Ha ha! You thought this was another Matthew Wilson post didn't you (see last blog). Well you're wrong! This is about my attempts to photograph David Gandy - the most famous male model in the world - who was being touted around Press Day. When I say touted, it looked to me like his agents were escorting him around expecting him to pose provocatively for photos and be mobbed by press. In general this didn't seem to happen so perhaps he just happens to like gardening and was with his Mum. Some of you may remember David Gandy from the fashion parade part of the Olympics closing ceremony, along with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and others. There was a certain amount of twitter flak about these 'vacuous' people being paraded amongst our heroic athletes but I have to disagree. These supermodels are one of our most famous and biggest exports and - knowing as much about the modelling industry as anyone who watched eighteen series of America's Next Top Model before finally finding it just too excruciating, can - I would say it takes a lot of skill and hard work for these top models to perfect their art. Also I read an article about David Gandy where he came across as an intelligent and grounded guy who just happens to have the kind of interesting and chiselled face that cameras love. Except for my camera. Clearly there is something wrong with it!
Having seen David Gandy in the kind of glossy magazines that I only read at the hairdressers I felt quite excited at seeing him in the flesh and felt sure I would get a good photo - I was so wrong. This is how not to do it..
Photo Fail 1 - Spot your celeb but have the wrong lens on.
This wasn't really my fault. Last year I got the Bedsock in with me as my camera carrying man and he proved a true paparazzi, roaming the show with the long lens and getting some great pics. This year he wasn't able to come and as I couldn't carry two heavy cameras I kept having to swap the lens which takes forever..
Photo Fail 2 - I swapped the lens but in my haste put it on the wrong setting. However I got quite a nice picture of the ginger woman's hair.
I gave up at this point as I didn't want to look like a stalking madwoman even if it was true.
Photo Fail 3 A bit later I saw Gandy again in the marquee. I circled round a few stalls to get him from the front but spent so long messing with my camera settings that I failed to get a picture at all. A nice young woman at a nearby stand asked me who he was - I explained and said I didn't like to be too pushy getting photos. She suggested that I had failed at that too as I had just stuck the camera in his face, so I'm not really sure what happened there.
Later in the day the real cameramen caught up with him so here was my ideal opportunity to get a picture.
Photo Fail 4 - I blame the fact that Mark Diacono forced me to drink several of the cocktails he had muddled on the Pennard Plants stall. Nice shot of the cameraman's back though.
Photo Fail 5 - I tried again. I honestly don't think that this was his best angle
Photo - not quite such a fail 6. - This was my best shot.
On inspection I'm wondering if actually Matthew Wilson is the better looking bloke after all. Maybe I'll just stick to photographing him in future.