Wednesday, 30 April 2014


I'm back from a very busy and productive week of shoots in the Netherlands, highlights of which included getting absolutely filthy in a metal factory in Rotterdam, balancing on windowsills in an old sugar factory in Groningen, celebrating Kings Day in orange, with candyfloss and stick-on jewels at Loveland (with beautiful model Zoi), a relaxing brunch on the beach at Den Haag, and some frolics around a huge national park (amongst other studio shoots and workshops) too.

I'll post some results soon, but in the meantime, here are some photographs of a bronze sculpture artist Andrew Freidin made of me! It's being exhibited as part of 7 new sculptures at Art in Ardington, which is part of Oxford Artweeks. The exhibition runs for a week from Sat 3rd May, and is described as 'one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of sculpture, paintings, jewellery and other visual arts to be staged in 2014'.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Do you want to see a slideshow?

It's been an extremely busy few weeks, with photoshoots galore and also a stint of filming (you may have seen me whinging about the 3.45am alarms and 14 hour days of standing non-stop in a corset, if you've got me as a friend on facebook). I ended up being quite featured (i.e. right next to the main actress in one of the most heart-stoppingly dramatic and heart-breakingly shocking scenes of the film (and of history, on which the film is based)) and my acting skills were substantially tested; it was a bit of a thrill! It's out in 2015 and features Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, among others. I have a feeling it will be an incredible film. I'll make the appropriate fuss about it when it's out, I'm sure.

Some other things:

I'll soon be in Holland, and there's a place left at this workshop I'll be modelling at, hosted by the very-excellent Eric Kellerman.

I'll also soon be in France, and there's a place left at this workshop I'll be modelling at, and if you need me to sell 'France' to you in general (aahh, the locations! And check out the amazing facilities!), you need to take a long hard look at yourself. ;-)

Just explore the links to get involved!

... So, the slideshow.

It's like looking through another person's holiday album isn't it - a mixture of interesting and tiring, you want to be polite but you're falling asleep... but hopefully you'll enjoy this one. It's something I put together in September last year, showing lots of my favourite images I've been involved in up until that point in time (I submitted it for an art festival I went to, where watching each other's work like this is an absolute highlight for me, not to mention inspirational... and I won a prize for it!). I meant to show it here ages ago, so here I am catching up.

Music by the amazing British singer Natalie Duncan. (Seriously, even if you can't be bothered to look at my images, just hit the link below for an amazing soundtrack to your day.) The song is called 'Sky is Falling' and it's grippingly beautiful. All photographers whose work is featured are credited at the end, and underneath the relevant individual images you'll see floating about on my website and elsewhere.

>>> Click here!!! <<<

....Over and out, wishing everyone a joyful Easter! :-)

Sunday, 13 April 2014


By Alan Horten

Saturday, 12 April 2014


A weekend update...

My week (or so) has involved such things as workshopping poetry (seriously, it's amazing how fired up and excited a group of literary-enthusiasts can become over the implications for meaning of 'the' or 'a' within a particular clause. Arguments and dark-choc-ginger biscuits galore. I seriously love this new group I'm part of!), eating dinner at the delicious 'restaurant, cafe and boating venue', 'The Folly', which I recommend for anyone visiting Oxford, walkies with Lulu, of course, and the usual other exploits... I also had a really nice wander around the Wiltshire village Lacock during a lunch break, when modelling there for a portraiture workshop. I was on the hunt for the small village bakery and came back with a new watch. Typical. (I'm still on the hunt for one to replace the beautiful watch I was given for my 21st birthday but unfortunately lost; this new one is no replacement, really, but a fun (/cheap) stand in. It's magnetic. Handmade. It has silver hearts. It's nicer than it sounds.) I also had a last minute agency job which involved a loooooong costume-fitting for an exciting production I'm going to be involved in, which I'm sure I'll tell you all about in due course.

For the image side of things, here's something by Phil Chaplin (more of his beautiful work here). How cool was this, for a location?! A step up (quite literally) from the usual 'model on train tracks' cliche you see done again and again... Thank you Phil for letting me blog this, in both mono and colour...

(Click to see properly.)

P.S. I'm so in love with Ray Lamontagne (Till the Sun Turns Black is such a beautiful album, e.g. this exquisite auditory business), and love this new, uncharacteristically upbeat summer offering. I know you don't ask for my current musical interests, but I feel compelled to share them with you, occasionally. :-)

Friday, 4 April 2014

; also, weather

...Three images taken at the light-stricken wonderwall of Dagmar Falls in New South Wales, by the lovely Brian Connor.