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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In the dunes with Marit Benthe Norheim by Chris Brock

Sometimes in this life you feel very lucky, and being a photographer I'm thankful every day that I get to meet some amazing, interesting people in amazing, interesting places.

One such person is Marit Benthe Norheim, one of Denmark's most important sculptors, and the mother of Sigrid, the dancer I photographed on the same day. I've actually been fortunate enough to photograph Benthe before - a year ago when I got the chance to visit her workshop where she was working on her massive ongoing "boats" project.

And this summer I photographed her again in the dunes at Hirtshalls, Denmark, near the entrance to a WWII bunker which housed a figurehead from one of her boats. This is another image shot for the amazing Bunkerlove festival, and again I feel very lucky to have been a part of such an amazing event for a second year running. 

Find out more about Benthe and her amazing work at her site www.norheim.dk.

The Friday Wrap 15.08.14 by Chris Brock

It's funny how you get emotionally attached to objects. I still have my first teddy bear from when I was a baby, and of course my camera is my best friend. But when my wife bought a little red Daihatsu Hijet van for her business, I didn't realise how fond of it I would become.

She promptly named the van Rosie, but I preferred to think of it as The Brockmobile, and as well as taking it all over the country on photoshoots, it also came with us to places like the Glastonbury Festival, when we installed a sink and sofabed in the back. Lots of good memories were created with the help of that little van.

So it was a sad day when recently we had to say goodbye to our beloved little two-seater. After an MOT failure we just couldn't get hold of the parts. But she lives on, and has gone on to live with someone who can look after her, get her back into shape, and will ultimately turn her into an environmentally friendly electric workhorse.

So I thought it was appropriate - as a kind of tribute - to put together a little gallery of iPhone images of Rosie/The Brockmobile. She was great fun!

All that Gorm had to do was wait. by Chris Brock

The wind and rain were lashing the beach, and I was wandering around with lighting gear wrapped in plastic bags, attempting to photograph the artists of Bunkerlove. It was then that I spotted Gorm Spaabæk taking in the sights and sounds, despite the raging elements.

With his beard and the blanket wrapped around his shoulders, I knew I had to take his photo, so I dragged him out of the cover of a warm bunker and took him down to the water's edge. With the assistance of fantastic Danish photographer Cathrine Ertmann we managed to get this shot without the lights blowing away into the tumultuous waves of the Skagerrak.

Speaking to Gorm afterwards I learned that he wasn't just a passerby taking in the art, he was in fact a well known and highly regarded artist himself. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and as well as having his work exhibited all over Denmark he also takes part in debates and writes articles about the state of art in the country.

He asked me why I wanted to take his picture, and so I told him that he had an excellent beard. He replied, "the beard wasn't that difficult - all I had to do was wait."

If you get a chance, you should check out his work at www.gormspaabaek.dk.

At the Seaside for Carphone Warehouse by Chris Brock

What a glorious summer it's been, and to make the most of the sunshine, Carphone Warehouse (soon to be Dixons Carphone) commissioned me to create a series of images at the seaside. So we bundled down to Brighton with a box full of shiny new mobile phones and got shooting (I managed to get a little sunburned in the process - but it makes a change from my usual pasty complexion!)

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Harvest in North Jutland by Chris Brock

It's been a hot, long summer this year, and the harvest has come early. As I was driving through North Jutland I couldn't help but notice the farmers cutting the straw ready for baling. So I pulled over to the side of the road, climbed through a hedge and over an irrigation ditch and ran towards the tractor, waving my arms like a maniac.

When the farmer stopped and climbed down from the cab, I asked "do you speak English?".

"A little," he replied.

"Can I take your picture?"

"OK."

And when we were done he climbed back into his tractor and got back to work. I didn't even find out his name.

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Remembering the Fallen by Chris Brock

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, and it takes me back to a commission I recently completed in Denmark as part of the wonderful Bunkerlove festival. The festival invites artists from all over Denmark and further afield, to turn the concrete bunkers that were built under Hitler's reign into works of art. Some house music concerts, some are turned into art installations, and some into places for performance. The aim is to change something that was a tool of war into a tool of peace.

The first of the two festivals took place on the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. To commemorate this, actor Lars Ditlev Johansen opened the second festival with a self-scripted performance, where he portrayed a figure emerging from the sea; victorious, embracing liberty and remembering fallen comrades. "We died for freedom," he proclaims, before asking, "but what have you done with that freedom."

It's a poignant question. With war waging in the middle-east, and the currencies of injustice, greed and corruption buying power and privilege around the globe, what have we done with that freedom? 

The Great War was devastating, and though at times it feels like we've come a long way since then, at other times it doesn't. So today I'll be taking a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate price, and I'll be asking myself if I've earned their sacrifice.

Lar Ditlev Johansen by Chris Brock

Coffee with Niels Rasmussen by Chris Brock

Niels Rasmussen by Chris Brock

A few weeks ago, I ventured out into the countryside, and spent an evening around the campfire with a bunch of artists near Skallerup, in Northern Denmark.

One of the people there was Niels Rasmussen, who makes amazing things built around fantastic concepts. One of his latest projects looks at taking social media away from the internet and returning it to one of the most basic human activities of all - talking... face-to-face.

The next morning we sat down for a coffee, a chat and a portrait under the baking Danish sun.

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Thissen by Chris Brock

In the digital age when everything is about dots per inch, rasterization and dot gain, often the artistry gets lost behind the technicalities of printing.  Which is why it was such an honour to meet and photographer Thissen, master lithographer at the Grafiske Værksted in Hjørring.

The studio at the Grafiske Værksted is a treasure trove of inks, pigments and paper, and the ultimate aim is to produce, in Thissen's words, "sublime" prints of the finest quality. It's a labour of love, as much an art as the artworks themselves, and even after decades in the business the obsession to create ever more beautiful prints is the pipe-smoking artisan's sole raison d'être.

Ole Tersløse Jensen by Chris Brock

When you get the chance to photograph someone whose work you greatly admire, it fills you with a little trepidation. So when Bunkerlove asked me to photograph Ole Tersløse Jensen, an artist whose work I follow closely, I was excited and a little nervous at the same time.

Ole's works are uncomfortable, surreal digital renderings that transport you to another world. In the same way that Kit Williams' artworks are beautiful and a little disturbing at once, so too are the images that Ole creates, which depict strange people in strange places, doing strange things. Mundane and bizarre at once, they really appeal to my creative sensibilities, and it's no wonder that they're exhibited all over Scandinavia and Northern Europe, and are highly sought after by collectors.

Take a look and see for yourself at www.terslose.dk.

Ole Terslose Jensen by Chris Brock