I’ve enjoyed and naturally moved towards full multimedia in 2014. 4K cameras and professional sound give clarity, bite and realism to subjects.
I’m also very proud to welcome Brian and Chloe to the team here. Together we’ve ramped-up production quality on-set and sped-up turn around back in the editing studio. Testing both the new camera and editing workflow has been a crucial part of the last 2 months.
The second example video is a montage of over 78,000 5D Mk3 RAW files, processed groomed and edited to create a stunning day to night sequence in 4K. The camera was fitted with a 17mm TS Lens and mounted in a custom solar powered marine housing.
This December marks 3 years since I began recording the progress of the Victoria Station Upgrade in Central London.
It’s been incredible seeing the engineering challenges and logistics behind such a major project. All happening within and underneath one of London’s busiest transport hubs. A selection of the images are soon to be featured on Victoria Line Tube platforms to show the works taking place behind the hoardings.
We also got a tweet out of Number 10 Downing Street this morning which can’t be a bad marker of success..
The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognised self-declared state (or micronation) located on a British-built platform in the North Sea. Its mass consists of HM Fort Roughs, a former Second World War Maunsell Sea Fort, off the coast ofSuffolk, England, United Kingdom.
While it has been described as the world’s smallest country, or the world’s smallest nation, Sealand is not recognised by any established sovereign state, although Sealand’s government claims it has been de facto recognised by the United Kingdom and Germany.
In February 2013 I was privileged enough to visit Sealand with Michael Bates and his son on assignment for the Sunday Times Magazine. A fascinating day of Photography and Video…
Last month I had the amazing opportunity to spend 6 days in Lagos, Nigeria, on assignment. The main body of work is embargoed and won’t be released for a few months. In the mean-time here’s some portraits I took of some Nigerian Truckers when I had 30 minutes down-time. There is such an amazing diversity of tribes and backgrounds within Nigeria represented by this single queue of driver’s waiting patiently to receive their cargo.
LAGOS, NIGERIA – NOVEMBER 5TH, 2012: Truck drivers from across the 32 Nigerian states wait patiently to fill their trailers with fuel at a tank farm in the port of Lagos. Despite being the world’s fifth largest producer of crude oil Nigeria lacks refineries and as such has volatile availability and prices of oil products. (Photo by Toby Smith/Reportage by Getty Images)
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.”