MY FATHER’S SHOES Level 42
The image for the Level 42 single, My Father’s Shoes was taken in Prague and is of my long suffering partner walking through a very long open shutter exposure taken against the walls of Prague Castle at night. It was late, raining and the tripod carrying had been arduous.
UNTITLED The Mission
The Mission were quite difficult to photograph – a heavy night for them the night before and having to try and flatter four people in one photograph – it didn’t bode well. We spent some time shooting in Waterloo station and on the ‘drain’ trainline. I drew on the print with a chinagraph crayon prior to exposing it under the enlarger – for the final image.
UNO Eric Clermontet
Eric Clermontet album cover for UNO records, Paris. Commissioned by Peter Saville. He and I spent a day on the Circle line with Eric who had a hairstyle that was difficult to flatter. Peter’s design for the final cover consisted of a very minimal image with just a loose band of paper that slipped around it featuring the title and artist information – I was very pleased.
MY LOVE OF THIS LAND Killing Joke
Killing Joke cover for My Love of This Land was a commission to make an image which reflected the title song – I set up a projection of a cityscape against a wall with a set of cricket stumps and re-photographed the whole scene.
INTENTIONS Maxi Priest
The Maxi Priest cover was shot in a beautiful studio in Hampstead for EMI records commissioned by Rob O’Connor at Stylo Rouge – Maxi posed differently for each shot as the motordrive whirred – we were trying to get a feeling of exhaltation from him in the images. I played my violin to him in the studio between the sessions. The Intentions cover was shot later on the Circle Line and the print blue toned.
ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN? Sandie Shaw
Sandie Shaw fresh from her successful collaboration with the Smiths was recording in a West London studio, working with Rob O’Connor of Stylo Rouge – again, I used a blurry long shutter speed technique followed by printing up a blue toned print – she appreciated the indistinctness I think.
SWING THE HEARTACHE Bauhaus
This image was chosen for the Bauhaus Swing the Heartache compilation album for Beggar’s Banquet. It was shot in a derelict building in Covent Garden and has been one of my most used images.