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November 29, 2009

good ship father - the shoot



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November 26, 2009




stills from the screen tests

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November 25, 2009


The IRS e-mailed me today [4 times] - seems I've paid too much tax


but since I've never paid any tax in the USofA I won't hold my breath

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November 24, 2009

costume design

young Clara's dress

first ideas

the drawing that went off to the dressmaker

the dress that came back from the dressmakers

young Clara in the dress

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November 21, 2009

here's a good wan

back in July
as the sun was setting
behind an oaken copse


UPDATE - no photoshop on this by the way

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new location

Now confirmed the location for the music video:


and not a moment too soon.

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November 20, 2009

raising a stone lintel

People who know about these things think that this is the way ancient man hoisted the lintels atop the sarcens at Stonehenge.


Nothing like using traditional building methods I say. Mind you, they probably didn't use old pallets to gain the necessary height.

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November 18, 2009

and in a previous life

before I started painting the figure,
I used to paint landscapes
with a knife
that's palette knife
now Bowie knife
a Bowie knife would have been well tricky
and could have got me into trouble with the law
I guess


Thurstonland, acrylic on canvas

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November 13, 2009

back aboard the time machine

I've been picking through the envelopes of early negatives again, and I've found a moody self-portrait, aged 15:


and a 120 roll film double exposure:


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November 08, 2009

what happens when a bit of chocolate biscuit goes down the wrong way while you're adjusting the levels in Photoshop


and [in another image, you'll note] what I was aiming for:


photographs of Rebecca Riley for the cover of her new book: Dick, the life and times of a Highway Man.

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November 04, 2009

composite imaging

Amy in the ballet top

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November 01, 2009

scouting out locations

Been to a fabulous old house today, looking for a location for the latest video project.

Around an old 16th Century house on the outskirts of Huddersfield is a lovely autumn garden with the ultimate caravaning experience:



The house was great, thick wide floorboards at crazy angles - it was like walking around an old sailing ship in a heavy sea. It had secret rooms, hidden staircases and a priest hole. It also had wonderful moulded plaster ceilings, of which this is but one:


not that we'll be filming the ceilings.

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