Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft by Chris Brock

Another portrait shot for the amazing Bunkerlove festival, this time of dancer Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft. If you recognise the name, it's because she's the daughter of two of Denmark's leading sculptors, Marit Benthe Norheim and Claus Ørntoft, and her performance at the festival was an interpretation of her mother's sculpture, entitled "Ruth".

Ruth's story is one of a girl who grew up as the daughter of a German policeman during the reign of the Nazis, and the struggles and stigma associated with being part of the regime. Sigrid's performance left many of her audience speechless, and expertly captured the emotion and heartbreak of Ruth's plight.

Ruth by Chris Brock

Else Marie Bukdahl by Chris Brock

Else Marie Bukdahl by Chris Brock

Else Marie is something of an icon in Denmark. A revered art historian and former president of the Royal Danish Academy of Art, she's a member of so many prestigious societies and associations - not to mention a Knight 1st Class of the Order of Dannebrog - that it's easy to see why her presence adds great gravitas to any event.

I was asked to shoot this portrait as part of this years fantastic Bunkerlove festival, which she opened at Hirtshals Lighthouse on 6th July, marking the start of two weeks of art, music, literature and lots more.

I'll be posting more images from the festival as time goes by, so watch this space!

All at sea with Martin Svendsen by Chris Brock

Have you ever found yourself hanging over the edge of a speedboat, attempting to photograph a man on a paddle board, while one assistant holds your light rig over the water, and another keeps the boat steady? Well, neither had I, until I was asked to photograph Martin Svendsen at sunset for Bunkerlove 2014.

Martin Svendsen by Chris Brock
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Martin is a man who lives and breathes the sea, and when he's not running his action event business Vest Event, he's working as a paramedic and dive rescuer, helping people out of difficulty on and in the waters around North Jutland. And he's also a man who solves problems, playing an integral part of the logistics behind the Bunkerlove festival.

Most at home on the water, Martin lives only a few minutes walk from the sea, and by the end of our shoot I was beginning to wonder if he was actually half man and half fish. Here are a few behind-the-scenes pics from our shoot, to give you an idea how we did it. 

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Assistants: Lars Ditlev Johansen / Jonas Ditlev Johansen

Cycling in Copenhagen by Chris Brock

If you live in Copenhagen the only way to get around is by bike. The city's built for it, with cycle paths next to the road, keeping cars and cyclists apart, and making getting from A to B safe and speedy under pedal power.

Amanda Borberg is one of the many thousands of cyclists who use a bike as their main mode of transport, and she kindly posed for a picture when I was shooting in Denmark's capital.

Cycling in Denmark by Chris Brock

The Friday Wrap 11.07.14 by Chris Brock

Copenhagen by Chris Brock

I'm working in Scandinavia at the moment, shooting for various clients and projects in places such as Copenhagen and Løkken, and loving every minute of it - not least because of the beautiful skies and infinite horizons, but because journeys like this open your eyes. 

When you live and work in a big city like London, it's easy for your world to shrink. You get blinkered to everything outside of the city walls and forget just how big this planet is. Coming to another country, or even just a different part of your own, reminds you that you're not held captive by the opportunities on your doorstep, but that there are almost infinite possibilities out there. This is true of the creative process and in terms of business as well.

I was out here last year, too, and it gave me the opportunity to make images that would have been impossible back in London. Not just because of the visual landscape, but also because of the different attitudes towards art and creativity that you find when you travel. In Denmark, where I am right now, all art is welcomed with an open mind and open arms, back in London this isn't the case so much, so it's refreshing to come to a place with a different perspective.

And it's also a reminder that photography is everywhere, and there's a need for it right across the globe. So when business is slow at home, it can't hurt to cast your net further afield and see if you can find such a friendly, welcoming audience as I've found here. 

As photographers our skill resides in the way we see the world. But if our world never changes, the way we see things can begin to get a little stuck. So go outside, take a walk, catch a plane, and remember what American writer Henry Miller said:

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."

