Sculptor Karin Ertmann by Chris Brock

If you follow my blog you'll have noticed that I spent much of the summer in Northern Denmark, making portraits of Danish artists for the amazing Bunkerlove festival. One of those artists was the sculptor Karin Ertmann, who uses reclaimed materials (in this case decaying metals from the WWII bunkers) to create something new and amazing.

Getting the opportunity to work with so many great artists in Nordjylland over the last two years has been a wonderful and enlightening experience, for which I will be forever grateful. The Danish approach to art has opened my eyes to just how wrong we've got it in the UK. Over here art seems to be a professional endeavour, with polish, trends, financial worth and investment potential being the key attributes to good art. In the UK art is as much about what's fashionable as it is about imagination. In Denmark art is about ideas, concepts, creativity and experimentation. It is open to all, celebrated much more broadly and encouraged as a life skill that fosters other ways of seeing.

We could learn a lot from that attitude.

Karin Ertmann by Chris Brock

Yoga in the Park with Chris Miller by Chris Brock

Continuing with my sporty photo project, I met up with fitness coach and yoga guru Chris Miller to do a shoot among the autumn leaves.

Chris is an exceptional yoga teacher, and has worked with the cast of Downton Abbey, Dr Who, Game of Thrones and many more, teaching in Los Angeles and London.

This project is part of my fundraising effort for the fantastic charity Scope, for whom I'm running next year's London Marathon. I'm hoping to raise £2000 so if you're feeling generous, please sponsor me!

While we were doing the shoot, Chris showed me a few invaluable stretching exercises, so hopefully with his help I'll be able to get around the 26.2 mile course in one piece next year!

Chris Miller by Chris Brock

Zoot Woman by Chris Brock

Credited as being the founding fathers of the electroclash movement, British band Zoot Woman recently launched their fourth album, the excellent Star Climbing. As well as producing their own unique sound, they've also worked (in one guise or another) with acts such as Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Armand van Helden and Felix Da Housecat.

I was approach by the band to create promo shots for the new album, and shot lead singer Johnny Blake ahead of the launch last month.

Zoot Woman are currently performing in Europe and are soon to embark on a US tour. If you get a chance you should try to catch them live. These guys really know what they're doing

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Call the Birds by Chris Brock

While I was over in Denmark this summer, working on my portrait commissions for the Bunkerlove festival, I met Suzette Gemzøe & Thomas Seest. Their contribution to the festival, entitled "Frühstück für vögel" was an installation that took a lot of guts. Literally, almost half a tonne of fishguts, placed on the roof of a bunker on the beach at Furreby near Løkken. The idea was that the fish innards would attract swarms of gulls which would themselves become a living, analogue work of art, constantly moving, changing and evolving. An inspired (if a little smelly) conceptual piece of art. Fabulous stuff!

uzette Gemzøe & Thomas Seest by Chris Brock

Cold Drip Coffee for Metro by Chris Brock

It's all the rage among coffee lovers, and one of the best places in London to find it is at Anges De Sucre, where Reshmi and Mitch prepare the best cold drip coffee this side of the Watford Gap (and their macarons are pretty good too)! 

It gets its name from the process, whereby cold water is slowly filtered through the coffee grounds over a 24 hour period, drip by drip, resulting in a mellow flavour which, when served over ice, is refreshing on a hot summer's day. 

I went down to Anges de Sucre to photograph Reshmi and Mitch for Metro, and you can see the images in today's edition of the paper.

Photo by Jenny Reilly

Photo by Jenny Reilly

My Body, Your Room by Chris Brock

Another set of images from my time at the Bunkerlove festival in Denmark this summer. This time they're of Sandro Masai, a dancer who staged an amazing improvisational performance, entitled "My Body, Your Room."

But Sandro isn't just a dancer. He's also a design technologist, and his dance was scored by the sound of his own heartbeat. A heart monitor strapped to his chest fed back to an amplifier which turned each beat into sound and light, which Sandro danced to at each of the two hour performances. By slowing his heartbeat he could slow the tempo of the sound and light, and by speeding it up the rythmn of his sensory performance increased.

Taking place in a small, concrete bunker on the beach at Løkken, the performance was not just amazing, but intimate and quite overwhelming.

Michelle Mitchell for Third Sector Magazine by Chris Brock

I headed down to the headquarter of the MS Society  to photograph their chief executive Michelle Mitchell for Third Sector Magazine. Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 100,000 people in the UK alone, and the MS Society has firmly got their back, funding research into the illness, campaigning for change on their behalf, being a point of support for those who live with MS day in, day out - and a whole lot more besides.

To find out more visit www.mssociety.org.uk

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Announcing my charity photo project by Chris Brock

Next year I'm running in the London Marathon to raise money for the wonderful charity, Scope. With a stated aim to make Britain a country where disabled people have the same opportunities as everybody else, they work hard to provide support, information and advice to disabled people and their families, in order to make their lives a little bit easier.

I'm fundraising, and you can help by sponsoring me in my effort to run 26.2 miles next April (it's a REALLY long way). And if doing a good deed wasn't enough, I'm offering a couple on incentives:

  • The person who makes the biggest donation via my sponsorship page will get their very own portrait shoot, carried out by me (as long as they live in the UK).
  • One of my sponsors will be chosen at random to receive a signed print of their choice from my portfolio. It could be you!

I'm also starting a new charity photo series. Each month, in the run-up to the marathon, I'll be shooting a new, sport-related image. When the marathon's done, prints will be auctioned off to help me top up my fundraising and reach my goal.

This is the first picture from the series, of my flatmate Laura jogging around Alexandra Palace. I hope you like it, and I also hope you will dig deep and sponsor my marathon effort at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisBrock1

Charity photo project by Chris Brock

On the beach with Andrew Zealey by Chris Brock

Graduate of the globally-renowned Glasgow School of Art, and now artist in residence in the North Jutland region of Denmark, Andrew James Zealey is known for his abstract works. Recognisable by his striking use of colour, his paintings capture the emotion and power of the sea, and the sensuality of the rolling landscapes.

I had the pleasure of spending time with Andrew when I photographed him for this year's Bunkerlove festival, and saw his method first hand as he set to work bringing one of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall to life. His colours fusing with the natural passing of time as the elements took their toll on the bunker's concrete structure, and his paint complimenting nature's own relentlessly gentle, yet indefatigable processes. 

He's a good laugh, too.

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Build a better burger with ShortList magazine by Chris Brock

I like burgers (who doesn't?), and if you follow my blog you'll know that I like vans, too. So when I was asked by ShortList magazine to do a shoot with a burger van for the cover feature of this week's issue, it was like all my Christmases had come at once!

And it wasn't just any burger van - it was the Bleecker St. Burger van. Possibly the best burgers in the world, if not the entire universe. 

The shoot was to accompany a feature about street food, and ShortList's Mr. Hyde editor, Jonny Pile, had been undergoing training in the Bleecker van to get to grips with just what it takes to make the perfect burger.

Check out the video below to see how we got the cover shot. And yes, I did try a burger. And yes, it really was amazing!

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Shortlist cover shoot by Chris Brock
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