New short film - From The Ocean, For The Ocean.

Very pleased to get this out there... a new film I produced for OCN

I was approached by OCN to produce a short film that highlighted the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans (very topical) and that paired it with OCN's innovate response: to make their product's plastic packaging purely out of recycled plastic retrieved from the ocean in beach clean operations. 

This took a lot of planning as there was a good five weeks between the two shoot days on different locations - the story had to flow, that was vital. Shot on location in Devon, London and a (hugely exciting) recycling plant, we (myself and co-director Tom Andrews) created this:

From The Ocean, For The Ocean. 

Please feel free to check it out by clicking below.

Uber Impact - BBC feature!

Having worked on the Uber Impact for over a year, it's fair to say that I'd put a lot of my heart and soul into this project. So when releasing and pushing it out to press last month, one was very much hoping for a reaction to some degree, after all, this project is all about awareness of human plight. 

With this in mind, I was absolutely chuffed when the BBC decided to feature the project on their 'Pictures' home page - remaining the headline story for 48 hours on their UK and world wide pages! 

The Uber Impact BBC

Sadly, due to bias issues and the very flagrant angle on a private company, the BBC had to re-dress the approach to the story and the 'impact' part of the project became somewhat diluted. However, all press is good press and by including a link through to the project on my site, it gave the viewer the option to delve further into the story. 

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Glass Magazine

Thank you also to Glass Magazine who wrote up a great feature that can be seen here.

 

Creative Boom

And finally to the guys at Creative Boom who wrote a very thoughtful piece on the project. Click here to read it.

 

London in the winter Sun

Some recent work commissioned by ETC venues to place the context of their locations to the City Of London. A rare winter sunrise literally transformed what is normally such a grey view in the winter, to a scene more closely resembling New York. 

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If only we had light like this in London more often!!!

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Proving the power of Phase One... check out the zoomed crop (below) of the image above - someone nailed the best meditating spot in London!

The Uber Impact | Released Today!

The Uber Impact has been a personal project in the making since November 2016, and today I am proud to finally release it to the public. This has been a project involving planning and spontaneity in equal measure and has taught me a lot about the world/life/culture/politics in the process. 

The above image was the very last shot of the day before I finished shooting in Joburg. I was literally running for my train to get to the airport so I could catch my flight to Cape Town, but when I saw these two guys ( Peter and Elias) I simply had to chat to them. I'd asked them previously about being involved in the project but they weren't interested as they were very wary of 'BBC journalists' (as a white European you're often flying the flag by default) reporting on them and them ending up in the news etc. 

"I used to be a photographer for the SA associated press - I have seen many many bad things during the forced removals under Apartheid, which is why I do this now, a simpler life. But, now we have no cars. They were impounded by the police during a protest against Uber 3 weeks ago. Nearly 300 cars were impounded and the release fee is R3500 - this goes up every day. We are stuck."

I had to ask one more time. They were in this position when I saw them, I didn't move them - the pain and frustration on their faces is 100% authentic. The below is what Peter told me when asking him about his experience with Uber:

It really did sadden me to hear of their plight, especially at the end of a long day full of such stories. But a portrait series on taxi drivers... without their taxis (!!!) - this really did hit home. I had to have their story as part of the project - their testimony and expression has the power to portray the problem at the heart of The Uber Impact in just one image. I genuinely wish them both well and I really hope they manage to find a way to get back the tools of their trade so they can start making an honest living again. 

Matthew Joseph behind the scenes

Please click here to see the project in full. There may be more updates on the blog in the future - this is simply one image/story of 36 encounters across London, New York, Paris, Rome, Joburg and Cape Town. Please share it, tell your friends and let's continue the conversation about whether all tech-advancement is good for us and how convenience for you and me can sometimes have a negative effect further down the line. 

