Falling For Grace

double page editorial fashion story

Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

 

double page editorial fashion story

Editorial bad girl Grace @ Cliche Model Management. Cutting loose on our latest shoot.

Grace is one cool customer when it comes to playing the part we create for her. This time was no exception, with her look and my kind of style we decided that we’d create a piece full of emotion and rage juxtaposed against the “pretty” fashions of Spring / early Summer. Simple styling, fresh colourful make-up, bright & punchy lighting. Something like if the Gap did a collaboration with Motley Crue……..

If I’d never seen the sunshine, I wouldn’t mind the rain

m. Miranda @ Nemesis
mua. Bekki Mitchell
sty. Zoey Hughes

#ilovemyleica.

M9, 50mm Summicron.

So I use the ilovemyleica hashtag alot (A LOT) so I’m guessing it goes without saying that I really do indeed love my Leica. Why? is often the question I get asked, I kinda of feel the photographs I create with it answer that question but perhaps that’s a little short sighted of me (and glib of me). So I’ve been thinking of a non fan boy / preachy way of explaining why it seems that the Leica M is the tool I’m happiest using.

Liiiines

Compared to many other cameras on the market the M9 loses when it comes to statistics and tech specs and all that dull fluff. To me that stuff is just noise and sales crap, I live with my cameras, day in day out. It’s how using the camera makes me feel, it’s how it allows me to connect with my subject, how it gets out of the way and just lets me create the photographs I want to create with it. I understand it and it’s ways and in return it rewards me with beautiful colour rendition and stunning clarity. It handles light so very beautifully, it inspires me to hunt out interesting light and interesting situations. It just gives me a connection and intimacy with my subject that all other cameras I’ve used can make a little more awkward. The M9 allows me to concentrate on signal (Zack Arias) the sheer simplicity of it, camera, 50mm lens, aperture, shutter dial, iso setting. No autofocus, no HDR, no auto, no super high iso, no zoom, no snake oil, no magic wand. It makes me work to create photographs and more importantly it makes me think. I helps me put something of myself into my work by simply letting me work.
So hopefully without sounding like a sales pitch that explains a little my feelings towards the M9. It’s no review, it’s simply a statement of my opinion of how I work with the Leica.
Perhaps another reason is how my assistant once put it “Perhaps it’s because it isn’t the accepted tool.” I kind of agree that despite using a 5D2, I really do get sick of the same looking images coming from the same cameras. Plus I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. The 5D2 is (at the moment) a vital tool in my bag, however it is gradually getting dusty.

Do I lust after the new M? To be honest not really, yesterday I shot at iso 1250 and the images are beautiful. Yes there’s noise but there is also feeling and emotion. The one and only thing about the new M I wish for is the shutter noise (sad I know)

Do I lust after a Monochrom? hmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . 🙂 I wouldn’t say no to one but for my work It couldn’t be a one or the other, I’d still use the M9 that has so captured my admiration.

Recent Published work

Published work - Professional Photographer October 13

Published work – Professional Photographer October 13

Fresh out this week, my entry to Professional Photographer of The Year 2013 get picked up as a sponsors fav.

Plus a new home for the editorial I shot last year, Wove Magazine – http://wovemagazine.com/

Wove Magazine Cover.

Wove Magazine Cover.

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Wove Magazine editorial

Undone

Undone by bang*
Undone, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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m. Katie

h. Rick Roberts

mua. Meg Lindow

Ph. Assistant. Michael Storey

Leica M9

50mm Summicron

It seems the blog is suffering from a lack of updates at the moment, mainly due to time pressure. Stacks of new work has been shot over the last month or so with much more in the coming months so I’ll pop things up when and where I can.

Here’re are a couple from yesterday, a hair shoot with Rick Roberts to produce his final collection for the National Hairdressing Awards. We shot earlier this year and it’s from those that he made it to the final, these are the ones that he will win or lose on. No pressure then . . . . . . .

Between
Plus the moment in between the moments, one that won’t make the cut but I love it all the same.

