See more of Andrew’s work via his Instagram here –> www.instagram.com/neaz___y
See more of Andrew’s work via his Instagram here –> www.instagram.com/neaz___y
Beth Crockatt is a stalwart of music and events photography. She’s been around for a few years, making a living by documenting an industry she loves and adores. Beth’s has a knack of catching good times as they happen, transferring the energy of an unforgettable night into her images with panache.
Name? Beth Crockatt.
From/Location? I’m a bit of nomad but currently live in London.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Working in clubs and the music industry since I was 15 and regularly for various publications for the past 10 years.
Camera of choice? Nikon D4.
Specialist area of expertise? Portraits, PR and badly lit places…
Inspirations? Martin Parr and David LaChapelle.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? I have been lucky enough to travel around the world to attend some amazing parties and experience once in a lifetime moments, which I am forever grateful for. This said, as a photojournalist no matter how beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) the situations I was thrown into were, I always seemed to come back to the close up images – the personal shots of people just lost and dancing rather than the destination, the main booking, or whatever. Club events look right until you get down to the bare bones of the night and the people, and I have tried to reflect that in my selection here.
Where can our readers see more of your work? www.bethcrockatt.com
Christopher Byron initially became known to us through his work as a musician, as part of techno duo Vosper. After seeing his incredible photographs on Instagram, we invited him to be part of the Photo Issue. Thankfully, he agreed and supplied us with these stunning, cinematic images below.
Name? Christopher Byron (also known as Christopher Vosper).
From/Location? London, England, current location Montreal, Canada.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been exploring with photography since 2007. But started to take it more seriously, only this past year.
Camera of choice? After using Canon and Pentax professional DSLRs over the years, I’ve recently settled on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with the 90mm F2 and 35mm F2 Fujinon lenses. It’s the reason I take my camera out with me daily. Being able to shoot directly in black and white with weather sealed lens that are equal to, or greater than Canon L-Lenses, gives me incredible freedom as an artist. The camera has a “range finder” style body, it doesn’t look like a DSLR. People don’t pay much attention to it and that is priceless.
Specialist area of expertise? Working as a visual effects artist, my attention to details, composition and cinematic references are a big part of my photographic style.
Inspirations? I work all day on TV commercials, so working in black and white is a breathe of fresh air.
I try to capture a natural, but contrasted mood of city life. Architecture always seems to make its way into my photos. I think this is, in part, due to growing up with a father as an architect and a brother who is an architectural model maker. At the same time, I’ve been obsessed with portraits for decades. Street photography and portrait photography are a natural extension of my interests.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos?
1. Lovers walk – It was a foggy morning, the rain had stopped. I turned to see this couple walking towards me in the park. There was something very romantic about the image.
2. Bike in scale – I’ve always enjoyed a visual sense of scale. Overbearing monolithic architecture, put into perspective by one man.
3. Abandoned silo – Sometimes, just looking through a hole in a fence can lead to perfection.
4. The smoker – Walking through an dirty grey alleyway, I came across the day in orange.
5. Even stranger things – A massive sun was setting over the train tracks, then along came the lady walking her dog. There was something mysterious about the whole vibe. For some reason, the resulting look reminded me of an eighties movie.
6. Sun runners – Summer evenings in the hood.
7. Racing stripe – 7am on a Sunday morning downtown, an Audi with a Red racing stripe on its body, drove into my frame. The final result looks like a car ad.
8. Mrs Metropolitan – You never know what a downtown subway exit will bring you. Always keep your camera ready to shoot.
9. Pixel rain – An interior design store window gave a unique reflection upon passers by.
10. Roman holiday – I saw this couple standing in an entrance way across the street, early on a Sunday morning. That’s what I love about street photography, you really never know what you’re going to see. Just shoot all the time and never check your photos until you’re home. It’s so rewarding.
DaddysGotSweets is also known by her real name Beth, a spirited photographer from Wales but now residing in London. Her work is based mainly around documenting nightlife – an industry that she is extremely passionate about, with music on of the fundamentals of her life. Beth’s photos reflect her deep, unwavering love for clubs and electronic music.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? I’ve been saying five years for at least three years now, so probably about eight years. Although I guess it was only after three years that I thought, “Yeah, I can do this.” So five years. Or eight.
Camera of choice? Nikon (d600).
Specialist area of expertise? Parties and peoples.
Inspirations? Marc De Groot and Nick Ensing for me were the pioneers of party photography. It was never a conscious, “Wow I want to do that” but I definitely remembered taking an interest in what they do. Also an amazing book called ‘Last Nights Party’, the photos were naughty and raw and it really made me realise that photos can be real instead of just glamourised and polished.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? The photos I’ve chosen don’t have so much of a theme, they’re just images that stuck out to me. I never wanted to be a photographer, for me I’m a raver, I love music and partying, the photography is a by-product of that. So the images aren’t so much “Wow incredible crowd shot of amazing production” because that’s never what I set out to do, I prefer images that convey an emotion, tell a story or encourage the viewer to create a story in their own imagination.
We’ve known Kenrick Nembhard for nearly 25 years. Adept with a camera, as well as paintbrushes, pencils and much more, (plus digital software too), Kenrick has a strong visual identity throughout all his work. His photographs here are from his days working the night shift (and sometimes day shift) as a paparazzo in London.
Name? Kenrick Nembhard.
From/Location? South-east London.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Since 2010/2011 when I first started at Smart Pictures, the photo agency.
