24.6.13

STUDIOGRABDOWN RETURNS #SGD #2013

Faithful Reader! What a mental couple of weeks I've had. In between working crazy shifts at work installing our new Denim windows (Launched today! Check them out! I promise photos tomorrow!), I've been to Denim partys, Geek fests, private views, live rimming (ahem) and interviewing the FOUR PEOPLE with ONE PROBLEM and NO ANSWER for GROWING PAINS. William Potter wore this nice shirt for his one:
But perhaps most significant of all is the regeneration of STUDIOGRABDOWN, the creative partnership I share with POPPY FRENCH.

http://www.studiograbdown.com/

 Now in its first year, SGD returns with a new look and a new emphasis - digital images have been banished from the site, and you'll find ABSOLUTELY NO MORE FASHION (unless we really like it). We've decided its time to reveal to the world our true photographic passion, opening up a back catalogue spanning over ten years worth of disposable camera LOVE. 

We've deemed the best way to digest this wealth of material is to categorise it into three branches - 

WORK: 
HOME:

OUT: 
Initially we shall be updating the site daily with a new batch of photos in each section. We hope that this is going to lead to something fabulous - but for now, I hope you can get as as much enjoyment in seeing some of these photos online (some for the first time!) as we do. 

Spread the word, share the wealth, Pinterest them, Tweet then, Facebook them - 

SGD IS BACK.


http://www.studiograbdown.com/

  **And when I say listen out for our first podcast - I'M NOT LYING. 

17.6.13

THE TROUBLE WITH JUNE

Faithful Reader - right this second I'm doing my best Stella Gibson impression from the Fall - literally laid out on my bed in a sort of starfish shape typing this with my elbows (honestly).  I'm once again installing new windows at work. Unusually, I'm doing this half in the night time, half in the day time - 4:00am wake up calls. The streets of London are full of haulage lorries, people with plastic bags and secret rainbows (like this morning). 4:00am London is a strange place indeed:
Over the weekend, I returned to the homeland...
 ...for this lady's birthday:
Checking out the Visual Studio where things like this are usually hanging out:
Also on Saturday, I continued my secret celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary by attending the BFI's Doctor Who@50 event - this time, a screening of the Colin Baker story from 1985 'The Two Doctors' - notorious for its bad taste depiction of mutilation, acid burns, cannibalism and stabbings.
Still not over the thrill of seeing old Doctor Who on the big screen yet. I seem to have missed out on tickets yet again for next months screening, but I'm hopeful!
As we said goodbye to our Bowie installation, the store suffered a smash and grab - although it was business as usual the following day:
Kylie was there to show her support:
Elsewhere, the new Growing Pains trailer went down a treat. I'm beavering away at it. Its hard. But I hope it will be good:
Poppy French had this to say about her brief appearance: 
I went on an adult swing:
The people got filthy on Brick Lane:
 For one night only, I wore a blazer and actually looked SMART:
Behaving semi-respectably in Grosvenor Square:
 And its always nice to end on a scheme tease. So here it is. And its for Christmas, FYI:
 Summer 2013 - where are you?

11.6.13

GROWING PAINS - THE TRAILER


Here is a teaser of the new film I'm putting together. I'm getting there, slowly. I reckon we'll be ready to launch some time after the summer.  I think its going to be worth it.

3.6.13

Selfridges Window Displays - Project Ocean

Last night, the windows team completed a small collection of installations adorning the Orchard Street side of the Selfridges building in London, celebrating the stores ocean life conservation scheme, 'Project Ocean'.
 With an emphasis this year on the conservation of sharks, Selfridges has seen fit to ensure that none of the beauty products it stocks contains a single trace of shark oil. Via a series of colourful, comical and graphical installations, these new windows are all about rehabilitating the reputation of the shark for the post Jaws generation, with our showcase window displaying the work of Jonathan Latiano - with perhaps the cutest shark in existence?
As ever, faithful reader, here are some behind the scenes shots of the shark going in:
Click on the pictures for bigger versions.

2.6.13

MAY SHAME

Faithful reader - this week was bookended by Poppy French being drunk and screaming, 'F**K IT'.

So lets begin. 

Selfridges Says Wear Florals To Chelsea. So we did.
Our Chelsea experience was a mixed bag to be honest. In between dodging the elderly people passing out all over the place (yes, really - they don't tell you that in the programme) we spent a lot of the time wandering around looking for seats - next year they definitely need to be sponsored by a picnic bench brand. There was, however, a very jolly atmosphere. It must have been the Pimms.
The giant Marc Quinn sculpture. I did wonder if he'd just painted over the one which had been in the window two Christmas's ago.
Lord of the Rings:
Poppy amongst the florals
This was quite neat - a garden which revealed itself when you tweeted at it:
Loved this installation - an uprooted tree in its entirety suspended and seemingly floating.
This was a brilliant set up too - winning a bronze award from the event organisers - a tube train with a garden growing inside:
Sustainable farming with the University of Nottingham, looking into hydroponics and vertical farming methods:
Afterwards, Hannah Jerrom joined us for a civilised evening down at the RVT (the civilised bit is definitely a lie)
The following day was Poppy's Birthday - it was nice. We sat in the sun:
That evening, we frequented the George and Dragon for an evening of Celine:
We all remembered how fabulous this song was:
On Tuesday, Clare, Morag and I braved the rain and made our way around Kempton Market buying props for our new Denim scheme at work - exciting!
Some styling details for one of the windows - seriously:
Meanwhile, editing on the film is going well. I'd say about 8 minutes is done in total. Here is William showing off his light sabre:
This weekend has been a mad one for photography. Hannah Jerrom shared these gems last night - lots of limbs in action at Stephs birthday in April:
We tried to find you James Morgan - where were you?
Last night - before the Nelsons Head, somewhere after Pizza Express:
YES:
Matt Smith has announced he is leaving Doctor Who - time for another regeneration. I hope it looks more like this 1984 regeneration from Peter Davison into Colin Baker. EPIC.
Becki Dyer with MAJOR SCHEME TEASE IN BOTH ARMS:
George, definitely doing all of the above:
Poppy French, with photos for a special submission. #NAKED
A birthday disposable with William Potter from the Dance Tunnel:
And Hannah and James being uncivil in the RVT:
Carmen's little bottle of viper. Nice:
END.

CHECK BACK IN TOMORROW FOR NEW WINDOWS....#PROJECTOCEAN