A race between two businessmen, who after work, have to be somewhere…but where? Public transport is not good enough! It’s slow and expensive! Go by bike? ….No! They take it to the streets on foot! Fast and agile and can go where cars can’t!
You can also view the video of the shoot here!
So here are my results. Enjoy!
Photography | Piers Cunliffe Photography
Thanks go to:
SHOOT DHS | Artistic Director
Lee Martland |Photography Assistant
Andy Barnham | Photography Assistant
Toby Russell | Camerman + Editor
Danny and Aaron | SHOOT DHS Models
One Tribe TV | Production Company
It has been a long time coming. A while back I did a photoshoot in london with SHOOT DHS Models. It has been kept under the hat for a while, but now I am proud to present the video from the days shoot. The theme was a race between two business men, who after work, have somewhere to be, but local transport and cars are slow, so they take it to the streets on foot. Photos are to follow soon.
So here it is:
Photography | Piers Cunliffe
Models | Shoot DHS | Danny + Aaron
Producer | One Tribe TV
Cameraman + Editor | Toby Russell
A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Siurana, I was asked to capture climbers in the Region de Mont Serrat.
Short video and article to follow soon.
There are some great new changes to my website. A brand new fashion section, and soon to be filling the spaces are Film, in association with One Tribe TV, Published Work and Projects. Check it all out here – www.pierscunliffephotography.co.uk – So watch this space as I regularly update it!
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Headshots I took of Yogi in collaboration with Tim Baker, The Watermill Studio.
Photography | Tim Baker
Assistant | Piers Cunliffe
MUA | Sophie Bee
Model | Yogamaya Von Hippel
Sunday 25th Sept 2011 saw approximately 1000 competitors head down to the RAT RACE event village in Potters Field, London. This was a longer and more challenging race. Done on foot and bikes, the racers had to cover a lot of London. This time I had the car; Cliff drove and I navigated. When we passed Rat Race competitors on their bikes, it was a good opportunity to lean out of the passenger window and capture the action while moving. Communication was key between me and cliff so I didn’t fall out or take out any cyclists.
Alongside the cycling and running, the racers also kayaked, abseiled, climbed and did an assault course. It was very hard to keep up with the racers, despite having the car, but we had the traffic and congestion to contend with, as well as having to take the main routes and park the car and walk to the checkpoints where the challenges were taking place.
One of the highlights was that the BBC were filming Ben Fogle competing in the race. He is currently filming a series, in conjunction with Lonely Planet, ‘A Year of Adventures’ and RAT RACE was included. There have been many books about a year of adventures, but this is the first time that it will be televised. Lucky for Ben as he gets to compete/complete all these adventures, something that I would love to do. The BBC were very helpful as they were our big clue to finding Ben and tracking him down. They did have three camera crews, two in vans and third on a motorbike. Also with Ben was another competitor who had eyes on him the whole time, feeding back to the camera crews where they were and where they were next headed. I did ask if I could jump onboard with the team, but unfortunately they didn’t have enough room, or that was a polite way of saying ‘no’. I think it was the latter!
Anyway, here is my selection of photos, while Ben was an interesting focal point, my brief was to capture the RAT RACE, and so I shall present it that way too. (I am never easily starstruck!) Enjoy!
I am proud to announce a new and exciting TV production company called One Tribe TV headed by BBC Human Planet series producer Dale Templar. It is set to be big in the South West and further afield.
“One Tribe TV is an exciting new television and media company based in the West Country. As well as factual television production – specialising in foreign and remote locations – One Tribe TV also provides media training, production consultancy, guest lecturing and professional speaking.”
I took these photographs last year for an exhibition in Milsom Place, formerly known as Shire’s Yard. I was trawling through my archives of blog posts and didn’t have these posted. I feel that they deserve a post as these photographs were very popular with the locals. Enjoy!
Carrying on from the Cliff Bar Meet the Moment competition, I have 3 more pics I want to enter as an ‘Adventure Postcard’, but could do with your help with the slogan.
Please bear in mind the space and how your text fits in it. Anything you can think of will be considered, but keep it clean please. For a peek at the my latest entry click here. If I do use your slogan you will be duly credited in the notes section when I submit it.
Here are the photos – just leave a comment starting with either Photo 1, Photo 2 or Photo 3, so I know which one it applies to.
Look forward to your answers.
I have just entered a competition run by Cliff Bar. A fab opportunity to win big and to do that adventure you have always dreamed of doing.There are loads of entries so winning will be tough, but I’m confident!
So here is my entry. I will be entering a few more but the hardest part is the slogan. It has to fit with the photograph and the ethos of what Cliff Bar are trying to promote.
