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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 17, 2017 9:56 AM (UTC)
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Complex HR, Autumn 2017
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Some more portraits today of Helen & Helen of Complex HR. So often I work with people who’ve never had their photographs taken, or never really worked with a professional photographer. Often, they have a lot of negative preconceptions about what it’s going to be like, and they can be nervous that they’re going to look bad. This is why I do everything I can to make my subjects feel relaxed, and I actively encourage a relaxed set when I’m shooting. At the beginning of every shoot I do, I take the time to ask the person or people I’m shooting how they are, how their day has been, what they do, if they enjoy it, what’s pissing them off, what type of music they like - everything and anything. This really helps relax my subjects, and that unlocks great imagery. In the words of one of my photographic heroes Alfred Eisenstadt, "It’s more important to click with people than click with the shutter”.
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 15, 2017 10:28 PM (UTC)
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Commercial, Commercial, Commercial.
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One of the interesting things about photography is that I get to meet new and interesting people all the time. This was a job that I loved. From the moment I arrived on set with Helen and Helen of Complex HR, I was loving it. They were a little nervous about their first shoot, but guess what solves that? Prosecco. I must have had about four glasses throughout the shoot, and I can tell you, it was great. We had Take That on full blast, and I was getting all the gossip from them about previous coworkers, the works. Anyway, what was I taking about? Oh who cares, this shoot was ace, really fun, I got a couple of glasses of Prosecco and I got to meet a cool dog. What’s not to love.
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 14, 2017 11:40 AM (UTC)
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Last one of my promo shots with Jon Chase, shot for #msf17.
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No idea what’s coming tomorrow, probably some more stuff I shot in the last month or so! Got some amazing stuff coming up in terms of future shoots, with dance portfolios, portrait sessions and also a video project. Actually can’t wait to get stuck into all of it! In the meantime, enjoy!
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 13, 2017 11:13 AM (UTC)
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One more from my 45 second shoot with rapper and educator Jon Chase. A slightly more formal one than the previous one, and one designed to capture him looking strong. I’ve started to realise that one thing that threads its way through all my work, is this idea of STRENGTH. And now that I’ve discovered that, I’m trying to actively seek it out in every portrait I take. With that in mind, I also I think I finally have the answer to the question I get asked all the time - “Why dancers?” 😊
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Shot this natural light, in about 45 seconds for Manchester Science Festival. @msimanchester
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 11, 2017 12:22 PM (UTC)
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One of the things I’ve been up to when I’ve been away from @instagram is photographing Manchester Science Festival, mostly at @msimanchester. This basically involves documenting people of all ages engaging with science over a two week period. It was really ace, and I got a pint poured for me by a robot. Anyway, as part of the festival, rapper Jon Chase was performing, and I managed to get 5 minutes to photograph him. Great guy, and basically up for anything - this is my fav shot by far.
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 10, 2017 11:51 AM (UTC)
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ONE YEAR
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Probably the final shot I’m gonna post from LA along this theme - this is Kath Cheng, shot at dusk with the Los Angeles skyline in the background.
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I have to say, over the last year, I’ve become so much more comfortable with my work, and clear as to the kind of work I want to create. So often, it’s about being selective about the kind of work I’m creating, and the people I’m creating it with. The value of collaboration cannot be overstated, and without certain people, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career and my personal life. Helena, Claire, Shelly, Abi, Vim, Ciaran, Amy-Jane, Kate, Lottie, James, Gareth, Becky, Dave, Emma…. the list goes on. Making cool shit on your own is fine, but making cool shit with your friends is fucking amazing. Thank you for being so patient. Have a great weekend.
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ONE YEAR
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One year ago, I returned from LA, having shot 15 dancers in as many days. There were a few highlight shoots for me, and this was one of them - photographing @cersh on the beach, at the side of PCH 1.
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One thing I can sometimes be guilty of is not examining my work properly. When you post stuff online, you get the validation you need, and so often you don’t give it a second thought. You think ‘yup, I’m great’, and move on. This is pretty terrible for your creative growth - so now, when I look back at the trip, I think, ‘what worked, what didn’t, ad WHY’. One of the reasons I think my shots with Cersha with WORK is that we built up a relationship before and during the shoot. Trust is such a key part of any photographic relationship between subject and photographer, and sometimes that can be missing in my personal creative work - it can feel rushed, or detached. My best stuff is where I know the person, we’re laughing, we’re chatting, and we’re getting on. Anyway, Cersha is just ace, and so fun to hang out with. We ended up talking about all sorts of things. Sometimes, it’s more like being a therapist than being a photographer.





