Nepal was devastated by a powerful and violent earthquake on 25th April this year. It was a disaster on an epic scale, nearly 9000 dead, thousands made homeless, towns and villages flattened. Liam Arthur was among the hundreds of volunteers that flew to the stricken country to give help in the aftermath. Working for the NGO Shelterbox in the dual roles of aid worker and photographer he helped provide shelter for people whose homes had been destroyed and, in his photographs, recorded their stories and their situation. The images here are some of the people that he met while distributing aid to one of the worst hit areas east of Katmandu.
Liam is adamant about the importance of the role of the photographer in this situation. “As a photographer my role is to document the disaster and bring back stories and media that describe the situation and the people affected. There is no brief as such except to provide material that can be used by the organisation to publicise the situation on the ground and the efforts to help. We often have a unique view and access – as the second part of my role is to help facilitate the importation and distribution of aid to the affected communities. Being closely involved with the people affected gives you an element of trust and understanding with them, often allowing you to get under the surface, under an exterior often toughened by the catastrophic events that have claimed so many lives, to the real feelings underneath.
Being sensitive to the people that you are photographing in disaster situations is vital not only for them but also for the medium of photography to be trusted across the world as a method of revealing a peoples need for help without exploiting those that you are trying to help in the first place. Often it is hard to avoid the cliched images that we so often see, but the more that you talk to the affected communities the more you tend to see the strength and resilience of the human condition. I would hope a little of this strength shows in the portraits of people who have suffered greatly at the hands of the unforgiving mountains that they inhabit.
They are not a community to be pitied but one of courage and strength, to be supported and helped to build back stronger and better. Unfortunately the disaster here has only begun, with the monsoon rain coming followed by a harsh winter in mountains that were prone to landslides before the earthquakes. Images have the power to keep us engaged in a world who’s attention span is ever shortening. It is important that the stories keep getting told. It is important that we see what needs to be done so that we can empathise and support the people that so generously gave us their stories to tell. But most importantly it is important that we do it with integrity.”
Amit & Naroop’s personal project ‘Singh’ is a series of portraits of British Sikh men. To the duo, the turban and beard are the most powerful and obvious symbols of the identity of a Sikh man, and ‘Singh’ is a celebration of that identity.
Although the project is still in it’s infancy, it has already received a phenomenal response, including a feature on It’s Nice That
The men who feature in this project are businessmen, boxers, IT professionals, doctors, fashion stylists, temple volunteers, magicians and a host of occupations , all adapting the interpreting the Sikh traditions in their own way.
“The aim of ‘Singh’ is to capture the essence of modern “Sikhness” and to pay tribute to the beauty and variety of British Sikh Men.” – Amit & Naroop
– ‘Singh’ is due to be exhibited this Summer. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest news and images from the project here
Hold onto your hats! The Valleys is back for a 3rd series with more drunken antics, explicit raunchiness and even more nudity!
MTV enlisted the talents of our very own Ray Burmiston to shoot the cast for the show’s brand spanking new billboard.
With the first episode hitting our screens tonight, this series sees the Cardiff crew take their club night ‘Valleywood Nights’ around on a boozy tour of the UK, visiting the bright lights of Liverpool, Bristol and Dublin.
– The Valleys starts 25th February at 10pm on MTV
It’s been 3 years since Irish boy band Westlife announced their split, and since then Kian Egan has gone on to be crowned King of the Jungle on “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” 2013, and now 2014 sees the release of his debut solo album – Home.
Our very own Ray Burmiston shot the artwork, and we thought we’d share this great shot to wet your appetite!
– Home will be released on 17th March 2014
Moone Boy (Series 2) – Following the success of it’s first series, Shoot Production teamed up with SKY1 HD to deliver this eye-popping billboard campaign photographed by the talented Elisabeth Hoff.
After meticulous planning, Elisabeth shot the show’s lead actors- Chris O’Dowd and David Rawle- as they performed their take on the dirty dancing lift…strapped in and swinging into our living rooms, it was an exhilarating day on set as we got into the world of Martin Moone (Rawle) and his imaginary friend Seán (O’Dowd).
