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‘Dock of the Bay’ Photo shoot

 

I recently had the pleasure to work with brand manager Sue Clarke from Dock of the Day who asked me to put together a team to produce a spring catalogue and Look book for her companies 2015 spring summer range of casual outdoor clothing. So, I needed three models, two hairstylists, Make-up two photo assistants, a studio, and out and indoor locations, all to be sourced locally…..easy. Well it was far from easy, really challenging to find good hairstylist in Suffolk, and a male model and a good location that fitted Sue’s vision and ticked all the boxes.
I have to say a big thank you to staff at the Butt & Oyster pub http://www.debeninns.co.uk/buttandoyster/ for being so accommodating. This location was just perfect for what we had in mind, and the nearby boatyards added to the style of the product we were shooting. My buddy Anthony Cullen gave use the use of his great studio, in Pinn Mill, which was also perfect. http://www.anthonycullen.com
We then moved on to Ipswich Marina and took use of its great backdrop.
The weather stayed fine, but the lighting was definitely tricky meaning that I had to use a combination of location lighting and natural daylight, which was very flat. My team all worked well together, and the client was more than happy with the finished results.

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Putting together a new marketing campaign for one of Suffolk’s large farms.

 

I’ve just started working for a large commercial farm in Suffolk, producing a series of images for the companies new website. I’ve really enjoyed my experience on the farm so far, sitting in the massive combine harvesters, watching the drilling(planting seeds)process from inside the enormous tractors and other duties that have opened my eyes to the amazing efforts and dedication that goes into working on a large farm. My job as taken on a bigger role, with the added responsibility of putting together a small marketing campaign involving producing a quarterly newsletter for the farm, which is brilliant, and also an exciting challenge for me, and one which I hope will lead to other interesting projects like this.

Check out some of the pictures.

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PICTURE BY JOHN FERGUSON.THE WORLD'S BIGGEST GIRL POP GROUP, DESTINY'S CHILD.
Kelly Rowland, photographed at the Houston film studios, Texas.
PICTURE BY JOHN FERGUSON.

Working with Destiny’s Child

 

During my time working with celebrities and personalities I was very fortunate to have travelled all over the world photographing pop stars, Tv and movie stars, world statesmen and women, even royalty too.

November 2002, I received a call from my good friend Eva Simpson who at the time was one of the trio of young female journalists who made up the 3am girls on the Daily Mirror entertainment pages. She called me and said,’Fergie we got to be in Houston, Texas by tomorrow night, we’ve got a photo shoot & and exclusive interview with Destiny’s Child, can you make it?’

So there we were in Texas, waiting to meet the gorgeous Beyonce Knowles and the rest of Destiny’s Child. After an hour of waiting, along came a group of people who it turned out to be their agents, managers, PR’s, parents and anyone one else you can think of, but not the girls. We were in an enormous warehouse type building which was where the shoot was to take place. To keep a long story short, I gather all the bands touring equipment and used some of the sound engineers recording equipment, I was going to place the girls amongst and around this backdrop. The girls finally arrived and after a moment to greeting each other, I was asked to take over. As with these shoots,I only had 20 mins to get individuals portraits and some groups shots. I could literately feel everyone breathing down my neck, a crowd of at least thirty Americans watching my every move as I directed the at the time the world biggest group Destiny’s Child around my make-shift studio.The pictures turned out great, everyone loved my shots and the Daily Mirror used the pictures over two days in large double paged spreads, which was very cool.

I went on to meet Beyonce again in London the next year, this time I wasn’t so nervous, but she is a true professional, and a dream to work with on both occasions.

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New Promotional & Marketing short Video stories.

With the availability of great high quality HD digital cameras and the current accent on capturing video content for websites, marketing and public relations, its long been a goal of mine to film and produce short stories to further my services in my commercial work. More and more businesses large and small are coming around to the fact of just how important video content is for there websites.

I along with my assistant Ben are currently putting together a series of short video stories entitled ‘Made in Suffolk’ which centres around 4 completely different individuals, but who all have one thing in common, they produce a skill or offer something a little different within the county of Suffolk.

