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Jay Brooks has shot ‘A Kind of Love Story’,  brilliantly evocative ‘backstage’ pictures for chef Tom Sellers‘ book about the story behind his restaurant Story.

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Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.

Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.

Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide!  And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting.  It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”

‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.

Jay Brooks has shot ‘A Kind of Love Story’,  brilliantly evocative ‘backstage’ pictures for chef Tom Sellers‘ book about the story behind his restaurant Story.

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Tom Sellers has quickly risen through the ranks to become a luminary of the British culinary scene.

Story opened its doors in April 2013; its innovative literary-inspired menu, taking diners on ‘a personal journey through food’, has won him huge critical and public acclaim. Story was awarded its first Michelin star just five months after opening.

Jay found the assignment challenging and exciting, “Initially stripping it down to just a hand held camera, a small flash gun and a laptop was quite daunting. No big lighting set ups, no glam squad, no studio… nowhere to hide!  And once service began the kitchen erupted into action. It seemed like madness at first but somehow I soon seemed to settle into the chaotic rhythm of it all. The food they served was so delicate and so perfect it seemed hard to believe it was produced by this whirling mass of tattoos and shouting.  It actually reminded me a lot of my rave days shooting on dancefloors, move fast, keep your elbows in and go with the flow!”

‘A Kind of Love Story’ has just been published by Orion and is, as they say, in the shops now.

We Were Here 79-89 is the title of the new book from Gavin Watson and to fund the project Gavin has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

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The book tells the story of Gavin’s teenage years in the 1980s, from the time when as a fourteen year old skinhead he first picked up the camera and began to record his world.

“At first, I was just a shy, dreamy kid taking pictures of landscapes and my cat. It was only when Madness and the skinhead thing…the Two Tone thing started that I really began to take lots of pictures.”

He photographed wherever he went, at home, at school, in the streets of the estate where he lived, and whoever he met, his family, friends, girlfriends and in so doing created an extraordinary social document.  Its importance has already been widely recognised.  For example, the film maker Shane Meadows has acknowledged Gavin’s work and cites it as a visual reference and inspiration for ‘This is England’

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“I’m not a skinhead or a punk photographer” says Gavin, “I’m a DIY photographer. Back then I was using a camera without having any real knowledge of what I was doing. So I just did what felt natural, by instinct, by myself. I processed the stuff in the bathroom. That was the point. That still is the point about the work. Doing it for yourself. THAT’S FUCKIN’ PUNK.”

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“I didn’t feel my photographs were important but I felt that what was happening around me was unbelievably important and exciting. I was just amazed that we were demonised instead of celebrated,” he told us recently. “I managed to record my journey, which was thousands of kids’ journeys, all kids’ journeys, and that’s what the work shows really. Those relationships. They’re just young teenage kids trying to find their way in life.”GW-WWH-blogpost-008GW-WWH-blogpost-006

What makes We Were Here 79-89 so exciting is that for the first time Gavin has been a part of the entire creative process and has edited the selection of images himself; this is Gavin’s story told in his own way.

This book is also going to be produced at a higher quality than anything we have seen from Gavin before, presenting these photos in the way that such a legacy deserves.

To find out more about the project go to the We Were Here 79-89 Facebook page and to the Kickstarter to really get involved.

 

Jay Brooks was commissioned to picture Nadiya Hussain, the super bright – in every sense – winner of 2015’s Great British Bake Off, for the cover of You magazine.

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Since winning Bake Off, the extraordinary Nadiya has had the most incredible year.  So remarkable in fact that the Daily Telegraph chose to list her achievements under the title ’10 Inspiring Things Nadiya Hussain has done since winning GBBO.  And here they are:

1 Written a cookbook.  And it’s not all cakes, it has Asian savouries too!

2 Written a children’s cookbook.  It features stories and child friendly recipes and is dedicated to Nadiya’s three children, Musa, Dawud and Maryam.  It features photographs of them throughout, is generally rather lovely by all accounts and is out soon.

3 Spoken out about racism.  Her comments about how she had come to “expect” racism highlighted just how horrifically ingrained such experiences can become. But she also displayed moving resilience, and a determination to focus on the positive.