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends by bang*
Before Summer Ends, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Kate Waldron @ Boss Model Management.
Wearing Joanne Miller.
Styled by Roscoe Forsythe
MUA / Hair by Thembi Mkandla

Photographers Assistant. Michael Storey

 

Sorry, I told you it’s been a busy month or so. Absolutely loads of new work shot so it’s about time I get to sharing some of it on here. Here are a few of the crop of images I shot with the brilliant Thembi Mkandla of Kate Waldron. Thembi hit me up with an idea of finding the least “English” looking beach we could whilst still not travelling too far from Manchester to shoot some summery beauty and swimwear stuff for both our portfolios. We found an awesome location or three thanks to the help of Alan, another photographer I know. He scouted us some great spots, hooked us up with space to base ourselves, humped my gear, drove people around, got sandwiches, and basically acted as a first rate second assistant whilst Michael (my usual assistant wrestled with the Rotalux in the wind). The beautiful designs we managed to acquire for the shoot came via Roscoe Forsythe a great Manchester stylist I’m happy to have made contact with, he pulled pieces from Joanne Miller & Laura Bancroft and they really took the whole ting to another level.

A great team, great weather and slightly more production value than some of my recent “simple” shoots. Fell in love with the tiny Elinchrom pack (well my assistant did as he could lug the thing around all day on his shoulders and didn’t moan too much).

 

 

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends

Darren | Cliche

Darren | Cliche by bang*
Darren | Cliche, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Stills from the movies of my mind.

m. Darren @ Cliche Management

Leica M9, 50mm Summicron Type V.

So all has been a little quiet on the blog over the last month, sorry gang. It’s been a fairly busy one for me lately, numerous tests, agency meetings and a new look book shot for Educate Elevate has had me fully dedicated to ensuring clients receive images on time.

So I have plenty to pop up on here it’s just a matter of finding the time to flesh out some words to go along side.

That being said, here are a few teasers from a test I shot yesterday for Cliche new boy Darren. Having a background in acting certainly helped him get into the mood for this look.

www.bangphoto.co.uk Teasers from a test shoot.

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Teasers from a test shoot.

L I N E S – Light Stalking in Northern Cities

Time for one of those posts where I just dump a few photographs I’ve taken whilst roaming around. In between jobs, out running errands, walking the dog, on route to/from a commission, just popping around the corner to grab a coffee, the camera is always with me just to document the world I see. Sometimes I have mini projects in mind, other times I just see what the world serves me up (although generally I seem to find themes unifying what I create).

L I N E S | | | L I N E S | | |

Triptych Portrait Project #45 | Ricky Feather

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

The Yorkshireman.
A man long overdue for the series. Ricky is the true story of cycling evolution. Starting young on the BMX he made a name for himself, got sponsers, travelled europe and a custom named frame. He has now become pretty much an all out roadie thanks to first a spell riding fixed gear. However this is only part of his recent story, the most inspiring part is his frame building business. A one man start up, custom building steel bike frames (pretty much in his shed) he’s since gone on to win numerous awards, best in shows, public choice awards, selected to build bikes for pro riders along with features in GQ magazine amongst others. This is just the tip of his list of honours, the main thing to take away however is his dedication to his craft. The acclaim helps build the publics awareness of his business but to Ricky the joy of turning a customers dream bike into a reality is all the reward he seems to need.

Here are a few links to check out the man and the business –
www.feathercycles.com/

www.pushprojects.net/

Feather Cycles from Bespoked on Vimeo.

M9 50mm Summicron (V)

Tony | Cliche – Editorial

Tony | Cliche - Editorial by bang*
Tony | Cliche – Editorial, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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#ilovemyleica

Tony @ Cliche Model Management

Sorry old blog of mine it seems i’ve been neglecting you a little of late. Lots has been happening, plenty of new material shot, a good few irons in the fire coming up plus I’m starting to form a plan of where the second 50 Triptychs are going to take the project (once I get to 50 that is).
So for now you’re just going to have to make do with lots of beard as I splurge a little from this one. Currently formulation an editorial piece from it so enjoy.

Tony @ Cliche

Tony @ Cliche | Editorial p. 5

The in betweens

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A quick post just to confirm I’m still here. Busy with submissions, shoots, concept building and portfolio updates so just figured I’d post a few in betweens for you to stay in the loop.

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Fashion portraits made in the in betweens, that moment just after one lie ends and another begins.

Away from the hustle of the studio, just the simplicity of my subject and myself.

“I would rather create mediocre images full of self worth, than create amazing images that I did not care about”