Josh Redman – The stories behind the photographs
Here is an interesting thing…. When an agent starts to represent a new photographer, he or she are seeing images for the first time and it is helpful to have the detail of each ones’ back story. Where, when, who, why, how etc.
I asked Josh Redman for just such information about all the images I had chosen to appear on his page on my web site.
I received the description at 05:35 this morning and realised that it made interesting reading.
I thought I would share it.
I particularly like the intrigue of the “teddy bear relay”. What’s the story there?
My girlfriend Emma looking out to sea in Miami. 100% ”real” photo, it just took about 200 shots to get it! Storm, airplane, boats, mobile phone, lighthouse, man with torch out of shot lighting the sand, stars, general lighting from the busy town behind.
Taken in The Highlands while on an assisting job – got up at 330am on a workday to do it.. 100% ”real” photo, documentary style.
My friend Nicola D’ambrosio – Studio shot
Mitch Leow, dancer – studio shot
Actress (unnamed) – studio shot
Old lady buying cake – ”real” photo, unposed in Morissons, Holloway
Crazy relay occurance in Holloway – I saw the woman running with a teddy from the other side of the tunnel, so I ran ahead to get a photo of her as she appeared on the other side. This other man was running towards her and I wanted to shoot them as they passed each other, then this bizarre thing happened where she passed the teddy like a running baton as he turned back from where he came.
Old lady that I see every day in Holloway, next to the Emirates stadium.
New Year in Brussels, very drunk man (unposed).
Old lady somewhere around Holloway (unposed).
Cornwall, fisherman in trunks (unposed).
My flat in Holloway, vaguely styled and lit with flash but basically ”real”.
Same as before, different window, taken about a year apart.
Billowing curtain, Nail bar in Holloway, straight ”street” style shot.
Studio shot, fake blue ”shadow” and fake borders. For an online mag that never came out in the end.
Same as above.
Two shots clearly mashed together, models are wearing shoes on their hands.
Straight ”street” shot of a centipede around Tate Britain, the shadows are passers by.
Straight ”street” shot of a cranefly, taken in landing of the tower block where I live in Holloway.
Moth landed on my cupboard door so I set up a light and took a photo.
Straight ”street” shot of a kid swinging on the bannisters in Tate Modern.
Straight ”street” shot of a kid that was rolling about in Tate Modern.
Straight ”street” shot of a kid momentarily lying down in Florida airport. He was only there for a couple of seconds and the room is actually quite busy, I was just lucky to get it to appear empty. It was with this image that I won the 2014 AOP Assistant Award.
After I was awarded the AOP prize, I went back with my Mum as she wanted to see the show. On leaving the show, I looked down to see this happening, I’m on a balcony, the lines are suspended string for signage or something (see how it overlaps kid’s foot), and the kids Mum is just out of shot playing on her phone. It was a nice coincidence to get this shot after winning the AOP award for the image above.
Studio shot of toilet roll and rope, no retouch. Colours are due to white balance, the roll is actually white.
Duck eggs and rope, studio shot – the eggs are white, the colours are due to white balance.
Almost 100% ”real” photo of a tiny cinema in Westgate-On-Sea, just a tiny bit of angle adjustment.
Unposed “street” shot, National Gallery, I think he’s holding a phone.
I cracked an egg into a natural pond in The Highlands, natural light.
I swung an onion from a dead tree using string in The Highlands, natural light.
I put some string on the ground in The Highlands, natural light.
I put a freshly butchered cow bone on a fallen tree in The Highlands, natural light.
I put some chicken eggs on a moss mound in The Highlands, natural light.
Fly about 1mm in size on my Opinel pen knife. Studio flash.
My girlfriend Emma posing under a tree on a sunny day in London
Actor friend Christopher Slater throwing his hat for a personal shoot in Whitstable.
Chris got his hat stuck after throwing it, he got muddy and sat down.
”Street” shot in La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona.
Same as above.
Same as above.
Emma’s knees (and my jeans). Drunk train journey I believe.