Ben Skipper

Artist, Designer, Scale Modeller and Photographer

Level
Mid Level
Location
United Kingdom
Availability
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About me

I'm a freelance Artist, Designer, Scale Modeller and Photographer as well as bibliophile, and gonzo style correspondent, working across a range of genres, with some amazing mentors. The McClelland & Chase Design Bureau has been established to separate my burgeoning graphic design, illustration and scale model making portfolio from my commercial/documentary photography and field correspondence portfolio. I am extremely lucky to have work in use with a range of clients including Help for Heroes, for whom I designed one of their top-selling T-Shirts, Pen and Sword Books as well as numerous private commissions. I'm a creative individual with a passion for exercising my natural curiosity and allowing me to produce photographic stills that is both engaging and exciting. Clients include BBC, RAF, Harkila UK, Help for Heroes, The Game Fair and Luscious Touch, a Kenyan Cosmetics company. As an active correspondent, I have over 30 feature articles and accompanying stills printed by several publishers including Metropolis, TI Media, ATG Media, Pen & Sword Books, Baily's and Scale Modelling Now. I keep my design and research skills sharp through developing my visual portfolio as part of my part-time studies in BA (Hons) in Graphic Design with the Open College of the Arts. Please note I use at NUJ Freelance Rates as a baseline for pricing.

Skills

  • Feature Writer
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Research
  • Creative Approach
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Fabric Design

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Forester Green Photography

    Work history

    Currently

    Photographer & Writer

    Forester Green Photography

    Feb 2010
    • United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Based in the Nottinghamshire, UK, I specialise in the representation of Town & Country life, documenting rural activities from traditional equine competitions & field sports to agricultural shows, as well as press events & location observations. My work has been used by the BBC, Trinity Mirror PLC, Government Agencies & luxury brands.

    Education

    Currently

    BA (Hons) Photography with Graphic Design

    University for the Creative Arts

    Feb 2018
    • Bradford, United Kingdom
    • The BA (Hons) Photography degree with Graphic Design is part of my ongoing personal development centred around my technical, creative and analytical skills by following a highly structured programme of study. ◦ The Square Mile. A series of photographic stills using the opportunity to look at the surroundings in my immediate square mile. This also included a research element which focused on artists who have worked documenting their local areas. ◦ Visual Skills. Exercises that involved taking stills focusing on the compositional themes of Point, Line and Frame. ◦ Surface and Depth. Research exercise looking at how different artists approached the theme of Surface and Depth. ◦ The Distorting lens. A series of exercise which focused on dynamic and artistic use of lens work. ◦ Lens Work. Research exercise looking at how different artists used the lens aesthetically. ◦ Collecting Views. A series of rural landscapes taken with a medium telephoto lens and small aperture to foreshorten perspective but to also add depth. ◦ The Frozen Moment. A series of stills which explored the dynamic and aesthetic use of high speed photography. ◦ A Durational Space. A series of technical and aesthetic exercises focusing on slow shutter speed, multiple exposure function and its uses in photography. ◦ The Decisive Moment. A combined research and technical exercise which looks at the genre of street photography as the traditionally held form of peak moment representation. It then looks at how other genres can be equally filled with decisive moments. ◦ The Language of Light. A series of exercises in which the Exposure and use of light in photography is investigated.