We're over the moon to announce that the incredible Holly Pickering has joined team H&H.
She's a food photographer, and so much more...
Go on, have a taste -
We've asked each of our photographers to talk about someone who influenced their work. Here's our still life and product expert, David Marquez, talking about his love for Irving Penn -
I first came across Penn’s work back when i was still a teenager in college, wearing tracksuit bottoms and Reebok classics. I remember being asked by my tutor to do a bit of research on fashion editorial photographers from the mid 20th century and boom, Irving had entered my life and who knew from that moment he would influence me and my style of photography until this day.
What impressed me the most was how diverse, imaginative and sometimes surreal his style was, from shooting a portrait of Picasso to shooting cigarette butts found on the streets by his willing assistants.
What I also found interesting about Penn was the crossover in his work between the commercial world and art, he blurred the lines between them. His front covers for Vogue nowadays being seen in art galleries across the globe.
All of his books are amazing but the one that sticks out the most to me is the Still Life. It has been on my coffee table for years and still inspires me. One of my favourite images in the book apart from the frozen food cover shot which is timeless, is the Cracking Lobster editorial for Vogue 1999. The rawness of the photograph is what appeals to me the most, simplicity is always best is still one motto I do my best to abide by in all my work. As Penn once said ‘if there wasn’t a reason for something being in the picture it wasn’t there’. His way to strip back every image to the bare essentials was the key to his still life and even his portrait work, he didn’t need fancy backdrops, fancy props and no over complicated lighting.
William has begun a series looking at skateboarders and the buildings they skate. We're looking forward to seeing more from this idea.
'Like a lot of boys out there I grew up skateboarding, flirted with ramp skating and idolised Tony Hawk.
What I enjoyed the most was street skating. There was something subversive about it, heading out at nights after school or weekend mornings to find those buildings, office or residential that seemed to offer the most secret delights to skate.
Running the gauntlet of security guards to find that infamous brick bank or office car park drop off before you were thrown out by the security. Oddly this situation has been repeated over the years with my photography and so piqued my interest with this project.
Skateboarding has become part of the mainstream now, where many towns and even villages have their own skate ramp.
However I am still interested by buildings on the street and architecture that has been co-opted or desired by skateboarders as a place to skate.
So I have been looking for interesting buildings or locations that people perhaps would not expect to find skateboarders, or where they're just not allowed to go.
Once found, I then photograph both the skateboarder’s and the buildings. I want to capture something of the allure of the buildings and mystique that they hold to those with a board'.
Jon shot a set of portraits of Jaime Velez, Design Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrell - one of the most influential design and architecture practices in the world.
Shot on location in Broadgate Circus, here's the main portrait and a glimpse of the contacts.