NEW PORTFOLIO 2015 – website update

I’m very pleased to present a long overdue portfolio and website revamp with new galleries from our recent adventures. Enjoy!
A lot of hard work went into this update and frankly I couldn’t do it without a professional help from Peter Dennen (Pedro+Jackie Photo Consultants), skilful designers and helpful staff at (our website host and provider), my friend and writer Nick Bullock (thank you for the BIO note) and Kirsten Schultz (kick ass graphic designer) for putting the final touches.
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Read more.. Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Roundup: 2014 – National Geographic | Wild Atlantic Way | EpicTV’s most watched clim

Phew! 2014 was jam-packed: we have worked on 3 continents on a multitude of projects. We laughed, we cried, we worked hard and had a lot of fun doing it.
So after taking a quiet moment to reflect, here are our favourite bits from a great year.

Thanks to all our lovely clients, subjects and collaborators.
Here’s to 2015!

Wild Atlantic Way
Summer saw us spent two weeks working with Adventure Travel Trade Association and Failte Ireland to capture the spirit of the Wild Atlantic Way (Ireland’s longest defined coastal routes) ahead of their 2015 PR campaign.
From sea kayaking to mountain biking it was an opportunity to show the diversity and richness of stories from Ireland.

National Geographic Talisker Storm Adventure
Our challenge for National Geographic Talisker Storm Adventure was to join Alastair Humphreys and his team as they attempted a circumnavigation by land, sea, foot and bike of the Isle of Skye, and capture on film, stills and live web updates this extraordinary expedition.
It’s a challenge that pushed our skills, nerves and equipment to its limits. But a million YouTube views was a testament to its success.

EpicTV’s Most Watched Climbing video of 2014
When we saw the footage of John Freeman taking a 60 ft fall when the ice pillar he was climbing collapsed we knew there was a unique story to tell. We were honoured that John has placed his trust in us.
Working on this story was an emotional journey for all of us and we’re pleased we were able to share it with everyone.
1.2 million views and EpicTV’s most watched climbing video of the 2014.

Read more.. Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

Christmas Card 2014

Read more.. Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Inside Devil’s Arse with Hardside 400

If you didn’t know… I’ve been lecturing a lot lately and after one of my recent lectures, during a Q&A session someone has asked – ‘What kind of personal work do you like to shoot?‘ I thought to myself ‘What an interesting question!’ while I was struggling to come up with a quick answer… I should know that, shouldn’t I?
And honestly I do but the answer is not as simple as you might think.
In my ‘personal work’ I like to challenge myself… Take myself, the gear I’m using and how I carry it outside of my comfort zone. On assignment I’m most likely to be executing the images and as much as I like to push myself and the vision, work time often isn’t the best time to experiment.

Key to Creativity is Error Recovery, Not Failure Avoidance!
The Dean of Pixar University, Randy Nelson

A huge part of being an outdoor/adventure photographer is the ability to be part of the action yourself.
Practising the sports and experiencing the environment we’re shooting is the only way to get to understand the small nuances and tricks of trade. Let’s face it, these small details make all the difference and make the images more authentic…
I’m not a caving photographer but I was drawn to the challenge of shooting underground. I knew I won’t create iconic images first time… but we all have to start somewhere and shooting the most obvious images is often the way to start.

I would also like to announce my new longstanding relationship with Lowepro, a company with 47 years of heritage in invention and innovation in photography bags.
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For our caving adventure I have had a chance to test first hand Lowepro’s Hardside 400 – the largest in the range of brand new hard cases from Lowepro. There’re not yet available on the market so I was happy to put it through it’s paces in one of the harshest environments I’ve ever been to… hands down. More detailed review coming soon.
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Big thank you to Rob, Jimmy and Ulrika… amazing and fun crew.
Also special thanks to Lyon Outdoor for supplying all the caving equipment and Lowepro for the opportunity to test their latest products.
BTS images copyright Jimmy Hyland.

Read more.. Monday, November 17th, 2014

January in Snaps

January has been full of extremes… a real mix of cultures and overall an eye opening experience!
It was great to shoot and hang out with Rebecca Dent, Leah Crane, Neil Gresham, Wojtek Kozakiewicz, David Murrie and the UIAA IWC athletes.
Next stop Sochi and Winter Olympics!

Read more.. Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year 2014

Read more.. Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Power of the Human Presence!

Maybe a little bit flippant view on my own work today… but take the human element from my photographs and I’m lost.
I would be a terrible landscape photographer.

I’m grateful that over the years I’ve been blessed with opportunities to shoot with so many talented people. Visually I’m striving for simplicity, trying to compose the frame with little distractions, hoping that by doing so I create a perfect scene for the athletes to ‘shine’.
Sticking to classic rules of composition or breaking them completely and capturing raw beauty of light the human element fulfils the frame. Take that human element away and those carefully composed images loose scale and become meaningless.
I have photoshopped few images to show you what I mean…

Visit my portfolio to see the originals.

