August 7, 2017 § Leave a comment
I have been super busy this Summer and cannot complain. Below is a mixture of personal and commercial work.
I had a real rare pleasure photographing Photographer, Director and Chancellor David Eustace at his house in Edinburgh. From the minute he opened the door to saying goodbye, he was a total Gentlemen. David gave me free reign of his house and let me do my thing, not once suggesting this or that. It made me respect David even more.
I am working on a long term project of top Scottish figureheads in the arts, culture and entertainment industry and David is up there on a global level.
I went with two setups. One with natural light beaming into David Eustace’s hallway. The second was a three speed light setup.
With Glasgow having a couple of real sunny days, it was a real pleasure to shoot a lot of property for DJ Alexander. With such examples as below:
At the beginning of July, I finally got to meet and photograph Bill Wilson. We have known each other online (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for a short while. And we both got the time in our hectic schedules to go ahead with a portrait shoot. Bill is stylish charismatic, creative and a businessman. To me a fantastic quality combination. For this shoot, I used a 32″ Westcott Rapid Duo softbox.
I have a photo shoot for a client later in the year, and wanted to nail some test shots. I used myself as the test subject and practice various combinations. I photographer should always be practising and innovating. I had fun creating this scene below from a boring grey overcast car park to something vivid and cinematic. I used gels on my lighting to achieve this look.
As a photographer is pays to always carry a camera with you. And when I don’t have my large DSLR camera on me, I will always have my trusty Ricoh GR. One of the mornings I was out early. It was amazing fog and the sun was beginning to rise in Glasgow. I had to quickly park the car and capture it.
It was great to catch up with fellow photographer Peter McNally, as we have some future plans on a Glasgow Project. I could not resist capturing a portrait of Peter, as he has done the same for me over the years. I think Peter McNally looks superb in this shot below.
Time to leave Glasgow now, and head up north to the Highlands of Scotland. I needed to scout a couple of locations up there in the magical lands. I also photographed a few of the the more touristy places for my own, as the ever changing light and colours was a feast for the eyes and soul.
Back to my home city of Glasgow, and hired by Chris Grant of Parkour Generations Glasgow. We did some head shots and lots of action shots. Below is just a taster, as photos will be released throughout the year. If you are in Glasgow, and would love to learn Parkour, check out Chris Grant’s Parkour classes.
From outside to inside now working with talented Sarah Haran of VVA, for an event “An Evening of Style” in Glasgow’s Gusto Restaurant. I have shot many events, and feel at home photographing interesting people enjoying a good night.
It is nice now and then to come out of my little bubble, and see what else is happening out there. So when i got an invite from Simon Murphy to his exhibition in Govanhill Baths, I went along and really enjoyed it. Simon Murphy’s work was strong and memorable with the Photographic prints on the wall in each bath cubical.
So what is next?
Well there have been meetings had for future shoots, so watch this space. In the meantime this envelope came through my door…
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June 11, 2017 § 2 Comments
It has been the busiest few weeks to date. With meetings on future work, my real estate photography getting noticed, personal projects on the go, events and a communion.
Above is only a small snippet of all the property photos I worked on, these past few weeks. More can be found at DJ Alexander
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I managed to travel up North to the Scottish Highlands. And capture some of the gorgeous, ancient, rugged landscapes the Highlands had to offer.
Back in Glasgow the weather was beautiful, and so I made the most of it, below is a small example of Glasgow in the rare sunshine.
Also a real pleasure to meet and listen to Poetry from Scott Finlay.
I have also been busy working on two Street Photography projects at the same time. “Streets of Glasgow” and the “Streets of Blackpool” with the aim to release to books in the near future. Some of this work can be found in my Instagram
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April 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
I was very fortunate to photograph Jim Griffith and Jolade Olusanya’s ascent up Ben Lomond, in Scotland.
Jolade who is also photographer and film-maker from London, had never been up a Scottish mountain before. I decided to focus on Jolade and document his experience
Jolade, who lives in London was use to the flat level, ultra busy environment of the big city. So to escape to fresh open air of the Scottish Highlands was something his mind, body and soul embraced.
The higher we climbed the views just got better and the sense of scale became more apparent and respected.
The more Jolade climbed the colder it became, the visibility drastically being reduced. The air thick in fine water droplets. This is was us walking through the clouds but did not know it, as we thought it was just fog/mist.
Jolade’s dark dreads became almost white, capturing the moisture from the air.
Our thighs at this point were like jelly and mood a little low from the exertion and not being able to see much.
About three quarter’s of the way to the summit, the thick white clouds began to dissipate. A pastel blue sky began to appear the saturation intensified. The light becoming so bright Jolade could not fully open his eyes. It was just like when you wake up first thing in the morning light, but he soon adjusted.
We all kept on walking, with the tones of our voices lifting, bigger smiles and a new energy.
We realised that we were all just above the low cloud line. Taking photos in all directions.
Jolade embracing the mountain fresh air, the view of the clouds beneath him. His legs recovered and standing strong, his mind reflecting on his inner journey.
We kept walking in awe. The Scottish mountains poking through the clouds ahead of us.
As we turned the corner and looked up, We could see Jim sitting at the summit, taking in the views in the background and the large Black Raven just in front of him.
This was Jim’s view…
When Jolade and I arrived Jim had our lunch all prepared, spicy pasta and a vista to die for.
Looking north and seeing such mountains as Ben Vorlich and Ben Nevis poking through the clouds.
Jim at the edge of a large drop, the sense of scale almost over whelming.
Jolade proud yet humbled by over coming his challenge.
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November 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
A small collection of my work, celebrating the beauty of Scotland, its natural and man made environments, bathed in light.
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November 15, 2015 § 2 Comments
Some of my landscape photographs from a magical island, north of Scotland and on the edge of the world. This is stunning Shetland!
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