Winter Is Coming

Winter is Coming: It always catches me out to see work that I shot almost a year ago coming out in this season’s marketing

Sprayway AW14: Back to the Mountain

It’s not quite winter yet, but the outdoors industry is starting to shift in Autumn/Winter gear and Sprayway’s ‘Back to the Mountain’ campaign is getting underway as their new range hits the shelves.

It always catches me out to see work that I shot almost a year ago coming out in this season’s marketing. Stranger still, when we’re just starting plan what we’re going to shoot for nextAutumn/Winte…

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Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location, photographed by Tommy Martin

So, back to work with a bang: Shoreline: Karl Bowman Couture on Location

So, back to work with a bang… I am reallyexcited about these shots. They are definitely going to become part of a much bigger series. Plans are afoot, plots are being hatched. There are more than 30 dresses in this new Karl Bowman collection, so I’m thinking that there’s a lot of scope. Combine them with some outstanding models and an array of amazing landscapes to set them in and I think I’ve…

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First Contact

First Contact: if things are quiet here on the photographic front, I can only offer this by way of explanation…

If things are a little quiet here on the photographic front, I can only offer this by way of explanation…

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Casting for Karl Bowman’s new Lookbook

Karl Bowman Collection 2013I’m shooting a lookbook for Karl Bowman’s new collection on Sunday 13th July in Penrith.

Karl is holding a casting on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July in Penrith, Cumbria.

We’re looking for female models that fit the following:

Minimum age: 18
Minimum hight: 5′ 7″
Size: Average UK 8
Hair: a natural colour
No tattoos

You can contact Karl directly on kb@karlbowman.co.uk

Please include: name, age,…

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Sprayway SS15, Wales

The emphasis for the Mountain and Hill side of Sprayway’s gear is on real people with plenty experience of, and a genuine passion for, the mountains. We found Richard and Dawn through my contacts at Outward Bound Trust who fit the bill perfectly. Yes, that’s them in the Visit Wales ad.

As ever we’re shooting out of season; all photography for the Spring/Summer 2015 range had to be delivered by the end of April. So we decided to shoot in Snowdonia for this season’s mountain shoot. What could be more summery than North Wales in the middle of April..?

As it turned out we had a fantastic two days out on Snowdon and Tryfan with Richard and Dawn. And more than a little bit of good luck with the weather.

Sprayway SS15 Mountain & Hill: On location with Sprayway in Snowdonia. What’s more summery than Wales in mid April? The emphasis for the Mountain and Hill side of Sprayway’s gear is on real people with plenty experience of, and a genuine passion for, the mountains.

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Shooting for Sprayway’s Spring/Summer 2015 Trail, Versalite and Lifewear ranges with fantastic models Luke Stott and Sarah Faulkner. Shot on location around Ullswater in the Lake District, making believe that April in Cumbria is just like Spring and/or Summer.. (Next up: making April in Snowdonia look like Spring/Summer…)

SS15 Trail and Lifewear: on location with Sprayway, making believe that April in the Lakes is like spring/summer Shooting for Sprayway’s Spring/Summer 2015 Trail, Versalite and Lifewear ranges with fantastic models Luke Stott and…

Survivor

The fact that I already have a stack of unfinished and unpublished work, and that there is evidently a critical shortage of hours in each day, doesn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever on my need to go out and create new work…

So last weekend regular co-conspirator Jaye Adams, along with model Antonina, with Katie Laura assisting, headed out on another random, improvised test shoot.

I’m really happy with what we came up with, and there’s definitely some ideas here that I’d like to revisit…

Survivor: a stack of unseen work & a critical shortage of time doesn’t have any effect on my need to create new work: http://wp.me/p3aDYn-Mo The fact that I already have a stack of unfinished and unpublished work, and that there is evidently a critical shortage of hours in each day, doesn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever on my need to go out and create new work…

It’s been a busy couple of months and it seems like a very long time that I spent two days in Snowdonia, looking for locations to shoot for Sprayway’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. I haven’t been to Snowdonia for very long time. Kind of odd, going back to revisit somewhere to recce for shooting images that won’t be used until the summer after next…

I had a great time, camping in my van and exploring the mountains in a fairly random fashion. These are a few snaps I took along the way that bear little, if any, relation to the images I actually ended up shooting for Sprayway (more of those very soon)..

A few shots from my trip to Snowdonia, scouting for the Sprayway SS15 shoot It’s been a busy couple of months and it seems like a very long time that I spent two days in Snowdonia, looking for locations to shoot for Sprayway’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot at Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool, a derelict Victorian building that has previously been an orphanage and an asylum.  The shoot was at very short notice and I had absolutely no plausible commercial use for any images that I’d get from it. But really, how often do derelict Victorian asylums come around?

Make Up Artist, and regular collaborator Jaye Adams jumped on board with surprisingly little persuasion. At the very last minute we were able to find two models, Dante-Layla and Laura Forster who were both available and as drawn to the idea of a decaying institution as we were.

I had a vague idea for a plot that would tie all the images together. No actual storyboard, or in fact a beginning or an ending, but hopefully enough to make a coherent set of pictures. I think it worked out quite well.

As always happens on these kinds of shoots, we ran out of time in a big way. If I’d had a whole second day at the location I think I would have just been getting up to speed.

The idea has grown and mutated quite a bit since we started and I’m sure I’m not done with this story yet, but I’m really excited about these images and wanted to share them while they’re fresh.

The Technical Bit: These were all shot with a couple of speedlights and a Lencarta Atom portable flash. Interesting, working almost complete darkness, using AA torches to focus by. The ghost effects were all created in-camera, using long exposures and short flashes (feel free to ask if you want to know more.. dare you).

You can also find a set of screen-filling, scrolling versions of these at tommymartin.me/portfolios/ghoststory/

#GhostStory: Really, how often do you get the chance to shoot in a derelict Victorian asylum? A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot at Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool, a derelict Victorian building that has previously been an orphanage and an asylum.  

Gorge Scramble with the Outward Bound Trust

Gorge Scrambling with Outward Bound Trust

I covered another day of activities for the Outward Bound Trust over in Eskdale. The weather didn’t make for spectacular scenery kind of day. Or any scenery at all for much of the mountain walk, but on the way back down I was able to intercept another group of Outward Bound adventurers who had gone on a scramble up Nether Beck.

I’ve wanted to get some shots of the gorge scrambling for ages. This…

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