“While studying Media and Communication at Birmingham City University from 2005/2008, one of my mini goals after I graduated, was to be in a position to shoot the front cover of a music magazine. Although I’ve assisted other photographers on cover shoots for NME and Q, and although the Riff’s journal is not currently on wider national release, I’m considering my cover shoot with them a goal achieved. Thank you to the Riffs team for inviting me to shoot Anna for the cover.
Over the last few years I have been working on Brum Creatives, a personal project focusing on creative professionals from Birmingham. These include a variety of Brummie musicians; Selwyn Brown of Steel Pulse, The Beat’s Ranking Roger, Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace’s Richard March, UB40’s Brian Travers, Neil Jones of Stone Foundation and younger generation talent in Call Me Unique and Xhosa Cole. Other sitters include, Comedians Joe Lycett and Jasper Carrott, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and Michelin Chef, Glyn Purnell.
Working on Brum Creatives is highly enjoyable. Not only do I get to shoot an endless stream of interesting local talent but I’m also gaining access to some amazing locations whilst building a body of work that I’m incredibly proud of.”
You can read/view Ian’s photo essay below