“I don’t retaliate. I feel like there’s a dignity in silence, and I feel that if I retaliate to negativity with negativity then we’ve evened out,” she explained. “And I don’t need to even that out, because if somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.”

4 Landed her own TV show.  New two part series The Chronicles of Nadiya starts tonight on BBC One, and will follow the Bake Off winner as she travels to Bangladesh, where her parents were born and where large parts of her extended family still reside. Part cookery show, part travel diary, Chronicles will see Nadiya travel to her family’s village and cook for a relative’s wedding feast.

5 She’s a magazine columnist.  She’s writing for The Times Magazine and is planning to revive the swiss roll!

6 She’s been reunited with the woman who taught her to bake.  Her secondary school home economics teacher Jean Marshall who got her “hooked” on baking, sparking a passion for traditional British puddings and sponges.

7 She’s baked a birthday cake for the Queen.

8 She’s been named as one of the most influential people in Britain by Debretts.

9 She’s getting remarried so that she can have a party – her first wedding in Bangladesh wasn’t a lot of fun

10  And she’s moving to Milton Keynes!  (Not entirely sure that is really inspiring)

And she has been on Desert Island Discs.

Quite a year!

 

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What Katie Ate at the Weekend, Katie Quinn Davies second cook book, has won the award for the best food photography from America’s IACP at their annual conference in Hollywood.

What Katie Ate at the Weekend is the second project to spin off from Katie’s very successful food blog and, as in her first book, she cooked, styled and photographed every dish herself.  A major feat!

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Jay Brooks was commissioned to photograph Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley, aka Hemsley and Hemsley, cooks, campaigners for healthy eating and sworn foes of gluten, refined sugar and all their demons.

They started Hemsley + Hemsley 6 years ago as a bespoke service aimed at helping people with their digestion and relationship with food. Since then, they’ve become authors of their international bestselling cookbook The Art of Eating Well and contributors to Vogue.co.uk and The Guardian. They also cook and consult for celebrities and cater for high-profile brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Vivienne Westwood.

The Hemsley’s approach to food is part of a whole philosophy of life. ‘Our approach to health and wellness is very holistic and inclusive we champion a philosophy which is simple, mindful and intuitive. We steer clear of the ‘quick-fix’ answers which are overly abundant in the health and wellness (and even fashion) industries by teaching a long term lifestyle change. Not only do we champion fats and animal foods but also emphasise the importance of good digestion – explaining everything from the virtues of chewing to the importance of probiotics. Eating well has to be accessible, so we constantly draw on our own experiences of cooking and eating in our busy city lives to make healthy eating approachable and refreshing. For us, food is the root to feeling well but we don’t limit our philosophy there as your lifestyle is vital too. As soon as you look at what you are eating the rest naturally follows – health takes into account mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. We’re big fans of yoga and meditation which we practice everyday. We have inspired many clients to take these up – once they feel and sleep better they look to all areas of their life in a new light.’

Jay shot Hemsley and Hemsley for You Magazine and their second book, Good + Simple, is released in the UK on February 25th.

 

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Ray Burmiston shot the portraits for Billionaire Boy. Catherine Tate and Warwick Davies (above) were part of a stellar cast in this hour-long adaptation of David Walliams’ book shown on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Billionaire Boy is the story of Len, who makes a billion from inventing a new toilet roll, and his 12 year-old son Joe, who appears to have everything he could want – but what he really needs is a friend.

The cast includes John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) as Joe’s dad, Len, who invents a new toilet roll – Bumfresh – making him millions. Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show) is Sapphire Diamond, a 40-something hand model who still likes to pretend she’s 21 and is dating Len for his money.  Playing Joe’s shy and very nervous head teacher is James Fleet (Vicar Of Dibley, Partners In Crime), while Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) plays Joe’s firm but fair opera-loving teacher.

Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short) plays himself, in the role of the family’s celebrity butler. Joe is played by Elliot Sprakes in his first major TV role.

David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School, Britain’s Got Talent) plays Mrs Trafe, a dinner lady at Joe’s school who is described as ‘dirty and old’ and ‘dreadful at cooking’.

