The Furries Strike Back

I’m starting to run out of Star Wars analogies, I don’t think we want to bring in the first three movies as reference points really, sorry George!! Here’s a bunch of portraits I shot of the furries at a recent meeting, I’m always shooting Instagrams of them for reference, but sometimes it’s just nice to…

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A conversation with Neville Elder-Photographer and Film-maker

Neville Elder is a photojournalist and portrait photographer from Somerset. He’s based in New York and counts The Times, Independent, The Guardian and of course Bizarre magazine along his regular clients. Neville started his photographic career shooting for local news in Somerset, graduated to the Nationals and became an Englishman in New York. His portraits…

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Santa Muerte by Nadav Neuhaus

This feature on the worshipping of Saint Death, a deity represented by a skeleton which has replaced traditional Catholism in certain shall we say less salubrious parts of Mexico was an assignment by Nadav Neuhaus for Bizarre magazine. It’s one of my favourites and it’s something I’ll be exploring on this blog in the future…

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Brainlock with John Landis

“It’s a pleasure to meet a living legend” and I vigorously shook his hand. “I’m a big fan of your films…Blues Brothers, Trading Places and…..god what was the other one?” I sheepishly admitted to John Landis. The very soul of courtesy and to save my blushes he suggested “American Werewolf in London and did you…

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It’s like buses, you wait for one and then three come along at once! Part 3-Modified

Even though I’ve worked on nearly 100 issues of Bizarre , yes count ’em 100 copies; every feature we do is a challenge. It has to be said though that hiring amazing photographers like Nadav Neuhaus, Shaul Schwarz, Neville Elder and Naomi Harris really helps. I recall commissioning Timothy Allen to cover an experience piece:…

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Indoors with Jaws

I met Jaws and lived to tell the tale. Here you had a seven foot plus modern day giant who is the absolute spitting image of Richard Kiel, the actor who made his name as Jaws in the James Bond movies. Gary Tiplady is officially the world’s number one Jaws lookalike. He is also a…

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It’s just like buses, you wait for one and three come along at once! Part 1-Terry Pratchett

So three shoots in one issue of Bizarre. No arguments from me…;-) First up, time with Terry Pratchett, a living legend. We’d met once before, at the time he was doing a book signing in the old home town of Leicester and as he signed my book, I remember moaning at him about how certain…

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Tessa Farmer

Tessa is an artist who works in the macabre. It’s beyond ordinary taxidermy art ( as though the work of for example Polly Morgan can hardly be called ordinary). Tessa works with dead insects, is that insectadermy?? The ongoing theme is that fairies have taken control of the insect population so as to get revenge…

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Breaking the Rules

One of our unwritten rules for commissioning photography on Bizarre is Thou Shalt Not Shoot on Film. I mean really, you’re telling me there are photographers out there still plying their trade shooting jobs on film. It’s going to go digital at some point in the production process, let’s make it right from the start.…

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