During the summer I received a call from a German football magazine called '11 Freunde'. The magazine is aimed at discussing football culture rather than being a statistics, results based magazine, and they were keen to get me involved in a feature they were doing on Mario Gomez, Germanys national striker. He had recently transferred from Bayern Munich to Fiorentina and my brief was to shoot a cover image and spread that illustrated the man and the place. The magazine was particularly keen to get a Tuscan sunset on the cover, so I photographed Mario outside at an amazing hotel overlooking the city. The headline reads " The Eternal Longing for Goals". The cover shot is in the Work/Recent & Published section of this website.
In July I went to the Jaguar plant in Gaydon to photograph the paint being applied to the Jaguar Project 7 F-Type, a one-off car that was being sent to The Goodwood Festival of Speed. Painting a car is a fairly complex and time consuming business, with several layers of colour applied before the final coat. I took many images from inside and outside the painting booth and these two gentlemen were happy to help. The shots were to be included in a magazine that Jaguar produced for the festival.
At the end of April, I was commissioned by British Airways High Life to photograph Bradley Wiggins on a training day in Italy, in preparation for his attempt at the Giro d'Italia. He was looking at, and riding, a time trial section that he had not seen before and the 19km section was virtually all uphill, which gave me the opportunity to hang out the back of a car and get some action shots of Bradley on his beautiful Pinarello. The previous evening, having completed his interview, I talked with him about what I needed from the following mornings photography session and in particular I asked if it was possible to shoot a portrait of him at the end of his practice ride. I felt that there might be an opportunity to get a good shot of him, given that he would have just ridden his bicycle nearly 20km uphill. I had inspected the route and the final location earlier in bright sunshine, but on the day the murk had rolled in and added a grittiness to the scene. Bradley actually got to the top a bit ahead of me, and when I got there he let me photograph him, before disappearing into the mist. The portrait made the cover of this months High Life Magazine. Go to Work/Recently Published or Portraits to see a few more images.
Nick Hancock for The Guardian/Visit England. This is London Road Oatcakes, a popular food stop in Stoke, and a destination that Nick Hancock recommends in a feature for The Guardian and Visit England about his ten favourite places in Staffordshire. The oatcakes that I tried were filled with cheese and bacon and were delicious.
Just published is the latest customer magazine from Jaguar. In January this year, I spent a week travelling around South Dakota and a little bit of Wyoming to shoot the new Jaguar XJ AWD. This image was taken in the Badlands, a haunting, beautiful place that I'm sure is reasonably busy in the warmer months, but was blissfully quiet when I was there. To see a few more shots from this amazing part of the USA, go to Work/Automotive and or Landscapes.