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ResonatorsScarlet Page‘s project to create a portrait gallery of the world’s greatest rock guitarists – is about to be launched.  The fruits of a two year project, Resonators features Brian May, Paul Weller, Jeff Beck, Graham Coxon, Jimmy Page and many more, all presented in high quality black and white

The book, beautifully designed by former GQ art director Warren Jackson, goes on sale on 1st December and this week, on 26th November, the Resonators exhibition opens at Proud’s Camden gallery.

Scarlet has been hard at work promoting the launch and there has been plenty of press interest in the project.  She even made it on to the famous red sofa for an interview on BBC Breakfast this morning.  See below

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We are delighted to announce that Katie Quinn Davies, the award winning photographer, author and food blogger, has joined Shoot.

Originally from Dublin, Katie has been living in Australia for the last few years working as a photographer specialising in food, travel and lifestyle.  Her acclaimed food blog ‘What Katie Ate’, for which she develops, cooks, styles and shoots every recipe, is hugely successful with over 250,000 followers worldwide.  In 2012 the first ‘What Katie Ate’ cookbook was published and became an immediate bestseller around the world.  And in 2013 Katie won the prestigious John Beard Awards for best photography and best general cookbook and published a follow up ‘What Katie Ate At The Weekend’.

As you can see her pictures are beautiful, with a rich textured style that has won her a lot of followers and plenty of clients including a major British supermarket that hired her to shoot their 2015 Christmas food campaign.  But more of that later..

See more of Katie’s work on the Shoot website here.

 

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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

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This month a set of the most evocative images from Gavin Watson’s archive collection are on show in the hallowed halls of the award winning London advertising agency CHI & Partners.

To see the images and more of Gavin’s work click here.

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Rebecca Miller has won the fashion award in the first British Life Photography Awards (BLPA) with her picture of Brit – see above.  What’s more, she also had four more images highly commended in the fashion category as well as one, her shot of Vivienne Westwood, in the portrait section.  (See below).

The BLPA is a new event that aims to promote photography and ‘showcase contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life.’  It is sponsored by Sony and supported by Time Out, Conde Nast Traveller and Country Life and judged by a panel publishers, picture editors and photographers including Lara Jade and Caroline Metcalfe, the Director of Photography at Conde Nast.

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The winning photographs can be seen at The Mall Galleries, London SW1Y 5BD until 7th March.

 

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Scott Grummett recently spent a week at the idyllic Silver Island in Greece, a private island which runs a retreat for guests, teaching yoga and promoting relaxation.

At the insistence of many visitors, Silver Island are publishing a cook book of the vegetarian recipes served at the retreat, accompanied by Scott’s stunning images of food and life on the island.

Scott travelled to the island with his assistant Jack Fillery.

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Scarlet Page recently shot guitar legends Jack White and Hank Marvin, who will join the Resonators line up in the soon-to-be-released book!

Jack shows off his serious side here, but we did manage to catch him smiling this behind the scenes shot.

The Resonators photo book, including all of the new additions and some of Scarlet’s stories from the road, is now available for pre-order from Red Giant Publishing in Deluxe and Collectors editions.

Prints are still available from the Shoot website (signed ones too!), sales of which are in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

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Ahead of the release of his new book, Jay Brooks shot the mad about fruit Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for Guardian Weekend- 05.10.13.

River Cottage Fruit Everyday is out now published by Bloomsbury.

Congratulations once again to Dean Chalkley – it looks fantastic!

Everything Everywhere campaign – watch the behind the scenes

Personal Project with 125 Magazine – Young Souls photo and film watch here

 

This week there’s much a buzz about iconic photographer Gavin Watson – ‘the man responsible for documenting so many facets of British youth culture’ – as quoted in the latest quarterly edition of urban fashion magazine, WAD, which features a profile piece on the man himself in addition to a 14 page spread. Entitled Council Estate of Mind, Gavin proves he’s still got the urban edge.

Then, coming from a completely different spectrum, we read that Henry Holland’s autumn/ winter collection, Pastel Punks, was inspired by Gavin Watson’s photographs of skindheads and punks…cool!

Lee Evans biography, The Life of Lee, features a portrait by Ray Burmiston on its cover.  Ray has worked with Lee many times before but their efforts usually have Lee underwater, flying through the air or smashing through panes of glass.  However, this portrait, as you can see, is an altogether calmer piece of work –  simple, direct and touching on the inner Lee.  Life of Lee is out now published by Penguin Books.