The first week of the Singh Project exhibition saw an inundation of press – we’ve got a small selection here for you including Amit & Naroop’s appearances on BBC World News and BBC London Radio, and features in The Guardian and The Independent.
The exhibition’s private view was an amazing evening, which was attended by many of the project’s faces – including comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and Magic Singh. Also in attendance were Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha and R&B singer Jay Sean.
With the money generously pledged by a host of supporters, Amit and Naroop have been able to mount the exhibition on the scale that the portraits demand. ‘It’s really very exciting,’ said Naroop,’To see the images as prints at last. It’s a whole new experience!’
For this All Hallows Eve Scott Grummett has posted ideas for suitable seasonal fayre on his blog. Though as a man of sophistication and taste he’s avoided all things dark and ghoulish, vampire burgers and anything drizzled with fake blood.
Instead he’s gone with a Mexican twist – Halloween, or as it is called in Spanish El Dia de Muertos, is big in Mexico – and come up with a frankly fantastic jalapeno margharita.
He also has a recipe for a delicious roast pumpkin dish that solves the perennial problem of what to do with the inside of the pumpkin when you have made the outside into a lamp.
Dad’s Army the movie will, as it says on the poster, be ‘reporting for duty’ in February 2016 but the poster images shot by Jay Brooks are out now.
In the roles of Captain Mainwaring and his men it features an extraordinary stellar company of British acting talent including Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtney as Corporal Jones and Michael ‘Dumbledore’ Gambon as Private Godfrey. It even has Catherine Zeta-Jones as Private Pike’s mum!
As Jay remembers, the shoot was a big day out in Bridlington. ‘Catherine Zeta-Jones was first, followed by a delivery of guns, replica of course, but eight World War Two rifles with their own munitions expert. Next was Bill Nighy and a box of moustaches followed by Toby Jones, some tin hats, some leather boots, Michael Gambon and the camouflage.
Tom Courtney, Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison quickly joined the party, followed soon after by Bill Paterson and the binoculars.
By noon we had 8 great British actors all under one roof and an armoury big enough to mount an invasion of a small English village.’
Dad’s Army is a Universal Pictures production and opens on February 5th next year
Amit and Naroop‘s Singh project is currently gracing the hallowed halls of Leo Burnett London.
Amit and Naroop launched The Singh Project in Autumn 2014 and it immediately caught the attention of the public and the press. It was covered by BBC World News, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Hindustani Times to name but a few. It is part of a wider change that is taking place in the way Sikhs are being perceived as Lauren Cochrane commented in The Guardian.
‘Including a sword-wielding man in his sixties, a smiling boy, a polo player and finger-clicking magician, the male Sikh subjects of The Singh Project are wildly different but they are also united by the signifiers of the religion – the turban. Photographers Amit and Naroop’s exhibition at the Framers Gallery also shows how the look now has a place on fashion’s radar. Dapper young Sikh men in sharp suits are now a mainstay of mainstream street style blogs and Sikh jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia something of a figurehead starring in Gap adverts and Wes Anderson films.
Sikhs themselves are behind the shift. Along with Amit and Naroop, Pardeep Bahra, the 23-year-old fashion blogger – and Sikh – set up Singh Street Style in 2013, describing himself as the “Sikh sartorialist”. He has since scored himself nearly 35,000 followers on Instagram, modelling gigs with Adidas and Samsung and a line of sweatshirts with a cartoon Sikh character. Amit and Naroop have his seal of approval. “They have done an amazing job bringing out a sense of mystique, magic and beauty in their subjects,” says Bahra. “Coming from a similar line of work I feel this is an excellent way to not only celebrate the image of a Sikh, but to normalise the image of a turban and beard through the eyes of the west.” Normalised perhaps. Fashionable? Definitely.’
Ray Burmiston shot national treasure and national choirmaster, Gareth Malone, for Sunday’s Event magazine.
The idea of the shoot was clearly to cast off Gareth’s twinkly choirboy image and to release his inner Ziggy Stardust. To this end he was pictured in one of Camden Town’s sweatier rock venues and the cover of the magazine promises revelations of what he gets up to on tour. Apparently he drinks white wine and wears a onesie!
But the ever dapper Gareth really cuts it. He looks super sharp in the pictures and the Les Paul really suits him. We especially like the houndstooth check suit!
Gareth Malone’s current TV series The Naked Choir, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur acapella singers, is on Tuesday nights on BBC2
The producers of #Strictly Come Dancing commissioned Ray Burmiston to produce these glittering and glamourous images of the couples contesting this year’s competition. But as we know it is hell out there in the world of ballroom, no quarter asked or given, and some have already fallen. It’s back on again this weekend of course. Who will be for the drop this time?
We don’t know but less of our money is on Ainsley and more on Jay ex-out of The Wanted. We would like to point out that the pictures above are in no particular order!
Rebecca Miller and designer/stylist Ellie Lines came together in London to shoot this completely gorgeous story with the beautiful and elegant Amanda Pasquali. See below for full credits.
Styling: Ellie Lines
Make up: Lica Fensome
Model: Amanda Pasquali from Wilhelmina
Retouching: Studio Invisible
Backdrops: Hapaca Studios
Amit and Naroop are going to be talking about their experiences with crowdfunding, Kickstarter and The Singh Project at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane on Saturday 10th October. The talk has been organised by the AOP as one of a series of events happening around the 2015 Awards show at the brewery running from 9th to 11th.
Amit and Naroop ran their successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the Singh Project, their exhibition of portraits of British Sikh men, which won them great media attention and acclaim.
Entrance to the AOP Event is free and it starts at 12.30 on Saturday 10th October at the Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL. For more information about the AOP Events over the weekend go www.the-aop.org/2015
Nigella – one of those rare beings who are so famous they only need one name – teamed up once more with Jay Brooks to shoot a feature on ‘her life through food’ for The Guardian Weekend.
Subtitled ‘I eat, therefore I am’, the feature is timed to coincide with the launch of Ms Lawson’s new book ‘Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food’. It, the feature not the book, charts the development of Nigella’s tastes from the discovery of the avocado in the 1970’s to the rediscovery of the pomegranate in the present. Nigella, the food and the feature in general all look fabulous but the star of the show has to be the 1980’s beige leather jacket! See above.
Stylist (clothes and props): Mika Handley.
Home economists: Anna Jones and Emily Ezekiel.
Stylist (food props): Wei Tang.
Hair and makeup: Tricia Woolston using Sisley Skincare, Charlotte Tilbury and Redken. Assistant: Nadia Atinbas