I occasionally do commercial still life photography work, although I’m a poor substitute for the true still-lifers. This is a shot I did for Givenchy, my second job for them. I was so happy to get them as a client, that I didn’t mind the fact that I near-destroyed my studio in the process of making the splashes. You’d be surprised how much water it takes to get it right. There’s a still life photographer called Jonathan Knowles who does amazing work with water, and I’ve got even more respect for how perfect he gets his shots. It’s not easy. Also, I didn’t have running water in my studio in the time, so was using bottles of mineral water. Shit cost me.
The shot is composed of around ten different shots. Most of the water is composited separately, because a lot of the water was moving too fast for the flash to catch it cleanly, so I ended up shooting bits at a time and then compositing in parts that were sharp enough. The metallic lid was shot separately, because I couldn’t get the lighting right on the bottle at the same time. Six lights in total. One for the background, one to bring out the reflection, one on either side, one directly overhead, and another bounced off the wall just to add in some fill light.
The client was very happy with it, and I believe it went into Elle magazine.
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Here’s some recent work that has been featured in Mannschaft Magazin, from Sweden. The shots acompany a feature about the music duo ‘electronic deer’, whom I shot a couple of months ago up in London fields. My shot is on the left.
Big move away from my usual style of shooting, as I only had a single reflector with me that day, and they didn’t want anything too stylised. I think I may need to recalibrate my monitor as well, because the printed shot is much darker than the original.
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2012 project - looking for subjects
In 2012, I will be commencing a year-long photographic project championing the empowerment of women in ethnic minorities. London Photographer
I am looking for middle-eastern models to feature in a series of light-hearted and hard-hitting, story-driven portraits.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you think you would like to contribute to this unique and exciting project.
Work will mainly take place at my studio in greater London, to be composited at a later stage. Although some may be shot on location as well, depending on the picture.
Looking for models (middle eastern, athletic build) Assistants (semi-experienced) Make up artists Stylists (good grasp of middle eastern fashion/culture)
Mail@john-Godwin.co.uk 07747 861 777 Twitter: @jpgodwin
Please get in contact with me, even if it’s just to point me in the direction of someone you know who may be ableto help.
Shooting eye shadow for Givenchy France. Pic going in Harpers Bazaar
Precariously balanced Octo on recent product shoot for Kurt Geiger. Light fastened to beam using telephone wire I found on site.
This is Paul Kingscote - magician, actor, comedian, guy I know. He’s just scored a rather large role in one of Guy Ritchie’s new films, so he’s understandably chuffed. Have some really cool shots of him performing card tricks that I’ll be posting soon.
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Nick Headhunter Chapman
Look at this fucker- it’s like someone turned ‘menace’ into a substance, pressed that substance into bricks of infinite destiny and then used fear as cement to build the worlds most intimidating wall.