Category Archives: Portraits

Go Team GB!

The Olympics is almost here, and I had an amazing opportunity back in November to photograph one of our Paralympic athletes, Karen Darke.

Karen was paralysed from her chest down when she was 21 in a rock climbing accident. Now she is going for gold handcycling in London 2012. But if that’s not enough, she is also planning to become the first person too sit-ski to the South Pole in 2013 to raise £1 million for the Back Up Trust. 

The Back Up Trust help people like Karen with spinal cord injuries teaching them wheelchair skills, running mentoring programs and effectively changing their life forever. Along with BNI Putney I’ve been fund raising, selling raffle tickets and racing dragon boats for the last 5 years to support them.

Riverside Creatives is a group formed by a few members of BNI Putney offering various creative services, and together we took on this project to tell Karen’s story for The Back Up Trust. The team consisted of Andy Paterson-Jones of New England (art direction and design), Karen Toms of Tyrell Marketing (strategy), Jonathan Crane from Perpetual Films (videography) and me MLR PHOTO (photography).

Jonathan and his crew had been up to Inverness the week before and produced this compelling video ‘The Karen Darke Story’, so the pressure was on to create something equally good! Unfortunately the weather changed dramatically and we started off the day wet, cold and dark. Thankfully, the horrible weather was soon forgotten when the beautiful scenery of the highlands opened up before us and Karen got into highgear. What a kick! Karen whizzed past grazing cows, bleating sheep and foggy lochs. Even in the car, we struggled to keep up with her!

Meeting Karen makes me realise that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. The obstacles are in your mind, not in your body. I can’t wait to see her compete this autumn, and I’ll definitely be there to cheer her on.

Go Karen!

Help Karen Darke raise £1 million for the Back Up Trust

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Athlete: Karen Darke
Charity: The Back Up Trust
Strategy: Karen Toms, Tyrrell Marketing
Video: Jonathan Crane, Perpetual Films
Art Direction, Design and Behind the scenes photography: Andy Paterson-Jones, NEW ENGLAND
Photography of the magazine Transform: Karla Simpson, MLR PHOTO
Photography of Karen Darke: Marte Lundby Rekaa, MLR PHOTO

On a cloud

Being a photographer comes with a lot of perks. I get to visit breathtaking places, taste delicious food and meet inspiring people. One of my favourite portraits is from a shoot I did for The Microsoft Magazine featuring an interview about innovation with Charles Leadbeater.

Charles Leadbeater is considered to be a leading expert on innovation. He is a journalist, a consultant and an author, and he worked closely with Tony Blair’s team during his years in 10 Downing Street. Another fun fact about the man; Charles was influential in Helen Fielding starting her column about Bridget Jones!

It was a typical London day – overcast and grey, not very inspiring! I knew we were going to be tight for time as the journalist had to do his interview at the same time as I was getting my photos. (Meaning no time for creative lighting set ups…)  But walking into Charles Leadbeater’s funkis style house I felt as if my prayers had been answered! The interior design was clean, the furniture minimalistic and the walls were just bare concrete. My creative juices were flowing. And to top it off; the room was bathed in beautiful soft window light. I was in photography heaven.

I positioned the journalist at the end of the table, out of view, so that I could get a clear shot of Charles while they were talking. Facing the journalist meant he was also in a good position for the diffused light coming in through the window. I love how the soft shadows frame his face.

As I was moving back I discovered the reflections in the window, and the scene was complete! The warmth of the wood against the coolness of the grey set the contrast. The oranges in the bowl and the fact that he was wearing a grey jumper, was just the icing on the cake.

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Subject: Charles Leadbeater,
Interviewer: Alex Revheim,
Magazine: Microsoft Magasinet
Photographer: Marte Lundby Rekaa,
Photographer’s assistant: Erin Pewter