Monday, 30 September 2013

Hanging from a wire - inside the mechanic's shop

Thoughts of a mechanic - Maxwell Green

A lot of good things start with a good conversation. This shoot started when we were packing down from a previous shoot. It had been a great day photographing in a gymnasium for Wardour (to be featured in a future blog post) and the awesome Rob Cuthbertson had been art directing the shoot. I really enjoy working with Rob and thought we should do some personal work together.

I put this proposal to him and on the 10 minute walk back from our location to the car he managed to come up with about 20 great ideas. After much discussion we narrowed it down to one and I set to work putting together the shoot. The idea was to combine mine and Rob's passions into a photograph: I love people and he loves cars, and we both like doing crazy things to make interesting images.

The aim was to animate a mechanics surroundings to attempt to illustrate the way he works in a single still image. This involved vast amounts of fishing wire attached to the ceiling, about an hour trying to balance a tyre on top of a rim and probably more than a complete roll of duct tape. I also managed to use every single light I had brought with me to create pools of light dotted around the scene. Doing something like this for the first time always takes ages, but that is what personal work with for: trying new things. Finally after many hours we were ready for our mechanic.

The man in question was Maxwell Greene, he runs an independent workshop with his son in Fulham. I get my car serviced there and he is the most pleasant guy around. It turned out that he is also great to photograph.

Huge thanks to Maxwell for letting us raid his garage -
Thanks also to Rob Cuthbertson for being so great to work with and being brilliant with fishing wire:

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Help for Heroes Catalogue

Help For Heroes Catalogue - Autumn 2013

Occasionally my phone rings and I get a question that makes me smile. This shoot started from one of those calls...

*Ring Ring Ring*
"Hello, Charlie Clift."
"Hi Charlie, would you like to photograph the first ever Help for Heroes clothing catalogue?"

Pretty much says it all.

Tanya at Help for Heroes wanted to do this properly and make a beautiful catalogue to help promote the great clothing that they sell to raise money for their awesome charity. So together we gathered a team of fantastic people to work for two days making lifestyle images.

Our location was Tedworth House, one of the recovery centres that Help for Heroes run where injured servicemen and their families can come to recover and recuperate. It has just about everything you could possibly need in a recovery centre, even a revolving artificial ski slope (like this one: link).

Thanks to being well planned and organised we squeezed a lot into just two days of photography and produced easily enough great images to fill a couple of catalogues.

You can see the catalogue as part of the Help for Heroes magazine here: LINK

A huge thanks to all the crew for working so hard:
Production - Liam @ Thirdberg
Assistant/Digital Tech - Dan Ross
Styling - Vivienne Masters
Make up and hair - Angela Galagher
Designer - Gary Bigwood @ A4CS
Models - Steve Laurence and Lisa Marie Cooke @ BMA

Here's a few behind the scenes images that Liam took, more can be found here: LINK

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Monday, 16 September 2013

BBC News In Pictures features Brits Abroad

Pictures from my Brits Abroad project are featured on the BBC News website. The In Pictures section is always full of fantastic and interesting photography so it is a real honour to be featured there.

Take a look at the feature: LINK

Find out more about the Brits Abroad project:

Paul Campbell - A Brit Abroad
David Marshall - A Brit Abroad
Reggie Campbell - A Brit Abroad
Linda Hutchence - A Brit Abroad

Many thanks to Phil Coomes for choosing to featuring my project on the In Pictures blog.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Row to Win event photography for Crew Clothing


A little while ago on a cold morning on the Thames I photographed the launch event for Crew Clothing's Row2Win campaign. The event was based around a rowing race to promote participation in a travelling rowing competition which you can enter all around the country by doing your best on a rowing machine to beat Ben Fogle's time. Crew are working alongside the charity Plastic Oceans to raise awareness of the overuse of plastic and how it is effecting our oceans and wildlife.


Big thanks to Crew Clothing for getting me involved in such a fun day.