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Saturday, 27 October 2012

100 Beards, 100 Days: The Book!

With so much support and love for the 100 Beards, 100 Days project, I thought it only right to produce it in printed form. I'm pleased, nervous and excited to announce that after approximately 1237 hours of hard work, the 100 Beards book will be available from November!

The book itself, with only 250 hand signed 1st editions printed, contains over 120 photographs of bearded men. Of course the subjects who made up day 1 to 100 are inside, along with outtakes (it was very hard to pick just one photo daily) and other men who didn't quite make it on the blog.

By buying this book, not only are you getting a beautiful hardback limited edition publication, but you're also helping a new artist to continue his work. Doing the 100 Beard project has been as challenging as it has been rewarding, and I hope that this documentation of London beards in the Summer of 2012 will inspire others to attempt facial hair growth.

A big thank you to the incredible Pall Mall Barbers, who have supported the launch of the book from it's inception, and most importantly, all the men who agreed to be photographed!

You can preorder the book online here at 100beards.bigcartel.com - if you're having problems with shipping to your country, please send an email to 100beards@gmail.com and we'll get it sorted!

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A Presant from Paul

You can always guarantee a friend to pick you up when you least expect it.

After weeks of hard slogging on the 100 Beards project, things are finally coming to fruition with a limited edition book and gallery launching soon (details to follow!). With little sleep and lots of coffee, this morning I received a surprise package from my talented friend, Berlin based tailor Paul Davis. Just what I needed to get me through another very busy week.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

On the Street: Faces at Frieze

My entire weekend has been spent wondering around Regent's Park to photograph style for a client at Frieze London 2012. It's fascinating to see the variety of people it attracts, but more than any other group, the super-rich elite were in full force. Pulling up in vintage Porches and flash Jaguars (I even saw a stretch Limousine), they came dressed in furs, sunglasses, three-piece suits and sparkly jewels.

Since beginning the 100 Beard project, I've become more fascinated with faces than ever before. The way a portrait tells a story is just as interesting as the clothing people choose to show the world. I spotted many great faces at Frieze this year - here are a few of my favourite.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The 100th Day

When I started the '100 days, 100 beards' project, I had no idea the scale it would grow to. Not since my heady Les Garçons de Glasgow days have I had such a huge response, with literally thousands of emails, Tweets and Facebook messages commenting on the project. It's been really flattering to have such praise and I've enjoyed photographing the variety of beards London has to offer.

In total, I've photographed about 135 people for the project but for a number of reasons (bad lighting, awkward location, etc) I couldn't use all the photos. I need thank all the bearded men who agreed to be photographed - both on the blog and unpublished. Each guy I stopped had an interesting story to share and from the beginning it became clear that this was as much about the subject and his story as it was his beard. About 30 days in, I stopped a bearded gentleman who nearly had a heart attack when I told him about the project. He'd already discovered it and had become obsessed with my daily document ever since. It turns out I made his day, but really, he made mine.

The best compliments have been the people telling me that I captured something special for them. Whether it was showing a side of their personality or taking a photo they found flattering ("I usually hate photos of myself but this is great!", was a common response). I worked hard to capture something not always possible with street style: a touch of humanity. However, nothing will beat the feedback from my 21st beard, John on Evelyn Street, who told me that his terminally ill mother smiled for the first time in months after seeing my photograph of her son in uniform.

Over the next few weeks, I'm preparing for the 100 Beards book launch! A limited run of hard-back photo books, the project will be immortalised in print format from November. Inside I'll be publishing each days photo, as well as outtakes and the men who didn't make it on the blog. As I said, the story was as important as the image so included in the book will be anecdotes and quotes on the culture of the beard. To see the full range of photos got to 100beards.tumblr.com/archive, and don't forget to keep checking for exclusive updates on the 100 Beards book and London launch party.

The big questions now...what's next? My response to most: 100 days of sleep!

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Monday, 8 October 2012

Patrick: Saville Row, London

On day 96 of the 100 beard project, I photographed Patrick Grant the Director of Saville Row's prestigious bespoke tailors Norton & Sons. It's not just his beard I find impressive, I've always admired his effortless style and elegant tailoring. Shooting his outfit was not an option, it was a must. 

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