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From the archives. An example of when form and shape are all you need. Look for those basic things when you shoot.

From the archives. An example of when form and shape are all you need. Look for those basic things when you shoot.



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My other Robbie shoot from last month. Brave cover by Q magazine. A rare thing these days

My other Robbie shoot from last month. Brave cover by Q magazine. A rare thing these days



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@realbarbarapalvin !? @barbarapalvin You left this! :) #tidyingmyoffice

@realbarbarapalvin !? @barbarapalvin You left this! :) #tidyingmyoffice



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Just another day in Shoreditch



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Sh…Sh…Sh…ssssshhhhhhhhh!

Sh…Sh…Sh…ssssshhhhhhhhh!



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Robbie…

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I had the pleasure of working again with Robbie Williams recently. Creating a stills package for the promotion of his new album; SWINGS BOTH WAYS . We shot last year as Robbie was awarded ‘Icon of the Year’ in the 2012 GQ Man Of The Year awards. This year  was a quieter shoot and we chatted family, children, LA, not smoking/smoking and the awkwardness of recording music videos on the public highways of the city of angels.





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Things in China…

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So. 10 days in Shanghai China. A city wreathed in a thin thin mist of fog…smog. A place beside a river where thousands of hopeful couples have their wedding photos taken on filthy bridges.

A place where brands are the new religion. Where Prada and Chanel have replaced the hammer and sickle of communism with…exclusivism. A place I didn’t expect to find.



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Joined Up Marketing

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Some jobs are just fantastic. Few more so than the project I’ve just shot commemorating the 25th Anniversary of British GQ. The concept, in association with The British Woolmark company and the tailors of Savile Row in London, has shown how, with a little imagination, concepts can work on many marketing fronts. The basic idea was shooting iconic British musicians each wearing a bespoke Savile Row suit. Straight forward. With names like Ray Davies of The Kinks, Roger Daltry of The Who, Paul Weller, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr as well as newly emerging artists like Chili Jessen the idea was a great one from the start. Throw into that the film we shot alongside with a soundtrack recorded live on the shoots by Messrs Weller, Marr and John Taylor from Duran Duran, (not to mention Jarvis Cocker’s inimitable dance moves) and we clearly had something special.

However publishing the 20 page portfolio and promoting the issue via Youtube has been complemented brilliantly by the images being used as window displays all along Savile Row itself. Actually taking their reach beyond readers of GQ and those of us who seek out interesting fashion films on Youtube.

So, all in all a highly successful project. In print, online and in store!









Click here to see the full portfolio 



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Why I’ve changed a successful website…long story

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About 5 years ago, my then agent, gave me some great advice: “When you are designing your website, follow the example of those photographers you aspire to be” Basically she was telling me to copy them…more on that later.

She was and still is right. The fact is, now, as my ‘old’ site, (flash heavy, occasionally copied and maybe, a little over designed) has become for me the site of the photographer I used to be. The guy who arrived late on the scene and suddenly had lots of clients from all over different sectors. Magazines happened, then TV happened, then music photography happened, then some advertising, then, then, then…It all came very quickly.

I still can’t believe that my entire picture archive only goes back to 2008 and that those early years still have animal stories and ‘cor blimey’ features in them. In that same year I was rota night news photographer on The Daily Mail spending nights watching my life pass me by, reflected in the darkened windows of the home of some recently bereaved person or reality TV show contestant. Whichever they were, they weren’t home.

I digress…

So, yes, my old site represented the years when everything happened quickly. Much of it, thanks to the impact that site had as a photographer’s portfolio site. But now, it’s time to move on.

Once again I’m at a stage in my career when I’m putting full stops on a lot of somewhat unfinished sentences and refocusing my goals. As part of that I felt it time to put that site to bed. As long as that site was the storefront for my work, I would still be ‘that guy’. I’m not gonna be ‘that guy’ any more.

So my new site: The simplest design I could find. Some words on the homepage to state who my valued clients are and those words, when clicked, show my pictures…and, my films. Film is at the heart of this new focus of mine. I really feel that my industry is at the beginning of a new, exciting and fantastic era. The age of the photographer as film maker. This era ladies and gentlemen is our ‘60’s’, or our ’80s’ or whichever golden era of photography you want to choose. It’s a new age for us. More important than the arrival of colour film, more important than ‘digital’: Photography, is beginning to MOVE!

For me, I want to be part of it. I’ve spent the last year pushing hard to be involved in the emergence of film making as a real force in our industry. Have I achieved what I set out to do? I think I have. I’ve been in constant production on film projects since last September. Some of them well paid, some of them not paid at all, but all of them helped me to be able to say “photographer and film maker”.

The other new are arrival on my site is “MUSIC”. Most of you will click that link expecting to see my music photgraphy. But in fact, it’s a link to ‘my music’! This, at first glance, may seem a little, self indulgant?

"Welcome to my website, here is my hobby!"

It’s not that at all. This is as much a professional statement as the ‘FILM’ link. As any of you who have made films know, soundtrack, is JUST as important as the visual footage. The fact is nearly all of my films have featured soundtracks I’ve created, including a major project for Christian Dior Parfums. Outside of photography I actively produce music  and market it under the artist name TEENAGE WILDLIFE. (As an aside, the proceeds from sales and streams go to charities working with underprivileged kids) On our next to be released film I’ve collaborated musically with some huge names.

PHOTOGRAPHY, FILMS, MUSIC. This is the foreseeable future for me in our industry.

So johnwrightphoto.com now features an uber simple site. A deliberate choice because I want my new site to be about the content (my work) and not the design. A site that mixes films and stills and music in a simple, accessible way. Which brings me back to my agent’s comment from 5 years ago. “Find who you want to be like and copy their site” Well I looked hard to find someone who was doing what I aim to do.

I couldn’t find anyone.



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can i get my blog to link with twitter

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can i get my blog to link with twitter



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can i get my blog to link with twitter

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can i get my blog to link with twitter



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Infinite Miss Dior - YouTube

Here’s INFINITE MISS DIOR, my first film for the iconic fashion house and the first time I’ve created the musical score for a commercial film



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Here’s a preview of the lead track from my new EP: The Man Inside. All sales from the EP will be donated to facechildren.org to help street children caught up in the violence in the streets of Cairo during these dark days. THE MAN INSIDE will be released next week and available from iTunes.



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