University: Year 1

It only seems like a few months since I received my letter of acceptance from Brighton University, now I’m third of the way though! Since enrolling, the fashion side of my photography work has taken a bit of a back seat. For the duration of the year we have been working on 18 summaries, 2 essays and 4 main projects, as it doesn’t really match with the style of my other work I have decided to show them here as opposed to my website!

Project 1 – Portraiture:

For my first project I was compelled to stay relatively within the bounds of fashion by combining previous work with new portraits. I decided to take a set of imaged from previous fashion photoshoots, I then shot again with the model in a new context, this being their rooms. I wanted to portray the models as they are in their regular lives outside of fashion. Presented as a series of paired images in a two by four grid in the order of room/set. I decided to present the images of the models in their rooms in black and white, this was to contrast them from the original images but to also focus the work on the model and their emotions without the distractions on colour.

Project 2 - Landscape:

For my second project I decided to take a more experimental step. I didn’t want to just shoot regular landscapes as I found it difficult to find any meaning at the time. I decided to create a set of snapshot style Polaroid photos taken from a collection of screenshots I took many years previous in the virtual worlds within a specific video game. It gelled with the theme of holiday snapshots because I spent a lot of time playing it as a child and it is now inaccessible, an environment that has passed by with the progression of time. I also chose to shot the images using instant film to bridge the gap between the virtual and the actual. The physicality of the images obfuscated a certain amount of the digital evidence that was visible within the original screenshots such as the aliasing along the edges of the objects in the scenes.

Project 3 - Document:

After the second project we moved on to semester two and a less broad remit. For my third project I decided to investigate and catalogue a series of murders that have occurred around the BN area of Brighton. Using a combination of news archives and public police reports I was able to plot a set of homicides on a map of the area. After collating the information I then went to each of the locations and shot a photograph of each scene. For my final presentation I displayed them along with the map of locations that I had created.

Project 4 - Fiction:

For my final project of year one I wanted to continue in similar vein to my previous project by focusing again on crime, this time specifically fictional crimes scenes. I put together a series of five case files containing detailed documents such as coroner’s, fingerprint and scene reports. As well as this I included photographs of the scenes along with images of the fabricated evidence and linked correspondence. For the presentation of this final project I decided to fabricate an office environment by adding a lamp, map and laptop to the scene, this combined with the case files completed the feel I was aiming for.

Now, time for summer and some fashion shoots! :D 

Antenna Studio

A couple of weeks back had my 2nd shoot with the lovely Elizabeth Vartanian Collier of Gallery Girl - be sure to check out her blog! We met up in Crystal Palace for the 2nd time, although we didn’t shoot in the gardens, this time we hired a quirky little place called Antenna Studios. Below are some of the final images from the day! :)

First Solo Show

4 years of work, 1 year prep, 60 images, 26 models, 15 designers, 12 make-up artists, 8 stylists, 8 assistants, 5 agencies, 5 boutiques, 2 hair stylists and 1 photographer! It’s amazing how quickly things pass by, the exhibition is over and it was great fun! Thank you to everyone who was involved in creating the images, helping me set up the exhibition and also everyone who came down to visit us at the gallery!

I first started framing the images as previously mentioned, about a year ago. Collecting frames and getting prints made over the months I quickly realised that 20 or so wouldn’t be enough haha, deciding what images to display was definitely the hardest part!

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During the process of framing I decided to create a booklet, this would serve as a guide to the exhibition that would detail those involved in the creation of each image as well as displaying their chronological order.

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After doing some research I decided to display my work at Gallery40 in Brighton. With a little help from my friends and family I got the images up on the walls in a couple of days ready for the opening night and week long show!

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And with that, a week later it was time to take down the frames and drive them back home! It was such a lovely experience and if you are planning on putting on a show yourself I couldn’t recommend Gallery40 more! And as a lovely surprise for the last day the Brighton based news paper The Argus printed a little article promoting the closing night, so thank you to them too! :D 

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Although the exhibition is over it’s my no means the end! It’s time to shoot new work and build a bigger portfolio! Also I am working on opening a little shop for my website where I will be selling the books, prints and postcards that I make! You can pop on over to www.tomsimmonds.com and follow the shop link or head on over to my etsy page! This is what my shop would look like if it wasn’t virtual haha. I’ll be going into more detail about this in a future post so keep your eyes peeled! :) 

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The First Four Years

As you may know I have been working on setting up my solo show for a very long time, and finally after almost a year in the planning my exhibition ‘The First Four Years’ is happening at Gallery40! We had the opening night last Friday and we’ll be open until Thursday this week! If you’re in Brighton come on down from around 11am-5pm! I will be posting in more detail after we’re all done so if you miss it there will be lots of photos! :D

