samuelbradley:

 An afternoon with Benedict Cumberbatch

 Celebrities spend a notable portion of their time with photographers. They spend this allotted time in front of a camera, choosing how much they reveal of themselves, posing, not posing, indulging requests, refusing them… Then they go away, often leaving a lasting impression on the photographer. Which begs the question, how much of an impression can a photographer leave on a celebrity? It would be easy to leave a bad one, just be an arsehole. But to leave a lasting positive impression before anyone even sees the photos, how often does that happen? 

 I am not flamboyant, loud, boisterous, camp or crass. I possess few of the imagined stereotypical celebrity photographer qualities. I am polite, patient, anxious in the beginning, more confident as the shoot goes on, witty if I get lucky and I like to talk to my subject. Not just asking them questions, like some kind of bonus interview, but talking about myself too, so it’s a normal conversation between two normal people. I don’t give enormous amounts of direction when making portraiture. I wait, I nudge, I wait some more, I suggest, I keep waiting until ‘the photograph appears’. Sometimes I take pictures to fill the time waiting for ‘the photograph’ and sometimes those pictures work, but most of the time I know when I have got the shot I’ve waited for before looking at the back of the camera, or seeing the contact sheets. In this case, with Benedict, I shot entirely on film.

 I don’t want to exaggerate, I’m sure my assistant would tell you that to him and anyone else on the shoot observing, there were no remarkable exchanges between myself and Mr Cumberbatch. At one point I told him he was being ‘too sexy’ - I think he’d undone some buttons on his shirt - and that became sort of a running joke for the rest of the shoot, but I’m probably romanticising. Even so, it sticks in my mind, begging embellishment with each retelling. 

  It’s intimidating, in truth, to talk to someone who’s very personality has catapulted them to international stardom. I didn’t achieve some small success in photography because I’m hilarious, brilliant, witty or charming, I got to where I am because of my ‘eye’ (and to an arguably larger extent, my business strategy). Whether or not I did a good job doesn’t become evident until much later on, after the shoot has finished and everyone has gone home. Benedict on the other hand, is required to exude charisma at all times, the nature of his talent means it is instantaneously evident, judged live. To photograph someone with his strength of character is to strive frantically to capture a portion of it. Even if you only manage half a second, that’s all you need, such is the immortality of a still image.

 I’ve had a lot of excellent feedback on the story for OUT magazine, most notably from Benedict’s devoted fan-base, who arguably know him best of all, being followers of everything he does, every photo, every interview, chat show appearance and the like. Still I don’t know what Benedict himself thinks of the pictures, or me as a person for that matter, and am unlikely to ever find out, at least directly.

 All I can say with absolute certainty about my time with Sherlock, Smaug, Julian, Alan, Khan, is that it never felt awkward or uncomfortable, I spent most of it smiling, a handful of it laughing, and whether I made any sort of impression on him or not, I am eternally thankful that he happened to be my first cover.

Tagged by denverchick and amateurdetective

My Top 10 Favorite TV Shows, in random order:

  1. Sherlock
  2. Bron aka The Bridge
  3. Lewis
  4. The Borgias
  5. Forbrydelse aka The Killing
  6. Borgen
  7. Lewis
  8. The House of Cards
  9. The Honourable Woman
  10. Top of the Lake

I fell in love with British tvseries after seeing the Brideshead Revisited and after that Morse for some reason. After living sometime in USA I haven’t been able to watch their tvseries. I’m sorry about it. Don’t ask me why, I can’t explain it to you. Though there was one exeption, it was ER.

Tagging: mrsashdown, asolitarybee, nokisuu, get-sherlock, arlessiar and jfransherlocked

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My horse, my horse - my goodness, Benedict’s hoarse!

Benedict Cumberbatch was feeling ‘exhausted’ last Saturday night, and his voice was hoarse … because he’d been shouting out for one. A horse, that is.

The actor told me how he had gone from the gala opening of the BFI London Film Festival, which showcased his film The Imitation Game — in which he stars as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing — to the set of The Hollow Crown’s Richard III. He had turned up at 5.30am, having had precious little sleep.

‘I was doing the Battle of Bosworth — you know, “My horse, my horse, my kingdom for a horse!” — on Thursday and Friday, and I was exhausted after it,’ the star, now raspy-voiced, recalled, following another screening of The Imitation Game hosted by Harper’s Bazaar and Studio Canal at the Mayfair Hotel.

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— Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail (via cumbertrekky)

redscharlach:


An Edit a Day - Benedict Cumberbatch - [394/?]

Ode to a Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?Why does your prettiness make girls cry?Why do they dribble when you walk by?Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?Why are your cheekbones so goddamn high?When your eyes twinkle, I swoon and sigh.Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?Why should I settle for some other guy?Ask me to snog you and I’ll comply.Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?
(For National Poetry Day, with apologies to A.A. Milne)

redscharlach:

An Edit a Day - Benedict Cumberbatch - [394/?]

Ode to a Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?
Why does your prettiness make girls cry?
Why do they dribble when you walk by?
Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?

Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?
Why are your cheekbones so goddamn high?
When your eyes twinkle, I swoon and sigh.
Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?

Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?
Why should I settle for some other guy?
Ask me to snog you and I’ll comply.
Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch, why?

(For National Poetry Day, with apologies to A.A. Milne)

karin-woywod:

(barely) Hi-Res ! 2014 10 15 - ’ The Penguins Of Madagascar ‘  Vignette (magazine) Publicity Photos

Open in new tab / window for                [1214 x 1598 pixels]               each !

i-m-ben-addicted:

The Belstaf that Benedict Cumberbatch wore in Sherlock. It still looks sexy even if he isn’t wearing it lol

Found this posted on twitter from BakerStBabes