Rehearsal Room

London musicians, new portrait photography series:

This week sees the launch of my new portrait photography series, capturing musicians practising outdoors across urban spaces in London. Not everyone wants to live next-door to someone who plays the double bass, the trumpet - or any large and loud instrument for that matter. 

This consideration certainly forces musicians to get creative about their rehearsal space, which increasingly includes outdoor spaces. Studio rents are rising enormously for all creatives, especially in London, as old buildings get sold for office spaces and other developments. With rehearsal spaces becoming more expensive, some musicians use public spaces and parks to get in some of their rehearsal hours. 

I spent the summer finding some of the musicians, who are utilising the corners of parks, tucked away basketball courts and forgotten patches of grass between tower blocks to get their essential practice hours.

The warmer summers, squeeze on creative space and increasing population density all contributes to this growing phenomenon, which has resulted in a really unique set of portraits.

 Rehearsal Room by Jon Enoch. Pictured: Bruce Stevens and his Sousaphone in Oval, London.
 Rehearsal Room by Photographer Jon Enoch. Pictured: Daisy George in Ruskin Park, London.
 Rehearsal Room by Photographer Jon Enoch. Pictured: Leroy Richardson and his baritone saxophone pictured in Peckham, London.
 Rehearsal Room by Photographer Jon Enoch. Pictured: Yusuf Oliver Narcin and his bass trombone, East Dulwich, London.
 Rehearsal Room by Photographer Jon Enoch. Pictured: Hanna Mbuya and her Tuba in Denmark Hill, London.

Recent cover shoot with The Breeders.  Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson were shot at their record labels (4AD) London office for US based Magnet. The Breeders' most successful album, Last Splash, is best known for the hit single "Cannonball". As a portrait photographer I get to meet some cool people and these guys were right up there.

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Simon Webbe

Here are a selection of portrait images from a recent shoot with Simon Webbe. Shot with a mix of continuous light and flash, these were taken in a central London studio not far from Oxford Street.

Jehnny Beth - Savages

This is an image of singer/songwriter Jehnny Beth, lead singer and lyricist for rock band Savages. The photo was shot in Hackney, using a narrow depth of field to draw the viewer into the front eye. On her music Jehnny says “artists are creating ‘the world exactly as it should be’. That is the real power of the artists, and I believe in this power.”

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Savages

The latest cover of US music magazine Magnet, featuring band of the moment Savages we were invited to shoot them for their second studio album ‘Adore Life’.

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