made me laugh like an idiot. He had taken current and well known pop-songs and riffed over the top of them to humorous and devistating effect. Sadly not much of this material was on display as he went for newer more mainstream, yet still amusing up-beat material to stir the young croud who had gathered to see him. Mad me feel like a grand dad actually and you needed a wrist band to buy a drink at the bar to prove you were 18+ – I had a coke just to be on the safe side! ;-)

Moving into June, mid June in-fact, we headed way out west to Borth on the Welsh coast. A friend of a friend owns a house there that litterally opens onto the beach, albeit a stoney one (until the tide is out) we couldnt have asked for a nicer setting to get away from the smoke. Wont go mental with the pictures as there are a few good-uns and there were more than enough local features to exploit at night too!!

Whilst there the weather was extremly kind as you will see from the above shot of Ynyslas dunes, we spent a whole day chilling and playing boule here and can highly recomend it, IF you happen to be in the Aberystwyth area. The Sunsets back at Borth where we were staying were pretty epic too as you will see below, as always if you click on any of the shots it will take you to a whole load more on Flickr.

Wouldn’t be right if I didnt include some night photography, so have a butchers at these…

Whilst there I also had a dable at some more stop-motion video, best attempt to date, what do you reckon…?

Finally before I finish off this lil section best show you some lil strobism experiments I made whilst we were there; now normally whenever Gideon and I get our cameras out amongst friends, its not always audible but I am sure there is a little collective groaning, however add a few flash guns, some remote triggers and the tiniest bit of alcohol and it produces great results…

Bye for now ;-)

Bench Mark

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthdayyear ago this Saturday I was in the Trafford Centre to cover the Bench “Flagship Manchester Store” opening and I dont think I have been back since; to be fair I loath the place! The Trafford Centre that is not Bench!

Anyway I digress; I was invited back again by Manchester based fashion label to cover the stores first birthday. A year ago, as you will see from the pictures (if you look) they laid on a big show in the Orient and had members of The Twang and former Inspiral Carpets Clint Boon DJ’ing in-store. Hopefully you will also see my shots have improved a lil bit since then ;-)

Bench Flagship Store 1st BirthdayThis year however, to celebrate the stores aniversary, they had two DJ’s in from Cream who were on hand to give any interested customers a few spins on the “wheels of steel” (**cough** CDJ’s)

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

To their credit those who took on the challenge and stepped up to the plate didnt put a foot wrong, there wasnt a single mashed-up mix; so either these guys gave good instruction or it really is easy to mix with CDJ’s ;-)

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st Birthday

Bench Flagship Store 1st BirthdayWill update when these go up online, so you can have a butchers on the Bench website in the next day or two…

Acting Like a Dork!

Sneak peek at last nights Dorkzine photoshoot, the theme was colour. This shot is pretty much unedited but liked the look of it so thought I would up it quickly. Whilst we were waiting for the light to fade a bit so I could get to work on combining light painting with fashion, something I have wanted to do for sometime, we decided to shoot against the colourful graffiti backdrop of an old pumping house.

Photographer: Jon Shackleton (www.tdmphotography.co.uk)

Assistant Photographer: Gideon Foster

Stylist: Lucy Ellis

Make Up: Shell Sullivan

Model (Male): Toni Le Britton

Model: (Female): Johanna Scott

Fish Out of Water…

Jon1, originally uploaded by breakbeat.

Last week for a change I came from behind the lens to stand in-front of it. Myself along with a couple of friends, had volunteered to pose for Karen, a fellow Flickr contact for a studio portrait session, which counts towards her City & Guilds. Besides feeling a bit unnatural, it was actually great fun and we were soon throwing funny poses and “tilting our head up just a lil bit more!”

G Montage wm

Monsiuer Posseur!

Captive Audience

Successful, Sexy & Surreal Weekend (PT2)…

Divided Attention Shoot

So Saturday came and went and Sunday was underway, got myself up nice and early made sure all the kit was packed for todays photo shenanigans which was a full days location shoot with local Tameside band Divided Attention. After being picked up by Gillian, who was to be my assistant for the day, we headed off to meet the band.

Divided Attention Photoshoot

The brief for the shoot was fairly lose “just make us look cool” sort of thing but after initial discussions and some ideas I had suggested after our first meeting, they picked a reservior dogs style theme for the first location, hence the suits. After find a suitable spot and a few lighting adjustments I started snapping away.

Getting back to the car to get the guys to change out of suits we spotted an over zelous car park attentendant who seemed to be loitering about with intent (to dish out tickets) so we made a decision to move onto the next location: Castlefield.

Lots of scope for shooting down here and FREE parking (wahey). The lads got changed whilst Gill & myself had a coffee and more importantly for me a smoke; I hadnt had one so far that morning as I had stupidly left my lighter at home – doh.

Divided Attention Shoot Divided Attention Shoot

After a few shots in Castlefield, which has much to offer in the way of great spots for shooting, we made the short trip to a nearby canalside location, which used to be an old factory and is now covered in graffiti. This makes a great backdrop for shots and the place is pretty much destroyed now. I love it and will definitely be shooting there again, as previously I have only visited to take pictures of the graffiti.

Divided Attention Shoot

Divided Attention Shoot

After a short break in preceedings, we all met up at Dovestones Reservoir, which is over the other side of Ashton. This location has endless possibilities for either a model or band style shoot. The water, woods and surrounding rocky outcropped hills, make an epic backdrop and was in stark contrast to elsewhere we had shot earlier on in the day.

Unfortunately this is where Gill had to leave us, so there are no more behind the scenes shots to fill the space around my waffle, but will update as soon as I have some finished shots from the shoot.

All Pictures: Courtesy of Gillian Greenwood 2009.

Successful, Sexy & Surreal Weekend (PT1)…

Well I promised you I was up for an exciting time this weekend and it didnt disappoint. I had two preplanned shoots that, well er for want of a better phrase “went to plan

First up on Saturday was the shoot for the Whiplash Rock Fetish Burlesque group and by god was I in for a surreal afternoon in Bolton. I had been contacted via Model Mayhem by one of the girls to come and shoot at a flat in Bolton, for some promo pictures both for the group as a whole and for the individual girls.  If I am completely honest I was more than a little aprhensive about this shoot as I have not yet done a lingerie / swimsuit shoot yet, let alone anything as racey as burlesque/fetish style shots.

Hannah

When I arrived the girls were near enough ready and as we discussed ideas and shot possibilities, my  nerves subsided and I soon fell into the old routine of photographer. I think the fact that I havent done any fashion themed shoots since last year was what was buggin more than anything but the girls were great fun and we all got on well. Since they are accustomed to dancing very little clothing and were’nt at all shy really shows in the shots as none of them (to my mind, anyway) appear to be staged or forced.

Whiplash Fetish Burlesque

I was pleased also to get yet more invaluable strobist practice and with something better looking and challenging than my own ugly mug, especially since I never seemed to be able to look anything other than mildly p*ssed off! The girls were also pretty impressed when I got out the gels and started playing with some coloured lighting as they were keen to get some more evil / edgy looking shots and wanted to steer clear of the more cheesy stripper style burlesque images. Loads more shots to edit yet but there’s a few more here

Ruby Ravenous

Hope you enjoyed checking these out, certainly was enjoyable shoot if a little surreal stood infront of 3 girls wearing hardly anything all afternoon, not how I usually spend my Saturdays but hey ho! The time flew and then I was off home to edit and prepare for the following days shoot, with Divided Attention (more on that later).


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