After recently investing in Amazon’s new 'Fire Stick', I became engrossed with Joe and Tony Gayton’s series 'Hell on Wheels'. I have always loved that time period and fancied myself as a bit of a cowboy had I been around 150 years ago!
The clothes/costumes are amazing - the men’s long coats always looked great and it inspired me to create a concept for a photoshoot.
What if I could keep the Old West look but update it a bit - What would cowboys be riding if they were around nowadays? A friend of mine owns a custom motorcycle company called Oily Rag - they build custom motorcycles to order and also have an apparel range, including tees & sweatshirts. Oily Rag said I could borrow 2 bikes for my shoot!! I started looking at vintage cafe racers and images of Steve McQueen on a motorcycle for inspiration.
My next step was organising clothes for the shoot and this is where the guys at House of Fraser came to the rescue. They literally gave me access to any clothes that I wanted and I cannot thank Lawrence and Marie enough for their help with this.
The models - through friends and acquaintances I managed to find 4 incredible models who all fitted the bill perfectly and had ‘the look’ I was hoping to achieve.
I called my friend Madiy Warner who is a brilliant Make Up Artist and asked if she could help out - luckily Madiy was free and onboard!
Next problem was finding a location that suited the shoot. By complete chance I was exploring the country lanes of The Cotswolds looking at locations for another shoot when I came across a derelict group of what looked like aircraft hangars. It was all fenced off and when I approached the fence a security guard popped his head out of his turret and questioned my intentions. After 5 minutes it became obvious that he was a photographer himself and 10 minutes later we were talking like old friends.
The weather on the day was grey and cold but once we’d all has some hot coffee we were ready to roll - we only had a few hours shooting but I'm really happy with the results.
Take a look at the video above for a ‘Behind the Scenes’ mini documentary.
To see the finished images from the shoot click here
Skills learnt on the project:
STYLIST - I was the 'stylist' on this shoot! I styled everything from the colour palette to the garments.
LOCATION SCOUT - Par for the course...I scout nearly all of my locations.
LIGHTING - We used industrial lighting for some of the shots and I had make sure my studio strobes were balanced against the cool blue LED lighting that the industrial lights produced.
MODEL DIRECTION - I had never directed 4 models on a shoot before - loved every minute of it!
I have to thank a number of people:
Clothes: Lawrence and Marie - House of Fraser
Models: Nick Pearce, Gaia Abigail Maggio, Tom Nunn, Elizabeth Spencer.
Lighting Assistant: Dave Dalglish
Make Up and Hair: Madiy Warner
Colin: Our Location guru
Oily Rag: Motorcylces
HSS Hire: Industrial lighting
Video Production: Chris Ilston & Indah Films
Light shapers: The Flash Centre (Birmingham)
Shot on Canon 5DMkII, Tamron 24-70mm, Sigma Art 50mm, Elinchrom Lights, Processed using Adobe LR/ PS