Wednesday July 30th, 2014 09:00 AM
Monday July 7th, 2014 11:50 AM
Tuesday June 24th, 2014 01:10 PM
The Art Company, based in Quel, near Arnedo, La Rioja, is one of the larger manufacturers in northern Spain and sells its classy ranges of shoes all over the world. It specialises in distinctive, high-quality, hand-made shoes. It may be a traditional product but it comes with a modern twist and this forward thinking also applies to the firm’s marketing: It invited nine bloggers from Germany, France and Spain to visit the factory in Quel and try its latest Neosens and Art collections.
The first day of the two-day trip was in Ezcaray, the idea being to show a shoe from La Rioja in one of the region’s prettiest towns. My job as photographer was to provide the bloggers with fashion photos for their websites and also take some reportage images for the company.
The next day we visited the factory in Quel, near Arnedo, in the morning and later the bloggers were given choices of colours, soles, laces and told to design their own pair of Art Company shoes.
Switching between reportage photography, where I don’t intervene with the subject, to fashion photography, where I’m constantly asking models to do this or that, was a great mental exercise for me. The fact there were nine bloggers who all needed quality shots really kept me on my toes!
The bloggers were: Estelle Segura, Chloé Gattison, Anne-Laure Pierre, Kathrin Wittich, Marie Heid, Franzeska Albredt, Cecilia Quintana, Jeffrey Herrero & Aminta.
Friday June 13th, 2014 02:26 PM
Many famous photographers shot many or all of their most evocative images in black and white, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa being among the first two to spring to mind. And not just because they had no other option. Paolo Pellegrin won Photographer of the Year last year with a largely black and white portfolio.
Black and white photography reduces a colourful world to different tones and, in doing so often simplifies a scene. Simple can be better, resulting in more powerful images. Not every photo works better in black and white, far from it, but some certainly do.
The photo above, taken during a wedding at the excellent La Vieja Bodega restaurant, in Casalarreina, near Haro, La Rioja, is a case in point.
I was reminded of this during a two-hour mentoring session this week with the renown British wedding photographer, Jeff Ascough. When I moved to Spain four years ago I always offered my wedding clients the option of black and white photographs. And the offer is still there! If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Friday May 23rd, 2014 07:00 AM
I had two reoccurring thoughts in the run up to photographing the Roca brothers at their extraordinarily famous restaurant in Girona, Catalunya. The first was: “Don’t screw it up!” The second was: “How can I do something different?”
Celler de Can Roca was ranked the World’s Best Restaurant 2013 by Restaurant Magazine. The three brothers who run it – Joan, Josep and Jordi – are among the most famous chefs on the planet.
Falstaff, an Austrian foodie and high living magazine, were so pleased to get a slot with all three Rocas that they decided to fly over the editor for the interview. I knew they expected me to make some stunning portraits and that I’d have very little time to do them.
Preparation and planning are key here. I read up on the brothers and their rise from humble origins working in their parents’ restaurant, Can Roca, just along the road from El Celler. The oldest brother Juan was regularly portrayed as the responsible one. Jordi, the youngest, the anarchical creative and Josep somewhere in between.
Brotherly camaraderie was key to their success, I read, so I thought hard about how to show these ideas through photos. Above all I wanted to show that despite all their fame they remained grounded and playful.
In the end I had two 10-minute sessions with them. Jordi, the anarchical one, arrived two-hours late for the interview so even he missed the first session inside the restaurant. “Are they game to jump or go on the swings?” I wondered as we started the second session outside. Well, yes they were.
And afterwards Juan told me: “We’ve been photographed all over the place but never on the swings before!” Job done!!