We are delighted to be adding another dimension to Circa by presenting a selection of Jack English photographs and we would like to devote this blog to telling you a bit about the man himself.
Born in Leicester, 1948, Jack English is a photographer with a background as a designer, wardrobe stylist and oil rig worker. His photography career started when – on a chance encounter and a borrowed camera – he photographed jazz musician Chet Baker in Cannes, and his career in films started when his images of a USA Elton John tour and album caught the eye of Gary Oldman who subsequently recruited him for the job of stills photographer on his movie ‘Nil by Mouth’.
English has since worked on numerous films including The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc, Tyrannosaur and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and continues, in all his work, to apply the unique perspective that has secured him a reputation as a truly original on set photographer.
Of his creative approach to photography, English says, “I suppose I’m intuitively drawn to subjects that are beautiful and disturbing. My approach is determined by the circumstances.”
You can see some of his beautiful and inspiring work by clicking this link. Who knows, you may even want to own one!
The inset image above is from the BAFTA award winning film ‘Swimmer’ made for the 2012 London Olympics. (A little bit of interesting information about this image was that it was taken using a Leica M8 camera given to Jack by the great Eric Clapton).