We're all DOOMED

Before I moved down to London I hooked up with Edinburgh Doom Metal Overlords Of Spire & Throne to produce some promotional shots. In their own words;

"Of Spire & Throne have been chipping the same few down-tuned fragments of riff off the doom coal-face at the end of the same dank and airless tunnel since 2009. They have no plans to resurface".

We tried out a few different ideas on the day, including a little bit of impromptu Urb-Ex. I won't reveal where but I'm sure the observant will recognize the location. If you like your music heavy (at the brutal sludge end of the spectrum) I'd recommend checking them out on Bandcamp. They're currently recording a new record which should see the light (should that be dark?) soon.

The band themselves went with the none more black approach, but I really liked the second more colourful outtake below.

Relocation: London

I recently made the big decision to relocate from my hometown of Edinburgh to London. Much as I loved living there, I feel the time was right to try something different. My partner had been offered a place to study an MA at Goldsmith's University and I had recently graduated, so the timing felt right.

We've spent the first few weeks trying to get to grips with the different pace of our new home. For those of you interested, I keep a daily photo journal on the Blip website, detailing how we're getting on. It's fairly tongue in cheek and its somewhere I experiment with different approaches to photography than you will find on this website.

As I'm new to London, I'm keen to hear from other creatives who might be interested in collaborating on future projects. Particularly makeup artists, as I'm going to miss working with my longtime collaborator Samantha Jack.

The View from the new Tate Modern Switch House extension. Somewhere I'm sure I'll visit often.

The View from the new Tate Modern Switch House extension. Somewhere I'm sure I'll visit often.

BIPP portfolio review

May I attended a portfolio review with Chris, Bryn and Alan from the BIPP.

I was really pleased to be offered the chance to join at Associate level membership (ABIPP) which recognises work of 'A high standards of craftsmanship and ability'. They gave me some useful feedback for going forward.

The British Institute of Professional Photography is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years experience in supporting and networking photographers.


My ABIPP membership card, supported by my trusty Fuji x100T.

My ABIPP membership card, supported by my trusty Fuji x100T.

Student Awards success

I was really pleased to win prizes in both the BIPP Scotland Student and AOP student awards this year. 

My image Big Time won the Silver award in the Advertising and Fashion category at the BIPP Scotland awards. The same image was also successful in the AOP Student Awards, placing as a finalist in the 'People' category. The standard of work submitted in both competitions was very high and it is a real honor to have been recognised for my work.

I was also pleased to find out that the Glow 16 project, featuring images shot by myself and colleague Greg Abramowicz won a Gold Award at the College Developmental marketing awards.