Had a few days in Barcelona. Hiked Montserrat. Took some pictures.
This was a fun one to shoot, the Very.co.uk christmas #lovegiving campaign with Baby Spice Emma Bunton.
Working alongside a TV commercial crew always has its challenges in terms of time, logistics and art department, and flying in stills lighting, but it was great to have a really good relationship with the various HODs to make sure that we could all get everything we needed, within the tight schedule.
One part of the campaign had schoolchildren being invited to choose if they'd rather a gift for themselves, or for one for their mum or dad - who, unknown to them, was watching in the next room! The parents had some great reactions, which I think shows how selflessly the kids chose... shot silently on the Nikon D850, because the cameras were rolling. (We gave the kids their present, too!)
The final part of the campaign was to surprise a competition winner - a young boy whose grandfather's fight with cancer had inspired him to raise money for charity - and it was great to surprise him with his family and friends at his dream birthday party.
Huge thanks to the production team at Storylab, and on the shoots, 1st AD Dom Asbridge, DP Katie Swain, Gaffer Paul Burns and his spark team, Art Magician Sam Waters, and of course Emma and her team!
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....
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.
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.
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...
Thanks to Tom, Marlon, John and Kamran for sharing such a brilliant adventure with me. We didn't even fall out once.