Danny Cooke’s films celebrate unique artists and Great British tradition. The featured video is a short which captures David A. Smith’s journey as he creates an album cover for American musician John Mayer. David is a traditional ornamental glass artist and Cooke’s film reveals how much time, skill and passion goes into his work. In a similar vein is the short film Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film, which is about the technique of letter press printing and how it is currently enjoying a revival in popularity, perhaps as a response to the fast progression of the digital age.
Danny Cooke is a freelance filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in Torquay, Devon. As well as the films I have described above Danny is also involved in the production of music videos and in promotional work, visit his website by following the link below for more details.
Danny’s style of filming is often intimate and romantic – an effect achieved through the use of lingering, close-up shots of facial expressions and hand movements. He also favours striking musical accompaniments over naturalistic use of sound and this contributes to the immersive nature of his films.
Based at the heart of the sunny city, Iossie Ng le is a young and promising graphic designer. Studying at the University of Brighton, she is surrounded by a buzz of creativity and culture. As a visual communicator, Iossie has a pivotal role to play in the world of graphic design, a market where art meets functionality. Iossie not only has flair for editorial design and branding but an affection for illustration and painting. Her dedication to her craft takes her from a foundation at the UCA to an exchange in America this September. This goes some way to achieving her goal of reading reality, being able to represent and actually complete it.
Iossie’s catalogue of work is full of sleek designs and beautiful fonts. Elevating what you might consider informative graphics into clean and imaginative visuals. They are clever as they are witty, with a take on minimalism that has a lot to say for itself. Slick and hardy Iossie’s images radiate the vogue of today’s media. She exploits the language of the public service and information for the purposes of irony. The combination of random dolls and animals create a part fantasy feel, which is diluted by matter-of-fact information. It is this overlapping, building up of images that leads to a slightly off center destination. Keeping a strong emphasis on hierarchy of text, cool layouts, and use of her own tailored imagery. The act of analyzing a daily subject and making it a focus of her study is something that fascinates this young graphic designer. Iossie relies on a subject’s history, texture and symbolism to compose and process new ways of reasoning.
For Iossie’s Links – http://ingleiwork.tumblr.com/
Benjamin Haywood is a photographer based out of London, where he is currently studying for BA Hons Photography at the London College of Communication.
Benjamin’s work is attributed to British life and culture, focusing in on remote places within Britain to gain a better understanding of them, as well as allowing the viewer to gain a better understanding of them and their presence, as well. ‘The Kensington Guide’, a book dedicated to the ‘posh’ area of Kensington in London, is an objective view on its distinctive ‘detachment’ of its surrounding London Burroughs, as well as the quiet, fleeting aura that it suggests.
Other projects include his book, ‘Little Britain’ – A look into the life of and an effort upon his part to further thoroughly understand the culture of and what essentially is, ‘British’. Benjamin follows small towns upon the West and Southwest coast primarily, attempting to wonder how and why most of these places have not been dramatically affected by other cultures in the same way that many have within the past decades.
Unlike many of his predecessors, considering the thorough approach and dynamic that Benjamin works with in creating his photographs, I have no doubt that he will continue to prosper from it, as a result. You can view Benjamin’s work collection here. Check him out, and keep your eye on him!
(Photos Courtesy of Benjamin Haywood)