Practical Photoshop again

A photographer I worked with recently has kindly informed me that I’m in the current issue of Practical Photoshop. There are a few pages but my favourite feature is the one below, the results of a competition from the previous issue, in which readers were invited to create their own digital artworks using a portrait of me. It’s kinda strange to think that so many people I’ve never met were staring at my face in such detail and working on ideas for what they could do with it, and interesting to read some of the thoughts behind their work. Click to enlarge.

I like the fiery red ‘girl with a pearl earring’ take on the portrait, and the goth one makes me think it could actually be fun to do a shoot in that style… I am very pale, after all, and quite good at looking haughty, etc… I also like the one with the Burj in the background – although I can’t say my own holiday snaps from Dubai came out anything like that!

In other news, anyone who enjoys dabbling in a spot of ‘iPhoneography’ might be interested in a talk award-winner Gordon Fraser is giving soon in London… Flyer (with my face on!) below:

The iPhone and the Cello

When I was contacted by Gordon Fraser for a booking, two things struck me as particularly interesting about his proposal. Firstly, he wanted to take photographs of me using nothing but the camera on his iPhone (no Nikon? No Canon? What a maverick!) and, secondly, he wanted me to pose with a cello that would shortly afterwards be thrown from either a roof or the window of a four-storey building.

We shot, for the iPhone project, in a village hall. Any photographer who has used one of these for a shoot before will know of the distinct challenges they come with (the most basic of which being the almost inevitable lack of a featureless wall to use as a backdrop), but Gordon made excellent use of the surroundings. See how cool the floor looks in the shots below!

Here are a few from the day….. All captured and processed within the iPhone.


Movement (some taken while I held a hip shimmy for motion blur only in that area):


And finally, some nudes. I really love the angles and warmth to these as well as the lighting and the slightly mottled effect on the skin in some of them:

Thanks Gordon!