Heirloom's Chris Slaughter by Chris Brock

If you want seasonal fine dining, with produce from British producers, then you need to visit Heirloom in a Crouch End, North London. The restaurant is so dedicated to only using ingredients sourced from our own fair isle that it even has its own farm where it grows vegetables for its menu, which changes daily.

I was invited to visit Heirloom and photograph their head chef and one of its founders Chris Slaughter. Chris has an illustrious background in fine dining, not least having been the head chef at the famous Pig and Butcher gastropub before moving to North London to shake up the food scene with heirloom.

Visit the restaurant's website at www.heirloomn8.co.uk

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Training with F1 driver Max Chilton by Chris Brock

When most of us drive, it's because we're too lazy to walk. When Formula 1 drivers get in the car, it's the equivalent of running a marathon. So it's vital that they stay in peak physical condition.

Max Chilton drives for the Marussia F1 team, and when he's not behind the wheel he's working out to make sure that he's in just as good shape as his car. I spent the morning with Max at the sports clinic of St Mary's University, where the bioanalytics experts from Orreco help top athletes get the most out of their training programs as well as their bodies. Tailored exercise schedules and world class analysis help people like Max stay on top of their game.

Max Chilton by Chris Brock
Max Chilton by Chris Brock
Max Chilton by Chris Brock
Max Chilton by Chris Brock
Max Chilton by Chris Brock

Peter Max Jakobsen's "Chronometer" by Chris Brock

If you're familiar with Peter Max Jakobsen's work, then you'll recognise his abstract paintings which take colour, motion and shape and mould them into dynamic maelstroms that conjure emotions and stories.

Currently exhibiting in Miami, when I met him for these portraits he was working on something a little bit more three dimensional. "Chronometer" was commissioned by Denmark's Bunkerlove festival, and in essence turned an inanimate concrete bunker in the sand dunes at Hirstsells, Nordylland, into a living sundial. Constructed from hundreds of rods, the installation changed with the passage of time and the intensity of the sun, ensuring that it became something new from one moment to the next.

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Peter Max-Jakobsen by Chris Brock

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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