Lifestyle Ad Campaign for Radiocentre

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How to make radio modern and relevant for 2018? This was the task set by the guys at Radiocentre ahead of shooting a new image bank for them a few months ago - for use in their ATL campaigns across the UK. Radiocentre are the governing body for all commercial radio in the UK and they've always struggled against the cliché stock-imagery 'eargasm' images made available in the stock world, hence commissioning their own set of images with very specific briefs for each. A big part of what I love about the world of advertising photography is being able to understand business, clients' needs and marketing techniques, then become a creative visual problem solver (aka - photographer). This brief was a great example of that.

It was a two day shoot with a big crew and a lot to do, but an absolute pleasure to work on. Brilliant production from ShootJam making things easier. 10 scenarios, and 12 models to portray all the various uses/situations that radio has in today's society - done! 

A few behind the scenes shots from the two day shoot...

A Vintage Drive in The Western Cape | Lifestyle Story

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On a recent trip to (the very wonderful) South Africa to complete the photography for my upcoming new project The Uber Impact, I couldn't resist shooting some lifestyle making the most of what the Western Cape has to offer. 

1 x MG Midget in British Racing Green, 1 x epic wine estate with private roads and stunning scenery, 2 x annoyingly beautiful people and 1 x weather forecast which was almost accurate. The result is the story 'A vintage drive in the Western Cape'. There was wine, sun, laughter and some driving skills thanks to male model Morgan being completely at home in a vintage MG thanks to growing up on a farm driving tractors. It was a good recipe!

Big thanks to Boss Models Cape Town (Monika & Morgan), Paul Cluver Wines and my wonderful team of assistants: Emily, Rosie and Isaac. Here are a few from the series:

Economia Front Cover | Portrait for Graze

Here is the cover shoot of Graze CFO Andy Gibbs for the very beautifully designed and printed Economia magazine. Not only was Andy a willing and enthusiastic subject for this shoot, but I left with a goody bag of Graze snacks which supplied me for a 3-day wild-camping trek in the Lake District, which started the day after this shoot. Everyone loves a freebie - especially an edible one. 

I always appreciate when my 'real people' subjects bring an enthusiasm and vulnerability to the shoot. It's very much not part of the job description that they sign up for, so to trust a photographer they've never met before to capture their face/emotions/thoughts/feelings is a big deal. Andy hadn't told his wife about this shoot and was going to wait for the issue to arrive on their doormat in the post to completely freak her out! Love it. Thanks to John at progressive for the commission.

Infiniti in Italy | Cars and Chefs in Parma

Here are some of the images shot on location in Parma (and the surrounding timeless Italian countryside) for Infiniti a few months ago. It was a pleasure to shoot for the lovely people at TMW agency shooting for both Infiniti cars and Michelin in the same day. Many a slice of Parma ham was consumed amongst all the other Michelin-star food throughout the day, a small perk of the job. Infiniti being the brand partner for the Michelin guide in Italy, we were there to depict the joining of two major brands of sophistication, as well as have some fun with some of the cars too! 

Here's to 2017: Selected as Best 200 Ad Photographers!

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I'm absolutely chuffed to announce that I have been selected for inclusion in the legendary Lürzer's '200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide'. This year has contained a lot - it's been an amazing journey. But, to finish it being featured in a book containing so many photographers and so much work which I hugely respect, which gets sold around the world for the next two years really is a big honour. The curated work really is stunning - get yourself a copy here. It's a lot of book for less than £30!

I was fortunate enough to have two images selected for the 2018/29 annual - both from projects not officially released yet. The first was taken on day one of a two-week assignment in Nepal earlier this year, with the charity Tearfund. This trip was absolutely epic. It was tough, tiring, uncomfortable and sweaty but also absolutely mind-blowing. The scenery, the people, the stories, the culture, the wildlife, the driving.... (the driving!!!) - all an amazing experience. However, I'll talk about this in a future post when more of the archive makes its way online. 

The second portrait features the face of London musician/artist Tawiah.  This was shot as part of a personal project I've been shooting throughout 2017 called The Changing Face of Music. Tawiah has tremendous talent and is an amazing soul who absolutely threw herself into this project so I'm so glad to see it gaining recognition already! I hope to launch this project in the new year so more to come in 2018 on that...

