Smiling faces so happy to be back at the @affordableartfairuk returning to its leafy home in Battersea this week. Be amongst the first to return and find the wealth of artworks our incredible artists have been busy painting, printing and sculpting over the past year.
I have Apartments, Hong Kong No.II exhibition @cranekalmanbrightongallery stand G4. Look, here I am standing next to my work!
Jess Kinn photographed in London, in front of her families incredible vinyl collection and complete bound set of NME's. Jess comes from an impressive musical dynasty with her grandfather founding the NME. Like her Grandfather Jess, Music Weeks 2018 rising star, has risen to new challenges at One Finnix Live as an agent working with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, Lauv and more.
The Fastnet Film Festival returns today screening over 350 short films from 50 countries through to Sunday 30th May.
Postponed in 2020 the Fastnet team have done an incredible job bringing Drama, Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Art House back to the screen to one of the worlds most important independent film festivals with all films shortlist screening free online.
I am honoured to have my short documentary “Tommy The Portrait Of A Sculptor” screening in the documentary category. Documenting the life of the British sculptor John Mills as he works on one piece “Tommy” celebrating a British soldier happy to returning home at the end of World War II. Spending time shooting motion, portraits and documenting John working over many months has been an honour.
To get a sense of John’s ability and the scale at which he works the next time you walk down Whitehall take time to look at his work “Women Of World War II” which stands 23 feet high, weighing 23 tonnes unveiled by the Queen 9th July 2005
John remains at home in Hinxworth where he continues to work from his Hertfordshire studio and his “open” sculpture garden.
Written, directed, shot and edited by myself
Thanks to Steve at Method Post on the sound post and Terrry Hird for sound recording.
I just received my copy of the Hold Still book which includes the one hundred portraits selected for the Hold Still exhibition, creating a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history. Each of the photographs is accompanied by the story behind the picture told through the words of the entrants, offering a highly personal perspective on this unprecedented time.
The net proceeds from the sale of the book will be equally split to support the work of the National Portrait Gallery and Mind, the mental health charity.
Honoured to have one of my portraits selected in this wonderful body of photography.
Atonement 20th Anniversary
I shot my first book cover commission twenty years ago today for Ian McEwans Atonement. At the time virtually all of my photography was black & white printing all my own work on Kodaks Ektalure paper which they sadly no long produce.
I think I spent more time in my darkroom than in daylight some weeks. The darkroom has become Photoshop and I cannot urge students, I mentor, enough to remember this. The magic happens in the darkroom, watching your first print emerge from the developing tray, to the wash bath and then fix was such a buzz.
This is where you made the shot work for your audience, dodging and burning, flashing prints to partly solarize. It meant every print was unique and special. Artist’s must use all the tools they have to hand to bring the best out of their work and today that is Photoshop if shot digitally.
I treat my post production very much as I did from the wet process years, I’’m often asked if I go back to shooting film over digital and I have to say for the most part no, it is digital all the way embellishing my work from the knowledge of the analogue years, using that craft, capturing it all in camera, all full frame and then grading the photography using as little filters as possible.
So here are examples of that craft shot twenty years ago today on a hot sunny day in Hertfordshire. Firstly one unseen shot from several rolls of colour transparency cross processed and printed in the darkroom. We started the day in the library and then shot in the grounds of the location before ending up with a somewhat bored “Briony” where I shot what became the final cover for the Atonement. To that end here is the contact sheet showing the roll of film which produced the final book cover selected by the brilliant @suzanneldean who not only commissioned me for the first time but trusted me and allowed me the freedom to try alternative set ups. I went onto shoot three more Ian McEwans with Suzanne as well as other book covers for her.
Just fantastic to be back shooting personal work, the smiles just say it all now Spring has sprung and we emerge from the winter. Here is a selection of ongoing environmental portraiture running along side other personal stills and motion projects.
Lovely to see how shots crop from landscape to portrait mode. From my lockdown portfolio.