You can see more details on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/exhibition or you can find the event page over on facebook! Keep an eye out there for more up to date information! :D

Waking up with Venus

A few weeks back I made my way to London to meet up with some wonderful folk at the converted barracks of the Royal Arsenal. Below are some of the final images that we got on the day! The shoot is also featured on the Ballad Of… website, you can see that by clicking here. :)


Model: Emma Kershaw @ Named Models

Make-up/Hair: Cassie Antmann

Styling: Rachel Mae Tyson

Designer: Lindsey Jade Cornish @ Waking Up With Venus

Assistant: Ken Leung

Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

The Porchester

Way back in April of this year we had a photographic adventure around Porchester Hall in London and this week the images were finally published in the wonderful 3rd issue of Solstice Magazine! You can buy a digital or physical copy by clicking the image below or clicking here! :)

You can see more from this shoot over on my website too!

Model: Anastazja Rendak @ PRM Model Agency

Make-up: Silvia Tonelli

Hair: Johan John

Styling: Shirly Piperno

Designers: Chloé Marlow, Sebastian Aquiles Albornoz

Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Elizabeth and 125Live Exhibition

Elizabeth

A couple of weeks back I finally met up with the wonderful Elizabeth Vartanian Collier who you might know as Gallery Girl from her fantastic blog - if not you should definitely have a look! We met up in London for an adventure amongst the dinosaurs and sphinxes in the Crystal Palace gardens. Below are some of the final images from the day! :)



Model/Make-up: Elizabeth Vartanian Collier

Photography/Styling: Thomas Cole Simmonds (26-09-15)

125Live Exhibition

Last week I was invited to the private viewing of the 125Live exhibition in London as one of the featured artists, this was incredibly exciting and a great honour to have been selected to be part of the show! And to have one of my images exhibited for the first time!

Our image (taken with the wonderful Sara Grabek) from a few years back was chosen and also included in the 125 Annual. If you are in London between now and the 20th October be sure to pop in and have a look, there is a huge range of amazing work there to see! :) Details can be found on the 125 website here. And here are a few images leading up to the event. :)

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Watermaiden

A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely Vanessa Tait to shoot a little set of images that I had wanted to do in the sea! After rummaging around in the local vintage shops I managed to get together a suitable outfit. You can see these images on the wonderful Whim Online Magazine website by following the link :)

Here are some more images from the shoot too :)

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Concrete

Back at the start of the year I  began planning a shoot with a wonderful stylist by the name of Lauren Segal, after a whole heap of emails we settled on a shoot date and got a team together. We met up mid April in London along with make-up artist Izzy Cammareri and model Jade Lindo with designs by Frida Hoffman.

This week the editorial was published in the newly released Solstice Magazine, you can see us on pages 80-89, follow this link or click the image below, a printed version of the magazine can also be purchased! :)

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Here are some more images from the shoot, you can also see more over at www.tomsimmonds.com/ | www.tomsimmonds.com/analoguebox:

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Model: Jade Lindo at Oxygen Models

Make-up: Izzy Cammareri

Stylist: Lauren Segal

Designer: Frida Hoffman

Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Camera Finds: Bronica ETRsi

It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve done one of these camera finds posts and to get back into it I thought I’d go with a beast of a camera, the Bronica ETRsi! This camera was one of my early attempts at gambling with my money on eBay and to my relief I ended up with something that wasn’t utterly terrible! :D The ETRsi is primarily a medium format camera but it’s also incredibly versatile with a broad range of film backs available.

Apart from it’s many uses as a camera the overall build quality and the feel of the camera when operating it is one of the things I like most about it, it’s an absolute joy to use! As I mentioned previously you can get many back for this camera including a Polaroid version and you can even get an attachment to use a digital back if you have more money than sense.

I managed to get my hands on two types in addition to my 120 version, these allow me to to shoot with 35mm film on this camera. The 135N and 135W the latter of which after using prompted me to alter my style of shooting to incorporate a more panoramic and cinematic look to my work.

Beauxoxo Easter

A few weeks back just before Easter I made my way up to London to shoot a spring time set of images for Georgie at Beauxoxo. I met up with Georgie, Stephanie and Chloe and we made our way to Holland Park and after setting up with the make-up in the park cafe we got to work shooting! Here are a few behind the scenes images!

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And here are some of the finals! Be sure to check out Beauxoxo.com to get some headpieces of your own! And again Miss Patina lent us some outfits to use too, you can check them out over at their website too!

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Model: Stephanie Linda Pause

Make-up: Chloe Edwards

Accessories Designer: Georgie Beauxoxo

Clothing: Miss Patina

In The Rough

Back in February on the 15th I made my way to London to shoot once again with stylist Shirly Piperno along with make-up artist Izzy Cammareri and model Keziah Zeisser. For this shoot we had some difficulty finding suitable places to set up for shooting so we decided to rend a place nearby for the day, this was the first time I have tried this and it was perfect! Having somewhere reliable as a base nearby instead of using a cafe or something is highly recommended!

