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WAS I A HEARTLESS DJ?

WAS I A HEARTLESS DJ?

In my previous post, we saw how a younger/dumber version of me tried to break into radio. Thanks to that post, I got curious, and sought-out my old recordings. Sadly, I was unable to find anything other than the above clip, recorded 6 or 7 YEARS ago when I presented at Trax FM. In this...

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VIDEO // HOW MY EGO LOST ME A DREAM JOB 10 YEARS AGO

VIDEO // HOW MY EGO LOST ME A DREAM JOB 10 YEARS AGO

In a despicable on-screen ambush, one of my closest friends reveals publicly how my raging adolescent ego got the better of me when I started out as a young, ambitious, hungry radio DJ. Back in 2005 [approx] I was invited to meet the boss of the largest radio station in the north of England. Being...

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CAM & GO // EDITION #2

CAM & GO // EDITION #2

How the hell did the first installment of this feature get so many retweets & shares? Either people love discovering new UK music, or they simply enjoyed the bit about Joe Garvey’s guitar in poo. So, here’s EDITION 2 of ‘CAM & GO’ – where I reveal the amazing things happening in the lives of...

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VIDEO // MY ADVICE TO BUDDING PRESENTERS

VIDEO // MY ADVICE TO BUDDING PRESENTERS

Remember the ambitious young woman who emailed me asking for advice? Happily, I recently heard from her again, and this time, she hurled three brilliant questions at me. One of my closest friends, Jon Covey (business mentor, coach) invited me onto his online show to answer them. I can’t pretend it wasn’t great fun, watch...

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VIDEO // CK & THE TV VOICEOVER GUY

VIDEO // CK & THE TV VOICEOVER GUY

I guarantee you’ve heard his voice before – as his gravelled husk features on SKY, ITV, MTV, Comedy Central, FILM 4, national radio… the list goes on and on. Mark Chadwick is a professional voiceover artist. Having previously photographed Mark for his official press images, I thought it would be fun to have a go...

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CAM & GO // EDITION #1

CAM & GO // EDITION #1

There’s a real chance that by tomorrow, I’ll reflect on the name I’ve given this idea and ask myself, “WTF??”, but for now, I can’t be bothered to think of anything less crap. So, ‘CAM & GO’ is basically a round-up of FIVE tirelessly creative, reassuringly talented and bloody great music humans I’ve photographed –...

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DIARY POST // WHEN I MET MY TEEN HERO

DIARY POST // WHEN I MET MY TEEN HERO

When did you last look in the mirror and say, “it’s your duty to not be a dick!”? Personally, I feel once-a-day is an absolute minimum. Standing outside iconic London music venue KOKO, Saturday 9 September 2016, I waited for my friend Tash (professional vocal coach/singer/bagel-making expert) to come out and let me in. “There’s...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. I TALK TO STRANGERS (BAND)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. I TALK TO STRANGERS (BAND)

Given my love of approaching/talking to strangers… is it merely an unlikely coincidence that I’d meet/shoot a band called ‘I Talk To Strangers’? I don’t think so, I reckon there were greater forces at work here! So, while I try to figure these forces out, here’s Alex, Georgina, Shayna (their American friend) and I hanging-out,...

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DIARY POST // MY SECOND-EVER TV PITCH

DIARY POST // MY SECOND-EVER TV PITCH

Painful lessons learned from my first ever TV pitch, I grabbed the phone. By the third ring, I wondered, “will he even remember who the hell ‘CK’ is?” Fourth ring. “hhhhmmm…….” Fifth ring. “Hello!” “Hey, is that Jasper?” I asked. “Yes.” he replied with encouraging buoyancy. “Hi Jasper, you and I met in May –...

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VIDEO // CK Gatecrashes some Actors

VIDEO // CK Gatecrashes some Actors

Ever approached STRANGERS in a pub just for the hell of it? In recent videos, you’ve seen my addiction to talking to strangers. This video, however, is particularly extraordinary. Sitting in a Notting Hill pub one beautiful afternoon, I overheard a group of blokes chatting enthusiastically. It was difficult to fully glean anything from the...