So after many years of being told to I am proud to announce that I have finally launched my gallery selling prints in limited editions, signed, certificated, including worldwide free shipping off set against Co2. The galleries will evolve over the coming months showing analogue and digital work shot from the last three decades - yikes! Exhibiting people and human form shot on location and in the studio as well as location and landscape photography.
New colour graded portraits for Jo Nesbo's "The Leopard" and Chloe Hoopers "The Engagement".
An honour to be invited to speak with members of the National Portrait Gallery and Taylor Wessing the other night. An insightful talk on the power of photography
to communicate across society at all levels in so many unique ways. Discussing the challenges for photographers making portraits during lock down, how we have adapted, how we have created new techniques, how we have changed our kit to be more lightweight, faster, anticipting new challenges, how our careers have been impacted in positive and negative ways all centred around the Gallery’s fantastic Hold Still 2020 exhibition recording a six week period during lockdown.
Photography has brought people and communities together more than ever this year and the Hold Still exhibition is testament to this with 100 photographs capturing the United Kingdom from amateurs and professionals alike. The exhibition has featured on 400 outdoor posters in over 80 towns, cities and communities. The images could be seen in high streets, bus stops, on a special mural in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and a takeover of billboards outside Waterloo station in South London displayed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, community group exhibitions curated in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Glasgow and a selection of works were also shown on community screens in 1,600 Co-op food stores across the UK.
You can see my portrait and view the full exhibition here: www.npg.org.uk/holdstill
My first assignment for The Observer, and an honour. James was just a joy to photograph, we scouted together a few days before the shoot in Cambridge where I grew up so a very familiar landscape to say the least. We wanted cows in the shot and James had a location in mind which worked out perfectly.
Scouting was paramount knowing where we hoped the cows would pass by so armed with our desk set up, and an early start setting up the composition in the shadow light, the cows wandered through as calmly as you like very curious to come over and see what we were up to. Perfect light and not a breeze in the air.
A fascinating and very apt interview in The Observer with James talking to @elle_hunt about his new book A History of How We Spend Our Time.
Just thrilled to have my short documentary “Tommy The Portrait Of Sculptor” pick ups its sixth laurel for the Oxford International Film Festival which opened yesterday. My film is screen at the Odeon on George street. Marking the end of WWI John Mills portrait of a British soldier who has survived the war and is returning home. @oxiffofficial
I’m thrilled to announce that my portrait, Mick & Mavis, has been chosen as one of 100 images included in the 100 #HoldStill2020 digital exhibition, presented by The Duchess of Cambridge and @nationalportraitgallery ! You can see my portrait and view the full exhibition here: www.npg.org.uk/holdstill
Collaborating with choreographer Jane Turner this short dance film has been made during covid-19 lockdown 2020. It has been a very exciting unexpected journey involving collaborators from near and far; (from Penzance to Portugal, Manchester to Melbourne).
Sharing material shot on mobile phones under the direction of choreographer Jane Turner the principle photography and drone film was shot on location in Cambridgeshire in July 2020. Working with composer Kevin Flanagan the film was edited late July for fantastic online premiere in August.
Having held this back for the past twelve months for film festivals where my first documentary, "Tommy The Portrait Of A Sculptor" I am delighted to finally release this film into the public domain.
Shot over an eighteen month period this short documentary was completed in February 2019 and has since had great film festival success that has up until now, the summer of 2020, remained solely for film festival entires.
A portrait of British sculptor John Mills at his studio in north Hertfordshire, England, working on a new piece entitled "Tommy". A new sculpture celebrating the end of the World War One and the impact on the soldiers, and world at large. returning from the Great War.
Delighted to have this portrait selected as a finalist in this years Association of Photographers Awards which hopefully will be a life awards ceremony later this year.
This is a portrait of Susan Birch who has run her hairdressers out of her Hertfordshire village shop for 42 years and continues to so so today. Some of her clients from the the first year of her working out of her shop are still clients today. Born and raised in Yorkshire Susan retains her lovely dialect and her shop seems unchanged from the day it opened not conforming to the pressure of shop refits, digital technology and pretence.
