James Oaten

James Oaten

Photographer, Writer and Co-Founder of Studio CirculaireBrighton, United Kingdom
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James Oaten

James Oaten

Photographer, Writer and Co-Founder of Studio CirculaireBrighton, United Kingdom
About me
I work in portraiture, lifestyle and cycling for editorial and commercial clients. I also write. I work across the UK and internationally. I co-founded Studio Circulaire with Carine Buchanan. I've worked with OMK Design, the Post Office, Cyclist Magazine, Transport for London, Jimmy's Iced Coffee, The Simple Things, Barbour, JTI, The Ride Journal, Organix, Action on Addiction, Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, Cervélo Cycles, Cyclescheme and others...
  • Cycling
    CyclingVarious shoots for Cyclist, Bikes Etc., Cervélo, Bowman, Transport for London and Cyclescheme's 'Cycle Commuter' magazine.
  • Portrait
Projects credited in
  • Ultrafabrics
    UltrafabricsPhotography, Creative Direction and Copywriting celebrating sustainable Material Innovation. Ultrafabrics approached Studio Circulaire to tell their ‘material innovation’ story, commissioning us to provide both images and copy for press, social media, web and print that highlight their work on sustainability and use of new and innovative materials, such as Tencel™, REPREVE® and ECOVERO™.
  • Melver Design
    Melver DesignMelver pour Le Bon Marché. After seeing his work at Maison & Objet, the famous Paris department store stocked the Barnett pendant light. Also on Houzz and Eporta. The shoot promoted sustainability as well as the quality of the materials by building the set using the same Valchromat panels the client uses to construct the lights.
  • Baines & Fricker
    Baines & Fricker“I always wondered who did this…” Publicity images for London Design Fair and Clerkenwell Design Week. Whenever we share our portfolio, everyone recognises this project. Colourful furniture in an industrial setting, we were fortunate to be the last people to shoot in the now-demolished Circus Street Market in Brighton.
  • OMK 1965
    OMK 1965Relaunching not one but four design classics. Founded in 1965 by Rodney Kinsman RDI, OMK’s products are regarded as icons of 20th century British design. OMK 1965 presents a new collection formed of these classic products combined with new designs, marking their return to the retail and contract markets in 2017. Shot in two locations to show how adaptable the OMK 1965 range is - whether a contemporary home or a stylish restaurant. The ‘1965’ range has been featured at Clerkenwell Desi
  • Dombo Cup
    Dombo CupSustainability is not black and white. While we were waiting to (safely) get back to work, I co-founded Studio Circulaire with James and we did our first studio shoot while in lockdown. We chose Richard Hutten's black and white Dombo Cups and 'Transparency' as the theme to challenge what we think we know about design and sustainability but also to ask questions and start conversations. If people are really doing what they say, they'll welcome the opportunity to tell you their story.
  • Studio Circulaire
    Studio CirculaireWhen we started working together five years ago, I was a creative director and James Oaten a photographer, but on every project, every collaboration we worked on together, we did bring so much more that we started talking about Studio Circulaire. The Lockdown has been the time to turn an idea into reality so here we are, we're back planning and creating, safely of course and with new challenges so come look around and get in touch. studiocirculaire.com
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Work history
    PhotographerJames Oaten
    Brighton, United KingdomFreelance
  • Photography
  • Retouching
  • Copywriting
  • Art Direction
  • Brand Development
  • Creative Direction
  • Client Support
    MScUniversity of Bristol
     - Bristol, United Kingdom