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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Nov 8, 2017 11:16 AM (UTC)
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ONE YEAR.
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It’s been ONE YEAR pretty much to do the day since I got back from LA. Shooting in LA was an absolute dream come true - I did two weeks in New York, two weeks in LA, and I never wanted to leave.
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But.
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Was it a trip of a lifetime? Did I create markedly better work when I was out there than the work I was creating before I went? Did it change my life and creative practise? No. Travel is so often fetishised when it comes to photography, especially on Instagram, and so when I looked at the back of the camera and saw that my work was broadly the same as before I went, I was pretty crushed. I had expected to be absolutely smashing it, and remember, I’m still so so so so proud of the work I shot out there, but there was something missing.
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The most valuable part of my travelling was when I got back - looking at the work I was creating, and figuring out HOW to improve. The weeks, and subsequent 12 months have been VITAL in my own creative development, and couldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been to LA. Now, I’m creating work I’m proud of, is a more honest representation of who I am as a photographer, and is just better. I also still have a long way to go, but I wanted to share this at this time of year, as it’s taken me so long to figure out.
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More hot takes tomorrow.
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Oct 28, 2017 6:12 PM (UTC)
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FRESH NEW WORK
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Meet GRRRL - A Refutronic Choir 🔥🔥🔥Artists include Yolanta Johnston, @iamrubyann, Sham, @xnadu_x@africanwomenarise @tsanamuzicEmmanuela, @sarahthesufi Directed by Laima Leyton from @mixhell and @afrodeutsche .
Last Thursday I got the opportunity to work with @ipow_grrrl as part of the @journeysfest.
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I haven’t been posting very much over the last week because of my work documenting the Manchester Science Festival, so, I’ll be getting back into it v. soon!
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Thanks @zakchowdhury9 for helping out on this, and @calphotouk for some of the gear!
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Oct 18, 2017 11:15 AM (UTC)
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FRESH NEW WORK
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Meet GRRRL - A Refutronic Choir 🔥🔥🔥Artists include Yolanta Johnston, @iamrubyann, Sham, @xnadu_x@africanwomenarise @tsanamuzicEmmanuela, @sarahthesufi Directed by Laima Leyton from @mixhell and @afrodeutsche
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The second from my work with GRRRL. Outside, in the freezing cold, Drew Forsyth style. We must’ve shot this in about a minute? Maybe 90 seconds? V. quick because everyone was so cold, and the girls absolutely nailed it.
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Thanks @zakchowdhury9 for helping out on this, and @calphotouk for some of the gear!
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FRESH NEW WORK
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Meet GRRRL - A Refutronic Choir 🔥🔥🔥Artists include Yolanta Johnston, @iamrubyann, Sham, @xnadu_x@africanwomenarise @tsanamuzicEmmanuela, @sarahthesufi Directed by Laima Leyton from @mixhell and @afrodeutsche .
Last Thursday I got the opportunity to work with @ipow_grrrl as part of the @journeysfestival. We shot this on location at Blueprint Studios in Salford, in-between the girls rehearsing for their performances the coming weekend. I wanted them to look like the celebrities they are, and so went for that very Vanity Fair-esque lighting. I took a lot of lighting and posing inspiration from the fantastic LA based photographer and visual organiser @ASPictures, in order to give that ‘famous’ look to these fierce women. Relatively little editing done to this too, most of the look I tried to get in camera, as then you can show the client the shot straight away, and it helps to gain their trust, especially when you only have a limited time with them. Prepped this shot for an hour, shot it in about 90 seconds. More tomorrow!
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Thanks @zakchowdhury9 for helping out on this, and @calphotouk for some of the gear!
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BIG congrats to @scottishballet for their double win at yesterday’s #UKTheatreAwards. The company are currently touring and doing amazing stuff in London right now, and it’s awesome to see the team get some recognition for their amazing work.
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I saw this one go out this morning, so I figured I’d repost it as I haven’t posted it myself yet! A candid studio shot of @bethanykingsleyganer in the studio warming up. #ROHmacmillan @scottishballet @freedoflondon.
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Following on from my last post, here’s my cover shot of Bethany of Scottish Ballet.
