Pucker up.

I spent some time in Roslin Glen a few days ago with hockey star, male model, beard grower & dream-boat Tristan Harper.

We played in the mud, lost the dog, got bitten by bugs, found the dog, made some photography and had a laugh... all in days work.

Tristan Harper in Roslin Glen, Scotland.
Tristan Harper in Roslin Glen, Scotland.
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Tristan Harper in Roslin Glen, Scotland.

Tristan is one of the lovely fellas from the Model Team Agency in Glasgow if you're in need of a handsome man, keep him in mind. All Images ©johanley2014

Aye Robot

Did you know that Edinburgh has one of the worlds leading facilities in robotics? At least it does now... Monday 22nd September 2014 saw the official launch of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. The centre is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University and brings together scientists and engineers from both institutions to research, build, break and hopefully maintain a God like control over Scotland's future robots.

Focusing on the primary areas of renewable energy, healthcare and assisted living, transport, and manufacturing, it all sounds very helpful. However cinema has taught me to treat the idea of autonomous technology with suspicion. With the phrase 'this is how it begins' runnig through my mind I spent 20 minutes watching people get beaten by a robot playing connect 4.
I think we have time to prepare.

Eureka!

Way back in August, during the heady days of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a little time we like to call summer*, I was asked to shoot artist and musician Magne Furuholmen for the EU mag KUNST.

Magne is a print maker and was having one of his works replicated to tapestry at Edinburgh's famous Dovecot studios.  Aside from being an accomplished artist Magne is in fact one third of the 80’s sensation A-Ha! not to mention his other job as judge in the Norwegian version of the Voice… He's like a Scandy Simon Cowell only more handsome and charming. I am looking forward to catching up with him again at the end of this month for some more portraits and revealing of the complete work.

*we call it summer it's not, but we do call it that.

 Magne Furuholmenat the Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh. Furuholmen has created a new print titled Glass Onion, specifically as a design for the tapestry, which is being created in collaboration at the Dovecot Studio.

Credit: Jo Hanley for Kunst
 Magne Furuholmenat the Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh. Furuholmen has created a new print titled Glass Onion, specifically as a design for the tapestry, which is being created in collaboration at the Dovecot Studio.

Credit: Jo Hanley for Kunst
 Magne Furuholmenat the Dovecot Gallery in Edinburgh. Furuholmen has created a new print titled Glass Onion, specifically as a design for the tapestry, which is being created in collaboration at the Dovecot Studio.

Credit: Jo Hanley for Kunst
all images ©johanley2014

all images ©johanley2014

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A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting Andrew Ranicki for the German publication Taz - die tageszeitung. Andrew is an  algebraic topology mathematician and professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh and the son of literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranick who was regarded as one of the most influential contemporary literary critics in the field of German literature and has often been called Literaturpapst  (Pope of Literature) in Germany.

That level of Academia is well beyond my scope of understanding and while I have met my fair share of high end academics who generally range from haughty to hobo. Andrew was one of the most welcoming and entertaining people I have met in a long time. His enthusiasm was totally infectious, he has a laugh and smile that takes over his entire body and a life outlook that seems to find most things hilarious.

There must be magic in numbers.

 Professor in Mathematics Andrew Ranicki at his home in Edinburgh, for Taz - Die Tageszeitung

all images ©johnaley2014

Naked on a Beach...

Late last month I spent a very long day shooting stills for the new ESPC Campaign which is now running on taxis and billboards in Edinburgh, West Lothian and Fife, as well as over 30 different press adverts and over 17.5 million targeted online adverts. In other words if you have been anywhere in or around Edinburgh in the past month you will have seen something to do with this campaign.

We managed to shoot across 7 locations in 17 hours and all in glorious sunshine. There were moments of genius, hissy fits, burger binging, cake squashing, beach stripping, sun soaking and did I mention moments of genius. All in all it was an exhausting but very productive day.

