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Rob Beckett at the Hammersmith Apollo_6044

… and so it turns out my old mate Rob Beckett (well we’re kind of mates I photographed his wedding) is about 4 times more famous than when I spent the night with him (no nothing like that) in Brighton a few years ago. You can checkout that shoot here. So I’m backstage with Rob I’m like … fuck me mate I can’t believe it. You was on Jonathan Ross a few months back peeling bananas with your feet in front of Elvis’s missus. To be fair Rob seemed just as mystified by the turn out of events as I was. The reality is though. This bloke is one of the funniest guys in comedy – fact. I arrived early and shot some stuff of Rob and his warm up act the brilliant Lloyd Grittith. (Not Jack whatshisface). Then I hung around for a bit backstage with Rob waiting for him to brush his teeth again which he didn’t. I loved the teeth brushing shot last time. I then shot some of the actual warm up with Lloyd before Rob came on in front of a full house and just … well mucked about for a bit and brought the house down. A great night all in all. Thanks big time to Marie of Broke Girl in the City for assisting me on this and allowing me to boss her into getting some pics most of which were blurry. (she’ll kill me) But … there’s a pretty cool one of me she took that I left in.:)

Here’s some pics.

WARM UP WARM UP – LARKING ABOUT

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PROPER WARM UP WITH LLOYD

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THE ACTUAL GIG AKA ROB MUCKING ABOUT

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Portraits in Venice with VC & LZ_5969

Four hours. That’s how much time I had in Venice. I wasn’t fazed. A lot of my shoots are like that. Get in, work it, and get out. Then I landed in Venice. Four hours was going to be nothing short of a tease. Everyone has heard of Venice. Everyone has seen the photo. But nothing prepares you for the sheer artistry of the place. It is simply breathtaking.

So like I said. I didn’t have much time. We had to hit the ground running. VC & LZ looked awesome. I mean … if I screwed this shoot up I had no right being in this game. I was literally dumbstruck with how cool these guys looked.

And so we are walking and chatting and shooting and we go at it non-stop for around 3 hours. We don’t stop for a breath. I’m literally dazzled by this place. I could shoot here for the rest of my life and never want for inspiration. We keep going. Along the streets, through alleyways, crossing bridge after bridge. The character, the architecture, the sense of history is palpable. It’s on the surface.

And … then we were done.

I mean had I even blinked?

It was time to head to the airport. (Sigh).

It’s then we kind of get our heads together and come to the conclusion that I’m cutting it pretty fine. Why was that? Well in my infinite wisdom I’d assumed I could simply go back to the airport the way I’d came – i.e. pretty much like you would a London bus. Just nip across the street and get the bus that is going back the other way. Apparently not so. To get back I had to get that very same ferry, yes, but apparently it doesn’t go back. No it goes forward. It continues on. All the way around the island. Then it heads across to the airport. It’s last port of call.  It was going to be a close call. LZ & I leave VC to pay the gondeler and we make a dash for it, Jason Bourne style, to get me to the nearest ferry. Obviously it wouldn’t be the end of the world if I missed the flight. I mean there are worse places to be stranded. And … we had to at least make an attempt. LZ on his phone, using maps, (Shakespeare turning in his grave)  and me running behind we eventually made it to the ferry. I was almost disappointed. Another night here would have been worth paying for.

I said my goodbyes to LZ. I’d only been with him and VC a few hours and we’d hit it off from the outset.

It was then he told me that he was going to promose that very night LZ.

Which he did. (I’ve seen the photos).

There are our Portraits in Venice.

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The Brooklyn Brewery London Mash Event_5895

Last year I was invited to photograph the Brooklyn Brewery London Mash Event.

What unfolded over the 5 days was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had as a photographer.

The Brooklyn team and those working with them pulled together to create one the most inspired events London has seen in a long time.

Big thanks to Andrew Gerson, Garrett Oliver, the Cactus Kitchen Crew, Gabe Berry the incredible live bands – Metz, Hey Colosus, Messenger and the Graveltone’s and Colin at Rusted Rose for the Hyperlapse footage.

Mentions also to James Clay Beers, Clive at Bessant Events, the team at Event BarsVoodoo Rays (those Pizza’s – man) and the Black Skulls.

I know I’ve missed a bunch of guys out here – grrrrr)

Venues included.
St John Church in Hackney Wick.
The Smoking Goat and of course the incredible …
… MC Motors

Lastly, thanks especially to Mike Watson for inviting me to participate. Legend.

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  • Mikell Nielsen - I think you were born to shoot this event Gary. It’s so Rock n Roll and gritty good. I feel incredibly inspired and excited by these images…electrified. You’re an incredible talent.ReplyCancel