Another day on Mt Guassier we jumped on some long 6a+’s and 6b’s. Bit of a body shock to be climbing some steeper stuff as the majority of Orgon is slab climbing. The routes were a bit crumbly and unfortunately Audrey Seguy caught a fragment of rock in her eye. She decided to take no more chances, the sun glasses were on and even her hat with half of it pulled over her left eye. Thankfully Laurent saw the fragment in her eye and extracted it. So all is well.
A fantastic crag with 40m routes from 6a to 7a. The shortest being the 7b (15meters) and I am please to say that I got my first clean 7b redpoint of the trip. A very powerful technical route where foot work is crucial.
The route was on Mont Gaussier, a really inspiring piece of rock with fantastic views.
Aka – The Shermanator. Laurent on the 7a+. Long steep pumpy route with a thin technical crux at the very top. A 25ft whipper awaits you if you don’t make the chains to finish.
I am now in the Ardeche, France helping with the photography for a Rockfax guidebook. The first day I climbed, to help me get a feel for the rock. Its hard steep stuff here and the French sure do like their long routes. The shortest so far has been 35 meters. My 60m rope has been made redundant already.
My main aim for this trip is to come away with a body of work about climbing, camping and guidebook writing. After a disheartening morning because I was not in the right frame of mind for climbing and failing miserably on a 6b+, I turned the day round by concentrating on photography. It’s hard to shoot when we are climbing in the shade all day and the vistas in the background are in bright sunlight. Trying to get a shot of a climber in the shade with the background exposed correctly is proving tricky. But I do have a month to practice.
So I resorted to silhouettes:
On Saturday 26th March I went to London to help with the abseil challenge at the Oval cricket ground. Arrival was at 9am and we quickly set to work with sorting out the gear – gloves, belay plates/fig 8, harnesses, helmets, ropes and more. Safety was paramount and we all had an hour’s run through on how to rig the releasable abseil, safety line and how to rescue someone. We all split into smaller groups with at least one fully qualified member to run through it with us again. It was a great opportunity to learn new skills and new rope rigging systems.
We were told approximately 1000 racers would come through the abseil challenge and we had to operate 10 lines at any one time. I was fortunate to be allowed to shoot while working which is very rare as some people only want you to concentrate on one element of the day! I had in mind a short photo documentary about what our role was like as a safety supervisor on the event. Below is my story. If you read further down there are some photos from the official RandR photographers of me working. Thanks go to Charlie Summers (photos of me monkeying around) the other RandR photographer (sorry can’t remember your name), Ian Wilson for allowing me to shoot from the best position – on abseil! Thanks to Gaz for teaching me new valuable skills and the rest of the team for a fab day!
Behind The Lens
So you’ve seen my results from my perspective but how did I get into position? Most of the shots are from the top next to the lower off points and this allowed me to get the social shots, but to get the action shots I had to do what the racers were doing – abseiling! This involved setting up a separate point for me to lower off as it could not interfere with the racer’s anchor points. Using a releasable abseil anchor (so I could be rescued in the unlikely event of an accident) with overhand knots and half hitches, backed on a bight and carabiner, I was able to lower myself on my own Gri-Gri.
The simple shots were from the side of the building, parallel with the racers, but I wanted to get a new perspective. Branching out from the main wall that everyone was abseiling down were the support beams for the exterior wall. These 15meter long beams provided the answer, but getting out to its furthest point proved tricky as the beams were round and walking on them would have been stupid, not to mention dangerous, because if I fell I would have swung back into the wall that my rope was fixed to. So I had to fix myself below the beams with larks-footed slings which tighten and grip around the beam when loaded, keeping me fixed in position. But this caused another problem! While the slings were weighted I couldn’t move and getting my weight off the slings was hard too as I was dangling in space. The only way to progress along the beam was to wrap my legs and arms around it and slide along upsidedown while pushing the slings along with me! It all sounds very complicated, but in the end it worked and I was always safe while moving. Very important!
Now I was in position I could commence shooting! It was great fun and the photos below (thanks to Charlie Summers) show me getting into position.
A few days ago I posted about a test shoot in preparation for the main photoshoot in the Brecon Beacons. I have always wanted to do a cycling photoshoot, because, as a keen cyclist I wanted to create work with the bike and cyclist in the landscape.
Well, I am glad to say that it was very successful – photograph wise, but we did have trouble with the cyclists bike! Watch the video to find out!
The weather was perfect and I captured the shots I had pre-visualized plus some extras due to a mechanical with the bike. We finished the day by heading up into the nearby moorland to photograph the sunset.
Hope you like it.
Black and White film photography that I had done during my A-Levels.
Taken with a Minolta X300s with Minolta 35-70mm lens. Film – Ilford HP5 ISO 400. Printed on Ilford RC Paper.