Another portrait I took of Nicky Wire from last year for all you Manics fans out there… It’s just a pretty simple head shot really - and nowhere near as intimate or interesting as the one where he’s holding his guitar that I had printed in National Treasures, he doesn’t give much away with the shades - but there is something about it I quite like.
“I recently photographed Damon Albarn for the cover of Q Magazine. It was my third and probably most enjoyable shoot so far with Damon. Previously I’d shot him as part of features on Gorillaz and Blur so it was fun to just work this time one on one. That being said there was a slightly awkward moment about ten minutes in when a £1600 ProFoto light toppled over on its inadequate little stand and missed cracking him over the head by a couple of inches on its dismal decent to the studio floor. That. Would. Not. Have. Been. Ideal. So, apart from almost maiming my subject, all in it was a great shoot. We had a good chat about the nature of what constitutes a good ‘cover’ portrait/portrait and in our hour together we got shots in the studio, out in the street and on location in his rehearsal studio”. - Alex Lake
Apart from being absolutely visually stunning, The Impossible Astronaut is possibly the best series opener ever, it’s just so solid, and introduces us to the wonderful Canton, who really should have returned at some point in Matt’s tenure as the Doctor. The Doctor’s death scene is one of the most shocking and beautiful scenes the show has produced, I just love it!!