Simon Tomkinson Photography

A blog by movement and people photographer Simon Tomkinson

The Bolshoi

Bolshoi Ballet - Taming of the Shrew - Royal Opera House - Simon Tomkinson Photography

Bolshoi Ballet - Don Quixote - Royal Opera House - Simon Tomkinson Photography

Spectacular dancing at the Royal Opera House over the last three weeks. With thanks to the Financial Times for publishing my work.

Movement photography workshop

UAL LCC Simon Tomkinson

©Simon Tomkinson 2016

Following on from my talk earlier in the year I ran a workshop for some of the photography students at University of the Arts London last week. It was an enjoyable day and will hopefully prove useful to them in their coming careers. Sharing my thoughts on photographing movement, discussing legendary photographers’ use of it, showing and demonstrating techniques, as well as getting them to carry out practical assignments, we covered a lot of ground in one day.

Talk at University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London

©Simon Tomkinson 2016

It was great to be invited back to my old uni recently to give a talk about my work. Happy memories!

AOP Photography Awards

Simon Tomkinson photographer Dancer Jonathan Goddard of the New Movement Collective Association of Photographers Awards

Jonathan Goddard of the New Movement Collective    ©Simon Tomkinson

I’m really excited to have my photograph of the immensely talented Jonathan Goddard (New Movement Collective) selected for the Association of Photographers’ Awards. A massive thank you to Jonathan for both the original commission and his collaboration in the photograph’s creation. The category we entered was judged by the Art Buying Director of Saatchi & Saatchi (London), Kate Mahon. The exhibition will be at the Old Truman Brewery in London from 9th to 11th October before going to other venues.

‘The AOP Photography Awards is the most prestigious and highly respected competition for professional photographers worldwide. Being selected for the Book and Exhibition is one of the greatest accolades available to professional photographers…’ (source: AOP website)

The Guardian

The Guardian Royal Ballet Simon Tomkinson Photogaphy dance movement photographerMy photograph of The Royal Ballet performing Song of the Earth was published by The Guardian today.

Exhibition

Simon Tomkinson Photography Mayuri Boonham rehearsal Pavilion Dance South West Ex Nihilo

ATMA Dance rehearsals i

I have a small exhibition currently on at Pavilion Dance South West until 9th November. I was invited by them to attend a visual artists’s residency while Mayuri Boonham and her company, ATMA Dance, were creating a new work there. This piece, ‘Ex Nihilo,’ went on to be premiered at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio a few weeks later (with whom Mayuri is an affiliate choreographer). I used a sketch style approach to create collages in order to illustrate that the rehearsals were still at the relatively early stage of production. This style worked well with the theme of ‘Ex Nihilo’, as it means ‘Out of nothing’. Ex Nihilo will be performed at Pavilion Dance South West on 30th October.

Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Mariinsky Ballet Romeo and Juliet Royal Opera House 2014 Choreography Leonid Lavrosky Dancers Juliet  Viktoria Tereshkina Romeo Xander Parish

Viktoria Tereshkina & Xander Parish in Romeo & Juliet.

The highlight of the summer was having the opportunity to photograph the Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House. With thanks to Victor Hochhauser and M&C Saatchi Arts.

New Movement Collective

New Movement Collective Simon Tomkinson Photography

It was a real privilege to work with such a talented group of dancers as the New Movement Collective. Here is the promotional material we shot in January for their upcoming performance in Spain (dancer is Malgorzata Dzierzon / graphic design by Joe Walkling). More photographs and details about the performance can be seen on their website here. Also, a couple of favourite photographs of mine are now in this album on my website.

Pavilion Dance South West – Mayuri Boonham

Simon Tomkinson dance photographer mayuri boonham ATMA Pavilion Dance South WestIt was great to be invited by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) to attend an artist residency with choreographer Mayuri Boonham and her company, ATMA dance. Mayuri, an affiliate choreographer with the Royal Opera House, was creating and rehearsing her new work to be performed at both the Royal Opera House and PDSW. I was asked to write about this experience which can be read here. My work will be on display when her company performs at PDSW on 30th October.

ISTD Dance magazine

Simon Tomkinson Photography tear sheets Art of displacement  ISTD dance magazine parkour photographyMany thanks to the ISTD, especially Jane Cuppage, for coming to my ‘Art of Displacement’ exhibition at the end of last year and then writing a brilliant article about my photography for the spring issue of their magazine, Dance. The article can be read in full here. To see some of pictures I exhibited from this series please click here.