Editorial / Lady On Fire
Featuring MUA by Abbie May Hopkins
We speak to Reading based photographer Jake Hicks about his striking fashion editorials First Light and Lady On Fire. Working closely with featured MUA Abbie May Hopkins on both shoots, Jake experiments with harsh lighting processes and elaborate hair styling, capturing attitude, elegance and beauty.
"No matter how varied the role the project outcome is always the same; a collection of bespoke pieces that have a depth, an intrigue and above all a dynamic style that is pushing a clients needs beyond their expectations."
Where are you based?
Tell us about yourself.
I am a fashion and hair photographer based in Reading, UK. My photographic style is known for its bold creative lighting techniques that firmly reflect my belief of keeping the skill in the camera, not just on the screen. I am originally from Cornwall but I moved up to Reading to be closer to the 'big smoke'. My photographic style is not necessarily that well received back home. I've been up here in Reading for over ten years, except a few years where I took some time out to travel and focus on my climbing and mountaineering. Photography is pretty much my one and only passion. My website is updated pretty frequently, showcasing all of my work. My Facebook page also has a pretty engaged community of photographers and that gets updated everyday.
Did you study photography or a related course?
I took the education route and studied a Bachelor of Arts in photography. I think formal education in photography is extremely important and I would honestly recommend it to anybody! Formal education provides you with unbiased tools to help any photographer realise their own individual creativity. I know for a fact that I would be nowhere near as good today had it not been for my photographic education.
Tell us about your work.
I shoot full-time and also do a lot of teaching and training. I love to shoot more expressively with experimental ideas and colour when I can. My style tends to be bright and bold but I always try and implement some weird and wonderful photographic techniques to get my images to stand out from the visual noise we are drowning in every day.
What do you love about photography?
Apart from food and shelter, photography gives me a unique voice that I am incredibly grateful for. I think it’s important for us all to express ourselves in our own ways. Trying to not do so is practically impossible. We all have passions; music, sport, cooking etc. These things define us whether we realise it or not.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
I often get asked this and I'll be honest in saying that I probably couldn't name more than a half dozen photographers. I think I am personally greater inspired by certain adaptations of techniques or even quirky light play that I discover. I am always being distracted by how light falls on certain surfaces, or how it changes as it passes through certain objects or materials. If I had to name a couple of my current favourite practitioners though, then I would have to mention Bruno Dyan, Greg Kadel and Elizaveta Porodina.
See Jake Hicks' First Light Editorial Feature
LADY ON FIRE
PHOTOGRAPHY / Jake Hicks
MUA & HAIR STYLIST / Abbie May Hopkins
MODEL / Charlotte Godfrey
FASHION STYLIST / Hannah Burgess