In France with Alt-J NME Cover 24/11/12

27 November 12

Posted at 8:51


After  last weeks on the road feature on  Jake BuggDean Chalkley's done it again and produced another cover and feature for  NME magazine but this time Dean travelled to France to join  Alt-J on their European tour. The article explores the stratospheric rise of the band's debut and Mercury Award winning album ' An Awesome Wave'. The NME article was written by new NME hot shot writer  Jenny Stevens.

After catching the train from Kings Cross St Pancras, speeding over to Paris and then jumping on another train to the capital of Normandy the city of Evreux, Jenny interviewed the band whilst Dean and assistant Gideon Marshall set up an improvised 'studio' to shoot these and other unusual images of the band. They all then went to the bands gig that night where Dean shot the band in action. Check out the digital Edition of the magazine  here.



YOUNG SOULS and LOOK:HEAR at the Royal Albert Hall

27 November 12

Posted at 8:44

It’s been a big year for Dean’s exhibitions LOOK:HEAR and YOUNG SOULS.

The LOOK:HEAR debut was in Leigh~on~Sea, Essex and YOUNG SOULS continued to ride its wave of success from release. With a show at the infamous Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton.

In September the two collections came together for the first time at one of London’s most Iconic and monumental venues the  Royal Albert Hall.

The two collections complimented each other beautifully, one presenting us with a variety of Dean’s choice images from the vast pool of his ‘Music Portraits’, archives, containing both established (some of which have played at the venue) and new talent alike. The other being an exploration of the culture of Northern Soul, a music scene phenomenon focusing on a current burgeoning generation of young people who have immersed themselves into the music and culture that Dean himself, has collected and enjoyed since boyhood.

The substantial photographic show at the Royal Albert hall was seen by 5000+ visitors PER NIGHT!! with a total residency of 5 weeks. 

Needless to say the show was a great success and reviewed and blogged about by the likes of  It’s Nice ThatPYMCAThe Print SpaceThe Huffington Post.

Here are a few of the nice things that were said:

…“it is about time the world got to see exactly what ten years of dedication looks like.” – It’s Nice That

…”it is immediately evident that this self-effacing Southend-on-Sea-born man is at one with his craft, ostensibly picking up from where David Bailey and Terry O'Neill have left off.” – Huffington Post

*As a side note whilst the exhibition adorned the walls of the Royal Albert Hall many events took place at the world famous and iconic venue, The Beach Boys were amongst the performances and it was also the world Premiere of 'Skyfall' the latest James Bond film.... 





On The Road with Jake Bugg NME Cover Feature - 17.11.12

17 November 12

Posted at 11:53

Jake Bugg NME cover

In early November this year Dean traveled across the pond on a special mission to capture the Canadian & North American legs of Jake Bugg's tour with Noel Gallagher. Yet again teaming up with journalist Matt Wilkinson (remember THAT Arctic Monkey's American tour in the summer of 2011?). Dean joined Jake the Nottingham born 18-year-old sensation who is bursting on the scene with his unique blend of the Blues. To read more about the times on the road, the gigs and backstage check out a snippet of click here on the  NME feature  but of course it's best to buy the magazine to get the low down on the whole story. 

Also head over to Jake Bugg's website for a free download of Saffron!...Great Song!! ..His self titled album is a must have for your collection!


Loads going on!..but for now it's TV time.

03 November 12

Posted at 5:12

Things at Chalkley Towers have been crazy!... sorry for no posts for a while but it's been a busy old time. Even just in the last 14 days there has been a big shoot on location for Hush Puppies (...Really nice shoes and a great outdoor shoot to herald the Spring Summer 13 Range!!). This was followed by Deans special mission to the 'States and Canada with Jake Bugg (What a talent Jake is!!). We'll go into detail about all these things as well as summary of the Royal Albert Hall show (Wow!! That in itself will be a good post so keep 'um peeled for that one) soon. But here is something urgent we need to tell you about. Sky Arts are repeating the fantastic Art and Music documentary by Simon Witter entitled 'London Calling', it starts with episode 1 tonight (3-11-12) at 7pm GMT so turn on tune in and here for details.