To help raise awareness for World Cerebral Palsy Day on Saturday 6th October 2018, I got involved in a photoshoot with Zebedee Management, an agency who represent models and actors of all ages with disabilities.
They put me in touch with one of their models from Northampton, Dan Edge, a guy who’s not only a talented model and actor, but also moonlights as a pro wrestler.
Zebedee had told us that the photoshoot had to implement the colour green, as green is the colour that represents CP. Both Dan and I agreed that we wanted to avoid obvious things such as grass and trees. We wanted to use our imaginations a little more for this photoshoot.
I spent some time looking through Dan’s website, seeing if I could find anything about him that might spark some ideas. I wanted to make this photoshoot based around Dan’s interests and also showcase his personality. He once starred in this Paddy Power advert so I thought, if he had the green shirt he was wearing, we could use that and have our photoshoot done in a wrestling ring. However, Dan was unable to find a ring that we could use in time for the photoshoot. So, it was back to the drawing board (or Dan’s website in this case).
I saw that Dan was also into Marvel and DC comics, so after a session of email ping pong between us, and getting wires crossed, Dan came up with a concept of doing half the photoshoot with him as a Clark Kent type of character who then transforms into a knife-wielding superhero. Yes, Dan also does some knife throwing in his spare time. He’s a knife throwing pro-wrestler!
Dan was good enough to travel down from Northampton to my photography studio, Catfish Studio, in Walsall, so I invited Walsall based make up artist and body painter, Fauve Thorpe, to take part in the photoshoot to help bring the green theme to life.
I had a lot of fun working with Dan Edge and Fauve Thorpe on this photoshoot. It gave me the chance to do something different and also experiment with some long exposure photography with gels, which I hadn’t done for a very long time. Many thanks to Zebedee Management for allowing me to get involved in this project for World Cerebral Palsy Day. To find out more about World Cerebral Palsy Day, visit their website.