Gil came to Elstree Photo Studios wanting some new striking images of himself in his prime. He’s a top London personal trainer and also an avid collector of tattoos, having pieces done by his favourite tattooists from all over the world. Gil often speaks about “training like a machine” and so one of my objectives for this shoot was to make him look like a “machine”- somewhere between Robocop and Wolverine!
I also wanted to show some of his colourful tattoos, and in another shot I wanted to make he himself seem like an exhibition piece on display with lights either side. Gil was wonderful to work with, he’s generally a very friendly and relaxed guy but most importantly he was open to the ideas I was posing, which for the photographer is vital. Gil was very slightly apprehensive about doing nude pictures at first, as he had never done this before. I explained to him how we would maintain his modesty, and why the nudity was crucial to achieving some very striking shots. Gil loves the images, and we’ll soon be doing another shoot on-location, at his run-down boxing gym in north London.