The Orangutans


This is a project I have recently finished called 'The Orangutans'.

Orangutans are widely found in british zoos. Although they are well looked after I always get a pang of guilt upon seeing them in this environment. 
With this series I wanted to re-imagine their surroundings, placing them in a setting that seems idealistic and slightly magical, giving the images a completely different context.






Here is a little sneak into the process of how one of them was made.


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Sugar Skull

Here is a pic that didn't make the cut, created a few months back but not really feeling the end result.


Starry Seascape

Took this whilst in Cape Verde, looking out west from the coast of Boa Vista...




Made from 'stacking' 10 separate images of the same scene to help reduce noise, although its still pretty noisy. I love the milky sea in contrast to the bottom of the Milky Way! 

Tenerife

Tenerife is a beautiful place...

Tenerife from Anaga.

Anaga Mountains

Teide

Teide

Teide Summit

Thumb of God

Teide Pines

La Gomera

Garachico pool

The Rock of Garachico

Masca Village

Masca

Masca Gorge

Cliffs of the Giants

MMmm Look an Apple

Here is a funny little animation I just finished. Produced, shot and animated by myself...

Happy Halloween!

Self-promo piece for Halloween...


Here is a detail shot...



Mr Coopers House and Garden.

I was recently commissioned by the the brilliant Ahoy to create a series of large scale images for a restaurant called 'Mr Coopers House and Garden' opening in the beautiful Midland Hotel in Manchester.
The whole concept behind the restaurant is brilliant, ran by the amazing chef Simon Rogan.

"Mr Cooper’s House & Garden combines modern touches with the history and heritage of Mr Cooper himself, whose house and famous gardens sat on the site back in 1819.
Thomas Cooper was a popular figure in Manchester. The family were coach-makers by trade and their garden on the site of The Midland was famous for its strawberries, gooseberries, apples and flowers. On special days of the year, The Coopers would welcome the public in to stroll the gardens and picnic there.
Cooper Street, the short street across St Peter's Square on the other side of Princess Street, used to extend as far back as The Midland and was named after the family.
A multitude of different dining settings under one roof, Mr Cooper’s offers a unique setting for everyone. Lounge in the garden amongst the cascading wall of plants and 30ft tree, enjoy drinks in the Library or cosy up next to friends in the leather booths of the study."

Here are the images!




It was an amazing project to work on, and having been to the opening event just last night I can say that its a truly unique place with fantastic food and cocktails! 

My images have been beautifully presented and its almost like I have a permanent exhibition in the restaurant, here are a few pics from the opening night...


New Print Folio.

Here are some pics of my brand new Print Folio, made by my fair hands...


Old Work.

Just going through some old work and found this that I shot when I was at University. Still love it now, highly influenced by the awesome Guy Bourdin.


Cash Money.

More experiments for stock...


Think Green.

Made this for a stock site recently, I really like it... No CGI.



Man in the Woods.

Another just finished, to go with the 'Penny Farthing' image.



Here are a couple of details.



Penny Farthing.

Just finished this, a Victorian gent riding his Penny Farthing over a fantastical spring Landscape.

 

Here are a couple of details...



Paper Paper Paper.

So this week I have been making pictures out of paper and animating them. Part Photography as the paper all needed to be digitally captured, and part illustration.

Here are the still images followed by their animated counterparts! I really enjoyed getting crafty with paper!

At Sea!




Paper Mountain.




Sunrise Over Hills.



Space!




Wanderings.

Went exploring the other day, its was actually sunny...



I also stumbled across these 'Portals'...



 

The Universe Versus Alex Woods (paperback)

Recent commission to create the paper back artwork for 'The Universe Versus Alex Woods'... Based on my design for the Hard Back but with some changes. Lots of fun to make!

Front Cover.

Back Cover.




6th Annual Photography Masters Cup.

Recently found out that I had my Rhino image shortlisted for the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup. A pleasure to be up there with some of the best in the business!


 

 

Still to moving...

I made this image a while back as a fun play on the 'Nissan Leaf' car. At the moment I am experimenting more and more with moving image... I love that the way I produce images means that I can animate them, could have some great commercial applications!

Still image.


Animated Version.