Layla Ali.

Layla Ali
I flew to NYC to photograph Layla Ali, the stunning boxer and daughter of legend Mohammed Ali.
Layla arrived with her entourage, swept into the dressing room, gave my assistants and me a fleeting glance. She was accompanied by some really tough looking boxer friends, who stopped and looked at me up and down, then one of them said “who are you then”?
“ I’m Clive Arrowsmith. I’m the photographer from London, here to photograph Layla, for this Nike promotion.
“Ok I’ll tell her”
We waited until Layla finally appeared again, dressed in a full length boxing robe. I was immediately struck her
beautiful golden dark bronze skin. She was stunning.
“Hi”, I said, “so great to meet you. How do you want do this? Personally I would like you to be in the outfits you feel really comfortable in. They should be like training clothes if that’s ok with you”. She agreed and went to get her make up and change.
Some time later she came back dressed and ready in a white vest and black training shorts. In her left hand hung some bright red boxing gloves. I remembered thinking, “Wow, she looks like an Amazon Warrior Princess. “
“That’s great”, I said.
We chatted as the scene was prepped and I showed her a picture I’d taken of His Holiness Dalai Lama and gave it to her as a gift.
“This is for you,” I said “I know your father met His Holiness and they got on really well”. She smiled a warm smile and we shot this picture.

 

 

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Gucci Glamour with Lisa Seffert

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Everyone asks me ‘How did you get that beautiful shape, like a wave on the dress’ ? Confession; I did not use wind, wire or strings. I simply had my assistant throw the skirt in the air from the side and quickly pull his hand out of shot. Many of the frames had his arm still present but after about 25 attempts we finally got the shot that we all loved. The dress is by Tom Ford for Gucci.

Maserati for IL TRIDENTE

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I shot this campaign for iconic italian car designers Maserati for there inhouse magazine IL TRIDENTE. I worked with my dear friend and stylist Marcella Martinelli on this shoot using clothes by PradaVersacePhilip TreacyRoger Vivier  and Sergio Rosi and it was shot at Farnborough Private Airport. The shoot was conjunction with Maserati and Vistajet.com. Luggage supplied by Louis Vuitton.

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During the the shoot, to get the angle I wanted I had to strap a the flash unit toa cherry picker platform.   Since we we were at an airport with it’s exposed position the wind was blowing the swaying the platform from left to right. I then had to time the shot for when it was exactly in the middle position, while it was gusting from side to side.  This combined with the fact that I was shouting instructions to the models (the fabulous Marla at Premier and Albert at Select) meant that the whole job was like patting your head and stroking your tummy, 25ft from the ground  on a moving platform! Not an easy shoot, but very rewarding. Thankfully it was the first time I had used the Canon 5D MKII and the quality of sharpness and colour saturation of the camera more than compensated for stresses of the job and helped me to achieve the final great result. I had bought the camera in Taiwan and subsequently bought, 2 more Canon 5D MKIII’s and it is the camera I use most of the time for it’s speed and efficiency.

 

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Kansai Yamamoto behind the scenes at Hello Tokyo

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I shot this image in the break between rehearsals for the ‘Hello Tokyo Super Show’ of the classic costume that Kansai Yamamoto originally designed for David Bowie. I had to add the background digitally from an image I sourced from a book of beautiful Japanese painting and I then scanned Kansai’s signature from a letter he had sent me. The original shot was taken backstage at the venue in Tokyo in March 2012.

 

 

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Pirelli Calendar 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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It was peculiar for me to find myself on the other side of the lenses when I went to Milan to celebrate 50 Years of The Pirelli Calendar (click for link to Independent Newspaper story, where yours truly might of had a few things to say). It was fantastic to see so many photographers and their work and all the guests assembled in one place to celebrate what for me was one of the most challenging but enjoyable jobs of my career. I shot the Pirelli Calendar twice in the 90s, the themes I used were ‘Heroines’ and ‘Chinese Astrolgy’. The second calendar shoot was also made into a documentary for Granada TV fronted by Michael Aspel. The shoot itself was art directed by my friend Martin Walsh (pictured with the nurses at the end of this post) who was also at the celebrations. We managed to share a few fond memories of make up dripping of the models in the searing heat and the memorable moment when the entire studio set up blew off a cliff. Happy Days!

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The above shot was taken in the auditorium with my shot of year of the Ox taking centre stage. Couldn’t stop taking pictures once I was there so in typical photographer fashion I have no pictures of me with anyone.

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