Eva's Kitchen

Until recently I was a member of London Independent Photography (LIP), a fantastic organisation that regularly brings together photographers young and old, amateur and professional, to talk about photography, collaborate on projects and organise exhibitions.

Because London is big, LIP is split into satellite groups - the one that I attended was the Crouch End group. Over the course of more than two years we met once a month, generally had a good gossip and would even share our work from time to time. 

When I left LIP I decided that my parting shot would be a small project of portraits of some of the other Crouch End LIP members. I've already shot a few of them before, and if you follow my blog you'll have seen them already (though you may not know it).

I'm going to be posting some of the pictures here over the next couple of weeks, starting with Eva, an amazing photographer whose house was until last month the regular venue for our monthly meetings, and who kept us in order when things got out of hand!

Eva Turrell by Chris Brock
Eva Turrell by Chris Brock

Anouska Lancaster

Last week I was commissioned to photograph iconic interior designer and television presenter Anouska Lancaster, the brains behind Noushka Design. I travelled to her home in Crowthorne, and what awaited me was a real Aladdin's Cave of design inspiration, delightfully kitsch ornament ideas and a whole lot of House of Hackney wallpaper.

It was one of those instances where I could have spent hours shooting - everywhere I turned was another great backdrop for images, and in the end I had to stop myself from essentially moving in with my camera and becoming a photographer in residence.

Anouska is fast becoming a household name in interiors, so keep an eye out for her in print and on the telly, as you'll be hearing a lot more from her very soon.

Anouska Lancaster by Chris Brock
Anouska Lancaster by Chris Brock

Milltag 2016 (Part 1)

A little while ago, when the British weather hinted at something resembling summer, I was commissioned by the excellent guys at leading global cyclewear brand, Milltag, to shoot their summer collection.

The shoot was broken down into two parts - the second of which is still to come - and for each line of clothing we needed to develop a separate visual language to enable to designs to speak for themselves.

We took inspiration from Battle of Britain fighter pilots, old cowboy movies, and of course the Tour De France to create a series of images that not only had their own identity, but also carried a narrative with them.

Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock
Milltag Summer Collection by Chris Brock

The Gyuto Monks of Tibet

I recently spent some time with the Dalai Lama's Gyuto Monks of Tibet, who have devoted their lives to the Buddhist philosophies of kindness and compassion.

In a time when our news and politics are filled with negativity, greed, inequality and the closing of the doors to unity, the world would do well to put kindness and compassion at the heart of its agenda. This approach to life gave us Great British institutions such as the welfare state and the NHS. We should face the world and our brothers and sisters around it with open arms, instead of turning our backs on them. We are stronger together, and we could achieve so much more if we joined forces rather than shut ourselves away and them out.

Gyuto Monks by Chris Brock

Out and About with Nina Vee

Nina Vee is a blogger worth watching. I have no doubt that she's going to be a big name in fashion and beauty very soon. She's already a massive instagram hit (check her tutorials out here) and luckily for me she's been someone I've collaborated with on various projects for quite a few years now.

We thought it was about time we did another shoot together, this time with Nina in front of my camera, so we headed out recently to create a bunch of images which gave a gave a cool lifestyle feel to her sharp, clean look. I really enjoyed making these images with her, and I think they really capture her style well.

Nina Vee by Chris Brock
Nina Vee by Chris Brock
Nina Vee by Chris Brock
Nina Vee by Chris Brock

Assistant: Ania Czyżewska

BBC Eurovision: Joe and Jake

It was the 2016 Eurovision final on Saturday and, predictably, the UK came in 24th place out of 25, in a result that reflects political voting rather than song quality. I say this with authority, because I was there when Joe and Jake, who represented the UK in the contest, shot their music video, and without a doubt they're two seriously talented guys.

Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock

I was on set to shoot the official Eurovision portraits of the two performers, who met on the television show The Voice, and became the public's choice to represent the nation at Eurovision. I overheard them rehearsing backstage, and was surprised by just how good they were. No sign of autotune anywhere.

Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock
Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock

Joe and Jake were really easy to work with, and knew what they were doing, which made my life very easy - and we had a laugh along the way too. So while they may have received nil points from the Netherlands, they had my vote from the start.

Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock

And I managed to sneak a few cheeky behind-the-scenes shots of the video shoot, and a gratuitous selfie too.

Joe and Jake - Eurovision - By Chris Brock
Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock
Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock
Joe and Jake - Eurovision - by Chris Brock