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Commonwealth Games preview image

One of my favorite images of last year has to be this Hadrian’s Wall image of mine, not because its my best image but because it’s creative, took a lot of planning, was technical to shoot and retouch.
This image was used as a preview to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in the summer. Its supposed to be a bit of fun with participating athletes dressed up in St George’s Cross kilts and kit! I wanted the English team to look warrior-like and invading the Games by leaping over Hadrian’s Wall.
Including preparation, planning and shooting this image took three months.  Athletes are spread all over the country and were involved in heavy training in the lead up to the Games so I could only photograph them individually at their respective training camps. As these were all elite athletes it was impossible to get them to Hadrian’s Wall, they only get one day off a week and the last thing they want to be doing is spend it traveling to Scotland. This meant that the finished pic would have to be photoshoped together. I wanted it to be as real as possible so on the drive up to Edinburgh in the spring for the Scotland v England rugby game, I stopped off at Hadrians Wall to shoot the background. I wanted a panoramic images of the wall so the finished background is made up of 6 individual images. All shot at dawn on a beautifully sunny morning the forboding grey sky was added in later!
The individual athletes (Louis Smith, Adam Gemilli,  Max Whitlock and Sasha Corbin) were shot in hotel rooms, corridors, car park and gyms in locations from London to Leeds. All the athletes did a great job at visualising where they were in the image even though standing in a car park or bouncing on a trampoline.
The real genius behind the picture is Anthony Mcdonald, the creative retoucher, who was able to bring all the elements together and polish them into a consistant group image. The finished image created a talking point on the first day of the Games which was exactly what we wanted!

 

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See below for the slideshow of the retouching from start to finish………….

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Sport magazine

This is a picture of England rugby captain Chris Robshaw which i took a couple of months ago at the Harlequins training ground. Sport mag have picked it up for their front cover in November. Its shot in the gym against a blue painted wall where  I use a single off camera light with an umbrella. I originally wanted to shoot Chris outside as the winter sun was just setting but the journalists time overran….another one that got way!

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Photography Cool magazine interview

Thanks Richard for the interview and good luck with the magazine. You can read the full interview at http://photographycool.com/2014/08/22/interview-sports-photographer-andy-hooper/

The interesting point that came up during the interview was how few women sports photographers there are? I know the hours are anti-social (weekends and evenings) but why is it mainly men in the industry?

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“Best of London 2012 Olympic Games Photography article’ By Jonathan Webster

Here is a recent profile from the December issue of SHUTR Fotomagazine, it’s one Europe’s largest photography magazines. The article discusses working at the best games ever which was….

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London 2012.

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London’s Olympics come under starter’s orders

Welcome to the Oympics official stamps commission.

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Royal Mail is celebrating the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27 by issuing a miniature sheet of four stamps.

Entitled ‘Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games’, it features a quartet of Olympic sports merging into a quartet of London landmarks.

The stamps were designed by Hat-Trick, from photographs of unidentified athletes by Andy Hooper and of landmarks by Paul Grundy. The miniature sheet was printed in lithography by Cartor.

London’s third Olympics will feature 10,500 athletes from more than 200 nations lining up to contest 302 gold medals across 26 very diverse sports.

A second Welcome miniature sheet in a similar style will be issued to coincide with the opening of the Paralympic Games, which commence on August 29.

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Garnier Ambre Solaire

This is my poster campaign for Garnier Ambre Solaire shot earlier this year. Hannah England in full flight, shot at Simon Vinals studio in Southwark.

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Chinese Elle magazine

This image of GB cyclist Joanne Rowsell is from a shoot I did with her for Chinese Elle magazine. The brief was for studio/fashion images showing Joanne with a piece of her sports equipment.

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Image of the week

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This is my latest image of the week. Its a montage where 7 individual shots of different athletes are merged together to create this dramatic picture. The race to the start line for London 2012.

see it online at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2178105/London-2012-Olympics-Sportsmails-Magnificent-7.html

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photoworld.com.cn interview

I was interviewed by Photoworld magazine recently, the articles titled “Here comes the Olympics”. Its a Chinese photo mag, the article looks good but my Mandarins not upto scratch!

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The County magazine

Paulo from www.solosyndication.co.uk recently sold one of my images from a fashion shoot with Amy Williams. She looks pretty good.

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