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We shot this on location in Glencoe, in the highlands. When working with dancers, I try to shoot them in places that are meaningful to them. Beth has been with Scottish Ballet for 10 years, and absolutely adores Scotland, so why not take her to one of the most stunningly beautiful places in Scotland, Glencoe. Also, thanks Dad for prompting me to look this place up.
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One other thing to mention is that I’ve started a year long course with @redeyetpn, in order to further my skills in collaborative working, and force me outside my comfort zone as a photographer. They used this image to talk about me, and said this, which I love: “Eloquently capturing figures in movement his successful career has enabled him to capture astoundingly animated compositions in the most wondrous of locations around the world.” Can’t wait for this year.
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HAPPY #WORLDBALLETDAY
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Today is World Ballet Day, and so here's maybe one of my favourite ballet shots I've taken - @bethanykingsleygarner of @scottishballet, in silhouette.
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I've been forced to think a lot about my work recently, and what I'm trying to say with my dance work, and I've realised there's a few things I like to bring out, and one of them is strength. I mean, just look at that body!!
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Scottish Ballet are also LIVE on @instagram at 12:05pm today, so go check 'em out.
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Oct 4, 2017 10:10 AM (UTC)
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This is Kieron, shot for @coopbankuk. For this, we set up shop in a community garden in Hulme, which Kieron is heavily involved in. This is a cinemagraph I shot, shot 4K on a Sony ARII, as I recall. There's a little movement in there, designed to just draw your eye a little. I loved this campaign, and when I'm not shooting as much as I am, I'm gonna write a blog about it (drewforsyth.com/blog).
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More dance stuff tomorrow I think, then off to @redeyetpn this weekend!
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Oct 3, 2017 3:49 PM (UTC)
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Here's a shot of Don, for 25 Years of the Co Op Bank's Ethical Policy. Had a cracking time shooting all this stuff, for a massive client!
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We shot this on location in a small changing room, belonging to a lower league team in the Wirral. It was freezing cold and time was against us really, but we managed to get some ace shots, and I'm thrilled to be able to post about it, and finally talk about the job. There's gonna be loads more from this campaign around!
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Oct 2, 2017 3:08 PM (UTC)
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Remember how a few months ago, I said I was working with a massive commercial client, and I couldn't mention who it was? .
Well, today it gives me great pleasure to tell you that it was The Co Op Bank, shooting stills for the 25 years of @coopbankuk's Ethical Policy. This was a big job, shooting both on location and in the studio with loads of subjects, to an interesting brief - so yeah. I have loads more to share, but honestly, I'm so glad I can post about this now!
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Final one of Shala today! Bit of a leapy one to finish off
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There are a few ideas behind posting more than one shot from each of my shoots.
• Firstly, it's much easier for me to figure out what I'm going to post every day (as I try to post something every day!)
• Secondly, it enables me to tell the story of the shoot in a more coherent manner.
• Thirdly, it makes my page look nice, which reduces my anxiety a fair bit.
• Finally, it shows that each shoot is a carefully executed process, and there are excellent images from the whole shoot. It's easy to do something and get lucky with one shot. Luck always plays a part in every shoot, but it's not the defining characteristic. By posting three, I'm saying fuck you this isn't luck. Being able to deliver time and time again is what makes you a good photographer. Listening to your client, and forming a collaborative relationship in order to create great work, is what makes you a good photographer. Happy Friday.
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Next week I'm going to be posting some stuff from the biggest thing I've shot so far! But until then...
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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Sep 28, 2017 10:05 AM (UTC)
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Shala, shot 2 of 3.
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I meant to post this a couple of days ago but I've been struck down with the flu, so here it is - my second shot of Shala, shot outside a fire exit at the South Bank Centre in sunny London.





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User Image _drewforsyth Posted: Sep 25, 2017 10:00 AM (UTC)
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Shala, London, 2017
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Over the next three days, I'll be posting some of the images I shot with @shalaeuroasia over the summer. This was a last minute shoot - and by last minute I mean literally 20 minutes notice! I was in London shooting the @moveitshow BTS video, and I had some time afterwards, and the fabulous @eloisehymas hooked me up with Shala and her bf Sweet Stix.
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Working with talented people is the greatest feeling in the world, because they raise your game. Whether they're a classical ballerina, or a kickass street/commercial/freestyle wonderwoman like Shala, talented creative people are the best to work with. I loved this time, with the two of them!
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Shot in London somewhere near Brick Lane, harsh sunlight and sweet beats.
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