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...
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!
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