We’re currently working with a really great guy at the moment, 70 year old Jeff Errington, a deep sea diver from his base in Ipswich, Suffolk. Jeff’s works on the giant sea container ships that come in to port at the nearby Felixstowe docks, along with other underwater marine duties such as inspecting ship wrecks, underwater explosives to servicing the massive wind turbine farms in the East Anglia area. We’re putting together a short video documentary and photographic package for his company. Great footage so far, but we’ll need another dive job before we finish the entire video. We’re waiting for the summer months before scheduling another filmed dive as the waters are so dark…this side of the Mediterranean!!

It’s a really fascinating job, deep sea divers up close. Just watching the amount of preparation that goes into each dive was a real eye opener. It goes without saying that Jeff’s job carries a certain amount of danger so making sure every bit of equipment is in good working order can make the difference to a successful dive or one that can lead to horrendous consequences.

We’re in the process of putting together a couple more promotional video’s, and we’re currently in talks with two other small businesses.

Our first finished feature has just been uploaded to Vimeo and centres around the work of garage owner Roger Williams from Wickham Market. His passion is restoring and selling vintage Jaguar C Type 1 sports cars to collectors all over the world.

 

Click on the image to see my video.

 
 
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Documenting Ocado’s home delivery service.

I was recently contacted by supermarket delivery company Ocado who saw a selection of my pervious work on my Behance network page, which is mainly based on my photojournalistic style of work. https://www.behance.net/johnferguson      This is the second time my Behance networking page as secured me new clients, which I suppose is ultimately what you’re hoping for when posting your work up on their site. It’s also a great source of inspiration too.

I was asked to produce a series for images for there forthcoming annual report. Images were also required for a new web and marketing promotion.

We only had two days to complete the brief, which was quite involved. We needed a combination of the ideal family house, aesthetically pleasing family members(who came down from Manchester)and most importantly, the right kind of lighting.
Part of the brief was to make the whole shoot look like it was shot on a summer’s day, the shoot was to take place in January!

I put together my team 1st and 2nd photo assistants Ben and Nick, digital operator Sheila and MUA Sarah. Arranged for all the lighting to be delivered from the Pro centre in London who specialise in my favourite lighting gear…Profoto.

The first set of images were shot outside and around the entrance to the property, I used a combination of Profoto strobes with small soft boxes with egg creates, plus my own Elinchrom ranger Quadra portable lighting kit.
The gods where smiling on us as the weather for these two days couldn’t have been any better, sunny but slightly overcast, giving me some cover for the hash January sunshine..can you believe it!

The next day prove to be much more of a challenge, both myself and the creative director felt the early images from the shoot were not what we were looking for, they looked at odds with the previous days images, we needed to change something around. We were now shooting inside the property.

I then decided to change the whole lighting set-up, moving away from the strobe lighting equipment and swapping it for Profoto’s fantastic HMI continuous lighting heads. The hours were fast ticking away, and there were some uneasy moments when I thought we were not going to finish the shoot. After a series of frantic phone calls back and forth to the Pro centre in Shoreditch and Direct lighting in London’s Waterloo, we just managed to get enough lights and equipment together to carrying on the job. The lights proved to be the perfect solution giving the images a more natural look matching the previous days mix-lighting set up. There was naturally some post-production required on the images to get that uniformed look I was looking for. The photo shoot proved to be a success, which is all you’re looking for, but it was touch and go!

Click on the image to watch the behind the scenes video with Ocado.

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Creative collaboration on Suffolk fashion commission

THE ADVANTAGES OF CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS.

About six months ago I was asked if I wanted to join up with The Eastern Enterprise Hub http://www.eehub.co.uk/programmes/recreate.aspx  a dynamic group of partners working together to drive entrepreneurship and skills development with high impact across the East of England with the aim of benefiting the region’s economy. My first thought was no, I’m always weary of these kind of local groups, maybe as I’ve seen too many in London who’s sole aim seems only to get enough bums on seats – just to fulfil certain financial obligations.

