"Witless" promo images for the BBC

When you're shooting a promo campaign for a television show, it can be quite an unusual situation. As anyone who works in telly will tell you, it's 90% waiting around, and 10% actually doing stuff.

Fortunately, I'm a very patient person, and I love standing on set watching how it all works. So it was great to be invited to shoot the promo images for Witless, the new sitcom starring Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle, currently being broadcast on BBC Three and BBC One.

The show is about two flatmates who witness a gangland shooting and are put into witness protection, and the hilarity that ensues along the way. Take a look if that sounds like your cup of tea. It's very funny!

Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock
Witless by Chris Brock

Cover shoot with WaterAid's Barbara Frost

It's easy to forget how lucky we are to have clean running water - hot and cold. It's not about just having something to drink - which of course is vital for survival, but having access to clean water is important for sanitation (think flushing toilets) which prevents the spread of disease, irrigation for agriculture, food preparation, cleaning, and a thousand other things besides.

And while we just have to turn on the tap, there are millions of people around the world who don't have that luxury. And that's what WaterAid is changing, slowly but surely, in countries both rich and poor, right across the globe.

It was an honour to photograph Barbara Frost, the chief executive of WaterAid for the cover of Third Sector magazine, and it really made feel so grateful to live in a country where we have something as simple, yet fundamentally important as clean water at our fingertips.

WaterAid by Chris Brock
WaterAid by Chris Brock

Frederick Wimsett for Metro

It's the Queen's 90th birthday soon, and to mark the occasion St Christopher's Place commissioned muralist and chinoisier (if that's a word) Frederick Wimsett to create a portrait, which will be displayed at the London street from today for the next six months.

I was commissioned by Metro to visit Frederick in his home and capture him with his masterpiece before it was put on display, and the shoot was sheer joy. I always get a lot of pleasure from seeing an artist at work, and to see the sheer scale of the artwork up close was really something. And I really enjoyed meeting Frederick and his dog Seagull, both of whom turned out to be great in front of the camera.

Frederick Wimsett by Chris Brock

Channel 4: British Army Girls

Tomorrow night (Thursday 7th April) at 9pm, a new series is broadcast on Channel 4, which follows female recruits at Army Training Centre Pirbright, as they make the transition from civilian to fully fledged soldier.

British Army Girls by Chris Brock

A team of documentary makers spent 14 weeks cramped up in a tiny room, allowed out by their army chaperone's every now and then to film key moments of the recruits' training before being put back into their cell. This was how they filmed "British Army Girls" - a warts and all look at the tough regime that goes into making our servicewomen. 

It was a tough life for the filmmakers, but fortunately for me I was only there for one day, shooting the promo imagery for the series, otherwise I think I would have gone mad. But that was enough to get a bit of an insight into army life. During one shoot I asked one of the recruits to lean against the wall, but they weren't allowed to do that. So I asked them to stand with their hands in their pockets. But they most certainly weren't allowed to do that. 

Every aspect of army life is strictly controlled, and even that one day on the army base gave me a real understanding of why the British Army is one of the most formidable in the world. 

British Army Girls by Chris Brock
British Army Girls by Chris Brock

Is that sunshine?

If you're a photographer and you don't live in Los Angeles or South Africa, the dark winter months can be filled with frustration, as you pace up and down indoors like a caged lion, waiting for the rains to subside, the winds to die down, and just a little sneak peak of sunshine to wave hello from behind the clouds.

That happened for me last week, so I grabbed my camera and headed outdoors with accomplished travel photographer Diana Jarvis (www.dianajarvisphotography.co.uk) who kindly offered to take a turn in front of the camera for a change.

I wanted to create images that were vibrant and upbeat, making the most of the lovely light that we're starting to get, and I think I'm definitely going in the right direction with these. More of this kind of thing will follow, though, so watch this space as I indulge myself in the sunlight. It's nice to go outdoors once in a while.

Diana Jarvis by Chris Brock
Diana Jarvis by Chris rock

New campaign work for Microsoft

I was recently commissioned by Wunderman to create two lifestyle campaigns for Microsoft new smartphone and computing platform, Lumia.

The campaigns followed real life app developers Sebastiano Galazzo (developer of the app 4Blend) and James Mundy (creator of Foundbite) as they used their phones to navigate their way around London, taking in the sites and sounds and using their smartphones to record their experiences. One of the campaigns was shot in conjunction with Uber, whose app is now available right across all of Microsoft's devices.

The images will appear on a wide variety of platforms - most prominently on all social media channels.

Microsoft Lumia by Chris Brock
Lumia Voices by Chris Brock