James Blunt on Hampstead Heath


July 2004 Hampstead Heath London. During initial discussions with James, when he told me that the title of his as-yet unreleased debut was to be 'Back to Bedlam' I immediately thought of London's Imperial War Museum, the site of the third Bethlem (aka Bedlam), the world's first lunatic asylum. I also thought of hospital beds. Hospital beds in a field. Not sure where that last bit came from but as the very first location on our all day shoot we lugged a steel frame bed onto Hampstead Heath at 6:30 in the morning to avoid paying exorbitant location fees to the keepers of this common land. I like the juxtaposition of the openness of the space with the confines of a sick bed and James' slightly melancholic appearance. Of course this was likely just his pre-coffee look!

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