All photography is copyright to Marc Ayres
I currently work full time as a Studio Manager and Senior Graphic Designer at a large publishers in Kent, leading the production of 16 monthly magazines across various sectors plus the creative branding and design for over 20 industry events. I have a demonstrated history of working in the publishing and advertising industry with a BA(hons) in Visual Communication from the Kent Institute of Art & Design (KIAD) and a Photography HNC from Barking and Dagenham College.
I started my creative life young with a passion for pencil drawing which is what started my love of everything monochromatic. I grew up influenced by the likes of Boris Vallejo and Chris Achilleos which fuelled my desire to study illustration at university. Since then I have evolved and embraced photography as my creative outlet away from the design world.
Photography is my WELL NEEDED creative escapism.
Over the last few years I have built up a passion for erotic and art nude photography and have a plan to publish my first two books this year, called Geekrotica and Worship.
BLACK AND WHITE
I primarily shoot in black and white now although on very rare occasions colour does rule.
Why do I shoot black and white? Well, I simply love the timeless quality that it gives images. By removing colour from an image it becomes harder to date and allows the viewer to focus more on the subject, the light and shadows, the compositions, without being distracted by colour. I am trying to create images people will want to look at for longer than the few seconds we are used to as we flick through our Instagram feed, and hopefully people will want to hang these images on their wall. Only time will tell if I am successful.
Another thing I love about black and white is grain, and sometimes lots of it. low light moody grainy shots are fast becoming something I want more of, for me it ads mystery and again ads to the timeless quality of traditional film black and white.
I am lucky enough to be a member of Gravesend Camera Club who meet every Monday night. If you are interested in joining or coming down then please get in touch. Photography is now a huge part of my life and the club adds to the variety.
JUST FOR FUN
I am slightly obsessed with lists
Top 5 Photographers I admire
You can see for obvious reasons why his work is no. 1 on my personal list. His work in black and white, creativity and just how beautiful his work is has been an influence for me from day one.
You can’t find a better portrait photographer, her work is incredible, she has been at the top of her game for as long as I can remember, and that alone deserves respect in an industry quick to embrace the new.
Legend who left too soon. Broke so many rules but his work still lives on.
If you wanted to write a story with one shot then this is the photographer and no one does it better. Having seen his work at Paris Photo I fell in love immediately. now if someone could buy me a print :)
Art nude photography par excellence. Sensuality and beauty, he managed to combine it all with absolute perfection.
Top 5 Movies
1986 - Directed by James Cameron
SciFi perfection. Ripley is one of the greatest characters in movie history and this film packs a punch with all the aliens. In my formative years this film had me gripped and I (like many others) also became a fan of H.R. Giger’s work.
1950 - Directed by Henry Koster
I watched this film many years ago and never forgot it. It’s one of those films that becomes part of you. It’s about Elwood Dowd (James Stewart) a wealthy drunk who starts having visions of a giant rabbit named Harvey. Is he real or not, well that’s for you top decide. Very apt film for the modern time.
A Star Wars Story
2016 - Directed by Gareth Edwards
Yes, I know I’m gonna get some flak for this, but I just loved this film. The only one that combines everything, great story, fabulous characters, a mix of the old films and bringing it all up to date. Just perfect.
My Neighbor Totoro
1988 - Directed by Hayao Miyazak
Studio Ghibli had to make it into my top five, picking the film was slightly trickier, but this one won for me mainly due to my kids love for it. We must of watched it together at least 20 times.
Blade Runner 2049
2017 - Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Another film where many would say the original rules, but this film gets everything right. The cinematography is simply exquisite, and again, the story, characters and pace all sit together with perfection. Stunning film.
Top 5 TV Shows
Star Trek Enterprise
I was late to the Star Trek party, in fact, it wasn’t until the new Star Trek Discovery on Netflix that I even started watching it. I totally get why people love it. I couldn’t stop watching Enterprise and could watch it all over again. I now have Next Generation on my list and can’t wait.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Does this even need an introduction, simply fantastic, hilarious, heart warming, just what TV should be.
Game of Thrones
Of course this is on my list, how could it not be? Has there ever been a TV show so gripping, shocking and exciting. Gutted it’s coming ot an end but lets enjoy it while it’s here.
Aired at a time of distrust of the political establishment this was perfectly timed. This has fuelled our love of conspiracy and questioning the establishment ever since.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
I make no apologies for adding this to my list. It was a close call between this and the original Battlestar Galactica. But at the time we were young kids and Star Wars was huge, this filled the gap we all wanted for sci-fi TV and it worked. How it holds up now is another story, but at the time it was perfect.
Top 5 Bands
1: Funeral for a Friend
3: Iron Maiden
4: Black Sabbath
5: The Levellers
Top 5 Books
1: His Dark Materials trilogy - Philip Pullman
2: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
3: Sophie’s World - Jostein Gaarder
4: The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart
5: My Fat Brother - Jim Keeble