Tuesday, 19 January 2016

First Solo Show

First Solo Show

4 years of work, 1 year prep, 60 images, 26 models, 15 designers, 12 make-up artists, 8 stylists, 8 assistants, 5 agencies, 5 boutiques, 2 hair stylists and 1 photographer! It's amazing how quickly things pass by, the exhibition is over and it was great fun! Thank you to everyone who was involved in creating the images, helping me set up the exhibition and also everyone who came down to visit us at the gallery!

I first started framing the images as previously mentioned, about a year ago. Collecting frames and getting prints made over the months I quickly realised that 20 or so wouldn't be enough haha, deciding what images to display was definitely the hardest part!

During the process of framing I decided to create a booklet, this would serve as a guide to the exhibition that would detail those involved in the creation of each image as well as displaying their chronological order.

After doing some research I decided to display my work at Gallery40 in Brighton. With a little help from my friends and family I got the images up on the walls in a couple of days ready for the opening night and week long show!

And with that, a week later it was time to take down the frames and drive them back home! It was such a lovely experience and if you are planning on putting on a show yourself I couldn't recommend Gallery40 more! And as a lovely surprise for the last day the Brighton based news paper The Argus printed a little article promoting the closing night, so thank you to them too! :D 

Although the exhibition is over it's my no means the end! It's time to shoot new work and build a bigger portfolio! Also I am working on opening a little shop for my website where I will be selling the books, prints and postcards that I make! You can pop on over to www.tomsimmonds.com and follow the shop link or head on over to my etsy page! This is what my shop would look like if it wasn't virtual haha. I'll be going into more detail about this in a future post so keep your eyes peeled! :)

Sunday, 10 January 2016

The First Four Years

The First Four Years

As you may know I have been working on setting up my solo show for a very long time, and finally after almost a year in the planning my exhibition 'The First Four Years' is happening at Gallery40! We had the opening night last Friday and we'll be open until Thursday this week! If you're in Brighton come on down from around 11am-5pm! I will be posting in more detail after we're all done so if you miss it there will be lots of photos! :D

You can see more details on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/exhibition or you can find the event page over on facebook! Keep an eye out there for more up to date information! :D

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Waking up with Venus

Waking up with Venus

A few weeks back I made my way to London to meet up with some wonderful folk at the converted barracks of the Royal Arsenal. Below are some of the final images that we got on the day! The shoot is also featured on the Ballad Of... website, you can see that by clicking here or the image below. :)

Model: Emma Kershaw @ Named Models
Make-up/Hair: Cassie Antmann
Styling: Rachel Mae Tyson
Designer: Lindsey Jade Cornish @ Waking Up With Venus
Assistant: Ken Leung
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Porchester

The Porchester

Way back in April of this year we had a photographic adventure around Porchester Hall in London and this week the images were finally published in the wonderful 3rd issue of Solstice Magazine! You can buy a digital or physical copy by clicking the image below or clicking here! :)

You can see more from this shoot over on my website too!

Model: Anastazja Rendak @ PRM Model Agency
Make-up: Silvia Tonelli
Hair: Johan John
Styling: Shirly Piperno
Designers: ChloĆ© Marlow, Sebastian Aquiles Albornoz
Photography: Thomas Cole Simmonds

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Elizabeth and 125Live Exhibition


A couple of weeks back I finally met up with the wonderful Elizabeth Vartanian Collier who you might know as Gallery Girl from her fantastic blog - if not you should definitely have a look! We met up in London for an adventure amongst the dinosaurs and sphinxes in the Crystal Palace gardens. Below are some of the final images from the day! :)

Model/Make-up: Elizabeth Vartanian Collier
Photography/Styling: Thomas Cole Simmonds (26-09-15)

125Live Exhibition

Last week I was invited to the private viewing of the 125Live exhibition in London as one of the featured artists, this was incredibly exciting and a great honour to have been selected to be part of the show! 

Our image (taken with the wonderful Sara Grabek) from a few years back was chosen and also included in the 125 Annual. If you are in London between now and the 20th October be sure to pop in and have a look, there is a huge range of amazing work there to see! :) Details can be found on the 125 website here. And here are a few images leading up to the event. :) And to have one of my images exhibited for the first time!