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Tawiah music by Matthew Joseph

AOP Awards Finalist | aGenda - makes it through!

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Those in this industry know the weight the annual AOP awards hold when they come around each year - this is one of those awards shows that people really pay attention to, at least in the UK anyway! I'd never thought to even enter a competition until 2016 - when I did, I won and was on TV, Radio, newspaper etc etc... I figured I could do with a bit more of that and just had thought in time to enter into this year's open category (for non members - I need to sort that out!) before the deadline arrived. 

So I was absolutely thrilled to receive the email stating that the aGenda project had been accepted into this year's AOP Final. This means inclusion in the exhibition at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, and being featured in the awards book (see below) too. It was nothing short of a huge honour to have this personal project recognised, which had absorbed so much of my time, thoughts, resources and energy over the past 14 months. Then, to see the amazing array of talent hung on the same walls really topped it off. There was some serious work from serious photographers included in the exhibition - really nice to see that the industry seems so strong, it always inspires me to push myself and up my game!

Awards are funny... you have to make a decision to enter a competition yourself - there aren't some magic photography industry elves that knock on your door delivering you a golden invite. You have to make an active decision to say 'I think this is good - I need it recognised'. It's almost a validation for insecurity - but then it's not because entering awards is playing the game of the industry. In today's world you have to do everything you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd in a world full of ever-increasing talent. Then winning an award is another thing altogether! I didn't win my category this time, but I'm totally ok with that - it was enough of an honour to get selected for the final. But then I know of other work by other photographers, which is strong, brilliant work, that didn't make it through. It's all subjective, it's art and decisions are made by people with opinions - no right or wrong - just simple human opinions which are probably based on a myriad of emotions, experiences and general taste. All we can do is try!!

London Editorial Portraits for etc venues

Since being asked to shoot the CEO of London's finest corporate venue providers for The Times,  amongst other publications, earlier this year - I have recently returned to give the rest of the board the same treatment. We had the luxury of using every corner of their beutifully refurbished County Hall to switch up the enivornments and make things as relevatnt to the indiviudal as possible. County Hall is probably one of the most significant pieces of real estate in the world - overlooking Big Ben, Westminster Bridge and the Thames. I struggle to get my head around this place being derelict for so long, before etc Venues came in to take over.

It's the kind of venue that could inspire you time and time again, a rare treat for a portrait photographer - and it beats a clostraphobic hotel room with a colourama squeezed in the corner any day!

Yorkshire Provender 2017 Campaign

I recently was given the chance to hang out in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for a few days, where we were to start the new 2017 advertising campaign for Yorkshire Provender Soup. Telling the story of a group of young people enjoying life, enjoying the countryside and happening to eat some pretty tasty soup in the process.

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Starting the shoot in a series 1 Land Rover is pretty ideal, ending the shoot in a perfectly restored '60s VW Camper is even better. This was a lifestyle photography dream! The models were all cast from a mixture of staff, friends and family, which turned this into a genuine trip away together, genuine laughs, what you see is what you get - just as with the soup itself. A great example of when 'real people' can sell a brand. 

Great to see this all live now as the client rolls out its new branding. They make great porridge, they make great soup - trust me, I've tried them all! More to come later as this has been an ongoing campaign through 2017...

aGenda - New Exhibition Announced!

I'm very excited to announce that my next exhibition is being held on London's South Bank at Gallery@Oxo for a limited time - 24th to 27th August with the private view (invite only) on 23rd. This project was a while in the making... I'm very much looking forward to getting this out there! Please come along if you are nearby, it's free entry and it would be great to say hi. Info below: 

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The one-handed Pianist shoot

Rarely do the worlds of my passions collide as they did on this shoot (and I have a lot of things I'm passionate about!). Not all will know this, but my first career was actually in music (long story) and specifically within that, the majority of my work was as a pianist/keyboard player. So to be asked to shoot classical artist, Keith Porter-Snell ... at Steinway's London showroom... well, how could I not!?

