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Art Class : North London : UK
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Well I've been sorting out pictures on my computer most of the day and chatting to ad agency clients and Matt on the phone about jobs that are supposed to be happening........ are happening...... or maybe happening..... or are delayed or suspended due to some process at the ultimate clients..........

Sometimes I miss Tony McGrath........ the legendary picture editor of the Observer Newspaper (UK) from back in the day........ he was legendarily decisive....... in his mad way....... he was mega fast and decisive in editing and processing of information and giving orders............ I would get a call from him........ "OK sunshine do you have your bullet proof jacket in the car with you now?" ...... ".....er..... yes......." OK here is your flight number BA 1765 Heathrow in i hour 34 mins OK? " Yeah sure Thanks Tony Whats the Job?...... "I'll talk to you once you are checked in get rolling don't mess about'...........

Those calls would do you in in their own way....... once you said yes you were completely committed...... but you didn't even know what the actual shoot was......... it was brilliant and stressy all at once....... but i kind of loved the deadlines and mission speed the importance of it all ....... I loved it well sort of ........ the roll and shoot thing ....... the roll now thing...... I loved that........ it would sort of did 'do your brains in' too............. press guys all smoked and had psoriasis........... but we were addicted to the roll........ the physically going on the stories and the roll of the dice in terms of finding out what you were actually doing.

Things are a lot more civilized with commercial clients they are not requiring you to do anything crazed like go to the war in Bosnia or Rwanda at a moments notice........ but I sometimes wonder what Tony McGrath would be like as an art director or producer at an ad agency shoot...... hey it would be different...... things could happen way faster :-))

Here is a picture from back in the day........ a picture Matt just got out of the files...... He needs to show environmental portraiture........ things that show character and personality ......... Well done Matt nice choice...... :-) I think this qualifies to be part of the set ........ What do you think ?:-))

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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