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Alexander Ebero for Hasselblad H6D launch

A killer shoot, brilliant talent, loads of quick thinking and an exceptional team made for a truly memorable shoot. The kit works - it will change medium format as the price is so competitive, trade-ins are super-generous, the quality and optics are off-the-scale, the new developments (flash sync at 2000th!, USB-C, dual ports, touch screen) will truly make this an entirely new chapter for Hasselblad and I am really proud to be a small part of it. Plus they are really, really cool people who have treated me and my pictures really wonderfully throughout this experience.

I'm an ambassador for Hasselblad H6D

Well I can tell you that while it's incredibly exciting to get the call asking if you'd like to shoot a project for the launch of the new H6D - the brand new platform for an incredible new array of features and flourishes from Hasselblad - one quickly feels the pressure of imminently being judged by everyone who looks to this industry titan for the quality of its output. I've enjoyed some great fun shooting Crossfit recently and with an open brief to supply a series of images shot on location in Sweden, we pushed ahead with these two powerhouse athletes performing a range of activities to properly test this new kit - hard. And it went great.

Courtney Barnett for MOJO

Click on the images above for a slideshow, why don't you. Sooooooo this was a good one, as it turned out. A few ideas were batted about (well, back at us) and in the end we went with the classic 'pose up in the venue' style, as well as the studio-lit set ups on the main venue floor at the Forum, after soundcheck. Courtney sold out two nights at the venue in North London so it's truly happening for her and MOJO celebrated this with a really tasty 4 page feature in this month's issue, out now. Looks great, as do the portraits (Hasselblad) and the lighting (Broncolor), the process (IMGN) and the ideas (ahem, me). We like to do things properly here.

Liberia for Riders For Health - Slideshow

  I've said before that this is the best shooting I ever do and I was delighted to go back to Africa, this time Liberia, for Riders For Health. I love their style, quietly getting on with changing the world - no celebrities or crassness in their approach - just delivering transport solutions via government budgets (and your generous donations) to healthcare systems that need them. That really, really need them. I documented their new programme (with kind assistance from Mr. Tom Andrew, no less) and we had the best of all times. Proper adventure, great opportunities and no PR. More below, and please support them here. I vouch for their incredible-ness and please shout if you'd like to know any more about these beautiful characters we captured here. Slideshow is below - make clickings and enjoy. Thanks loads.

 

I've said before that this is the best shooting I ever do and I was delighted to go back to Africa, this time Liberia, for Riders For Health. I love their style, quietly getting on with changing the world - no celebrities or crassness in their approach - just delivering transport solutions via government budgets (and your generous donations) to healthcare systems that need them. That really, really need them. I documented their new programme (with kind assistance from Mr. Tom Andrew, no less) and we had the best of all times. Proper adventure, great opportunities and no PR. More below, and please support them here. I vouch for their incredible-ness and please shout if you'd like to know any more about these beautiful characters we captured here. Slideshow is below - make clickings and enjoy. Thanks loads.

Leon Bridges for Time Out New York

Another lovely commission from TONY. Free access with Leon to wander East London and even nab a quick studio shoot. Working quick with tethered Hasselblad and battery powered Bron Moves we nailed 6 set ups total, so please enjoy this couple here. He's a beautiful gospel singer of the old school and entertained us as we worked with his astonishing vocal ability, enchanting us all the more.

Another lovely commission from TONY. Free access with Leon to wander East London and even nab a quick studio shoot. Working quick with tethered Hasselblad and battery powered Bron Moves we nailed 6 set ups total, so please enjoy this couple here. He's a beautiful gospel singer of the old school and entertained us as we worked with his astonishing vocal ability, enchanting us all the more.

It finally happened.

After so many years of trying, my work is at last hanging in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I could weep. This is a picture of me (thanks Brian Whar) at the Private View last week, feeling pretty happy. And relieved actually - I was beginning to seriously question how I could call myself a portrait photographer yet not get amongst the annual best 60 portraits once again - then you get the email and everything is ok. The experience has been absolutely top notch as well, the print has a great position in the show, it was used on the private and press viewing invite, is a postcard for sale in the shop and the gallery is using it in their mail outs, as well as this gem in the Telegraph Arts section which was the icing on the cake (read to the last paragraph if you have nothing at all to do just now). Huge thanks to Brian Whar, Richard Chan printers, Gilbert and George, and Hope and Sally Anne for coming down. You're ace and I love you.