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VIDEO // MY £15K DECISION // PART 2

VIDEO // MY £15K DECISION // PART 2

I’VE DECIDED!!! Following PART ONE of my big dilemma, I’ve decided which image to submit to that huge portrait photography comp thing I recently told you about. Wanna see which photo I’ve entered? Wanna know which pic will enable me to stash some cash behind the bar (so we can all have a drink/giggle on...

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VIDEO // MY £15K DECISION // PART 1

VIDEO // MY £15K DECISION // PART 1

Imagine if one of the fine humans I’ve become friends with through photographing them was considered to have such a pleasing face, that it was recognized by the most esteemed portrait photography prize in Britain. This is sufficient motivation for me to enter the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 – the leading international photographic...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. JULES RENDELL (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. JULES RENDELL (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

What’s your fav thing about Soul/Jazz artist Jules Rendell? (1) hilarious celebrity impressions (2) timeless singing skills (3) epic bouncy hair (4) all, you idiot Watch the video above, covering the day we hung-out to shot some promotional images for her music. While you’re here, take a peek at Jules’ Kickstarter campaign – geared towards...

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#100Musicians // The Unreleased Recordings

#100Musicians // The Unreleased Recordings

Today, July 7 2016, marks exactly one-year since I launched #100Musicians – the colossal life-changing adventure that taught me so much about humans. To mark this special day, and for the first time ever, I reveal unseen/unheard content from the mega challenge, which I started July 7 2015 and completed six-months later, January 2 2016....

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DIARY POST // the ‘CK… PLEASE HELP ME’ email

DIARY POST // the ‘CK… PLEASE HELP ME’ email

I talked myself out of writing this several times, so believe me, its very existence alarms me, too. ‘Does anyone care if you were recently asked for photography advice?’ I asked myself. ‘Nope, not really’ I answered, but then, I realised the underlying message has nothing to do with photography, ‘so just post it and...

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DIARY POST // MY FIRST-EVER TV PITCH

DIARY POST // MY FIRST-EVER TV PITCH

“Stop talking so fast, idiot, you sound nervous!” – I thought, as I made my first ever TV pitch to a Senior Development Producer in London, last week, Monday 13 June. I slowed down immediately, but by this time, I was so annoyed with my rookie mistake, that I started to stumble over my words....

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. EMAÉ (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. EMAÉ (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

Is it appropriate behaviour for a man to overtly covert a woman’s shoes mere moments after meeting her? Surely the more cogent question is, ‘is it appropriate for a woman to flaunt majestic footwear in the presence of a self-proclaimed girly boy?’ Yep, I’m the campest straight bloke you’ll ever meet where class shoes are...

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The Bubble Tree // by Meriliis Rinne // a CK Goldiing film

The Bubble Tree // by Meriliis Rinne // a CK Goldiing film

In a very special edition of ‘CK Shot My Face’, I spend an afternoon with Meriliis Rinne – an Estonian-born artist living in London. Having exhibited internationally: Tallinn, Copenhagen, Oslo & London, Meriliis, or ‘Meru’ to friends, wished to gift North London [home to her lush studio] with a beautifully delicate installation titled, The Bubble...

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WHEN I MET… MERILIIS RINNE [ARTIST]

WHEN I MET… MERILIIS RINNE [ARTIST]

For me, talking to strangers has become more than just a fun thing to do, it’s become a lifestyle choice I constantly try to further embed into my DNA. I’m getting there slowly. Thanks to a recent boredom-induced internet search, I stumbled across Meriliis Rinne – an Estonian-born artist now living & creating in London....

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. KAITY RAE (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. KAITY RAE (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

The hottest day in the history of days saw Country/Pop artist Kaity Rae & I visit Holland Park, Notting hill, London, for a shoot. We had a blast, despite the ludicrous queues to obtain bloody water… or indeed, to dispense water (use the toilet) Watch our behind-the-scenes video above, featuring ‘Before I Knew’ – the...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. IZZY THOMAS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. IZZY THOMAS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

In my first ever onscreen ‘dispute’ (apparently), here’s NEW behind-the-scenes footage of my shoot with Rock/Soul artist, Izzy Thomas. I’d like to clear-up 3 things… (1) I 100% AM NOT a technically-focused photographer, Izzy is talking distilled bollocks! I find the technical side of photography somewhat tedious, opting instead to prioritise ‘mood’. (2) For non-northern...