Cynical I know… probably too many years working with national newspapers!

But once I got over my cynicism, I found in my group a great selection of creative  entrepreneurs from all corners of Suffolk, all looking to push their businesses forward. The Hub gives great support and guidance helping to promote individuals with good business ideas, develop key skills, and providing great commercial expertise. Throughout the year they invite successful Suffolk creative and business entrepreneurs to give advice on how to operate in the creative markets, from developing business and marketing strategies to practical advice from well established Suffolk entrepreneurs. They range from advertising & design studios, accountancy and banking, local council department for arts and events, to social marketing experts. The information I’ve received from the hub in a short space of time as been invaluable and its always enjoyable meeting like-minded creative entrepreneurs who are all on the same path as myself. Its always good to know that your not alone when starting your business, and I’ve met some really good people there.

One of my fellow creative entrepreneurs is Sarah Louise Chatterton. Sarah runs her own fashion label and makes the most beautiful hand printed scarfs and dresses from her studio in Ipswich. http://www.slc-slc.co.uk She had a request from the Times Magazine for pictures of her dresses and scarfs with regards to a up coming Magazine feature. Sarah had seen my work and gushed, “I just love your work!” She’s told me this on a couple of occasions, so naturally when it came to commissioning a good photographer, she just had to come to me! :-)

We found a really cool location, a beautful bird sanctuary tucked away in rural Suffolk, I’m under pain of death if I ever disclosed the whereabouts of this location. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing, with a sandy beach, a fishing lake with wooden jetties, tall grass, swans, rowing boats etc etc, every fashion photographers dream….you gotta check it out. :-)

I took along my Elinchrom Ranger Quadra portable lighting pack, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul5-UAxmh3Y which is ideal for shoots like this, but I only used the lights for a very short period. Instead I used my big 6×6 silver reflector to bounce light back into the model & the clothes, which worked perfectly. Whenever I can use a reflector, I will always opt for this kind of light.   http://www.sunbounce.com/products/reflectors/big

The model Georgia, was great, she was a little shy at first(she’s 15)but regularly models for Sarah. She has a certain look about her which reminded me of Mick Jagger’s ex-wife Jerry Hall who I had the pleasure of photographing before. http://www.studio-luxe.co.uk/#!/index/G0000Bb2tAHGBi5o

Georgia turned out to be a real star, she really got into her role; a carefree, summer party feel on the beach. The pictures worked perfectly. I wanted to go for a cool filmic look for the post production, as this would bring out the best of Sarah’s textures on her designs. In the end we had over a hundred great images to choose from, Sarah was really happy, I was very happy and I hope the Times Saturday Magazine will be equally happy.

I’m primarily a commercial & editorial photographer, but I just loves fashion photography, it’s always been a great source of inspiration for me. I’ve produced some really nice editorial fashion spreads over the years and its something I’d really like to get more involved in again. Now I’m freelancing in a new part of the country, I’ll be able to push through some really cool ideas. I’m in the process of producing a couple of projects with some other amazing designers over this summer and also over the next couple of years. In-fact after working with Sarah on her shoot, we’ve agreed to collaborate with each other again on future ideas and also setting up other projects with creative entrepreneurs, fashion designers and wardrobe creatives from our region.

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South Sudan with Oxfam

This was my second visit to Southern Sudan. One year on from the newest country in the world first’s Liberation from Northern Sudan, the country is now teetering on the brink of a renewed civil war and a host of other problems, one which includes a major refugee crisis in the Upper Nile State near the border with Northern Sudan.

4 year old Awab Allah, proudly holds up his carefully constructed tank made of mud, syringes and razorblades. Awab, in a filthy denim jacket, loads the empty syringe casing with lengths of straw. He flicks the razor blade on his tank deftly, so it hits the back of the straw, making the missile fly through the syringe. It is a direct hit on his friend Adam’s tank. The boys laugh. “They are good fighters,” Awab’s brother Musab says. “They have seen so much war.”

Click on this link to see more of the story and a few more images. https://www.oxfam.org.au/2012/07/south-sudan-one-year-on/