BACKSTAGE PASS…the lowdown

BACKSTAGE PASS

imageRemember lovely Arlie and the shoot Navaz and I did in Bristol a few weeks ago? On our West Country travels we were introduced to the nicest cafe in St Paul’s (my love of a good cafe is well documented on this blog). We arrived, chilly, under slept and slightly dampened of spirits to be greeted with a warm welcome and a super fry up.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

We even took a couple of shots in there plus, obviously, had a good jaw about local shopping, musical mash ups and what makes a good night out. You know, the important stuff.

EMMA MIRANDA MOORE How’s your smoothie?

ARLIE OSBORNE Really good

EMM So is this your favourite cafe? Do you come here with your mates?

AO Yeah like, it’s good for breakfast, lunch and like in the evening as well.

EMM Do you come here in the evening?

AO Sometimes yeah

EMM They had music on last night when we were walking past, do they have bands in here?

AO Sometimes, they do but I like the music they play in here anyway, in the day

EMM I’ve got too many layers on now. Where else do you go on Gloucester Road then?

AO Shopping wise I like going to RE-PHSYCO because it’s not all generic and a chain, it’s not a charity shop but all the stuff is second hand. Some of it is like reworked as well, made into new things.

NAVAZ BATLIWALLA What have you bought from there that you liked?

AO Oh I was going through a phase of, you know Fresh Prince style clothes?

EMM Yes I remember it well..

AO Well I got this mental jacket which was like, covered in patterns. And then I bought a pair of docs in there before but at Loves Saves The Day festival they got completely wrecked

EMM You did well to wreck DMs, they’re normally pretty indestructible

AO I know I wore them to a gig and like all the lacings came out and they were ruined, I lost the whole lace too

EMM You went for it at that gig didn’t you?

AO Yeah

EMM You were just right in there (everyone laughing) I like that though, if you destroy a pair of shoes you know you’ve had a good night. I’ve always worn DMs.

AO When my family and me go out, we all look kind of similar, we’ll all be in Converse and a blue jumper or whatever

NB Unintentionally?

AO Yeah

EMM Don’t you think that’s quite nice though, it’s like you belong together?

CO Er, sort of (laughs)

EMM Oh I think it’s sweet. We should do a story where the whole family is dressed the same

NB It does happen though, it’s an organic thing where you all merge into one another

EMM So you like RE PHSYCO and you come here, where else do you go?

AO Well, on a Saturday I usually head up towards town, like Cabort (the big shopping centre in Bristol) and then I’d wander up Park Street and then wander down here. At the very top of Gloucester Road there’s three floored charity shop and it’s got like a retro section, a shoe section, records, it’s really cool. It’s a Cancer Research charity shop but they’ve cottoned on that people like going to charity shops more so they’ve really made the most of it. It’s really good.

NB Clever

AO There’s another really good shop called Dutty and it sells really cool like earrings and stuff.

NB I think there’s one in Kensal Rise, near me. I think they’ve opened one in London, it’s like Dutty Girl, that’s interesting that you go there

EMM It’s vintage is it?

AO They have an underground bit which does all the vintage shirts and stuff, but the main store they sell spray paint and they do massive gold hoops but wrapped in fabric. At the time I couldn’t afford them so I made my own pair (sounds of approval all round)

EMM so much more interesting to do that

AO then I started selling them at school because everyone was like can I have a pair? But at Dutty they sell really cool patterned leggings and patterned jumpers and patterned crop tops and all that.

NB Do they sell music and stuff as well?

AO Yeah and they do events as well, like oh what’s it called, My Bad Sister it’s two sisters and they just dress absolutely mental and they do shows at the Dutty shop and stuff.

EMM What’s their music like?

AO Mental (serious face)

EMM Mental enough to ruin a pair of DMs to?

AO (giggles) Yeah. They mix like gypsy music with hip hop but then like techno and it’s just a mix of everything.

EMM Don’t tell me it’s folk core, because I’m off that

NB Are there any markets round here?

AO Yeah there’s the St Nicks market which has all the good food stalls, falafels and stuff

EMM (Starts adjusting Arlie’s hair) I look like a really over attentive mother now, fiddling with your hair in a cafe, like come on darling be a beautiful princess, and you’re like ugh mum!

