Tim Bret-Day

Pirates

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Agent Provocateur - Pirates, 2008
Signed and numbered
Fine art print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper
Print available in either small or large size.

Pirates was the second of the four tableaus. This was shot on the reconstructed Golden Hind, the galleon that Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world in 1577.
After the notoriety of The Witches, we managed to secure the skills and talents of Helena Christensen to be the leader of a group of Agent Provocateur wenches who would use their charms to rob the drunken pirate crew. They would steal the keys to the treasure, hand them to their monkey confidentes who scurried up the rigging where the jewels were secreted away. The wenches included Alice Dellal, Lady Eliza Cummins, Hannah Stafford, Marine, Angele, Lucia K and Sophia P. Much as the same as witches this was shot in three parts, a right-hand side shot, a left but the roof proved difficult and tricky to execute as the ceiling on the ship was very low so Lee had to reconstruct the hull of the ship to fit everyone in.
Joe Corre made his cameo with Mick Jones from the Clash and the little person on drums and I spent a very drunken night where I learnt that “midget” was offensive and that “dwarf” was preferred.
The drum I secured from Chas Footes where I spent my days as I bunked off from school.
Justin Nurse was a friend of one of the girls at Agent Provocateur, a perfect pirate captain as he had a map of the world tattooed on his chest. He had never been on a shoot before and when I explained that Helena would be sitting on his knee trying to pilfer the key to his treasure chest, he seemed very timid. I explained the scenario to Helena and in true Lee Strasbourg method acting tradition she asked “ Where is he hiding the key?” Rather sheepishly Justin replied, “In his pants?” Helena didn’t bat an eyelid, there was heavily suppressed laughter from the whole crew.
Other people to mention are Louis Dowler, Levi Deacon, Dave Carroll, Marie Claire Rogerson, Eamonn Hughes and Kirsten Piggott. Charlie Anderson and Jess Morris did the costumes. Wine and sucking pigs were styled by Peter Smith.

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Tim Bret-Day

Born in London, Tim began his career as a rock photographer but was soon drawn to the world of fashion and began shooting for The Face, Elle, Harpers and Marie Claire, travelling the world extensively. He developed a very distinctive style, and was soon working on major campaigns for all the top agencies in London, as well as helping to develop brands such as Agent Provocateur with a unique and often unconventional style of photography.

Clients include: Virgin Atlantic, Harvey Nichols, Agent Provocateur, Mercedez, Nokia, Ikea, Samsung, Sony Music, ITV, Castello, British Airways, Illamasqa, Ghd, Exte, Sky, L'Oreal, Smirnoff and Siemens.

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