New Years Expedition 2018 - Scotland

We ditched the car at Glenfinnan train station, hoped it wouldn't get clamped, walked under the famous railway viaduct from the Harry Potter films, and said goodbye to the last road we'd see for 5 days.

We carried everything that we'd need for the trip, there's no corner shops where we were going....

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We trekked from Bothy to Bothy, through a whole mix of ground - boggy, boggy but covered in snow, boggy but steep, boggy but almost more of a lake, and boggy bog.

Bothies are basic mountain huts - old remote cottages - that are "simple shelters in remote country for the use & benefit of all who love wild & lonely places."

We stayed in 4: Corryhully, Glenpean, A'chuil, Sourlies, and then wild camped above Inverie on our last night.

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We spent Hogmanay in Glenpean bothy, where a wonderful array of other people had trekked to see in the New Year. Gavin, an artist and Poet who spends his time in the hills, collated all of our special memories from 2017, and looked forward to the year ahead:

We sang and danced to fiddles, saw out the bells in a beautifully brightly moonlit valley outside the bothy, and enjoyed cheese and beer from some new friends from Paisley.

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Our last night, we wild camped above Inverie, a small remote village with no road connections. Arriving, we hadn't seen any other people in 72 hours, since we bade farewell to everyone we'd met in Glenpean Bothy and shared the New Year with.

The pub was closed, but a wonderful tearoom filled our bellies and brought us gently back to civilisation.

3pm came, and it was time for the ferry to Mallaig, a train, and the long drive home...

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Thanks to Tom, Marlon, John and Kamran for sharing such a brilliant adventure with me. We didn't even fall out once.

Youtube Creator's Yearbook 2017

It was great to work with TenEighty Magazine to photograph dozens of talented creators backstage at Summer In The City last year, and this year we wanted to do even better.

We looked at different concepts for how we could tell the stories, personalities and skills of each individual creator, while having to quickly design, light and shoot each portrait within a few minutes.

Youtube is home to such a wide range of creators, with vloggers, filmmakers and more, making brilliant videos on everything from fashion to horror films, and we really wanted to capture a bit of this in everyone we featured.

We settled on playing with colour and light...

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it's been surreal to see several amazing pieces of fan art based my photos, including this one by Renske

The day after the convention ended, we were delighted to put out a yearbook with photos of almost 100 creators, each with a portrait that said something about them. 
It was an exhausting two days, and a real exercise in lighting setups, shooting around 45 different portraits, each with a different setup, each day, but I'm so proud of what we were able to create, and huge thanks to all of the creators for giving me so much of themselves both in quickly giving me an insight into what they do, and also then in front of the camera.


It was great to see so many creators share their portrait through their own channels - I had thousands of notifications on twitter and instagram as fans delighted in the portraits!

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Huge thanks to the team working directly and indirectly with me on this one:

Photos: Dave Bird
Lighting & Digital Assistant: Liam Curtin
Production Assistants: Conor Riley, Tilly Jeanette
Editors: Teoh Lander-Boyce & Alex Brinnand
Magazine: TenEighty Magazine
Thanks to: TenEighty Magazine Team, Summer In The City, MCM London Comic Con