Status Quo use Seaford army photographer’s work in brochure

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AN ARMY photographer from Seaford saw his work used in Status Quo’s European Tour Brochure.

Corporal Steve Blake was invited to capture the legendary band at work on their music video at Bulford Camp in Dorset.

The tough photographer has been around the world in his work for the army, which has included operations in Afghanistan and trooping the colour in London.

But now his photos of the Quo shooting the video In The Army Now will be seen by fans all over Europe.

Steve, 29, who is with the Royal Logistics Corp, said: “They wanted a photographer to cover the actual recording of the video to get a third person’s view on how the video was made, stuff behind the scenes on the band, how they interacted with the troops and to get a real homely feel on what Status Quo were doing for the charity Help for Heroes.

“They’re an absolute blast to work with.”

While 4th Battalion The Rifles, performed their drills to the beat of the Quo classic, Francis Rossi and his fellow bandsmen experienced the army at its loudest on Bovington tank range in Dorset.

During the two-day shoot Steve, who is based at Headquarters Land Forces in Andover, was able to capture the rock legends relaxing with the troops, between shoots, and operating some of the army’s weapons.

Having offered his photos to the Quo’s manager Simon Porter, Steve assumed they just wanted them as a keepsake of their two days with the Army.

He said: “About a week after I sent the photos Simon contacted me to say the pictures were great and that he’d like to use them in the tour brochure, and would that be okay.

“I didn’t think much of it until I received the brochures in the post.

“To see one of my pictures filling the centre spread as well as my images on the three consecutive pages felt like a fantastic achievement, in my eyes.”

Over the past year, Steve has photographed numerous celebrities, both military and civilian.

He said one of the highlights was trooping the colour, where he photographed the Queen. He was also at the Help for Heroes concert at Twickenham. At the concert he photographed James Blunt and Robbie Williams. Steve is now in Afganhistan covering operations.

In the Army Now was released on September 26, with all the proceeds going to the British Forces Foundation and Help for Heroes charity.