WAITRESS Hi, large breakfast with fried bread?

ARLIE (grateful) Yes please

Thank you Cafe Kino for restoring our equilibrium

 

 

ALL THE COOL KIDS…dance to Dior

ALL THE COOL KIDS

What could be nicer than spending a day wrapped in a cocoon of Dior? Could it be combining it with popular eighties popstral Tiffany and her best loved hit song?

I know! I’m spoiling you.
I can’t help it, it’s just the way I am.

Enjoy the short film above and if you need more Dior in your life (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) head over here to see the full shoot.

LOOK BOTH WAYS…love it set it free

LOOK BOTH WAYS

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Mindfulness.
Positivity.
Headspace.com
It seems like everywhere I look there are new tips and techniques for being calm and believing in yourself.
It’s interesting to me because although I can certainly use some advice on the subject myself every day from time to time, it also relates to the subject of my short film, Optimism.

It tells the story of a young actress (played by the funny, beautiful and extremely positive Charlotte Gascoyne) and her struggle to keep her dream alive.
Film is such a collaborative process, much more even than photography. But Optimism is all done and I’ve started the process of sending it out to festivals. Frankly, it’s terrifying, but nothing is achieved without risk.
So, positive thoughts into the universe and all that.
Also fingers crossed and I’m wearing my lucky knickers.

See the trailer and more information about Optimism (the film, not the concept) here

AS SEEN…yellow ball

AS SEEN

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Eeek!
The sun’s out!
That was a bit of a shocker really, coming all at once like that. I just wasn’t ready. Anyway, it’s gone again today (thank goodness for British weather) so let’s take a moment to breathe, regroup and, y’know, form a plan.
I mean, I’m trying not to get hysterical here but really, who were all these people out yesterday in their little dresses with their legs all shaved and the boys with their shorts all cool and like, yeah, I was totally prepared for Summer?
Did I miss a memo?

I love sunshine. So much. But for some reason I have forgotten what you’re supposed to wear when it’s hot.
I don’t mean when you’re on holiday and cut off denim and a bikini top is acceptable. I don’t mean in the (mythical) word of festival chic, with flowers in your hair and a £2000 maxi dress. I mean in real life, in London, now.
Only, not now. Because today it’s not hot again, looks a bit like rain.
Actually maybe that’s the problem. Perhaps the only solution is to live somewhere where it’s hot all the time. That way I could crack the dress code and be done.
Legs shaved.
Owner of perfect sunglasses.
Bliss.
Yeah.

BACKSTAGE PASS…liar liar

BACKSTAGE PASS

A short piece of video here from a recent shoot with the beautiful Eleanor Davis at Models 1. It ended up having quite the nineties vibe (er, hmmm, no surprise there then) with lovely styling by Navaz Batliwalla and a big mustard coloured sofa that none of us wanted to get up from.

Such hard work my job.

LOOK BOTH WAYS…eyes wide shut

LOOK BOTH WAYS

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Rifling through my back catalogue (well a cupboard full of stuff, that sounded like I had an actual archive lurking around here somewhere) looking for inspiration for a mood board.

Came across this one. I’m taking from it:
1. Sunshine, always.
2. Dungarees, always.
3. The fact that it’s terribly easy to get distracted from your work by opening up old cupboards. Always.

LOOK BOTH WAYS…hide and seek

LOOK BOTH WAYS

Drumroll please…a new category for this rather grey and soggy Friday. What better way to cheer things up?
Look Both Ways will be showing upcoming work and some really old from the vaults stuff that it’s nice to revisit sometimes and laugh at think about. It will also serve as a reminder to please be careful when you cross the road. Only joking. But, no, really, be careful out there.

Today we are looking forward, a fresh shoot I did with beautiful new face Ella Crockett at Models 1. I’ve almost finished editing the stills and will pop it into one of the portfolios very soon, but meanwhile, how about a little bit of moving image.
Oh, and a rather gorgeous 1940’s tune called Stardust. Your Friday’s improving already isn’t it?
Have a lovely day.