We met up around mid day at the house and Izzy got to work on Keziah’s make-up and hair while Shirly prepared the outfits, during this time on a shoot I usually have nothing to do so I went and scouted the location ready for the first look! After some final touches and the first clothing change we got to work shooting six looks in total, finishing just in time to walk back while watching the sunset!

Here are a few behind the scenes photos taken throughout the day:

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And here are some of the final images! You can see more on my website too at www.tomsimmonds.com/intherough, www.tomsimmonds.com/portfolio or www.tomsimmonds.com/book2. This shoot was also just published on the fantastic DeFUZE magazine website as one of their featured webtorials! You can see the shoot on their website by following this link or by clicking the image below! :)

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Credits for the shoot are:

Model: Keziah Zeisser @ Oxygen Models

Make-up/Hair: Izzy Cammareri

Styling: Shirly Piperno

Designers: Nitsan Alter, Mary Eleini, Felipe Hiroshi Goto, Sabina Soderberg

Photography/Post Processing: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Dryad

Just before Christmas I had my last shoot of 2014 up in London with the lovely Bethan. We met up around Hampstead and braved the cold to get what was meant to be a summer shoot, although plans never go quite right so December ended up being when we did it. :P

The shoot was just published in the latest issue of the wonderful Whim Magazine and you can see our images on pages 6-15 with an interview on pages 16-17! You see that the issue by clicking here or the image below! :)

Here are some of the final images from the day!

You can see these on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com!

Model/Make-up: Bethan @ Leni’s Model Management

Photography/Styling: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Rainbow Challenge

The other week I was tasked by the wonderful Ella Ruth Cowperthwaite to take on the 7 day rainbow challenge where you have to create a new image each day for a week with the theme of the 7 colours of the rainbow!

I was lacking a little on the photographic side of things and self portraits aren't so suitable when you’re the antithesis of photogenic so I thought I’d go back to by graphic design college days and create 7 portraits in Photoshop using the trusty old friend - the pen tool! :D I’ve used this style before to create some images just to practice and this seemed like a great opportunity to use those skills! :)

Below are my 7 images for the challenge! If you decide to have a go yourself be sure to let me know what you create as I’d love to see! :)

And here is the obligatory gif!

Camera Finds: The Polaroid 195

This weeks post marks the finishing of my long and arduous quest of acquiring a camera that I’ve been wanting to add to my collection for a very long time, the Polaroid 195! And after a few weeks of intensive eBay page refreshing I managed to find one for a non ridiculous price (in camera terms at least)! :D 

The package made it’s long journey from the heart of America and arrived on my doorstep just a couple of months back! And since then I’ve had a few shoots so I was able to begin testing it out as almost as soon as it arrived! So after loading a pack of FujiFilm FP-100 C the camera was ready and thus begat the clicking! Below are a couple of images that I’ve taken so far! Unfortunately I only had myself to test it on when it first arrived but that changed after a few weeks. :P

Summer Closet

Way back in July I had another shoot for for Clothing Clothing, this time we were in London again and with a slightly different team. I’ve finally gotten round to putting the images together for the blog, better late than never right? :P Here are some of the final images! :)

And a couple of behind the scenes :)

Model: Emily Towner @ Leni’s Model Management

Make-up: Jenni Davis

Styling: Bryony Friend

Assistants: Gabriella Hodgson, Davinia Hammond

Designer/brand: Closet Clothing

Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Camden Girl

A few weeks back on the first day of November I made my way to London once again for another test shoot! This time with the lovely Kate Heaton. We were blessed with beautiful weather on the day and after meeting up we made our way to Camden Lock which was - as you can imagine impossibly busy on a rare hot day! This made picking out the locations we had in mind a little more difficult but annoying tourists are an evil that must be defeated! So we soldiered on and got to shooting where we could! Below are some of the final images from the day! :)

You can see the full shoot on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/camdengirl and be sure to follow Kate on instagram as well! :)

A Long Weekend

Way back in May I had the pleasure of shooting the spring campaign for Clothing Clothing. You can see the behind the scenes post for the shoot here! This week the images were published the the fantastic Whim Magazine! You can see us on pages 172-193 and you can view the issue by clicking here or the image below!

The following are some of the final images from the shoot! You can also view them on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/alongweekend

Model: Irina @ Nevs

Make-up: Hannah Serjeant (Instagram)

Styling: Ruth Elliot and Bryony Friend

Assistant: Gabriella Hodgson

Designer/brand: Closet Clothing

Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds