Vive la France

In the wake of the horrific, barbarous  terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday night, I wanted to add my voice of support and solidarity for people of France and especially for the bereaved families and those still lying wounded and fighting for their lives.

Quite frankly I was struggling to find the words that summed up my feelings of outrage, anger, defiance but also my hope in humanity… and then my 15 year old daughter penned these few lines:

You think the more suffering you create
the more names you tag onto your clickbait
the more damage you do to the history of our states
the more fear you’re going to initiate?
you just watch.
you just watch as a planet we unite and negate
your so called sacred death toll in the name of a god who you claim would wish this upon us.
I bet if there is a god out there they’re looking down on their children in shame
and asking what part of their scriptures did you use to incriminate
for the sake of your own sick lust for a ticking mortality rate
I bet he’s asking what the fuck it’s all for
to dominate?
to dictate?
or just for the gratification of extremists manipulating the vindication of religion like some kind of namesake
but terrorism has no religion.
terrorism has no race.
terrorism has only the xenophobes and the brainwashed and those blinded by hate.
Pray for paris.

Marianne Willis, age 15

 

 

Production Paradise Corporate & Industrial Photography Spotlight

 

Here is my latest Corporate & Industrial Spotlight feature from @ProductionParadise.com.

This feature showcases some of my corporate photography commissioned over the past twelve months. Amongst others, this year’s clients have included Actis, British Land, Goldman Sachs, ICAEW, Kepler Associates, Lavendon, Low & Bonar, Morgan Sindall, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal London, SOCCO, and SP Angel.

The feature also showcases some of my video work for CLIC Sargent and The Workroom.

Click on the link below to view the rest of the images

London: Barry Willis

Another busy Week

It’s been a busy week pulling together the production and casting for the shoot in France on top of organising and directing a video interview for an agency client, which we shot on Thursday.
The shoot in France involves quite a sizeable crew with three models, stylist, hair & makeup, two assistants plus the agency creatives. Transport from the UK, hotels, meals and daily taxies all needed organising and we were still waiting for client sign off on budget until very late on Wednesday….. and that’s all before I’ve even started thinking about the photography.
I have to give a big shout out and thank you to location manager and producer Tom Elgood for pulling this all together for me.
So a bit of time today to catch my breath and do a final check on the kit list.
The models and crew leave tomorrow afternoon on the Eurostar and myself and 1st assistant will be driving down c/o le shuttle.
All set for a great shoot next week!

Getting Past the First Post

Hello and welcome to my first post. It feels a strangly daunting thing deciding on what to write in my first post on my new Blog. Although I’ve had a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin for a while now, I’d held back from writing a blog because I wanted to tie this in with a complete re-vamp of my website. Well at long last, and certainly not before time, I’ve started that process. I’m actually really excited about this, because as well as looking forward to designing the new website, this also gives me the opportunity to take stock of what’s been a very busy year, re-edit the folio and work on a whole new set of images for the site and portfolio.

In conjunction with all of this however, I now need to start creating content so that when the new site goes live in 6 to 8 weeks, visitors to the site aren’t confronted with a rather sad no news blog. Although I had toyed with the idea of creating a tumbleweed GIF as the opening post, I’ve decided instead to take a retrospective look at the past year and start with news, jobs and stories that have made up 2014-15….. So here goes.