Monday, 24 February 2014

Seeking very British Foreigners

Seeking: very British foreigners

Do you know someone who was born outside of the UK but does interesting things in the UK?

If the answer is YES, then tell me who they are? I want to photograph them.

I'm looking for people from all walks of life including business, academia, charity, teaching, sports, art, literature, theatre, music, design, adventure, engineering, agriculture, conservation, and anything else you can think of. I want variety, so please help me find fascinating foreigners living in the UK.

If you know someone please email me their name, contact details and why you think they are interesting -

Come and see me talk about my Brits Abroad series in London on Wednesday

Carole Hesketh-Smith - A Brit Abroad

Come and see me talk about my Brits Abroad project and show some of my pictures from my trip to Spain this Wednesday.I will be talking through my experience travelling to Spain to photograph British expatriates and telling the audience the things I learnt from this trip. The talk is open to the public and is free to all. So come along and say hello.

12.30-1pm. Wednesday 26th February 2014
William Penn 1, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ 

I'm speaking as part of the White Rose seminar "Does Britain Need an Emigration Policy?"
For more information about the Seminar and the rest of the talks look here:

Hopefully see you on Wednesday.

Charlie Hughes - A Brit Abroad
Linda Hutchence - A Brit Abroad

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Up the Cheese Grater


This job was fun. "Charlie, we need you to go to the 45th floor of a half-built skyscraper and photograph a portrait there."
Yes please, me please. 

Of course you don't just rock up to the building site and wonder up a staircase until you are high above London. No it takes quite a lot of organising and a good bit of high-vis material. You see when you are 45 floors up in a building with no windows and wondering around on a busy building site you have to follow procedures so that you don't fall out or drop something out off the side. Thankfully Laing O'Rourke, who's magazine I was photographing for (designed by the awesome Wardour), made it really easy for us - they gave us all the equipment (see silly picture below) and someone to make sure we weren't putting ourselves or anyone else at risk - but at the same time they let us get on and do our job.
We had all the safety gear

You don't just hop in a super fast lift and 5 seconds later you are way up in the air when a building isn't finished yet. No on a building site you use the temporary lift that clunks it's way up very slowly. It took about 3-4 minutes to get up to our shoot destination. Once their I quickly made my way to the nearest window without glass and looked out - the view was just incredible. We had got so lucky with the weather as it was beautiful sunshine with great clouds to add detail to the sky. London looked fantastic 200 meters below me. 

The View from the Leadenhall Building
View of London from the 45th floor (click to see bigger)
We had about 30 minutes to scout around and find a location that would show the view and the men working on the site in the background. Our subject, Simon Jenner, then turned up and was brilliant. Standing relaxed whilst the wind tried to blow us all over the place he looked great floating above the London skyline. Massive thanks must go to Ian Kirby, my assistant, who managed to hold a softbox steady in these conditions.

To be honest my trip up the Leadenhall Building (otherwise known as the Cheese Grater) was all too quick, it felt like one minute I was taking photos and the next I was going back down to the ground. All the same it was amazing to have this opportunity and so much fun to take photographs there.


Thanks so much to David and Johanna at Wardour for offering me this great commission.

Find out more about the Leadenhall Building here:
Info on Laing O'Rourke here:
See more of Wardour's great work here:

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Help me contact volunteers in the Somerset floods

I am planning to head to Somerset at the start of next week (Monday the 17th) to photograph the people who are volunteering to help those who are flooded. But I need help getting in contact with those involved. The wonderful work of all these fine people who are giving their time and energy to help others should to be captured and celebrated. And hopefully by doing this many more will be inspired to join the effort.

Do you know anyone involved in the support effort in Somerset?

- Locals volunteering
- Fire Service Members
- Soldiers
- Local groups
- Farmers lending their tractors
- Anyone helping out...

Without the effort of these people it would be so much worse for those effected by the flooding. Lets promote their work and get more people involved.

If you know anyone involved please send me their contact details:

Twitter: @charlieclift
Phone: 07871175627

Monday, 10 February 2014

Light Testing Day

I'm often out on location where I play around in a huge variety of lighting conditions. However, it is nice to strip everything back when testing new light and take complete control. This lead to me meeting up with some friends (Liam Bergin and Ben Catchpole) to combine brains and equipment to play with light for a day. The fine people at BMA provided us with some fantastic talent and we experimented with light together.

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Huge thanks to Roshni and Michele @ BMA for sitting through our light tests and to the other guys for letting me mess around with them.

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