“Take my picture”

A short documentary about the phenomenon of fashion photo blogging. I also wonder what happens to all those photos!


Shoot for Tumqo

I shot a look book and some campaign images for Tumqo last week. Here are a few teasers and behind-the-scene shots:




In latest Marie Claire…

Here’s an 8 page fashion editorial which I shot, and which just appeared in the new Marie Claire:


Today I was shooting for L’Officiel magazine. There were eight models dressed by a local designer, and the shoot took place in one of Kiev’s most interesting old buildings. That’s all I can say before publication.

Until then, here is a behind-the-scenes shot of me trying to control the eight models at once. Not an easy task!


I shot an editorial for Marie Claire magazine a few days ago. Unfortunately I can’t show you the results until the magazine is out, but I can show you some behind-the-scenes shots and one teaser until then 🙂


Sometimes it’s interesting to see how unrealistically a photo shoot is depicted in films and television. Here’s one example which is going to be hard to beat, from the TV series “Gossip Girl” (episode 4 of season 1, around the 14 minute mark).

Why oh why do they have the photographer pulling out polaroids from his Mamiya RZ67 in the middle of shooting, and then keep shooting without even looking at them?
What is he supposed to be shooting on? A Polaroid back or a film back? But wait, it gets better. He is supposedly shooting digital (you see the images popping up on the large displays) yet he doesn’t have a digital back on the Mamiya, and there is not even a cable connecting the camera to the computer! And why have two screens with the same info (not in dual display mode)?

If you find some good examples, please post them here!



Sometimes I shoot images which don’t fit into my portfolio niche, so perhaps the blog is the perfect place to share these. Here is a shot I took nearby Dubai (UAE) of a Maserati Gran Turismo, using the Hy6 and Leaf Aptus II 12.



Here’s an amusing little trip back in time to 1961: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=489


Photographers have had a hard time lately, partly due to having their work taken and copied freely on the internet. Now it is easier than ever to fight back against copyright infringement thanks to some new technology. I have blogged previously about the excellent tool at Tineye.com, and now Google has entered the same game. For those unfamiliar, these ‘reverse image search engines’ take an image and find copies of the image on web pages. The copies can be found even if cropped or scaled, or with some retouching such as colour alteration or text overlay. To use the Google version, go to the standard Google image search screen, and just drag the image you want to search onto the query field. You can also enter the URL of an image you’d like to search for. I use both and find them to be equally good so far. They both find only a fraction of images on the internet, but with different results so you can find more results overall by using both tools.

Once you have found an illegal use of one of your images, you can contact the site owner and do one or more of the following:
– demand payment for usage
– demand removal of image
– threaten legal action
– offer continued use on condition that a link to your website appears next to the image

You should make a screen capture to document the infringement. Personally I don’t bother to threaten non-commercial bloggers with legal action, but I do get the images removed. This will help to get the message across that images are generally not public property and not free to use. If the blogger does not co-operate, most ISPs hosting the sites will have a help page showing how to report the copyright infringement and get the image removed. I have been successful at this at least 90% of the time.

If the image is used on a commercial website, then the value of your infringement claim may be significantly higher – you may want to seek legal advice to establish the amount of the claim. Happy hunting!


If you’re in the mood to be inspired by some of the great photographers, here’s a list which should keep you going for a while. The first entry (Blow Up) is the only fictional work, but highly recommended – it’s one of my favourite films. I’ll keep adding to the list as I find more.

“Blow Up” (1966)

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2008)

Smash His Camera (2010)

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2008)

Contacts, Vol. 1: The Great Tradition of Photojournalism (1988)

Contacts, Vol. 2: The Renewal of Contemporary Photography (1992)

Contacts, Vol. 3: Conceptual Photography (2005)

“War Photographer” (2001)

Annie Leibovitz: Celebrity Photographer

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

American Masters – Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye (1999)

Masters of Photography: André Kertész

Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen (2006)

Masters of Photography – Diane Arbus (2006)

Richard Avedon – Darkness and Light (1996)

Ansel Adams – A Documentary Film (2002)

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (2006)

William Eggleston In the Real World

Helmut Newton – Frames from the Edge (1989)

American Photography: A Century of Images (2003)

The Adventure of Photography (2002)

The Genius of Photography (2007)

Chased By The Light – A Photographic Journey With Jim Brandenburg (2003)

National Geographic’s The Photographers (1996)

Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt (2003)

W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (1989)