This is the second spread using some of the pictures I took at Grow Heathrow (see earlier post from Inside Housing). It’s the showcase magazine for members of London Independent Photographers, of which I have been a member for 6-7 years, and run the Shoreditch Satellite group meeting.
I’m so used to seeing my “precious” photos cropped, that it’s great to see these images reproduced as they were taken, and also my text unedited printed on quality glossy paper!
If you’re a photographer and not a member of LIP, do join as you’ll receive this magazine 3 times a year, amongst other benefits.
I had a sizeable commission from Briefing Magazine to shoot 7 portraits around London and Bristol. They’re all leaders in law firms, so the brief was to have them looking powerful and leader-like, and crucially outside their normal office environments. One of my favourite portrait photographers is Harry Borden, whose pictures I like because they’re quite understated, and he has a great eye for placing people in often unexpected locations. I feel inspiration from his work. With my portraits here, I was given 30minutes+ in order to strike up a little bit of rapport and wander around the immediate vicinity of the subjects’ workplace with them. I’ve often struggled in the past to feel comfortable with city workers, because their jobs seem so different from mine. However I now realise it’s best establish common ground outside the workplace, whether it ‘s about cycling, London-life or the perils of hair blowing in the wind! I’m happy with these images because as well as having high impact I feel I’ve captured a little of their personalities. Well, all except one who didn’t let his guard down, no matter how hard I tried. (Can you guess which one?).
I am really chuffed that some of my images from my long term project documenting Grow Heathrow have been published across 4 pages in Inside Housing magazine. It’s rare that pictures are used so well, without cropping arbitrarily by editors and designers. Some of the copy is also mine, though adapted by the features editor Lydia Stockdale to make it more relevant to the readership. I’m happy that a magazine with such integrity has dedicated so much space to such an important story, thanks everyone involved. I’m planning on returning to the site and continuing with the project. Click here to view the rest of the project.