Een foto van Emirates Airways Boeing 777 en Mercedes S-Klasse op Dubai Airport, door fotograaf Duncan Chard

Behind the Lens- Photographing a Boeing 777 and Mercedes S-Class

I have to admit, I’m a real kid when it comes to planes and cars so when Emirates asked me to photograph a Boeing 777 and a Mercedes S-Class on the tarmac at sunset I got more than a little excited. We had just finished shooting the first Class Cabins earlier in the week which were also inspired by Mercedes. After sitting in the brand new S-Class and the new First Class cabin I am officially extremely jealous of anybody …

Behind the Lens, the MAD Graffiti Wall

When I first received the brief for the project I pretty much scanned the email, Photographing artwork is mostly just a fairly straight forward technical exercise so I wasn’t expecting anything too challenging with photographing a graffiti wall. The client wanted to produce a reproduction of the graffiti artwork for the entire wall of their office; ok no problem, we need to make it really high resolution. The building is 15 meters high; ok it’s a little tricky to get …

Behind the Lens – The London Underground

Photography is a journey, every experience brings depth to your work as it evolves and changes. As you try new things you learn from your mistakes as well as success and every now and then you make an image which is like a lightbulb moment. These are your ‘hook’ images because they change the way you think and you hang everything on them as you move forward. This week in ‘Behind the Lens’ I want to look at a particular …

Behind the Lens – K9 Friends

Today ‘Behind the Lens’ is about an assignment for the National newspaper to photograph K9 friends the Dubai based charity that seeks homes for stray or abandoned dogs. I was given a tour first thing in morning by Alister Milne, the manager of the Kennels. K9 friends currently has some 120 dogs housed in the facility and Alister explains that there are a further 50 dogs on the waiting list. With an average of 20 dogs arriving each week K9 friends is struggling to …

Behind the Lens – Abdullah’s story

Its not every day that you get to do something good with your job but Saturday was an exception. I was sent to Al Ain to photograph Guilam and his Son Abdullah for the National Newspaper’s, Helping Hands section which reports on the work of the Dar Al Ber Society, a registered charity in the UAE.

Behind the Lens – Omid Djalili

In this edition of ‘Behind the Lens’ I want to share some insights on getting the best out of photographing stage performers by looking at a photograph I made of Omid Djalili for the National newspaper several years ago. Omid Djalili is one of the most media savvy performers I have photographed and is a great example of the relationship between a photographer and a performer. More on that later, firstly I want to talk a little about the technical …