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DIARY POST // NOTTING VENTURED

DIARY POST // NOTTING VENTURED

When you hold a door open for someone and they demonstrate zero gratitude, which of the following thoughts engulf your mind? (a) “Madonna really does have a hideous live voice!” (b) “I need fried chicken.” (c) “DICK!!” If you’re anything like me, ‘a’ & ‘b’ forever prevail in your thoughts, but in fleeting moments of...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. MEGAN COLLINS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. MEGAN COLLINS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

When you’re bored, who’s Twitter profile do you seek-out for a laugh? Introducing Megan ‘Superwoman’ Collins – one of ths funniest Twitter humans I’ve shot. I feel Megan deserves superhero status given how indifferent she was to the blistering winds during our shoot. Trust me, ‘blistering’ is no overstatement – the wind was stronger than...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. IVOHÉ  (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. IVOHÉ (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

When in a coffee shop, are you allowed to eat marmalade directly from the jar, or must you buy a foodstuff on which to smear the sugary goo? Ahead of my shoot with Ivohé (a shoot that generated one of my most commonly referenced photographs by new clients or just kind online humans), we took...

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NEW VIDEO // CLIENT BANTER [SNIPPET]

NEW VIDEO // CLIENT BANTER [SNIPPET]

Professionalism is critical to any business, especially when it’s your business, so after delivering a fantasy photoshoot to The Studio Academy, I sat down with Nicola Scarfe (Director) and proceeded to wow her with technical jargon about… pudding. This snippet video also features stills from my behind-the-scenes section of the shoot. Full video soon… ===============...

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DIARY POST // WHY DID I BUY DI?

DIARY POST // WHY DID I BUY DI?

It’s a little presumptuous of me to call someone I’ve never met ‘Di’, especially when her name is clearly ‘Diane’, but ‘Diane’ doesn’t rhyme with ‘Why’, nor does it rhyme with ‘Buy’ – so if you think I’m being sickeningly familiar, you can all just go ‘die’. Diane Birch is a native New Yorker –...

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DIARY POST // ME & MY LITTLE SAUSAGE

DIARY POST // ME & MY LITTLE SAUSAGE

In a recent Instagram post, I mentioned how two of my female friends are commendably open when it comes to the deeply personal stuff they post on their respective websites. Well, I wanna try it! Worry not, I’m not about to become the guy who tells you how my weirdly-coloured chest hair occasionally catches my...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. GEORGE PELHAM (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. GEORGE PELHAM (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

Imagine working in McDonald’s and asking Soul/Funk artist George Pelham if he wants fries with that, GEORGE: “um… yeh, why not?… ooh no, wait!!, actually… oh, sorry… um, yeh… sure… ah, nah, on reflection… changed my mind… ooh ooh!!, nah… sod it, go on then! Actually, hang on… forgot to ask… are your fries plain?”...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. ALEXA MULLINS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. ALEXA MULLINS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

TWO THINGS… THING 1: My mate Alexa Mullins released her haunting new single ‘Runaway’ today, and best of all, she hits the road May 4 supporting Nina Nessbit’s UK tour (see Alexa’s tour poster below, which features one of my shots) THING 2: If you’re ever bored, snoop Alexa’s Twitter feed – you’re 83% likely...

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VIDEO DIARY // 48 HOURS IN LONDON

VIDEO DIARY // 48 HOURS IN LONDON

How would you spend 48 hours in London? I chose 2 shoots, 1 party (FREE bar all night by the way), questionable dancing  and my first ever abandoned shoot. Recorded this week, click above to watch my latest video diary, featuring London musicians Azu Yeché & Kaity Rae, [Header image taken from my shoot with...

