Bend It Like Beckham

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I had a great day recently shooting some of the elements that went into the publicity for the new musical Bend it Like Beckham. This is of course the film version taken to the stage. Details can be found here.

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

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Oh Joe….

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Rest in peace Joe. I will listen to your music forever.

Joe Cocker. © Patrick Baldwin 1995. All rights reserved.

Joe Cocker. © Patrick Baldwin 1995. All rights reserved.

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Billie Whitelaw

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I was sad to hear of Billie Whitelaws passing. As I was making my way through drama school I discovered various actors and actresses that were different to the norm and so had quite an influence on me . Billie Whitelaw was one of those people. When I moved to London and got one of my first jobs in about 1987 shooting production photographs at the Young Vic of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff” I was completely entranced by the fact that I was going to be able to photograph Billie Whitelaw. Not to mention Saskia Reeves and Patrick Stewart.
It’s been said that she stopped performing in the theatre because she couldn’t overcome her stage fright. I saw some of that insecurity when I arrived to photograph her. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to be photographed and was quite worried about it. Eventually she agreed and once the dress rehearsal started all the insecurity vanished.
She was a truly marvellous actress and I’m glad to have met her.
Samuel Becket called her the perfect actress. There is nothing else to add after a compliment like that.
Rest in peace Billie.

Billie Whitelaw in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff" at The Young Vic. © Patrick Baldwin 1987. All rights reserved.

Billie Whitelaw in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff” at The Young Vic. © Patrick Baldwin 1987. All rights reserved.

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

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The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich have just licensed this image to display in their foyer. It’s from a co-production with Graeae Theatre Company; a musical based around the songs of Ian Dury. Graeae have a long relationship with The Wolsey and I have photographed a few productions there. Graeae have been a client of mine for over 25 years. Next time I go I will definitely sneak a look at the print. Its always educational to see ones work in print whether it be in a magazine, newspaper or on the wall.

Graeae Theatre Company. "Reasons To Be Cheerful". © Patrick Baldwin 2010

Graeae Theatre Company. “Reasons To Be Cheerful”. © Patrick Baldwin 2010

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On The Covers

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Its always nice and very educational to see your work printed. It helps me to make sure that I am doing things correctly for my clients whether that be colour correction or sharpening the image properly. Its especially gratifying when they are used to such good effect. Below are two images used in the July 2014 issue of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Alumni newsletter. Front and back covers. Makes me happy.

RCSSD Alumni newsletter. © Patrick Baldwin 2014.

RCSSD Alumni newsletter. © Patrick Baldwin 2014.

RCSSD Alumni newsletter. © Patrick Baldwin 2014.

RCSSD Alumni newsletter. © Patrick Baldwin 2014.

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The Strange Charm of Mother Nature

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I had a nice drive down to Plymouth Theatre Royal to photograph the world premiere of Rambert Dance Company’s “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature” choreographed by their artistic director Mark Baldwin who is no relation but still a very nice chap! It was a beautiful piece some of which was pretty challenging to photograph because of its speed and some bits that were really quite slow and almost hypnotic and thus a bit easier to shoot. It makes an interesting change from shooting ballet. Its amazing how different the whole ethos is compared to classical ballet.
Below are some of my favourite images from the day.

Rambert Dance Company. "The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature" World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Miguel Altunaga, Vanessa Kang. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature”. World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Miguel Altunaga, Vanessa Kang. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. "The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature" World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Adam Blyde, Lucy Balfour. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature”. World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Adam Blyde, Lucy Balfour. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. "The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature" World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Kym Sojourna. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature”. World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. Kym Sojourna. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. "The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature" World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. L to R: Vanessa Kang, Julia Gillespie, Adam Park, Kym Sojourna. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature”. World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. L to R: Vanessa Kang, Julia Gillespie, Adam Park, Kym Sojourna. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. "The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature" World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. L to R: Hannah Rudd, Pierre Tappon. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Rambert Dance Company. “The Strange Charm Of Mother Nature”. World Premiere. Choreographed by Mark Baldwin. L to R: Hannah Rudd, Pierre Tappon. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

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Sir Donald Sinden

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I met Sir Donald Sinden twice on photographic jobs for my client The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. One of those jobs was photographing him as he gave a guided tour to RCSSD students round the Garrick Club in London’s West End. It was also being filmed for a documentary.
He entertained everybody present with a story for every painting on the wall of all the great and good of the acting world who had been or were members of the club. His time in the business covered an extraordinary period such that he knew people who one would perceive to be much too far back in history for anybody alive today to possibly have known. It was like being taken back in time.
A lot of the students that day were American and I’m sure some of them were a bit bewildered by this great raconteur. In truth some probably didn’t know who he was. This was not lost on Sir Donald who gently poked fun at them and America at every opportunity. He was every inch the dignified gentleman.
Ever since college my friends and I have used a running gag impersonation of Sir Donald Sinden so he was an inadvertent hero to me.
They say you should never meet your heroes because you will be disappointed. This was absolutely not the case here. I am so glad that I met him and got to enjoy his dry rapier wit first hand.
Rest in peace Sir Donald. I loved meeting you.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.


Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.


Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.


Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.


Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

Sir Donald Sinden 1923-2014. © Patrick Baldwin 2010. All rights reserved.

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A nice surprise

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So….We’re on the last day of a holiday and we’re sitting in the peaceful lounge of a beautiful chateau hotel in Normandy. The hotel is like staying in your rich friends house. The staff leave you alone and there is an honesty bar. We can only afford to stay for one night but it makes a nice end to a holiday. Anyway…We’re in the lounge with a cup of coffee looking through this huge book called 101 World Classic Hotels 2nd edition enjoying the photography when I turn a page and there it is, a hotel I photographed for Holiday Inns Indigo brand near Tower bridge in London! I was having a good day as it was but seeing this was the cherry on top. It was nice to see my work stand up along side all the other work in the book. Of course I had no choice but to photograph the pages so that I could make absolutely sure when we got home that they were in fact mine!

101 ll World Classic Hotels. © Patrick Baldwin 2014

101 ll World Classic Hotels. © Patrick Baldwin 2014


101 ll World Classic Hotels. © Patrick Baldwin 2014

101 ll World Classic Hotels. © Patrick Baldwin 2014

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The Commune

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The image below is of Kerry Fitzgerald from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama production of “The Commune” by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Performed by the students on the MA Acting Contemporary course. This is one of the best shows I’ve seen from this course and I’ve seen and photographed a lot of their productions! They were a very convincing bunch of hippies…

Kerry Fitzgerald in "The Commune". © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

Kerry Fitzgerald in “The Commune”. © Patrick Baldwin 2014. All rights reserved.

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Peace

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Sometimes its nice to go where there is nobody about.

Oversley Woods, Warwickshire. © Patrick Baldwin 2012. All rights reserved.

Oversley Woods, Warwickshire. © Patrick Baldwin 2012. All rights reserved.

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