JOSEPH FORD: "As part of my Knitted Camouflage project I spent an amazing day recently shooting with DJ Fat Boy Slim, AKA Norman Cook.
Norman has a bit of a thing about smileys, from the tattoo on his arm to the medallion around his neck, and this extends to the roof of his house, which conveniently has an 8m wide smiley face painted on the roof. I felt this had to be immortalised in knitwear by the intrepid Nina Dodd.
I balanced on a ridiculously large step ladder, taking advantage of the biggest tripod I own, the Gitzo Giant, while Norman lay back and squinted into the sun in his hand-knitted robe, smoking a cigar.
We also flew a drone around the house while we shot, getting some great behind the scenes footage, and making a little film to go with one of Fat Boy Slim’s iconic tracks, Right Here, Right Now (used with permission, of course):
German TV station Deutsche Welle flew over to film the shoot, so you can see what we got up to here:
English version: https://vimeo.com/278137094
German version: https://vimeo.com/278163364
Photographing celebrities can be a challenging job but shooting with Fat Boy Slim was an amazing experience - he was just as excited about the project as the rest of the crew and was very relaxed about the whole shoot.
To clear up a frequently asked question, yes, the clothes are really knitted, not created in Photoshop or CGI. Check out the behind the scenes footage if you don’t believe me!"