After so many years of trying, my work is at last hanging in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. I could weep. This is a picture of me (thanks Brian Whar) at the Private View last week, feeling pretty happy. And relieved actually - I was beginning to seriously question how I could call myself a portrait photographer yet not get amongst the annual best 60 portraits once again - then you get the email and everything is ok. The experience has been absolutely top notch as well, the print has a great position in the show, it was used on the private and press viewing invite, is a postcard for sale in the shop and the gallery is using it in their mail outs, as well as this gem in the Telegraph Arts section which was the icing on the cake (read to the last paragraph if you have nothing at all to do just now). Huge thanks to Brian Whar, Richard Chan printers, Gilbert and George, and Hope and Sally Anne for coming down. You're ace and I love you.

Sorry for being the worst blogger.

We have so much to catch up on too. We should definitely start with the shame that is the delay on the On/Off book. Most of you have been so patient and not given me any more aggro than I'm having already in trying to get this project out the door (well, through your front doors) and I'm really grateful for that. Understandably some of you have been in touch illustrating your frustration in the delay, it has been over 13 months since launching it via PledgeMusic after all - for which I am so apologetic - I genuinely had no idea anything could ever take this long. The great news is the book will be with us before Christmas and is looking bloody magic apparently. In the meantime, here's MIA in an outtake from the On/Off shoot with her in Leeds that time. She's a great. Thanks and sorry again.

We have so much to catch up on too. We should definitely start with the shame that is the delay on the On/Off book. Most of you have been so patient and not given me any more aggro than I'm having already in trying to get this project out the door (well, through your front doors) and I'm really grateful for that. Understandably some of you have been in touch illustrating your frustration in the delay, it has been over 13 months since launching it via PledgeMusic after all - for which I am so apologetic - I genuinely had no idea anything could ever take this long. The great news is the book will be with us before Christmas and is looking bloody magic apparently. In the meantime, here's MIA in an outtake from the On/Off shoot with her in Leeds that time. She's a great. Thanks and sorry again.

Chance To See: On/Off Prints

It's still going! The lovely and generous souls of Gibson Guitars kindly offered up their windows for 2 whole months for me to display a selection of prints from my War Child On/Off project. Please go have a look - you can buy them here if you'd care to and support the powerful work of War Child with a mere click of your mouse. Artists include: Muse, MIA, Arctic Monkeys, Take That, Flying Lotus, Paul Weller, Prodigy, Rudimental... The Gibson Guitar Studio is at 61–62 Eastcastle Street, London, W1T 2AA, just north of Oxford Street. THANK YOU.

Dave Eggers is my hero. Seriously.

I really really admire this person. So much so that I got embarrassingly starstruck and did a LOT of staring at him, which I hope wasn't too noticeable (or cringey). If you don't know Dave Eggers, my favourite works of his are The Circle and Zeitoun plus the whole McSweeney's thing too is a wonder BUT he also came up with the idea for The Ministry of Stories and now they're dotted around the world giving kids the chance to invest more time in their creative writing skills, after school and behind a themed shopfront. It's beautiful and brilliant and so worthwhile. Here sits THE LEGEND with Nick Hornby and Paddy Doyle, being interviewed at Second Home last week by three Junior Minister writers aged ten or so. Everyone laughed a lot including me, though I doubt everyone filled up 3 times and nearly cried. It's cos I'm a parent I'm sure but honestly, if anything was going to set me off it was this.

Sam Sure

Personal work - all important you know. Loved meeting Sam. He's got a great sound and a great look too. With those sharp cheekbones he's an obvious choice for some Tom love so crank that gridded softlighter and let's shoot some portraits eh?

Sergio Aguero for PUMA

Nice punchy aesthetic for the Q3 launch with the Argentinian goal king, Mr. Sergio Aguero for PUMA. Movement frozen with Broncolor Move of course, what else you gonna use on location huh? Challenging as these fellas travel quick and we needed to capture the apparel in flight, plus we had to shoot in all the conditions, day and night and rain and shine. And freezing cold, in Manchester here. Brrrrrr. Great though, home of football and all that.

John Cooper Clarke for National Trust 3

Whoever said don't meet your heroes was wrong. Am always banging on about the privilege of my job but DAMN, sometimes this job floats up opportunities I still am so excited by. To spend the day at Ringstead Bay in Dorset, where I swam as a nipper, to shoot this most beautiful of talents was a nice call to get for someone like me. The portraits were for the National Trust, via Mischief PR, who have commissioned John to write a poem to help save and celebrate our wonderful coastline - More here. My friend described him as the Dad you wished you had. My Dad is great but I could happily accommodate more JCC in my life. Printed in the Independent and Express, and elsewhere online. Very nice indeed.