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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.
A slight change from the norm with this post. Not only have I included the portrait shot that is the main subject of the post but also included the historical images that complete the story.
I couldn’t publish pictures from my time in Scotland without including a shot of The Big Yin, aka Billy Connolly, a true comedy giant.
This portrait was taken in 2001 in Edinburgh during the Film Festival when he was at the launch of his film film “Gabriel And Me”.
I had photographed Billy many years earlier whilst working at The Western Mail and Echo in Cardiff. He was attending the wedding of the daughter of Chic Murray, another Scottish Comedy Great, at a church in Cyncoed, Cardiff in1986. He was great to photograph and did all he could to give me a good set of pictures.
It shows what a small world it is when twelve years later when I was working in Scotland and I was commissioned to photograph a mother and daughter Maidie and Annabelle for a piece about a comedy great who turned out to be their husband and father Chic Murray. I hadn’t made the connection but when I walked in I was so surprised to be recognised by Annabelle, the daughter as the photographer who had taken the wedding pictures of her with Billy ten years earlier.
A slight change of direction with this shot of male strippers, The Silk Sensation, performing at the North West Bowling Club, Kilmarnock in 1999 to a room full of very excitable women. I was shooting stills for a TV documentary. The atmosphere was a little intimidating to say the least being one of just a few blokes there apart from the strippers themselves. I made my excuses and left after being approached by a rather inebriated older woman with a heavy Scottish accent who announced that she would rather see me naked than the performers. Apparently I was more her type……
The Royal Mile in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival is awash with characters to photograph and this shot of Anthony, a mime artist from Madrid, taken in 1999 is a favourite of mine.
A portrait of actor John Hannah who was lending his support to Oxfam's 'Cut Conflict Campaign' on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh 1998.
With Daniel Craig being in the news at the moment after revealing he is to star in another James Bond movie I thought it opportune to publish this image. Not the greatest of pictures, direct flash and I’ve reproduced it in black and white as the picture was shot on a Nikon D1 camera which was not renown for it’s ability to reproduce colour faithfully. The picture is a posed snatch as Daniel Craig arrived for The UK Premiere of Hotel Splendide at The Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival, August 2000.
I was working for the The Herald and Scottish Sun and had been sent to photograph the stars of the movie arriving at the cinema. I was the only photographer there at what was a very low key event, not even a PR person, just me hanging around outside the cinema, which proved a little problematical for me as at that time I didn’t know Daniel Craig from Adam. I did however know his co-star Stephen Tomkinson and managed to photograph him as he arrived in a taxi with his partner. I really don’t remember how I spotted Daniel Craig arriving, maybe Stephen had given me the nod.
Anyway Daniel arrived and I asked for a couple of pictures as he entered the cinema. He duly obliged and this is the resulting image. As I say not earth shattering but my picture of someone who was to become a huge movie star and someone who would receive a lot more attention now turning up for film premiere.
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