LIP Group Exhibition by Chris Brock

Exhibition season kicks off this week, and I'm showing work alongside fellow London Independent Photography members at the Original Gallery in Hornsey.

What I love about being a member of a group like LIP is that you get to see what floats other photographers' boats, and it's a great way of opening your eyes in what can otherwise be quite an insular business. Come along to the exhibition, and you'll see exactly what I mean.

I'll be sharing wall space with the likes of Amanda Eatwell, Eva Turrell, Gordana Johnson, Lizzie Brown, Mark Georgiou, Alex Turner, Tony Hale, Gwen Campbell, Willi Shaer, Liz Devonshire, Mary Thompson, Maggie Railton, Daniel Keys, Craig Humphreys, and Illya Falchevsky. There's a real variety of work on display, and as an added bonus, I'll be donating the money from any prints that I sell to the marvellous charity Scope.

It's taking place at:

The Original Gallery,
Hornsey Library,
Haringey Park,
London, N8 9JA

Come along to the private view on 25th February from 6pm - but if you can't make that, it runs until the 15th March and entry is FREE. You might even see me there!

Porthleven with Ray Martin by Chris Brock

I paid a visit to Porthleven in Cornwall recently, a harbour village most famous for photographs of the sea lashing its coastal defences, waves crashing down on it's clock tower and beaches. But the day I was there it was tranquil, calm and beautiful.

I met Ray Martin as he walked next to the harbour, and he kindly stopped to let me take his picture. Ray had a fishing boat here for thirty years, and would sell his catch to the local restaurants and fishmongers. I can't imagine what it must have been like to set to sea in high storms, not least because it was such a calm day when I dropped by.

Ray Martin by Chris Brock
Ray Martin by Chris Brock

BBC Three: Uncle by Chris Brock

If you were a fan of the first series of BBC Three's Uncle, then you'd better tune in at 10pm on the 10th February when season two kicks off. Andy (Nick Helm) and Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillot) return for more bitter-sweet comedy about the hapless uncle lumbered with his sister's son.

I produced the promotion photography for the series, and as the episodes are broadcast I'll be able to show you more of the images that we worked on.

Uncle by Chris Brock

Charity photo series: Bike Bike by Chris Brock

For the latest of my charity sports project shoots I was joined by Seb Lloyd who, when he's not working as a film editor and director, is usually peddling like crazy on one of his bikes. I mean, just check out those leg muscles!

Seb strikes a mean pose on his carbon fibre steed, and it all helps in my effort to raise £2000 for the charity scope, which aims to make the daily lives of disabled people - people who might not be able to ride a bike or go for a jog much easier.

Talking of which, as part of the project I'll also be running the London Marathon this April, so if you want to help me reach my fundraising goal then please give a donation here.

Seb Lloyd by Chris Brock
Seb Lloyd by Chris Brock

Saccone-Joly 2015 Calendar by Chris Brock

They say never work with children or animals. But when I was commissioned to shoot the 2015 calendar for the Saccone-Jolys I had two adults, two children and six dogs to contend with, so you can imagine the mayhem that ensued.

Jonathan and Anna Saccone-Joly are an Irish couple living in England who post a video about their daily lives to YouTube every day - and with more than 729,000 followers they've gained a sort of celebrity status that boggles the mind of those of us who are still coming to terms with the excess channels that FreeView has to offer. This really is the future of television and their success proves it.

We did fifteen setups over a two-day period, and it was an awful lot of hectic fun. The dogs are adorable, but not as much as their two children, Eduardo and Emilia, who provided constant entertainment throughout the shoot.

If you haven't tuned in to their YouTube channel yet, you should. But be warned - it's highly addictive!

Saccone-Joly Calendar by Chris Brock
Production: Shoot Group Styling: Lisa Winfield Hair and Make-Up: Fran Hounsom Assistant: Miroslav Jesensky

Production: Shoot Group
Styling: Lisa Winfield
Hair and Make-Up: Fran Hounsom
Assistant: Miroslav Jesensky

Saccone-Joly Calendar by Chris Brock
Saccone-Joly 2015 Calendar by Chris Brock

Owen Sharp for Third Sector Magazine by Chris Brock

I love shooting for print. There's nothing quite like getting a copy of the magazine with your picture on the cover and being able to hold it in your hands. So it was great when the latest issue of Third Sector magazine arrived with an image from my shoot with Owen Sharp, director of Prostate Cancer UK on the front.

It was great shooting Owen because he was game for anything - even standing in the rain for a few final shots outside their office next to HMS Belfast. While the directors of many companies might prefer to stay indoors, warm and dry, Owen appreciates the importance of getting out there and spreading the word about his charity, and will do almost anything to help that. Prostate Cancer is one of those illnesses that doesn't get enough coverage, and that people (particularly men) can be a little reluctant to talk about. Which is a crying shame, as more than 10,000 men die from it each year in the UK alone, and 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. So the more people like Owen can spread the message about getting yourself checked, the better.

Owen Sharp by Chris Brock
Owen Sharp by Chris Brock
Third Sector by Chris Brock
Third Sector by Chris Brock