Read more.. Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Climbing 2020 access denied

Today came the news that climbing won’t be included in the 2020 Olympics – even worse – it didn’t make into the second round! Those of us supporting the Olympic bid could give at least 10 reasons why climbing is better than squash/wrestling/baseball and I’m sure those other sports could do the same… but lets leave it at that.

For us climbers, those wanting to see sport climbing at the Olympics, it should be a wake up call!
The World Squash Federation (WSF) has already failed twice to make squash part of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Two years ago in July 2011, the WSF hired Vero Communications lead by the strategist Mike Lee to help squash win a place on the Olympic programme.
Vero Communications was appointed to help put together a compelling case to the IOC Programme Commission, drawing upon Lee’s experience in a series of bid victories, including successful campaigns for London, Rio and Pyeongchang to host the Olympic events.

Sport climbing is a spectacular sport. I have experienced electrifying moments shooting various IFSC events over the years, but when WSF was hiring one of the World’s best agencies, the IFSC were approaching me for free images to promote the sport. I don’t want to make it about the money (or at least not about money alone) I’m trying to show you the contrast in professionalism.
The reason why climbing stood no chance is right here… just watch the video below…

The truth is that we are still a scruffy bunch. Nothing wrong with that… climbing, adventure and being scruffy go hand in hand – that’s what I love most about climbing.
There aren’t many climbing photographers travelling the Globe shooting climbing competitions – I’m one of the few, so therefore, I have some inside knowledge. I’ve decided to write this post not to criticise the IFSC; I have no doubt they did their best and I have tremendous respect for Marco Scolaris and his team.

The future… well, we can either crawl back into our hole or start thinking at the Olympic level.

Read more.. Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Great team!

Asked about my work I often say ‘I can make it sound as glamourous as you like…’ – which provokes smiles.
I travel the World doing exciting camera work, I owe this opportunity to a whole bunch of people. Often the credit line for some of the images and footage would have to have names of all the people below, wether they’re directly involved or not…

Wojtek Kozakiewicz – the most talented video editor I know… but yet too modest to admit this openly!
The Polished Project is our joint effort and there’s no video production done without Wojtek’s involvement, he’s the man behind all the editing and awesome camera moves! Shame he’s a die hard veggie though… no chance for a decent dinner! 😉

Ruth Taylor – mind reader, freelance Studio Manager at LWimages HQ. She makes sure that all the moving parts are moving in the right directions… from new clients, assignments, contracts, insurance to chasing payments she will be most likely your first contact point. With her 10 years of experience instructing in the outdoors (Mountain Instructor Award and the Winter Mountain Leader) she’s the safety person on some of our more complicated shots.
If I could only communicate clearer it would make her job 10x easier, in the meantime I will keep testing her telepathic skills.

Jake Thompson – our intern/assistant… happy to do anything as long as it gives him an opportunity to learn some new skills.
He’s only been with us for a couple of months but I hope he will stay for longer! Keen youth!

And last but not least, my Becca, things she does go unnoticed and yet she’s the one on the front line… dealing directly with all my ups and downs of being a photographer. On top of her own career she makes sure I have a home to come back to… She’s the real star!

I just wanted to tell you (and everyone around!) that I don’t take it for granted.
Thank you!

PS. Thank you to all my sponsors for all their help too… Redged and ClikElite, Mountain Equipment and Lyon Outdoors you make my life on location so much easier!

Read more.. Friday, March 15th, 2013

Getting your Foot in the Door

[Jake here…]
I was lucky enough to be selected to help out here at LW-Images as an intern, and Lukasz has asked me to write a post to give some tips on how to create a successful application for a job in the creative industry.

First off, a well-written, simple cover letter is really important. It doesn’t need to be very long; around one side of A4 will be fine. The aim of this is to give the employer a feel of who you really are, what you get up to and why you are the best person for the job, rather than just sending in a list of qualifications. This letter should show that you are confident and well-suited to the position, but at the same time, no-one likes a boaster, so keep your choice of words positive but modest! Read up on what the position involves and address each point, and make sure you don’t miss anything out.

Also, a nicely prepared portfolio will be a great asset to your application. After all, an employer in this field of work is definitely going to be interested in your creative side. Ensure that it shows off a wide selection of your best work – there are plenty of sites on the net that will show you how.

create ‘Proof of a Portfolio Vs. Promise of a Resume’
The Dean of Pixar University, Randy Nelson

Another good tip is to tailor your C.V. to individual positions, as it shows attention to detail and how keen you are. Keep the layout clean and easy to read to ensure it has impact, and keep it to around one side of A4.

Finally, when addressing the employer in your application, be careful with how serious you may come across. Although this industry is a cool place to be, you shouldn’t really be starting your first few emails with informal greetings like ‘hey’, ‘hi’, or ‘sup’! A simple ‘hello, I’m writing in application for…’ will be fine. Keep the actual email short; let your cover letter, C.V. and portfolio do the talking.

Good luck!

– Jake

Read more.. Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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