We really don’t do enough themed shoots based around male models. But when we do, often our first port of call is the incredible Joel Hicks. Model, photographer, actor (I’m particularly a fan of the Haribo ads that he features in), charity fundraiser, and with a CV that makes the rest of us mortals feel like slovenly under-achievers.
Joel has played the male part in a couple of our successful “Film Noir” shoots, a “Downton” themed shoot, a casino shoot, fitness/boxing shoots, and numerous lighting demos and other workshops at the studio over the years. In his last visit, he brought along just a few of his many props including swords and armour and we had great fun capturing dramatic action shots using them.
Well, on that occasion we really didn’t have long to make the most of the photographic possibilities so I’ve arranged a return visit on Thursday 22nd June with a full two and a half hours to shoot in. There are still a couple of spaces. The venue is Strangetown Studio in Aston, Birmingham and the high ceilings there will be a bit more suitable for swinging swords around.
The FOTO-CLUB “Urban Ballet” shoot seems to have become something of an annual institution and happily, this year we’re continuing the tradition. However, we finally have our OWN perfect venue for this shoot – the new Strangetown studio and the many stairwells and corridors around the Telsen building.
As usual, the main dancer/model is the wonderful Emilie Walt, my “go to” model for dance-themed shoots, and Penny (a friend of Emilie’s). There are still a couple of spaces so get in touch if you fancy joining us.
I first spoke to Matt Windle, the Boxer-Poet on (fellow poet) Emma Purshouse‘s recommendation when I was hoping he’d come to provide a poem for the launch of my “Pride of the Black Country” exhibition a few years ago. That never came to pass but our paths have crossed many times since, both in his capacity as poet (he’s currently Birmingham’s Poet Laureate) and as boxer (I’ve supplied many of his promotional images as well as documenting his professional fights).
I was very flattered when Matt chose to include me in “Poetry with Punch“, a brilliant initiative that involves providing creative workshops in schools including a combination of poetry, music, boxing/boxercise, dance, and photography. It mightn’t come as a surprise to you that I supplied the photography bit.
We’ve done a few of these so far and the kids who’ve taken part have clearly loved it. Matt’s team of poets, musicians, and choreographers do a wonderful job of engaging the kids and stimulating their interest in so many areas in such a short space of time. I was fortunate to have watched (and photographed) as the other specialists led their various sections of the course.
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.