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There was me thinking I knew the world of piano quite well until the theme of our shoot discussion unfolded to reveal a whole topic of 'left hand only' pianists - Keith being one of them due to a muscular problem in his right hand. This was all new to me and totally fascinating. Keith has been busy researching the history of this art as there is a severe shortage of music written for left hand only pianists. His story is quite unbelievable in places, as he detailed his quest to retrace lost and hidden works which were once commissioned by someone of influence to the great composers of that era. Quite simply, there is music written which he can't access but is eager to play. His passion for music that has pushed him beyond giving up after having realised he'd lost the use of his right hand, has kept him on this remarkable journey. My anecdotes won't do it justice!

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As ever with my work, the pleasuer is as much in meeting such people and hearing their story and journey, as it is taking their portraits. This shoot gave both in equal measure - AND I got to spend some time playing some beautiful £150k pianos as we compared notes!

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Chris Brambley promo

Here are a few of the final images from a recent shoot I did for folk artist Chris Brambley. It was so nice to work alongside fellow creatives who brought so much vision to the table - the discussion was exciting and the idea development natural. Big thanks to the management too for letting me be free to do my thing with this.

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Both images took new levels of commitment including: (subtle) trespassing, location scouting in downpours, getting cold and wet, risking some not-so-cheap gear and crafting a scene spending a good length of time securing guitars to trees. The crucial smashing up of guitars was also a chore.... (not at all!)

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commitment to the cause....

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Re-brand and image library for a Soho business

Here are some images from a vast library I helped create for a Soho-based tech recruitment firm. Shot across two days, we had a lot to fit in as they were going for a complete brand overhaul and (as is often the case) they needed an extensive image library to be able to accommodate all their marketing needs for the next year or so - website, collateral, social media etc...

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The client was very proud of their location in Soho, and it was key to get this message across to convey them to the correct demographic of tech-savvy new young professionals seeking new roles. So along with the candid lifestyle photography of the staff, striving to capture honest and real reactions - in an area of imagery which is commonly forced - we had many other briefs which included images to surmise Soho life - trying to capture the essence of Soho in 2017 and some 'Instagram-style' (that was the brief) table top images to match various themes for the website.

We then also had five models come into a studio we set up in their office, to help us produce a series of new header images for the website. This was a strong move, creating a real campaign around the idea of a recruitment firm catering for all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and backgrounds. The faces were not in shot, highlighting that it's more about what you can do and your skill set than it is about what your face looks like. As an advertising photographer in London, it's always nice to be able to shoot such a varied campaign - really engaging with real people, as well as working with models. Spending time with the client, getting into their mindset of why they believe their business is the best, provides a unique insight for an outsider and is most definitely a critical part of the job in advertising photography. The client were a pleasure to work with and thank you to all who were involved, especially John at Shootjam.

Urban Fitness Photography for BMA Models

Having recently stumbled upon an incredible urban location in Central London a few months ago, I was eager to find an appropriate use for it. Finding such a space in the heart of London a stone's throw from St Paul's is just a bit unheard of - the most bizarre underground carpark which goes down 14 floors and only used for the first 4! 

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When BMA models got in touch about a fitness shoot for some new models they had recently signed I realised this was it. The general image of fitness photography is very clean cut which nicely represents clean living and sells the brand of fitness as a positive one. Everyone smiling, clean and happy - it's easy right!? I'm not convinced. Time to get rid of this #instafitness lie - working out is messy, knackering, pushes us to our limits, it's sweaty, brutal - we do not look our best when we're working out!! So I was keen to bring a bit of grit and reality into this, 14 floors or deserted concrete beneath London seemed like an apt place to do so.

 

Lucas and Millie were a dream to work with - I definitely pushed them as I wanted it to be real, and they stepped up to the challenge (as all good models should do ;) !). I hope everything you see here is real - it was my aim. Lifestyle photography should be honest, it should reflect... lifestyle, and the lifestyle of the fitness world isn't always that polished!