Camera of choice? Canon 500D as it was my first camera that I learned on, however I do love my Canon 1D Mark3 and I have had a Canon 1D Mark2. My smart phone is my daily driver as I use it all the time to take photos and do time lapses, which have become a staple of my work recently.
Specialist area of expertise? I would say time lapse, night time long exposures and street photography (but night time long exposures are my favorite).
Inspirations? Can’t say I’m inspired by any one thing in particular but I do look at a lot of other photographer’s work, and then try to do my thing.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? This is just some of the work I carried out when I covered events for Smart Pictures – just a collection of pictures of some people you may or may not know.
I also wanted to add that I don’t Photoshop my images. Not because I don’t know how to use Photoshop but I think everyone is over-editing these days, and then calling themselves a photographer – when you should use a real set up and take a photo using your skills with the camera. Not post-editing to correct/enhance them.
We met Jasmin Bell in Belfast at the AVA Festival, where she was working hard to catch all the action during the event’s second year. Her work has a lascivious streak, with crisp, bold colours, alluring activity and clandestine behaviour all captured by her keen eye.
Name? Jasmin Bell.
From/Location? From Belfast, based in London.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Six years.
Camera of choice? Canon 6D.
Specialist area of expertise? People!
Inspirations? Colour, 16th century art, Stanley Kubrick, Instagram, subcultures, France…
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? These photos were taken on nights out in London at clubs, festivals and house parties. I particularly like the faceless images, it leaves an air of mystery.
Khris Cowley really lives and breathes his job. Exploring his love for travel and photography makes his heart beat, which is clear from the wonderful shots he takes. From festivals in Croatia, to days spent in the Nevada desert at Burning Man, his energy, enthusiasm and skill make him a photographic force of nature.
Name? Khris Cowley.
From/Location? The Philippines/Bristol.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Five years.
Camera of choice? Canon 5D MkIII / Olympus OM20 / Polaroid SX70 Alpha / iPhone6S.
Specialist area of expertise? Events and travel photography.
Inspirations? Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gregory Crewdson…
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? The photos I’ve selected here are from some of my favourite events I’ve worked on in the last year, showcasing the diversity of places that I shoot. From dark sweaty raves in East London to festivals in the jungles of Tulum, I am always trying to capture the atmosphere of any given moment. These images capture exactly what I saw at that point, and are a form of nostalgia that I can now share with you.
Where can our readers see more of your work? www.wearehereandnow.net
Marc Sethi is a versatile photographer, who does everything from festival reportage to portraits. We love his crisp style, with composition and eye for detail/character at the centre of his lovely photographs.
Name? Marc Sethi.
From/Location? London, UK.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? Nearly seven years, but realistically only six professionally.
Camera of choice? Depends on the job, but I’m shooting a lot of personal work with the Mamiya 7 II at the moment. I love the finish on the images.
Specialist area of expertise? I’m a bit all over the shop. I love documentary and portraiture, but I’m known for music and commercial work, too.
Inspirations? From all over really. I’m constantly looking for inspiration, but a lot comes from my friends and family, constantly listening to music, and getting involved in as much as possible.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? I decided to put in a variety of music shots from the last few of years. Some portraits which I was fond of from a residency in Ibiza this year, and a few from my early works with Clash magazine. I used to shoot a series where I would visit music artists in their studios, and the one of TEED was always one of my faves. And then there’s the MOAT. Arguably one of the finest music venues in the world. Hope you like them!
Where can our readers see more of your work? www.instagram.com/marcsethi
We met Micaela McLucas at our friend Rob Lang’s exhibition last year. A mutual friend of ours, we approached her to join the Photo Issue and really impressed with her vibrant images. Micaela is an adventurer and her camera is an extension of herself, recording her antics around the world.
Name? Micaela McLucas.
Age? 28 (going on 17).
From/Location? From Los Angeles – now based in the polar opposite, London.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? There was never any question since my childhood that I was, and would be forever, some ridiculous over the top artist. That bubble burst when I moved to New York at 21 but it did guide my accidental career path into photography – so I guess I’ve been dedicating my life to photography for the past seven years but I’ve been zigzagging on this crazy road my whole life.
Camera of choice? I’ve always been a dedicated Canon supporter but having recently started shooting on Hasselblad. Nothing else compares.
Specialist area of expertise? Getting weird (weirder and weirder). I’ve definitely made it my niche speciality to weave dreams out of my surroundings, my projects, my lovers. It comes out in my work very loudly – I’m known for my use of color and composition in taking each project beyond a typical portrait.
Inspirations? Spirit, music, love, the sun, and most importantly, the ocean.
Tell me a little bit about your selection of photos? This is a collection from the year 2016 – it’s been a million times more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed…
Nick Ensing is one of the resident photographers at world-leading nightclub, fabric. He has been involved in photographing London’s club nights for a long time now and is considered by many to be a legend and inspiration. His work here is all shot without a flash, giving his images a depth, warmth and sincerity that holds true to the scenes unfolding before him.
Name: Nick Ensing.
Age: Rave Generation.
How long have you considered yourself a photographer? 10 years.
Camera of choice? Sony A7s.
Area of expertise? Portraiture.
Inspirations? Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Tell about your selection of photos? These are all photos from 2016 at fabric – all in natural light with little, if any, adjustment. Obviously last year was a poignant time and hopefully these images will help to show that fabric is like no other venue in the UK if not the world.
Where can we see more of your work? www.instagram.com/nickensingphoto