Where You Gonna Call?

It’s funny what you miss. For years, many years, I’ve included a stop-off at a public phone box on Newhall Street (Birmingham) as a part of my regular Night Photo Safari circuit. On freezing cold nights, this provided a few minutes of shelter from the icy winds for the model (if not for the photographers) – providing they had a sense of smell that wasn’t too sensitive to the distinctly “toilety” whiff inside the booth.

Imagine my horror then, when we discovered on the most recent Night Photo Safari that the phone box had been removed! (probably in the interest of public hygiene).

Farewell, oh whiffy phone box. You served me well.

Don’t Call Me Scarface

There was only ever one model in the frame to play the ubiquitous “Bond Villain” in the FOTO-CLUB “Bondesque” shoots – Mike Hanley. I’ve worked with Mike before so knew him to be a versatile character model but was delighted when he agreed to be “disfigured” by brilliant Make-up Artist Toni Cheshire. Well, he wouldn’t be a Bond Villain without some sort of disfigurement would he? Even the temporary paralysis of one side of his face didn’t put Mike off his stride. A real trooper.

Yes, the scar was entirely fake and provided by MUA Toni.

Hoban. Mark Hoban.

Sometimes the choice of model comes before the shoot concept. I knew I wanted fitness model Mark Hoban to play a James Bond type character at some point and eventually set about making it happen. The “Bondesque” idea was born. More images of the other players in the 2 themed shoots will follow but for now here’s Mark at his Bondish best.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

I’m very grateful to Keith for providing the replica Walther PPK and other gun used in this shoot.

A Bit More Bond

Some shoot concepts lodge themselves in my imagination for years before I actually get around to making them happen. Such was the case with the “Bondesque” studio evenings that I ran at FOTO-CLUB  recently. I’d long since decided that model Mark Hoban would make a great James Bond  and when I mentioned the idea to him he was very keen to take part. Luckily, the lovely Sasha also agreed to be our “Bond Girl“.

I ran “Bondesque” over two evenings: the first featured Mark (as Bond), and Sasha. The second evening featured Mike, a very charismatic model I’d worked with before as the “Bond Villain” and Liliana (another favourite at the studio) as the other Bond Girl.

I haven’t edited the images yet (it’s been a busy couple of weeks) but I did manage to plan a sort of sequel – this time on location, complete with a car, and again with Mark as Bond. Here’s the details…

The cost is £90 (£75 for FOTO-CLUB members) and before the event had even been added to my website, half the places had been taken. If you’d like to join us, get in touch.

The Sweeney

You may have seen my last post about the excellent Daniel Specta who was one of two male models booked for the final session of the Portfolio Booster II course? Well, here is the other model from that evening – Sweeney. Sweeney has enjoyed some success as a rock guitarist but is such a lovely, gentle and polite young man (God, I must really sound old). I saw his portfolio online and decided at that moment that I must find a reason to photograph him. It didn’t occur to me later but I do think Sweeney looks rather like early Human League era Phil Oakey. What do you reckon?Anyway, here are a few of my favourites from the many images produced that evening…

Daniel In The Photographer’s Den

As a nice little finale for the Portfolio Booster II course, I arranged two very different male models. One was Daniel Specta, a heavily tattooed young fella with a great look and wonderful taste in sunglasses. Like most of the group, I photographed Daniel using only the continuous modelling lights of the flash heads and then the ambient lighting that can be found in the corridor outside my studio. And that is where I took this shot. Daniel’s ace shades were just crying out to be messed with in post-production, so I did.

Making A Bond

Funny how one shoot can lead to another, very different shoot. When I was photographing the gorgeous Sasha recently, it occurred to me that she’d make an amazing “Bond Girl”… and so the basis of the “Bondesque” workshop was born.

Too much to run over a single evening, I’ve decided to run this over two evenings. There’ll be a “Bond” (played by the brilliant Mark Hoban), two Bond girls (one “good”, one “bad” and including Sasha), and a suitably evil villain.

I’m looking forward to this!