Watch the behind the scenes video here.
Producer: Adele Rider @ Shoot Production / Photographer: Elisabeth Hoff / Art Director: Simon Corkin / Hair & Make up: Emma Leon / Costume Designer: Jacqueline Mills / Set Build: Set to Set / Props: Propped Up
– See the next episode on Monday at 9pm on SKY1 HD
Sir Paul McCartney, Slash, Brian May, Wilko Johnson, John Squire, Steve Jones and Jimmy Page are all ‘Resonators’; with the rest of rock’s elite they are the subjects of Scarlet Page’s latest project, an exhibition of epic portraits at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Scarlet grew up surrounded by music and musicians, the daughter of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, the ‘guitarist’s guitarist’. She began her career in photography, establishing herself as a successful music photographer, but she had been taking pictures of bands for over 15 years before she finally managed to shoot Jimmy ‘officially’ for a Sunday newspaper. The session gave her the idea for a collection of portraits of guitar legends.
Scarlet explains, “I really wanted to do a charity project and Teenage Cancer Trust, with its incredible musical pedigree, and the amazing work it does, seemed ideal. I’ve been shooting now for over a year, and I’m not going to stop just yet”.
Resonators will open at the RAH on 24th March, and will run until 24th April. The prints will be on sale online in limited editions of 25. The first print of each edition will be signed by the ‘Resonator’ and Scarlet, and will be auctioned on ebay with all profits going to TCT. For a full list of subjects please visit the Resonators Facebook page.
Resonators prints will be on sale online at www.shootgroup.com/prints/scarlet-page-resonators/ . For the ‘first print eBay auction’ click here.
Resonators is kindly sponsored by Metro Imaging and Happy Finish.
Farah Vintage reunite with photographer Gavin Watson and men’s stylist, Julian Ganio (Fantastic Man), to shoot the Spring/ Summer 14 collection.
Shot on an East London rooftop, the collection sees Farah featuring a new accessories range including bags, hats & wallets for the first time ever.
Pip was commissioned by Gaolhouse – a new London denim brand – to shoot their launch campaign. Working with model Ricki Hall and designer & art director Will Unwin, the team shot against the industrial backdrop of Hoxton Docks, East London.
Gaolhouse is an old English term for ‘jail’. Their products are designed and developed in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Royal Prison Service – a unique approach that supports prison industries and utilises a skilled workforce as part of their rehabilitation.
In his first feature with Tatler UK, Jay Brooks worked with renowned body painter Emma Cammack for their “Lose Yourself” article in this month’s issue.
The piece focuses on the rising trend of “immersive entertainment” – interviewing founder of Secret Cinema Fabien Riggall, The Templeton family who started the extraordinary Shuttlecock Inc, and co-directors Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle from Punchdrunk, which has achieved cult status among theatre goers.
– The March Issue is OUT NOW
Continuing Shoot Production’s work with SKY Atlantic HD, the billboard campaign for the hotly anticipated drama Fleming was shot at the beautiful Addington Palace , with Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming. The show explores the author’s real-life exploits and how they became the inspiration for his famous fictional superspy.
An epic production at an epic location. We commissioned acclaimed advertising photographer Frank Herholdt and the team at Propped Up to create the quintessential 007 casino set, which gave the finished shot that deluxe feel synonymous with the James Bond brand.
– Fleming starts on Wednesday 12 February at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD
Production: Shoot Production / Photographer: Frank Herholdt / Art Director: Nick Allen / Hair & Make up: Jackie Tyson @ Alchemy / Wardrobe c / o Fleming production team / Props: Propped Up / Location: Addington Palace
Jay Brooks had the pleasure of shooting one of his personal heroes – Monty Python star Terry Gilliam for Saga Magazine.
As the Monty Python veterans prepare for one of the hottest comebacks in years, Gilliam talks to Saga about both life as a Python and – with a new film out soon – as a wildly innovative film director.
See the full interview here