Toby Smith

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In 2013 I was interviewed by Getty Images and this biopic interview piece was released. It cover the creative and commercial overlap of my Renewables Project shot in Scotland.

The Renewables Project photographed in Scotland was completed through partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy. The project was undertaken in the harsh winter of 2010, with Smith living and working from his converted 4×4 expedition vehicle. Much of the work is shot on large format film with night exposures lasting many hours.  Many of the sites were installed and continue to operate in the manner to which they were constructed in a gargantuan post-war labour effort. A living, breathing example of British heavy engineering at its finest that now unwittingly forms a crucial percentage of the larger sustainable energy portfolio of Britain.

The project was supported financially and exclusive access granted by Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) in 2010. Toby Smith worked closely with the communication and operations teams to research and safely access appropriate sites for the project based on aesthetic, scientific, cultural and historical significance.

Ross Easton, part of the Corporate Affairs team at SSE, explained: “We commissioned Toby to capture a selection of our renewable energy projects – from wind farms to hydroelectric power stations. The result was some stunning photography which showed off Scotland’s natural beauty mixed with the majestic beauty of our hydroelectric schemes and wind farms. We have used these photos in a range of corporate communications, both internally and externally. The stunning photograph of an engineer working on top of a wind turbine was featured on the front cover of our 2012 Annual Report.”

Cinematic Showreel

Cinematic Showreel from Toby Smith on Vimeo.

A cinematic show-reel combining footage shot over the last 3 years of my career. Many of the clips echo my large format compositions and were captured during personal projects or assignments across the world.

Locations include Scotland, England, China, India and Madagascar. Music is “The Great Drive By” by Funki Porcini and is licensed from Ninja Tune (UK) whilst the edit and grade was done by Daren Nair here in London.

Please contact me for any further information on the projects, assignments or indeed licensing of existing footage. Technically the work is either Time Lapse or HD Video captured on a Canon 5d Mkii.

So I finally bit the bullet and bought myself an iPad. (Groan). I concluded rapidly that it is useless for “doing” anything but for “viewing” content the screen and ergonomics work very well. Certain media providers;  Intelligent Life, Guardian, Sunday Times, WIRED, BJP  (to name but a few) have made genuinely browse-able and interactive content. I was particular excited when browsing through National Geographic (August Issue)  to spot a feature image I was commissioned for back in February. A wild-goose chase into the secretive world of second hand phone booths led us to an architectural grave-yard full chock-fill of 100’s of the old K-9 model.  Gallons of hot-tea and kilos of human sand-bags led to a great shot that I am very proud of:

I had to hide behind the sofa with fear last night as I made another appearance on TV. This year I was selected to compete in the BBC2 series “Show me the Monet”. The name sets the standard of the jokes but this masks the brutal nature of the TV program. A panel of judges, the hanging committee, vote on a piece of your artwork and its potential inclusion at prestigious show at the Mall Galleries, London. I was (un)fortunate enough to be voted through into the exhibition and to sell my piece of work, Ratcliffe on Soar, above list price.

I’m also really pleased to be selling prints of my Olympic Park project exclusively through Eyestorm. Their Creative Director, Angie Davey,  has written a really nice introduction that responds to my own essay on the project. Both the 5×4 and X-Pan shots are available for collectors.

 

 

2 weeks ago, I delivered a 2 hour seminar at The Conservation Leadership MPhil at Cambridge. I entitled the lecture ” The Relationship between Media, Audience and NGO’s.

As I am currently researching and developing ideas for my next personal project I feel it important to brainstorm and network outside the box. It is also essential to constantly evaluate the relationships between my Photography and Media outlets so that I may better partner with story material or organisations.  The constant need to monetise my photography and indeed career is sometimes very frustrating. Therefore it was refreshing and inspiring to justify the time and reason to research and  actually read material beyond photography and visual debate.

The group at Cambridge represented a fantastic breadth of knowledge and importantly experience in the practical front-line of conservation issues globally. It was a privilege that my experiences in media was the basis of a seminar and an asset to them. I’ve listed below a selection of the media and research links that came up in conservation. Much of the discussion from both sides was quite critical so probably best I don’t repeat too much of it here..

 

Photographic Resources and Introduction

www.shootunit.com

www.reportagebygettyimages.com

www.shootunit.com/global_map

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnnh

 

Media (Photography) Resources

http://www.globalstories.org/

http://www.frontlineclub.com/

http://sheffdocfest.com/

http://www.hostgallery.co.uk/

http://www.panos.co.uk

http://www.copyright4clients.com/

 

Environmental Media Resources

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/dec/21/environment-news-iphone-app-guardian

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/earth/index.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment//    (Paywalled)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/green/

http://www.time.com/time/goinggreen

http://www.economist.com/topics/environmental-problems-and-protection

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment/

http://www.motherjones.com/


Alternative Funding

http://www.kickstarter.com

http://www.emphas.is

 

Globally Popular Environmental Photographers of Note

(not exhaustive!!)

http://www.brentstirton.com/

http://www.edkashi.com/

http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/

http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/en/index/home

http://www.lifewithoutlights.com/#/about-the-project

 

NGO’s Featured in the Lecture

http://www.eia-international.org/

http://www.eia-global.org/

http://www.globalwitness.org/

http://www.madagascar.co.uk/

http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/