Behind the shot #1: Jarvis Cocker

June 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hellooooo there!

This is the first of what will be (hopefully) a daily addition to my blog! I'll be telling the story behind some of my images from the technical stuff to how I edited it, to how I ended up shooting it in the first place. As it's the first of June and this image has just hit the city of Sheffield on the front cover of their biggest music magazine Exposed, I thought it would only be right to start with this portrait of Jarvis Cocker.

I was busy gardening on a bright Sunday a few weeks ago and I popped inside to make a cup of tea and check my emails... can you come and shoot Jarvis Cocker in the Winter Gardens recording his BBC6 Music show with Steve Davis... in half an hour! After a quick scrub and change I was down there in a flash, set up and shooting one of my all time musical heroes. I'm glad it was a last minute thing because if I'd had time to think about it I would have probably talked myself out of it. I shot through the whole show which included the pair of them chatting and also trying some pot shots on the table set up for the annual Snooker fest that occurs in Sheffield at this time of year.

At the end of the show I had literally 10 seconds as he was leaving to grab him, say hi, and get him to agree to pose for a portrait. He told me that he wasn't dressed for it and that he'd just been walking in Edale... I told him I wasn't dressed for it either and that I'd been gardening in Nether Edge, he chuckled, I asked him to stand in a bush.

The technical bits:

Canon 6D / Canon 85mm 1.8 lens f2.8 1/250sec IS0-640 / edited in ACR with VSCO pack 05 Kodak Gold 200 /


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