In the country I’m happiest in a needle carpeted forest, gilded sunbeams streaming through scented pines. I drink calm.
In a city I’m happiest alone at night, wandering synthetic colourscapes, neon washes, vehicle beams, mirrored windows & nightshade skies. I drink colour.
I wanted to capture that with the aid of my photographic collaborator Tom Hull.
On photo shoots I act as collar adjuster and carrier, but mainly shot-nagger. I often have very specific shots in mind, and I’ll push Tom in that direction. An example is blinding traffic lights. Tom is a pro, he wants to make the client happy. Burning reds & greens don’t show jackets off, they’re weird. I love weird. I want different, where I can.
Tom is the expert through which I vicariously live out my artistic fantasies. My mum was a professional photographer. I take this medium extremely seriously. Annoyingly I lack the photographic talent, but I have clear thoughts about what I'm after. Tom can translate them.
This shoot in Bristol, on a recent Lockdown Friday night, is the one which captures my own artistic sensibilities most clearly. Miles (artist and co-founder of Bohobo Aromatherapies), Tom and I just wandered Bristols rainy streets, seeking what I call “graphic portraits” - straight lines, contrasts, but always with a person central within. It wouldn’t be FRAHM (or me) without someone.
I think what Tom has created is wonderful. I love the dreamlike intensity. I don’t go into cities at night much now. I’m a country boy these days: Urban lights seem brighter, more lurid, weirder, more exciting. These images capture that different world of clubbing, kebabs, shuttered shops, weed smoke & theatre.
It’s a joy to create/capture these worlds the way I see them and for Miles, all ocular depths and calm, to live in them.
Thank you to Tom & Miles. I can’t wait for the next shoot. Always a joy.