Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming Soon...

Manga, Owls, and attempted product placement by a hairdresser...

Things have been busy of late, and I'm aware the blog is in danger of being frequented less often. A few times blog posts have slipped from being weekly to fortnightly, and if I'm not careful might end up monthly.

This week, then, I thought I'd do a teaser post - as taste of things to come. There have been a couple of wonderful projects I've been invovled in, but won't be see seeing the light of day for a few more weeks.

First of all - Moniaive Manga

Collaborating with Ralph Yates-Lee of Basement 20 Hair Salon, and makeup artist, Jade Jamieson, early last month I was involved in shoot inspired by Japanese Manga/anime with models being made up into characters. This all took place at Moniaive Comic Festival. So not only was I creating photos, but 3 cartoonists were also sketching them, and 3D prints were being made of their heads.

An exhibition of the photos, sketches and 3D busts will be on display at The Stove in Dumfries during the 2nd half of August, with a preview on Thursday 18th. You are, of course, very welcome to attend - it would be lovely to see you.


Having fun creating a poster that looks like a comic cover

A couple of weeks ago I was out at Comlongon Castle, again with Ralph and Jade, only this time we were photographing singer, Robyn Stapleton (who those with a good memory might recall I did the photo for her debut album, Fickle Fortune last year).


Ralph and Jade sort out hair and makeup on Robyn

This time we were in a 14th century keep, with a large fire, lots of candles and an owl.


"Willow" is from the Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre. You can also hire her to swoop down the aisle and deliver the rings to the best man

My friend Mark was shooting some footage for me, so I'm hoping in the next few weeks to be able to show you a little behind-the-scenes video.

Ralph recently got on board with Unite hair products, which he now uses in the salon. On a couple of occasions I saw him surreptitiously trying to ensure they could be seen in the video and photos...


Ralph's subtlety is legendary

More on both these shoots coming soon...

6 comments:

hope said...

Can't wait! And yes, I do remember the lovely red haired lass in question. Can't wait to see what you've been up to. (Is your partner in crime in filming that famous poet?) :)

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - I'm seriously impressed with you memory - both recalling the shoot I did with Robyn, and that Mark is the poet. If you lived closer, and I could afford it, I would employ you as my PA :)

hope said...

A tribute to your photographic skills...one of my favorite shots is the black and white of Mark. Robyn was easy....I always wanted hair that color. (I refuse to dye mine). Ah, I'd be a good PA. I'm GREAT with names...just don't make me do math. :) Have a great weekend!

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Manga! That's exciting, Kim. I hope it flies!!

I love the energy, and all the stuff you're doing. Never mind the blog, it will always be here when you feel the need.

Pat said...

I'm boggling at the thought of that owl swooping down on you when you are at your most vulnerable. Great idea tho'.

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - that's fine, we'll find someone else to do the bookkeeping :)

Neena - next week it will be 11 years since I started the blog. There's no doubt I write in it a lot less, and that's reflected in the reduced number of visitors and comments I have these days.

Pat - I'm led to believe it works most of the time, although there have been occasions when the owl flew up into the rafters instead and refused to come down...