Keys are a band that hail from Cardiff, and a few weeks back they came into the studio to shoot. I spent the day experimenting with lighting and exposure times. Using Burning Red staff as guinea pigs we got a few test shots done before the guys turned up in the evening.
You’d be surprised at what you can create with a few quality street wrappers, a mag light and some patience..
Last year we ventured into the deep, damp woods to shoot with Betty Havok and the Rothfink ‘Rust Bus’.
Thanks to Ryo Love for the makeup, Lo for being a great assistant, Betty for being a fantastic model and Jason Cooper for lending us the Rust Bus! Little did we know this was just the start of a new collaboration between Jason and myself, spawning in the creation of Rothfink!
For the finished photozine: #5 Betty Havok in ‘Gone Fishin’ head over to the Albino Jacks site and take a look.
Feast your eyes upon the macabre, hold the darkness in your hands. This is Albino Jacks
Albino Jacks is a side project dreamed up by myself and a friend a few years back. The name came from the idea of naming a character, a bartender that would determine your fate by throwing a load of ‘jacks’ in the air, the character idea flopped, but the name stuck. And Albino Jacks was born.
The idea is to create something completely different, using the images from shoots to create a quarterly photozine accompanied by a story. A combo of twisted narrative and beautifully presented imagery in a number of different scenarios. The photozines take you on a visual journey through sci-fi, horror, pin-up and a dose of macabre.
First real outing armed with my D800 and 50mm prime lens only. The 50mm feels like a different lens now shooting with full frame sensor – genuinely feels like how it did when shooting film.
I’d heard about this bunker and old WW2 anti-aircraft battery complex located at Lavernock Point from a friend, and had planned on coming here a few times before. The area has been converted into a nature reserve and is a great little walk just 15 minutes out of Cardiff.
I was expecting the area to be completely trashed (in a Boys-Village kind of way), but aside from the obligatory graffiti in a few of the internal rooms, there was very little litter, rubbish, suspect materials …
A bit more about the location.
“The concrete remains .. were an anti-aircraft battery built during WW2. There were four 3.7″ anti-aircraft guns arranged in a clover-leaf pattern with a lighter 40mm Bofors gun nearby. There were also a command post, a magazine and a workshop … Many similar batteries were built during the war but few remain.”
Managed a further bit of location scouting and geocaching last weekend. Geocaching IS a great way of finding new, interesting places and these two places certainly didn’t dissapoint. After a quick van-based-lunch (it was freezing with the windchill) – we set off in the opposite direction to all the Tintern Abbey visitors, and we were on our own for most of our walk.
These 2 places are within a stones throw from Tintern Abbey car park (our starting point) and thats as much information as i’m giving to their location – if you are interested in finding out or visiting them, then there’s enough clues in the pictures and in the title to find them