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WHEN I MET…  HAYLEY MARY [THE JEZABELS]

WHEN I MET… HAYLEY MARY [THE JEZABELS]

Without the vocal majesty of Hayley Mary powering me through my colossal #100Musicians adventure, [her band was on my iPod C O N S T A N T L Y and soundtracked my dorm room workouts], it’s questionable whether the six months it took me to complete the challenge would have been quite as memorable....

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SINGER-SONGWRITERS of LONDON // #MusicHourUK SPECIAL OFFER

SINGER-SONGWRITERS of LONDON // #MusicHourUK SPECIAL OFFER

I have something special for unsigned London Singer-Songwriters & bands – THIS WEEK ONLY! In association with Music Hour UK, and following more epic photoshoots with you guys last week, I’m delighted to release 3 EXTRA photoshoot spaces at a special rate of £95 (usually £129) I had such a great time shooting some pics...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. GIORGIO GARRETT (DANCER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. GIORGIO GARRETT (DANCER)

Do you like sci-fi movie blockbuster The Matrix? Wanna see the UK answer to Neo? Meet professional dancer, pianist & singer-songwriter Giorgio Garrett: a real talent, gentleman, and utter pleasure to spend an afternoon with. Here’s what happened when I photographed Giorgio in Shoreditch, London. I challenge you to watch this and not want to...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. LORETTA ANDREWS (RADIO DJ)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. LORETTA ANDREWS (RADIO DJ)

If you’re lucky, you’ll meet someone on Twitter who becomes a friend. During the course of my media travels, it’s happened countless times. Lucky boy! In this instance, it’s radio DJ, music manager, singer & peanut demolisher, Loretta Andrews. After the most random of twitter retweets during my #100Musicians adventure, I thanked Loretta, made a...

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CAKE Vs…

CAKE Vs…

Few things delight me more than cake, that goes without saying, but stumbling across slick artwork featuring my images brings near-equal glee. Some of the recent creations I’ve seen blow me away, so much so, in fact, I’ve created a new section on my site called ‘WHY ME?’. Click here to see a collection of...

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NEW // Previously Unseen #100Musicians Footage (& Photo)

NEW // Previously Unseen #100Musicians Footage (& Photo)

Ready for something new, delicious & funny? Okay! To celebrate the quite remarkable new EP from Amy Gillespie (artist 100 of my #100Musicians adventure) I’d like to share (a) the above image with you – which, until now, has waited patiently on Amy’s laptop, ready to be the official release image, and (b) the below...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. KACEY CHAMBERS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. KACEY CHAMBERS (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

Talking to strangers is one of my favourite things to do, I’ve mentioned this repeatedly, but this is the first time I’ve initiated conversation with a random human in order to help me and the person I’ve photographed pick the strongest pictures from the shoot. Inspired by Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston,...

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VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. ELENI SKARPARI (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

VIDEO // CK SHOT MY FACE // ft. ELENI SKARPARI (SINGER-SONGWRITER)

Drawing influences from PJ Harvey, Ani Difranco, Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley and more, Greek Cypriot singer/songwriter Eleni Skarpari (AKA ‘Echo Wants Her Voice Back)’ is one person you should definitely share a cup of tea with. Why? Because she’s great fun, and additional to music, she produces remarkable sketches/paintings, if you ask her nicely. Here’s...

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ME… INTERVIEWED BY EXPOSED MAGAZINE

ME… INTERVIEWED BY EXPOSED MAGAZINE

I guess it makes sense for my crotch to occupy so much page in something called Exposed Magazine – revealing fresh insights into my recent #100Musicians adventure. Thank you to Editor Joe for reaching-out (reaching-out to me, not my crotch) Click here to read.  

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MY GUEST SHOOT FOR GAP & LION COFFEE + RECORDS

MY GUEST SHOOT FOR GAP & LION COFFEE + RECORDS

Imagine a place where you can browse the latest high street fashion, discover the most exciting new music talent, A N D kick back with a soothing coffee… Imagine no more, because your dream afternoon exists in the shape of the inspired London collaboration between Gap and Lion Coffee + Records – a weekly music...

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