 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
 ESPC Campaign, Edinburgh
all images ©johanley2014

all images ©johanley2014

Jessie's Girl.

Last week I was asked to shoot portraits of Author Jessie Burton for the Wall Street Journal.
So I did.

Jessie was in town for the Edinburgh International Book Festival chatting about her debut novel 'The Miniaturist'. The book was auctioned to 29 different publishers and entered the UK charts at number 4! Not too bad for a first time go... We had a lovely time wandering some questionable back streets of Edinburgh heading to lanes and closes that could resemble 1680s Amsterdam (where the book is set, I'm not that obscure). The book's heroine is Petronella Oortman, the WSJ explains, "A wedding gift of a dollhouse leads her to a shadowy artist whose miniatures seem to hold prophetic powers".

My copy is en route via Amazon as we speak.

 Author Jessie Burton in Charlotte Square Edinbrugh, Scotland. 

Jessie is in Edinburgh for the Edinburgh International Book Festival to promote her hit debut novel 'The Miniaturist'

CREDIT: Jo Hanley for The Wall Street Journal

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A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot Kenyan middle distance runner, Maasi Warrior, world record holder and Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha. David was in Glasgow for the Glasgow Athletics Grand Prix in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

I really do like shooting people at the top of their game especially when they have as much humility and grace as David. Here's hoping his Commonwealth Games are at least as successful as his Olympic Games.

David Rudisha ©johanley2014

David Rudisha ©johanley2014

You cannot be serious!

Last week I was working with Tennis Scotland shooting for their Commonwealth Games legacy apprenticeships. The Scottish Government has committed to generating 1000 sports related apprenticeships and I had the pleasure of meeting and shooting two of their apprentices.

Nicol and  Ruaridh handled the days media attention like pro's and didn't bat an eyelid when I asked them to balance tennis balls on their heads. If the rest of the programs ambassadors are anything like these guys, then the future looks bright for Scottish sport.

Nicol Brennan

Nicol Brennan

Ruaridh MacLeod

Ruaridh MacLeod

Drink me.

Recently I have been going through a bout of 'food industry' clients. I have been shooting, whisky and whisky master blenders, chefs, cooks, and a diary prince. It's great! I get to spend time with people who have a detailed understanding and passion for things I generally don't want to have to over think. Need milk? it's there in the supermarket. What make of cow does it come from? I don't know, I just want cornflakes.

Equally (some would disagree) but the port to peat ratio my whisky is a mystery to me and yet so very important. So here's to the captains of the food industry, you make my job more interesting and for that I thank you.

 RBS employee Stephanie Zokas at Pavilion Tea Room in Glasgow
 Richard Paterson, master blender of Whyte and Mackay at their headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland

Eyes to me.

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting a collection of style images for Glaswegian heart breaker Neal Roxburgh (Colours Agency). We spent a couple of hours locked in a small space and came out with loads of great work. Check it out below and if you are looking for a model or actor keep him in mind.

Neal Roxburgh
Neal Roxburgh
all images ©johanley2014

all images ©johanley2014

A lesson in Geography.

A couple of weeks ago I got to explore England's 'Northern' belt. I say 'Northern' because I live in Scotland... (see Map) and the English North is 3 hours South of me.

I was shooting for a Teaching Trust photographing Head Teachers who have done nothing but great things with their schools. It is always an enjoyable task working with these guys. They have nothing but enthusiasm for what they do, and for the potential of each of their students.
It is a pleasure to be around.

I am back shooting for them in two weeks in London and Portsmouth.
Which is unquestionably South.

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The Commonwealth Games, delivered.

Last week I was asked to shoot portraits for a story on Parcelforce Worldwide at their depot in Glasgow (or depow in Glasgot).

Parcelforce are the delivery collective for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games getting kit to athletes, parcels to the public and all through what will be some of the heaviest traffic Glasgow will have ever faced. I think they're well up for the challenge.

Parcelforce
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UPDATE - Parcelforce did a blog bit on this very story. You will find it HERE.

