This commission came from Silver Agency - their art director had a clear brief in mind for this photo shoot having just re branded their client Hito - but was very open to creativity and new ideas. From the style setters, on to the production of and throughout the shoot our collaboration brought together a set of imagery above and beyond the original brief much to the delight of Silver Agency and their client Hito.
Soup is a personal project with Ealing Soup Kitchen which is due to be exhibited in Ealing January 2017.
As modern day humans, we are often very quick to judge, remark and make assumptions based on people’s appearance, but this striking series of intimate portraits leaves everything to the imagination – deliberately cropping out clothing, shoes, environment and posture. In association with Ealing Soup Kitchen, photographer Remy Whiting sympathetically explores the people who make use of this amazing service.
The viewer might formulate questions: “who is this person”, “what’s their story” - but, we hope, will struggle to put together a solid background or categorically put them in a box. This interactive exhibition will ask its guests to place stories under each portrait, based purely on looking into the eyes of these Ealing Soup Kitchen clients. Their stories are all different. Some are homeless. Some have lost all hope. Some struggle with self esteem. Some struggle with addictions. Some suffer from mental health afflictions. Some are volunteers. Some are staff.
The aim of this unique exhibition is to make people stop and look deeper, inviting them into a silent dialogue between themselves and the faces of the people staring back at them – giving these faces a chance to tell their story before jumping to conclusions. All of the people who kindly sat for a portrait are the same as you and I; any one of us could be in any one of these situations today, tomorrow, next year. These are the people living in our community and we can all do a little more to help them. Ealing Soup Kitchen is happening in our community and we can all do a little more to support it.
This was a great shoot for 220 Triathlon Magazine using some new kit and new techniques all in this amazing location near to Bristol, England.
Working directly with the team at Tu clothing to create imagery for their packaging. Over the past few years we have worked together from concept to final image bringing together studio room sets, locations and production teams.
A fantastic shoot to start the year off with Gordon Ramsay for 220 Triathlon Magazine. We were told we would have 20mins with him but that turned out to be around 6 minutes. We shot a bank of feature images and the cover shot digitally, then some film shots on my old 6x6 camera. I was really pleased with the end results here - thanks to the team at 220 Triathlon magazine and of course Gordon.
Working closely with the agency Red Creative and the marketing team at Marks and Spencer we developed numerous shoots over the years from concept, set design and build right through to the final imagery across POS, press and e-commerce.
Impoverished teenagers involved in Izikhothane have attracted sharp criticism due to their destruction of luxury brands in a carnival of excess. At their worst they will buy lavish items of clothing and proceed to trample and burn them to show off to their friends, or simply to negate their feeling of glaring dispossession. The group I met and photographed here at Walmer Location called themselves ‘Lai Golden Spidens’ and they have been congregating in a central part of their township on a Friday for the last 2 years. Many different groups would turn up, (perhaps 100-200 people) the aim of the game to be wearing something new, expensive and designer of course. If you don’t have anything new you shouldn’t turn up because you will be ridiculed. Sports brands like Nike and adidas are popular but equally labels like Paul Smith, Ben Sherman rate high to get, as Nonke told me, ‘the London look!’ These particular boys seemed quite relaxed and spoke of the fun of being a ‘S’khothane’ but if you google this trend you will find lots of stories of suicides, kids burning money, throwing drinks all over each other and general destruction. I asked these teenagers how they afford their new clothes and trainers, considering they are all living in shacks and unemployment is as high as 80% its very evident that money is not disposable but they explained their parents pay for things and they earn money from being dj’s. I’m still not sure how they do it but …...
This relationship started at an exciting time for the magazine - a complete redesign opened the door for a new style of photography across their cover shoots and feature imagery. Working with the magazines art director and editors we set the style and have continued to developed it. Whether it's a studio shoot destined for a cgi backdrop, 6 minutes with a celebrity chef or a dramatic feature shot our style guidelines are stuck to.
This project was picked up by Salon 16, an exhibition of work from a collective of photographers throughout 2016 and one of the photos is on display at Photofusion in Brixton until 28th January 2017. Some of the images are also being used by Malaika in the DR Congo to help their fight to raise awareness of the health issues destroying communities.
In the small remote village of Kasamba near Lubumbashi in Southern DR Congo is an old shack, it's a hospital for the villagers. Their doctors and the village are fighting against many things but malaria it would seem is the biggest threat. I have started developing films from a heartbreaking story I shot on this during my last trip to DR Congo, there will be more to come . . . . here is Dr Musonda Mujinga-Desire sat in his office at the mud brick hospital with his radio in the foreground.
Dr Pondo Kishala Guislain in his office with his medical supplies beside him.
The next three photos are of 2 year old Kilambwe who was being treated for Malaria with her mother by her side. Unfortunately a combination of limited education on the disease, a lack of resources and money for medication mean the child mortality rate is massive. I have since found out that Kilambwe has sadly died. When I saw her there, with doctors on a drip I presumed she was being taken care of, unfortunately the care they could provide was not enough and she needed further treatment at proper hospital in town. Malaika who are my DR Congo partners (on my Snap Foundation projects) are doing a great deal of work towards the education and prevention of malaria.
Kongolo Mwamba Etienne works at the health centre just up from the hospital where he looks after women during and after child birth. This health centre is much like the hospital, rags for curtains, exposed mud brick walls and dusty floors. Very limited supplies and services put them under a lot of strain.
And here are some of the women Etienne looks after. . . .
Juliet photographed at her Tea room and curious, called Harlequin, Caroline Gage when the fair was in town, Amy Mould photographed at home, Gohar the butcher preparing meat on the High Street and product designer David Mlynski in his classic Mercedes, a rolling restoration for the last 8 years. These people were all photographed as part of a personal project which was eventually picked up by a publishing house and the book Portrait of Cheltenham was released in 2010.