Weight of the world

Recently I found some scales that I remembered from being a kid at my local village shop and couldn’t resist buying them for a test.
The result is this series of texture studies, it is also the beginning of a new project that I’m working on.
Watch this space to find out more.

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scales blue

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Life is just a bowl of cherries

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This is a recent personal project i’ve been working on, I’m fond of a cherry or two so this was always going to be a fun shoot to do.

Cherries are such beautiful fruits, they look the same on mass but on closer inspection they all have a unique look of there own, this also applies when you squish them no two burst in the same way!

I didn’t realize until I started to squish them how juicy they can be.

Hope you enjoy my juicy cherry pictures I’ll be selling prints on my new revamped website which is coming soon……

Warming comfort food

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woolly breakfast

wool burger

images © David Sykes 2014 All rights reserved.

Can’t believe this is my first post of 2014! It’s been a busy year so far, I became a dad for the first time in November last year so Poppy has been keeping us busy but I’ve also been busy shooting a mix of advertising and editorial shoots and of course plenty of personal projects.
First off I’d like to share one of the personal projects I’ve been working on with the talented Jessica Dance.
We’ve now finish off our woolly faux food series, a woolly full english breakfast and a woolly hotdog these go with the woolly hamburger we shot last year.
It’s been a great project to work on Jess’ attention to detail making the food is fantastic and it’s been great building the environments the food sits in.

Woolly Mammals

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Woolly mammals Bear

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Over the last year myself and model maker/stylist Jessica Dance have been working on a new collaboration and I’m super happy to now be able to share the results with you.

The project came about when we were having a brain storm over a coffee. I loved the Knit heads Jess had done and thought it would be great to build a bit of a story around some new animal heads she was making for our project. We came up with the idea of them all belonging to one person and having them in different rooms of this eccentric collector of woolly mammals house.

So over the next few months we sourced various props furniture and wallpaper and created these little slices into the life of this collector.

It was such a great project to work on and Jess was great fun to work with her amazing skills with the knitting machine are second to none. I love all the little touches she brings to the project, the knitted log is one of my favourites.

The moose head set was massive and took a day to build, the moose was a huge full size moose and was 7 foot from antler tip to antler tip, and stuck out from the wall about 4 foot!

Whilst shooting we came up with lot of knitty ideas so watch this space for some more woolly madness.

Leaving idlewild


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Here’s one of my latest personal shots it’s a scene depicting Idlewild airport in 1961, now known as JFK.
The idea came about after I found a folder with the Pan AM ticket in it whilst helping to clear my wife’s grandma’s house last year, after she had sadly passed away.
Caroline’s Grandfather had taken a business trip to the states in 1961 and had kept everything from the trip, from the letters to and from the travel agent, to the match books and drinks stirrers from all the bars and hotels he visited.
I love the fact that the trip was such a rare and exciting event that he kept all the momentos from the trip. I even found a ticket from a visit to the empire states building (see if you can spot it in the shot) it’s a stark contrast to the disposable and online way we live our lives now.

Jelly Jubilee

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I found this jelly mould by Lydia Leith and knew I wanted to do a test shot with it unfortunately I have been so busy I didn’t manage to do it before the jubilee so to wet your appetite I created this more simple shot for the jubilee weekend.