An interview with me with the lovely Matthew Walker from thestandoutcompany.com/
Sticher - https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=70201544
I shot this for my choreographer and wife, Jane, so thrilled to have an honourable mention in the IPA "One Shot" Movement Awards, http://www.photoawards.com/winner/?compName=OneShot+%3A+Movement+, It links back to a film we made together, https://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/motion/semaphore
I had hoped to be on the west coast of Ireland over the coming days enjoying the Fastnet Film Festival, http://www.fastnetfilmfestival.com, with my short documentary https://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/motion/tommy-the-portrait-of-a-sculptor screening along side a wealth of talent. Fortunately the festival has been rescheduled for 2021 so I have that pleasure to look forward to and experience this unique and very special film festival.
I am managing to shoot portraits in my local community of families in self isolation. I have more people lined up to photograph and I hope this can expand into a wider variation of families, individuals and businesses. A huge thanks to those who have agreed to participate, all shot at a safe social distance. #StaySafe
Honoured to have “Tommy The Portrait Of Sculptor” screening with 140 plus short films at this years Dam FilmFestival in hot sunny Boulder City, Nevada. Wishing all you film makers a fantastic festival.
Wishing I was in hot and sunny Florida right now to enjoy this years Tally Short Film Festival in Tallahassee https://tallyshorts.com
My short https://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/motion/tommy-the-portrait-of-a-sculptor has been accepted and will screen at this years festival.
Due to the nature of festival submissions I can only share the trailer to the public at present happy to share a private link to the full short if you email me firstname.lastname@example.org
A great night last night at the Savoy for the British Photography Awards. Some stunning photography nominated and winning. An honour to walk away with the Portrait award for "Cowboys Resting".
I was shooting stills on a TV commercial on a beach in New Zealand and had a certain brief to fulfil that gave me many opportunities to shoot freely. The four cowboys shot in this portrait were waiting to be called on set and were resting their horses. These men, and their horses, were the most skilled riders I have witnessed and stayed in character off set as I shot this portrait. Stunning flat light with a sea mist added to the beauty and strength of this shot
Thrilled to have four shots selected in the @britishphotographyawards in three categories, Portraits, Fine Art and Events. Feel free to take look at vote for your favourites shots and check out the fantastic charities the awards helps support and promote. https://www.britishphotographyawards.org/2020-Shortlist
Delighted to have this portrait in the Portait Salon exhibition that will be showing @royalphotographicsociety in Bristol from Thursday 21st November to Sunday 24th November. The work will then travel to @photonorthfest in Harrogate and be on display from 30th November to 2nd December.
This is Dominic, an arms and armoury antique specialist, in his wonderful bijou gallery in Knightsbridge displaying an extraordinary large fine stock of rare & unusual items. Dominic's shop is really bijou and there is very little space to place a camera and get behind the viewfinder to get composed and lit in without being seen in my wide frame. I shot Dominic with all sorts of fantastic weapons and canes but this is my favourite shot of him sitting on a rare carved wood English painted saddle makers model pony holding this extraordinary sabre. A real specialist in his field and an utter gent.
New poster and print work for the forthcoming Census 2011
Oh that evocative smell of printers ink! So excited to have received this years Lürzer's Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers 2020 book. Here are a few shots that I am humbled to share in the company of other impressive photographers.
I am thrilled to have my short documentary film “Tommy The Portrait Of A Sculptor” in the Bolton International Film Festival.
Documenting the British sculptor John W Mills working on a portrait of a British Tommy the film documents Johns’s passion for life, art, growing up during the blitz, his work since leaving Hammersmith Art College and becoming an Internationally acclaimed artist and portrait sculptor.
The festival runs for three days in five venues across the city screening over 100+ films, masterclasses, industry talks and loads of networking. I still cannot put the short out in the public domain just yet, I will do so once my festival entries come to a close. A trailer for my short can be seen here https://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/motion/tommy-the-portrait-of-a-sculptor
DM for a link to the full cut.
