Scott Swain is an incredible Singer-Songwriter based in London. Much of his material takes influence from Cult-Cinema and Pop-Culture which I think is great! Back at the tail end of the summer, Scott was after some Promo shots for some new releases he'd been working on. I'm so stoked to finally be able to share these!
Scott told me that he wanted to go for a strong, enigmatic "drifter" feel. I took that idea and ran with it. I interpreted it as "Hey, I'm doing this interesting music thing. If you're into it come along for the journey but if not I'm just gonna keep doing it anyway." Not in a snobby, elitist way; more in the sense of doing something for the pure love of it and not seeking to please or appease anyone.
For the longest time, I'd had it in my mind that I wanted to shoot a session at Dungeness. Bleak and abandoned places FASCINATE me! The location tied in really well with Scott's theme, so it didn't take us too long to decide that a road trip was in order.
We set off from London around Lunchtime and despite numerous detours (some planned, others less-o) arrived a couple of hours later.
The landscape was absolutely stunning. A windswept pebble beach leading to the coast dotted with abandoned fishing boats and ruined fishermen's huts. The area had an eerie, post-apocalyptic feel. We spent a short time exploring and looking for somewhere to shoot before setting up.
(Behind The Scenes Images below c/o IG:@BooksBeccaBuys)
A WORD OF WARNING:
Having unloaded all of the lights and gear from the car and walked down to our chosen location we were soon joined by a gentleman self-identifying as the groundskeeper for Dungeness. He informed us that the area is a Private Estate owned by the French multinational giant EDF Energy. BE WARNED - You will be escorted off the site if you haven't sought the proper permissions to use the land (read: paid the arbitrary fee of £400). There's also a Nuclear Power Plant there and I don't think they take to kindly to photographs being taken in the vicinity. We were effectively ordered to leave the estate in a less than sympathetic manner. Despite having spent a fair amount of time researching the location, I failed to pick up on these details. More information can be found HERE.
The show must go on though, so we jumped back in the car and drove a couple of miles up the coast to Romney. While the scenery was a little less stunning, it still proved more than ample for Scott's concept.
I'm so happy with how these turned out given all the challenges we faced on the day. Here's a selection of my favourites:
Are you an artist or musician in need of killer press and promo shots like Scott's? I'd love to hear from you. Get in touch and let's create something awesome!!