Faces of Glastonbury by Chris Brock

If you live in the UK you won't have missed the annual Glastonbury Festival - and if you weren't there in person then you'll have seen it all over the TV. Dolly Parton, Brian Ferry, Metallica, Lana Del Ray, and a whole lot of mud all contributed to a fantastic event that goes far beyond just music, with comedy, a circus, the amazing Green Fields and a whole lot more.

Glastonbury is a place where people can let their hair down, and become a more relaxed, free version of their daily selves, and it's the vibrant mix of visitors that make it the delight that it really is. I got a chance to meet some of my fellow festival goers for portraits when I headed down for my second year in a row.

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Bunkerlove: A Space for Difference by Chris Brock

I'm packing up my gear and getting ready to head off to the North Jutland region of Denmark, where I'll be producing a series of works for the amazing Bunkerlove festival.

You might remember that I was there last year for two of its big events, which take place on different beaches, with artists collaborating to turn the concrete WWII bunkers of the Atlantic Wall into places for art of all kinds. I created a series of portraits and fine art images depicting the artists involved, and will be doing the same again this year. One of my images from the 2015 festival - a collaboration with conceptual performance artist Michael Richardt - has made it onto the official poster for the event.

Last year the images I created went on to become my first exhibition, "Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark", the title of which is borrowed from the words spoken by Marcellus to Horatio in Shakepeare's Hamlet. It seemed apt, given that the festival is built upon the ever so slowly rotting bunkers left behind by Hitler's armies after the war.

This year the festival takes place on Sunday 6th July at the lighthouse at Hirsthalls, and Sunday 13th July at Furreby near Løkken and the lineup is looking better than ever. Among the artists, musicians, sculptors and performers taking part will be Inge Tranter, Andrew Zealey, Marit Benthe Norheim, Ole Terlose, Erik Peiterson, Kasper Anthoni and Meile Sposmanyte to name just a small fraction of the people involved. It's going to be really exciting, and I can't wait to get involved. So if you're passing through North Jutland on either of those days and want to be overwhelmed by amazing art, come along.

More info at www.bunkerlove.com

Simon Gillespie for Third Sector Magazine by Chris Brock

Third Sector Magazine has just launched it's lovely new redesign, and they asked me to photograph British Heart Foundation chief executive Simon Gillespie for the first new-look issue.

Simon's an impressive character - with a history in the military, and quite a few marathons under his belt, he know what it means to take on a challenge, so he's perfectly placed to be running an organisation that's fighting to give us all healthier hearts.

The confidence that Simon has built up over through years of pushing himself to the limit - whether in the armed forces, through his running, or being in charge of one of the largest charities in the country - made him very easy to photograph. He's no stranger to having his picture taken, and was calm, relaxed and took instruction very well, which was great for me. I'm really pleased with the results, and I think the redesigned magazine looks great.

Simon Gillespie by Chris Brock
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Read all about it! by Chris Brock

Paul Saxton has been selling newspapers in North London for 34 years, from the same stand that his father and his grandfather occupied before him. He's a familiar face in the area, and a valued member of the community. While I was photographing him not a minute went past without someone coming over for a chat, or to buy a newspaper and find out what was going on.

Paul hit the news recently, when the supermarket across the road from his stand starting offering customers with a loyalty card what amounted to a free newspaper if they spent more than £5 on their shopping. With print on the decline anyway, this kind of competition doesn't make life any easier if selling papers is your bread and butter.

It's independent businesses and traders like Paul that give towns their unique character. Napoleon described Britain as a nation of shopkeepers, but if we're not careful it'll become a nation of chainstores. So if you're passing Crouch End and see Paul Saxton, buy a paper.

Norman Cook knows what you're thinking by Chris Brock

He's a man of many faces - the bassist of The Housemartins, a member of Beats International, Freak Power, Pizzaman, The Mighty Dub Katz, and more recently the driving force behind The Brighton Port Authority. But most of us know him under the moniker of Fatboy Slim.

With a face as recognisable as his music, Norman Cook has been responsible for many pairs of painful knees the morning after a night of jumping up and down to his tunes in nightclubs around the world. His home, though, is Brighton, where I shot this portrait in his home studio.