A busy summer of work, rest and play - lots of play shooting new portraits which has been an utter pleasure. Here are a few examples collaboarting with people in my local community, friends of friends and strangers so thank you to all of you who have kindy agreed to sit for me.
To see more: https://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/projects/portfolio
Top left: Kemma. Right: Susan. Bottom Right: Kate.
Really thrilled to have this portrait selected for this years BJP Portrait of Britain. This portrait is from an ongoing personal project that can be seen here.
My homage to Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11 landing on the moon fifty years ago, July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC
Great to have work selected for the forthcoming Lurzer Archive 200 Best ad Photographers. These animal portaits are amonsg some of my portrait work selected for the 2020 ediition. I have had a great relationship over the years with Archive and in partiucualr getting the cover for one 200 Best Of. Landing on your desk in the coming months!
Art on a Postcard works with the world's leading artists to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust to eliminate hepatitis C in the UK by the year 2025. The Photo London auction is a carefully curated collection featuring some of the world’s most collectable and interesting contemporary photographers such as Larry Clark, Peggy Franck and Roger Ballen.
All the works can be seen at Photo London from 16-19 May at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.
Over 2000 entries and 9 photographs selected by Martin Parr for the #onlyhumannpg competition at the including my picture Pat and Arthur, Kensal Rise, London. Martin I’ve met before and he’s charming plus his retrospective show at the NPG is stunning.
Shot on the back of TVC in Prague here is one of recent print work shot for Saatchi & Saatchi NYC and their client "Theraflu", Lempsip here in the UK.
A fantastic shoot with a super friendly TV crew working out all sorts of logistics re locations, talent and my crew.
Great creative team so a big shout out to my AD, Helen Shin and her writer Catherine Eccardt. Also to Milk & Honey Films in LA and Prague, Abe Romano from Saatchi's NY, Brianne and Margie from Saatchi's, Jason art producing back at Saatchi's, and last but not least my eyes and ears on the ground Kristyna Fischerova.
More on the Commissioned pages on my site.
A real pleasure shooting the F-Type and E-Pace for Jaguar Land Rover through Spark44/London. Shooting cars, animals and people in the studio and on location in the UK.
A big thanks to Nick, Josh, Brian, Lou, Nicola, Sharron, Paul & Ted
A spread in this months issue of Professional Photographer magazine taking you behind the scenes of my shot "Man On The Moon". Aged six this event had a profound affect on my future. The fifty years celebration, 20th July, this year will be fascinating; the extraordinary bravery of these pioneering men and women is unimaginable.
Three years in the making my short documentary film of British sculptor John W.Mills is completed. It has been a wonderful journey spending weeks at a time with John in his north Hertfordshire studio. The story follows the progress of a "Tommy" a portrait of a WW1 soldier about to return home from the front.
I shot, recorded and edited the entire piece on DSLR's and a drone with complete freedom to tell the story of this incredible British working artist.
The film is currently password protected as I am entering the work into film festivals and competitions so it has to remain "off line" for now. Should you like to view the short then please drop me a line and I can share the link and password for you.
I have three personal portraits in two categories, "Portraits" and "Working Life", in this years fabulous British Life Photography Awards. The London show opened at the Mall Galleries, London and is touring the UK throughout 2019.
Lovely to see this campaign in print, shot on location in and around London casting real people with their own pets.
Fantastic to meet Ambur and Olivia whilst shooting portraits off the Kingsland Road, what incredible performers these women are.
Back spending time with this group of steel fabricators and adding to the personal portfolio.
Good to be back out in the wilds of Cambridgeshire for the third year running shooting with the same group on two farms. Me shooting with cameras that is. New work up in the project section.
Portraits and cars rolling out over the coming months that I have been shooting for Spark44 in conjunction with Attitude magazine.
New portrait work, both commissioned and personal, now up in the main portfolio with more coming.
More personal portrait work being added to the portfolio over the summer with more subjects lined up to shoot moving forward into the autumn.
