Saturday, 30 August 2014

Will Ye Go, Lassie Go

Oh the Summer time is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go lassie go
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
 From around the blooming heather
Will ye go lassie go

I will build my love a bower
Near yon pure crystal fountain
And on it I will pile
All the flowers of the mountain
Will ye go lassie go
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
From around the blooming heather
Will ye go lassie go

If my true love she were gone
I will surely find no other
Where wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go lassie go
And we'll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
From around the blooming heather
Will ye go lassie go

Photographs by and copyright of Jim Furness
Song Lyrics from "Wild Mountain Thyme" written by Francis McPeake.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Green Tin Snail

I am currently in Falkirk, having completed the first part of our journey in the Green Tin Snail. These photos were taken in Banffshire, as we departed. We drove to Montrose on the first day, followed by Dundee yesterday, and stayed in Falkirk last night. I did two shoots yesterday, and about to complete another this morning. 2CVs are fun! 

Photos by Dave Davies, using my camera. Post-processing by myself.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Woodland Creature

Recently I shot with Jakub in some woodland local to me. It was a lovely morning, and we were completely undisturbed for the duration. I always enjoy being out and about within nature, especially on balmy summer mornings.

The early part of the year has been very busy with singing work (hence, less modelling work), travelling throughout Europe. But I have August off completely, and only one show in September, which gives me the whole summer to spend with my son, and enjoy some more photo shoots, too. I'm enjoying modelling as a creative outlet, while I have some free time to do so. More to follow soon, hopefully!

Images copyright of Jakub.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Self Portraits in Den Haag

I am a little behind with blogging, photo-editing, and all other things that require sitting down for more than ten minutes at a time. These self-portraits were taken in my hotel room in Den Haag (The Hague), while I was performing in a (sell-out) show at The World Forum Theater for four days in April. (Yeah, I just had to get that brag-worthy statement in there!)

I am shortly planning a crazy tour of Scotland (in a Citroen 2CV!) which I'm hoping will also produce some interesting photo shoots, and I have some recent images to upload, too. If you happen to be in Scotland and are interested in shooting mid - late August, please get in touch!
Meanwhile, thought I'd add these to my blog. 

I've added the first image in colour too, because I was a little undecided.
Images copyright of ERosanne.

Friday, 11 July 2014

In Fields of Barley

Just thought I'd upload a few recent photos taken in Scotland by Dave A Davies. I picked up this bargain dress from a little antique shop, reduced from £215 to £15! I just had to put it on and stand in a barley field. As you do. (Click to view full-screen to appreciate these).

Copyright Dave A Davies, post-processing by yours truly.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

A Fond Farewell

Tessellation - 
Photo by Dave, post-production/image manipulation by myself.

You may have noticed a sudden influx of blog updates on my otherwise neglected blog in the last couple of days. I wanted to bring my work up to date before posting this particular update.

I learned yesterday, from his sister in Australia, that Dave Collier passed away yesterday morning. Over the course of a decade, I had worked with him more than any other photographer.

 Let Me Rest - 
From our first shoot together in 2004.

I first met Dave in 2004, at a studio day in Uxbridge. It was a long day in a studio located in an industrial estate (where I hadn't foreseen there would be no shops handy), and Dave was the only person throughout the day who thought to bring me anything to eat. I worked with him many times after that on an individual basis, on location and at his home, in Faringdon.

Beam Me Up -
One of Dave's all time favourite photos.

Dave will be remembered as a kindly soul, and a generous man. I still find little trinkets and printed images from the many shoots we did together over the years, each time I tidy the house. He never hesitated to provide for his models, or allow me to keep the props we had used to shoot with. 

There is a term, often used within the internet modelling community: some photographers are described as a 'GWC' (guy with camera), often used as a derogatory term. I hope I will not be misunderstood, and I hope that Dave himself would not be offended, if I describe Dave as a GWC (in his case, Gentleman With Camera). Unlike many, he had no aspirations or pretensions to be something he wasn't. He didn't make promises he couldn't keep, or have false delusions that he was any better than he was. (I think his pseudonym, 'Mugshots UK' is testament to his humility as a photographer). He was a humble man, and an amateur photographer, who aspired only to create images to the best of his ability, and appreciated recognition from fellow photographers when he got it right. Photography was his hobby, and his motives were no more complicated than that. He may have been a 'GWC,' but he was a good one, with a kind heart.
Secret Garden - 
This image was one of Dave's favourites, and was his desktop image for many years.

Over the course of the years that we worked together, Dave took some of my favourite images of myself - a select few of which, I have showcased here. (It must be said, that he also took some fairly terrible shots... but you have to take the rough with the smooth, and I never claimed to have a 100% hit rate!) Dave always gave me a CD of the images from each shoot, and allowed me to 'be creative' with them in post-production. 'Tessellation'  - the first image in this blog entry - was one of those images, shot by Dave and manipulated by myself, and I've always been proud of the results of that collaboration. Another is below.

Musical Chairs - 
Manipulation by myself.

Since I first knew him, Dave was never in the best of health. He wasn't very mobile, which meant that shooting with him could be a bit of a challenge, as in a studio environment, he was more or less stationary, while it was up to the model to change position and perspective. At times, this forced me to be more creative in our shoots together, to avoid a series of similar shots. 

Over the years, as I got to know him, I sometimes wondered if society in general had 'written off' Dave, due to his weight. Over time, he spoke to me about his various medical complaints, and I knew that his size was the result of a medical condition. It saddens me to think that people often dismissed him, simply because he was overweight. I suspect that many people never got to see the kindly man beneath his size. I am also led to believe that his weight delayed a correct diagnosis, when his medical conditions worsened. I think the modelling community provided him with a social circle that was important to him, and I'm proud to have been part of that network.

'Bandage My Brokenness' and 'Recovery'

Dave phoned me in November last year to tell me that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was very matter-of-fact relating the news, and I promised to visit him. I'd known him for a decade, and considered him a friend; it was the least I could do (nobody should find themselves in that position, alone).

I visited him just two weeks ago, by which time he was in a hospice. I was pleased to find him in good spirits, and he seemed well in himself. He was looking forward to moving to a nursing home, where he expected to stay for at least six months or so, to see out his time in comfort.

 Summer Friendship (featuring Fire's Secret) -
From a hilarious day's shooting.

Dave did move to the nursing home in late January, but was only there a few days before he passed away yesterday on 1st February. While the news was not entirely unexpected, the fact that it came so soon still seems a bit of a shock.

He was a good man, and I will remember him as a kindly soul (whose many generous gestures I have no doubt I will continue to stumble across from time to time). For those who knew him, I believe it is better that he didn't linger, and suffer; his illness was terminal from the moment it was diagnosed. And for those who weren't fortunate to meet him or come across his work, I hope this brief tribute will perhaps be a reminder not to judge a book by its cover. Never write someone off based on appearance. 

Dave Collier - 2014
He used this image as his profile picture on most of his websites.
It's a photo I took of him during one of our many shoots together.

Farewell, Dave. You will be fondly remembered.

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Well, everyone's taking 'selfies,' these days, so why not join in with the craze? Yes, more of those self-portraits. Shot in another hotel somewhere in Europe. Again, a last minute decision, and with only my 50mm camera lens to hand, due to baggage restrictions (hence some suitcase stacking, in order to balance the camera to take these). These are a raw edit, and probably don't require much explanation, so here they are (imperfections and all).



Just a few from a recent shoot (before Christmas) with Richard Lund. To bring me up to date!