Tom Harris heads up the digital team at Mackney Photography; where photographs are transformed to a final, powerful finish. Tom has worked at Mackney Photography for almost 4 years, coming from the art and photography team at Boots.com.
Tom oversees the team of digital editors, offering additional training and creative support. He is based out of both state-of-art studios located in the historic Darley Abbey Mills just outside Derby; The Polishing Shed, where the wider team of Mackney Photography are situated, and The Lamp House – a new space purposely renovated for Mackney Creative and the digital editing arm, as well as Simon Mackney’s own commercial work.
Work for Tom includes the day-to-day stuff: production of customer frames, managing the production of wider printed products, as well as key design work for Mackney Photography including the website, flyers and banners.
Tom also works on larger projects, like creating the backgrounds for POP! – Mackney’s multi-award winning cinematic portrait business; featuring themed shoots using compositing and illustration – as well as commercial retouching, illustrative backgrounds and digital artwork.
As part of Mackney Creative, Tom works alongside the business founder Simon, with whom he brainstorms ideas for projects. Tom explains: “On shoots I’m a second pair of eyes for double-checking poses and lighting, as well as mock up ideas for clients on site. I love to get hands on and see what we can come up with. Simon and I have a similar vision of what the final product should look like; so from day one it’s been great to collaborate with such a creative photographer.”
Joseph Wright / Art of Industry Project:
The recent project in collaboration with Derby Museums and Art Gallery saw Tom and Simon working together to create two 21st century takes on the iconic Joseph Wright portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright, the 18th century pioneer of manufacturing.
Simon selected two modern day business ‘giants’ Robert Kirkland and Liz Fothergill, and it was Tom’s job to convert the photos to a backdrop akin to the original Wright painting.
Tom explains: “Firstly I had to look at the overall composition in comparison to the original painting where amendments were made to match the positioning of the subject. Once I was happy I created the detail such as the curtain drape and flooring using different style brushes and texture overlays. To create the final look, I colour matched the original with a number of different colour grading layers, brush textures and burning of highlights and shadows of the image, to bring out the figure giving it the painted effect.”
See for yourself, the modern pieces are an astonishing take on Wright’s original work, and all three are currently on display in Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery – https://www.derbymuseums.org/whats-on/the-art-of-industry-from-joseph-wright-to-the-21st-century
Tom’s most enjoyable work to date has been the PB Sports project, where the clients wanted a particular stylised-graphic look which was the first time while working at Mackney Photography that Tom was able to use his editing techniques alongside his background in illustration and graphics. More of this work which recently picked up gold at the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography)
Tom Harris and Simon Mackney bag the gold award at the BIPP awards ceremony!