Left to right: Tom, Dairyman, Devon. Dominic Strickland, Kensington, London. Kiki Dee, Hertfordshire.
These and more can be seen in the main http://www.chrisfrazersmith.com/portfolio and in my print books upon request.
Here are three of the four portraits I shot back in February for Bayer's animal welfare division. The campaign has just broken hence holding back showing these portraits of real animal owners and their pets.
Just spent a lovely morning shooting portraits of the very talented producer, writer and musician Mark Ralph in his fantastic west London studios. A mix of digital and analogue kit everywhere, what a gent.
Delighted to have a photograph selected for this years prestigious Communications Arts Photography Awards. This was shot over the Ashwell Show, Hertfordshire, in August 2017 on a summers day.
Of the 3,401 entries submitted to the 59th annual photography competition, only 127 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals, representing the work of photographers, videographers, design firms, agencies, publishers and in-house creative departments.
A quintessential english summer character from the Morris Men of Letchworth Town performing in our annual village Spring show and being selected as picture of the month in the very lush Hertfordshire Life Magazine. Another bottle of wine coming my way courtesy of The Wine Society.
Always a pleasure to shoot locally and have the work run in Hertfordshire Life as well as being selected winning shot for this current issue. This was shot up in the last fall of winter snow in April on Royston Heath.
The main portfolio now reflects my main love and body of portrait photography; both personal & commissioned advertising/editorial. Here are three examples of new portrait photography with a whole swath of new work rolling out over the coming weeks.
A real pleasure shooting for Duckie and a new show; "The Big Sexy Show". Filming rehearsals and live shows, as well as shooting portraits the arty showbiz extravaganza showcases the lives and loves of older people, which toured to each of the five Clubs, in Hackney, Hastings, Brighton, Crawley and the Elephant & Castle in the first two weeks of April 2018.
The age of the troupe of dancers ranges from their early 50's to mid 70's.
Personal work shot up on Royston Heath in Hertfordshire in the first, and last, of the winter snow in this part of the country.
A few behind the scenes shots shooting last week in Buckinghamshire for Bayer. A big thanks to Lou at http://loulouproductions.com and the rest of my team who made days of tricky weather look like an sunny English summer. Shooting this time with a cast of "real" people and their pets as part of the creative brief and a cast of children, adults, cats and dogs.
One of the shots from behind the scenes whilst filming the short "Limit Of The Land" off Hurst Point running in this months Hampshire Life.
I shot this for the fantastic charity CADD, the "Campaign Against Drinking & Driving". There are no excuses regardless of the time of year so I am delighted to have been asked to shoot this; a super low budget with people helping out to contribute to such an important message. There are three final ads to see in my "Commissioned" section on the web site.
Just had a flying visit to Venice and spent a couple of days wandering around one of my favourite cities to shoot in. Here are three shots of new work going into my "Land, Sea & Air" project folio on the site, as well as the print books.
My second double page in the November edition of Hertfordshire Life covering this years "Ashwell Show 2017". This year's show was bathed in blistering summer weather which more than made up for some very damp shows over the past few years. I also had an opportunity to fly my drone as well as shoot from the ground.
Always a pleasure to get honourable mentions for non-commissioned, personal photography in the International Photography Awards.
I seem to have not put down my cameras over the summer and continue looking at English life. New non-commissioned work can be seen in the "Land Sea & Air" section on the site with new print books completed and going out to art buyers and picture editors in the coming weeks. Happy days!
Lovely to see new work recently shot for Xerox USA out. Here are three of five ads I shot in and around New York and New Jersey for Y&R New York.
More often than not the most fascinating and interesting subject matter is right on your doorstep. Hertfordshire has a famous history of engineering, innovation, design and the arts; from biochemistry, computing (the manufacturing of Alan Turings "Bombe"), aircraft manufacturing from the outset of WWII, biochemistry research & manufacturing, major film studios, Henry Moore to name a few examples. The manufacturing of aircraft led to a rise in steel and metal fabrication which still thrives across the county.
