May The 4th Be With You

Star Wars Day 2017 got an extra dose of kick ass thanks to my talented friend Aaron Smedley.

While in London last month I had the tremendous fortune of visiting Aaron and his lovely girlfriend Emily in Greenwich. After a pint at the local pub we wandered back to their flat to cook dinner and watch Westworld. (I must admit, I was ignorant to this fantastic show until that moment, and am now thoroughly addicted.)  As the episode credits played, Aaron looked at me with a sly grin and said “Shall we shoot?” For your reference, the answer to this question should always be yes – which is exactly how I responded.

With direction from Aaron & Emily I painted on a dark strip of make up across my eye, accompanied by black lips, and headed out into the brisk spring air in a rather divine hooded tunic.

Aaron confessed to me that he had a collection of light sabers earlier in the evening, but I had no idea just how grand it would be.  With 3 custom (heavy) Saber Forge Light Sabers in tow, we wandered into a foot tunnel under the Thames just before midnight.  With Emily assisting, and Aaron on the camera we wasted no time in creating these sinister saber shots, lest we attract the attention of concerned neighbours.  To be fair, I’m guessing the locals are used to this sort of thing.  Living next to a tall ship, on the Thames, with creatives nestled into thoughtful apartments all over the area, sub terrain locations like this one must not go unused very often.

All told it was a fun, unique and exciting shoot, and not only because the content and company was divine.  This shoot also served to remind me why adventure, and risk taking is key.  After all, when it comes to travel, “Do or do not. There is no try.”


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