Don't fence me in

I spend as much time driving as I do actually working. Sometimes I'm on the train or a plane, I'm comfortable moving. In the past five months alone I have traversed most of the UK from London to the Highlands and beyond.

2014's locations so far...

2014's locations so far...

 

Often when I am traveling about all I have to hand, quickly, is my phone, to grab a shot or two of what and where I am passing through. So I thought I'd show off some of my phonescapes(!?)

You can find more here if you like.

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Anywhere. Anytime.

I get to spend quite a lot of time in the middle of nowhere. I like it! I was recently in the middle of nowhere with my lovely assistant, Magnus, and a film crew doing some work for the Royal Bank of Scotland. We were shooting one of their clients, Internet Anywhere. We started just outside of Edinburgh and ended up in a Border Moorland being chased down hill by a fog that had blinded Scotland for three days. It was a great shoot, great results and my internet access throughout was impeccable!

 

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FORE!

Last year I shot portraits of European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley. The Ryder Cup is a pro Golf competition, run every 2 years, between team USA and team EU. This year it is being held just around the corner(ish) at Scotland's famous Gleneagles. Which is where these portraits were shot. 

The images were initially for a business magazine but Paul liked them so much that they are now his offiocial profile portraits, which is super. Paul was lovely and considering I was one of the last stops of the day, still being lovely is amazing. He did interview after interview with pushy journalists who just had 'one or two more questions' straining times and delaying the next live feed. I had 15 min and was done in 10. "Paul, happy to help."

["Fore!" is originally a Scots term that comes from the military "beware before" which an artilleryman would yell alerting nearby infantrymen to drop to the ground to avoid the shells overhead, it was often shortened to Fore.] So there you go.

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Suave

Last week I was shooting some style images for a glasses manufacturer based in London. We had a few different lighting set-up's to get through and a limited amount of time but we got everything done, and then some. Before finishing up we even managed to play with some multiple exposures, just to add a little pizazz.

Our lovely beardy model, Pete Day, was a breeze to work with, he was heading off to a Bacardí party through in Glasgow after the shoot so needless to say he was in a very chipper mood... Thanks Pete.

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I'll give you woof!

So earlier this month I spent a cold morning in a field with two lovely ladies and almost one hundred dogs. That's 100. They were a curious, noisy, ballsy, humpy, butt sniffing pack. They tried to run off with my light stands and tried to eat my camera. I left a lot muddier than when I arrived and I'm not ashamed to say, feeling a little violated.

It was fun! (not the butt sniffing violations but you know... roll with the punches.) This was all in aid of a story about CitiDogs Crèche in Edinburgh and the two women who started it. Sandy & Sarah started off taking in only 20 dogs and are about to extend to handle 120, with indoor and outdoor facilities. All the mutts seemed happy as Larry and the staff REALLY like dogs.
Good thing.

See more here.

CitiDogs Crèche Edinburgh©johanley.com

CitiDogs Crèche Edinburgh©johanley.com

Who smiles better?

I have spent the past couple of weeks bouncing between Glasgow and Edinburgh which I love to do. The two cities have very distinctive personalities.

Glasgow's old mantra was 'Glasgow Smiles Better' Which said the right way becomes 'Glasgow's Miles Better' stoking the fires of rivalry between the two (Edinburgh's was something to do with financial superiority 'Inspiring Capital' I get it, but it's a bit dull) Still when it comes to smiling either a cool little 'I'm in charge' grin or a beaming 'This is awesome!' as long as it there, we're good.

Back to it then...

So 2013 was a great year. Work wise I was happy to step everything up a notch and thankfully nothing fell off.  It has been a busy start to 2014 with some lovely industrial work for Natrail, Some Rock'n'roll for Ryan Air and some vendor portraits for The Big Issue to mention a few. Mental!

Natrail ©johanley2014

Ryan Air ©johanley2014

The Big Issue ©johanley2014