I shot this series two miles from my studio spending time shooting both formal portraits and observational photography.
My first double page spread plus photography of the month in the July edition of Hertfordshire Life. Covering this years "Ashwell At Home" 2017 marked the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Ashwell Village and meant that this year's Ashwell at Home event on the 14th May was a particularly special celebration of this beautiful Hertfordshire village. A quintessential British event that just has to be photographed!
The wonderful folk at Ogilvy are just around the corner from the Borough Market who like so many of us were shocked to the core by recent atrocities that took place on London Bridge, the market and surrounding streets.
Asked if I could help by a friend and senior creative from Ogilvy I shot a series of simple shallow focus shots capturing people out and about in the market shortly after it reopened. Launching today the shots are now running as posters and on social media supporting the market and its customers.
If your passing through London Bridge or fancy a great few hours exploring this ancient part of London/Southwark then try and take a short break to soak in the delicious fare that is always on offer at the market. Stunning food, fruit, vegetables, gifts galore, wine, beer, bread and loads, loads more all from true artisans who really do care!
Delighted to have two photographs shortlisted for this years Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition. "Run, Run, Run and Subs Bench" are the two shortlisted. Now through to the final judging of prints to see who are the lucky exhibitors!
I have just started shooting a series of working environmental portraits that is going to be a long term on going project documenting British workers post Brexit. Here is the first, "Nick, Steel Fabricator, Hertfordshire". I will post a new area on the website once I have ten shot.
Great to see these shots now out and about for Bayers pet division pushing the previous campaign having a tongue in cheek pop at fashion.
New personal work uploaded into the Land Sea and Air section of my portfolios. This work reflects life as I travel capturing moments in peoples life at work, rest and play.
More awards for the recent Bayer photography; Canada's Applied Arts Awards advertising series category.
The campaign pastiches fashion photography with work being shot both in the studio and on location in the UK.
Sharing work, both personal and commissioned, in celebration of International Womans Day.
Hooray! Six new print books complete and ready to go out the door. The culmination of shooting for the past eighteen months and turning the print work around to over 90% personal, non commissioned work. It has been a fantastic time and my passion and love of photography is stronger than ever; it is so liberating to be immersed in personal projects for both stills and motion so now it is time to share with art buyers, art directors, creative directors and more. Maybe even agents!
In the meantime a whole load of marketing to be done kicking off with an email launch today and onwards with the continuing personal work. Awards being picked up already from the new work, cannot say anymore just yet.
I am back out shooting the "Winter Guns" over two farms in frozen Cambridgeshire. This is their last shoot of the season and my third outing with these men. Leaden skies and snows flurries were are blowing horizontally for much of the day and a great contrast to the last shoot in full blown low winter sun. I will get some of the new work from this shoot up on the site and in the folios laster in the year.
I have started to document Letchworth Town Brass Band. My son has been playing the trumpet for the past six years and was invited to join the band in the summer so having watched him play at many school concerts I though it was time I spent some time with the town band.
"Hairs on the back of your neck" listening to the band rehearse for up coming summer concerts and a few competitions along the way so I will see if I can join them for some of their exploits.
Welcome! So thrilled and excited to be launching a whole new swathe or work, both stills and motion. The photography and film has been shot over the past eighteen months with other projects still shooting, more in production and new projects planned in 2017.
Showing mainly personal, non commissioned work I am concentrating on personal photography and film that is the culmination of my narrative story telling looking at people in their environment whether it be at play, work, home etc.
So I hope you like the new work and new site which will evolve in the coming months and years as I shoot commissioned and non-commissioned film and photography.
A big thanks to Gary & Lizzie https://www.sparks-studio.com/ for the new site.
So off and running with all the new work and thrilled to have won 1st place in this years International Photography Awards. A series of fashion pastiche shots for Bayer's animal welfare division shot on location and in the studio here in the UK . The IPA is a fantastic organisation and supports a wealth of photography projects around the world.
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