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Words and pictures from Roger Donovan, photographer and owner of Mediaphotos, that keep clients up to date with Mediaphotos and the work I do and discuss some of the issues affecting the business of photography.
Star of screen and Broadway, Alan Cumming in reflective mood as he promotes his film, The Anniversary Party in Edinburgh 2001.
I love this red carpet shot from 2001 of movie star Emma Thompson arriving for the premiere of her film Wit at The Odeon Cinema in Edinburgh.
A portrait of Holywood actor Leslie Nielsen taken in 2000 after he had appeared on STV’s lunchtime TV programme, Room At The Top. This was a very quick shot taken in a lift at the STV offices in Edinburgh as he left the building. A slightly amusing image which I never quite understood as I had no idea what the Oscar with a kilt was about. He just happened to have the prop on his person and he adopted the pose and I took the shot, simple as.
Former football hardman turned actor Vinnie Jones and his co star Vas Blackwood pose for me at the Edinburgh Film Festival launch of the film Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels in 1998.
I’d been commissioned by The Scottish Sun but not until very late in the day. I was already on another job in The Scottish Borders and faced a long drive back to Edinburgh where the heavy Festival traffic awaited me. I was late arriving for the early evening press call which was being held in an empty office block just off Lothian Road. A strange location for a glitzy launch but this was after all Festival Season in the city and anything was possible.
I anticipated a grand affair with lots of press in attendance but was surprised to find it was a very low key event which no other press had deemed worthy of attending. I was welcomed with open arms by the assembled PR’s and stars who were looking very relieved that anyone had shown up. Questions ensued about what would I like to do for the photo. My mind was a blank. It was a very bland empty office with no props and my mind raced for an answer. The only thing that sprang to mind in view of the films subject matter was play fighting with fingers as guns, like all boys used to as kids. I was dubious to say the least about making such a suggestion to hardman Vinnie but thank goodness after a little micky taking they agreed. The resulting picture was used extensively in The Sun and several celebrity magazines.
Here’s a picture from 2007 that amply demonstrates what our Fire and Rescue service personnel face on a daily basis. It’s taken in the Cardiff Airport Fire Training Simulator, an amazing piece of kit which can be computer controlled to recreate a fire on board a plane and allow the fire fighters the opportunity of experiencing the horror of tackling a blaze in the close confines of an aircraft cabin. Believe it or not I was taking these pictures in my everyday clothes such was the controllability of the fire.
We’ve all seen the horror of a true disaster unfolding on our tv screens over the past weeks. I have nothing but admiration for all our emergency service personnel who put themselves in harms way to protect others.
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