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The city that always worries me the most when I have to shoot it, especially for non Brits. Their expectation will be different to mine as my perception of the place has been bent by the years I have lived in or near it. Taking a camera to London never fails to keep me awake, but I should have more faith in it. I’ve always managed to pull off something interesting here. If the weather allows the process to start and finish then there is a good chance London will present itself to me in a new way. It’s a wily but unambiguous character is London, never one for pretensions and it expects the same of its citizens (hence my refusal to give it gender when describing it, fearing its backlash).
Below you will see several new post all with links to galleries born of a recent commission from New York agency Landor.
It’s taken me a long time to get round to this edit, it was somewhat monumental at the time of shooting, and time has not lessened its heft. So I’ve neither had the time nor the inclination to wrestle it until recently. It represents several week’s worth of photography edited from a set destined for a major Japanese bank. I was to shoot a library of images for the bank’s new visual identity after a rebranding. All I had to do was what I always do: walk, observe, and occasionally capture something that appeals to me.
I was commissioned, briefed and then despatched from London to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Lantau, Singapore and New York. I shot London before leaving as the weather was not going to help me, so I took whatever opportunity I had before winter had truly dug its heels in.
It was a great project, with a couple of cities new to me. Working alone, and away from home for long periods can make me a little psychotic, but I managed to hold it off until Singapore where I managed to get some rest and the time to ‘iron my brain’ a little, thanks in no small part to Brewerkz, a little micro brewery I found down by the river that serves Golden Ale, a beer fit enough to challenge even the hardiest Belgian brew.
The following posts will have a single, favourite image from each location, with a link to a behance gallery from the city showing several more images from each city -if you’re so inclined to have a look. I’d suggest not: if editing them was anything to judge by it’s a bit of a herculean task. But if you dare, I’d appreciate your time and I only hope you can take some small pleasure from them. I had a great deal of pleasure in making them.
I am eternally grateful to Jane Boynton of Landor in New York who called me and asked me to contribute to this project.