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Learning how to create Jill Greenberg images

I’ve been trying to do a lot of training courses over the past few weeks to help me get to grips with the monster that is Photoshop. This is the result of one of them. It’s an ode to Jill Greenberg, who made a name for herself by developing this unique style that makes people look like they were made of plastic (you can see it here)http://www.jillgreenberg.com/children/#gallery-59). While it’s not my usual style of photo, it’s been an amazing thing to learn and I’ve been learning how to make skin look more even while keeping it natural. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday.

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Project Portrait: Day 100

Day 98 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Aaron Davies. I met Aaron way back when in journalism school and he now helps startups with everything from coding to copy. Aaron very kindly came by the studio to sit for me. We both talked about our numerous attempts to find different career paths than the one we’d chosen ten years ago. Journalism has changed so much since I first started out. There are no longer those institutions that people can grow into and have a career in it seems. So it’s either diversify or die. Photography is just a hobby of mine but I’ve tried a whole raft of different careers from carpenter to entrepreneur to even a therapist. With this photo I wanted to create something that was once bright that has now faded and fragmented. So I achieved that with the background but I wanted to make Aaron feel almost timeless. So the world has changed but Aaron has stayed the same. He’s still Aaron but the Aaron who emerged as a journalist has been distorted by time. Man, sometimes even I tie myself in knots with these concepts. But it’s good to try things, right? RIGHT?

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Project Portrait: Day 99

Day 97 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Chris Warner – Chris recently set up his own education company. I actually met him through Robert Delamere as the two used to work together on Digital Theatre. I wanted to shoot Chris outside as it’s something I don’t know do great deal of and I wanted to try and incorporate flash to add some shadows on this weirdly lovely sunny day in London. I also wanted to learn how to gently nudge colours so that they become complimentary and make the image feel a bit more harmonious. Chris was going through a lot of the challenges I had when starting my own company so it was good to share some of those startup stories. But since the last time I saw him, he’d moved away from the mania of Dalston and the parties to a leafy suburb. I I kind of wanted to create something to reflect that: to be quietly in balance. Not that I’m saying Chris has become a Buddhist – or that he was a party animal. But just that he seemed to have found a sense of calm. Sorry Chris if this a bit waffly wink emoticon Really enjoyed capturing this one.

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Project Portrait: Day 98

Day 97 of Project Portrait. Next up we have Adam Reed – an old school mate of mine. We used to do IT together – or not in my case. I much preferred using Microsoft Paint to draw pictures of my teachers, terribly. Adam got in touch with me after my last shout out for people to help with my project. He very gracefully came down to my studio and sat for me. Adam trained as a designer and now works for John Lewis. With this picture I wanted to try and create something that was completely ageless – no giveaways with colour or props to suggest this was taken in a specific time or place. This project has allowed me to reconnect with people I haven’t seen, in some cases for 20 years. So I wanted this picture to feel a bit like a memory in that it’s not particularly grounded in a space or location, but rather an image that lives in our heads and nowhere else. I remember Adam but my memory isn’t about something specific. I just remember him being part of my life while at secondary school. This photo is an attempt at trying to capture that idea.