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I'm Alex Lake a UK based, international portrait photographer and illustrator.
I keep this blog for posting random musings and images not all of which are destined to end up on my official website.
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I have redesigned and updated my website www.twoshortdays.com and have moved my blog there. I’m starting from scratch with it and I will link my updates to tumblr as well but in the meantime please do have a look if you get a chance. You can find the new blog section here: www.twoshortdays.com/blog/

I have redesigned and updated my website www.twoshortdays.com and have moved my blog there. I’m starting from scratch with it and I will link my updates to tumblr as well but in the meantime please do have a look if you get a chance. You can find the new blog section here: www.twoshortdays.com/blog/

— 5 months ago with 10 notes
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A recent portrait I took of the magnificent Wayne Coyne. Such a pleasure meeting and working with him.

A recent portrait I took of the magnificent Wayne Coyne. Such a pleasure meeting and working with him.

— 1 year ago with 96 notes
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In the current issue of Q Magazine you’ll find my portrait of Professor Brian Cox.

This was such a satisfying shoot to do. I thrashed out the concept of Brian sat at a table looking at a space shuttle mid-launch with Russ, Q Magazines Picture Director the day before the shoot. The thought of doing this as a digital comp just felt naff to us so as ever I suggested and promised to pull of an idea that I had no real clue how best to achieve. (Russ is used to this…)

All we were certain of was that we wanted this shot to all happen in camera. No digital trickery or retouching and apart from having to retouch out the Magic Arm that was holding the model shuttle aloft (the small room wouldn’t allow me to position it in such a way as to hide it) we achieved our objective.

Everything was done in camera.

I built and painted the model shuttle through the night and heart in mouth made the ‘take-off’ smoke cloud in the morning before the shoot drawing on my complete ignorance of basic electrical wiring and hoping my death trap of a setup didn’t electrocute Brian halfway through the shoot. When I switched on the smoke model for the first time I was so pleased and had high hopes it was going to be a good one.

Anyway, after about 18 hours of solid work to build it we had the shot nailed in about ten minutes. Brian enjoyed it and for my part, in recent years this portrait is a personal highlight.

(behind-the-scene photo © Russ O’Connell)

— 1 year ago with 306 notes
#brian cox  #space shuttle  #model making  #alex lake  #twoshortdays.com  #q magazine 
Musician Jesse Quin photographed in Barcelona a year or so back. I always liked the tones in this photo. The natural light only lasted for a short time and then the room was nowhere near as nice. Got it though.

Musician Jesse Quin photographed in Barcelona a year or so back. I always liked the tones in this photo. The natural light only lasted for a short time and then the room was nowhere near as nice. Got it though.

— 1 year ago with 125 notes
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I took this shot of Tom last year in Tokyo. We were riding the subway to a temple to take some photos and this is one of many I took on our way there.

I took this shot of Tom last year in Tokyo. We were riding the subway to a temple to take some photos and this is one of many I took on our way there.

— 1 year ago with 188 notes
#keane  #tom chaplin  #q magazine  #tokyo  #japan  #alex lake  #twoshortdays.com 
Old Interview With CANON (CPN) →

Once in awhile I get asked to do interviews and outside of that, often I get asked questions by people about how I work and how I got started. This old interview from 2009 with CPN (Canon Professional Network) answers a lot of it though my shooting style has developed some since I spoke to them. It might be of interest to some of you out there.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
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I took this shot in Barcelona last year. It’s part of a series I did in my spare time while I was in city. The light was fading and it just looked like such a lonely sight to me.

I took this shot in Barcelona last year. It’s part of a series I did in my spare time while I was in city. The light was fading and it just looked like such a lonely sight to me.

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#landscape  #cityscape  #barcelona  #alex lake  #twoshortdays  #photography 
Thought I’d upload this outtake from a shoot I did last year with Johnny Marr. Did the shoot up in Manchester, a brutally cold day with the sun shining hard and making little impact on the subzero temperature. We didn’t hang about. A great session though. I always liked this one though it was never used at the time. After the shoot we drove through Manchester with Johnny telling tales of the city’s past. Amazing.

Thought I’d upload this outtake from a shoot I did last year with Johnny Marr. Did the shoot up in Manchester, a brutally cold day with the sun shining hard and making little impact on the subzero temperature. We didn’t hang about. A great session though. I always liked this one though it was never used at the time. After the shoot we drove through Manchester with Johnny telling tales of the city’s past. Amazing.

— 1 year ago with 60 notes
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