Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Yoji - Sure Thing (Cover)

Here is the live video I made of Yoji & The Fearless Rhythm Section, performing their cover of the well known Miguel song titled "Sure Thing".

I had originally gone to the trouble of doing some extras for these guys on top of filming and editing, I created the band their own YouTube channel, and spent some time uploading all four of the songs recorded during this session as individual videos, as a favour to them.

Unfortunately there were some disputes within the band, and somewhere during this, the YouTube channel (along with all the videos) was deleted.

So I have re-uploaded this one as it is my personal favourite from the session.

If any other bands/singers/musicians out there would like a similar video made, please get in touch for a reasonable quote.


Filmed and edited by Sam Barker.

Recorded live at Pioneer Studios in Colchester, Essex in October 2013.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Autism Success Formula

This is brief introduction video to provide an insight into a company called Autism Success Formula who I have been working for over the past couple of months as a job coach.
More webisodes to follow in the near future.

Filmed and edited by Sam Barker
Music: Ideals - Eyes Open

Monday, 11 November 2013

Ian Puleston-Davies

Ian Puleston-Davies by Sam Barker
Camera: Kershaw 110, medium format film

This is a shot I took in December last year which I only just got developed. There is more sentiment here than I first realised when I sat down and started thinking about what I could say about this photo, so here it goes...

When my Grandma's attic was being cleared out in autumn last year, they stumbled across a Kershaw 110 folding camera. This basic but well made medium format camera was introduced back in 1954. This particular one belonged to my Grandfather, who I never actually met.
Nobody had any idea if the camera was in working condition, naturally I just threw a film in and took it on the road with me. 

One particularly busy part of late last year, I had to go from my photography exhibition opening night in Kortrijk, Belgium, all the way through to Manchester back in the UK the following morning for a couple of days work on the last stop of the Britain's Got Talent tour. Being the last stop of a long tour of course meant all us crew going out for a few to many drinks to celebrate afterwards.

Following these mad few days/weeks, being in MCR for the first time in a while and refusing to give into a hangover, I got in touch with my friend Ian Puleston-Davies who works on Coronation Street as the role of Owen Armstrong to see if he was in the city, he kindly invited me down to Granada Studios for lunch with him.

During lunch I must have pulled the Kershaw camera out of my pocket to show Ian at some point and as he knows my family well, I told the story behind it.
After we had caught up and eaten the appropriate hangover curing foods, to my surprise he gave me a private tour of THE Coronation Street we all know to well. 
Genuinely I cant remember who suggested the idea to shoot this photo, not only was I thinking about it but let's be honest... Ian loves the camera.

Two things that I especially love about this, firstly the film grain. Second, if you look closely on the bus stop sign behind Ian, you can read "Coronation Street".
 Not many photos from this film came out, luckily this is one of them.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Fresh Daily

New York MC's and DJ's Fresh Daily, Scienze, Chuck Le Garcon and King I Divine along side Ipswich's Booda French, Chrome & Ill inspired performing live at the last ever Rapsploitation Session at The Swan Pub in Ipswich on 16/10/13.
Thanks to all who came along, and to everybody who attended any of the previous Rapsploitation Sessions over the past 7 years.
Here's the edit I made below...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sprocket 3

This one was taken soon after exiting the Euro Tunnel when me, my brother and a friend drove to Belgium to pick up all the prints from my exhibition at The Cindy Frey art Gallery at the beginning of January. Taken with the Sprocket Rocket on 35mm film.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Sprocket 2

Another photo from the Sprocket Rocket, again this across two frames of 35mm film with the sprocket holes exposed.
This was taken whilst I was on working away on tour in January during the London stop, I met up with my good friends Ben Ward & Andrew Major (pictured right) among a few other people at pub for a few winter warmers. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Been experimenting with a 35mm lomography camera called The Sprocket Rocket, shoots across two frames and shows the sprocket holes if you want it to. Lovely camera to use. More photos to come.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Flipped His Wig!

A portrait I shot of my dearest friend Nick Williamson at his home a couple of months back soon after he decided to give up his battle with a receding hair line and shave it all off.

I've just been busy

Hello! It's certainly been a little while since I last posted anything, I've just been busy working, building, planning, plotting, scheming, travelling, but mostly working. More so on the video side of things since holding my photography exhibition at the Ipswich Town Hall in March/April.
Things have quietened down for a few days so seemed like an opportune moment to update things here.

Here are a few videos I have made, covering some events for the Swan Pub in Ipswich.

Skate Jam 2 (August)

Swanfest weekend (June)

Skate Jam (June)

Lonely The Brave gig (May)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Along The Way. The hanging of.

Video created by Chris Driver.

A time lapse edit of the hanging of my Along The Way exhibition in Ipswich Town Hall at Snobs Coffee/Gallery 1.
Along The Way is open now. Hope to see you all on Friday for a drink at the opening party.

with love- SB x

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Along The Way preview - part 2

part 2

A short preview of some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

Video created by Nick Williamson.

Along The Way is officially open from today until March 30th.

Opening event this Friday 15th.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Along The Way preview - part 1

Part 1

A short preview of some of my favourite pieces from the exhibition.

Video created by Nick Williamson

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The Swan - the only alternative

This is a promotional short about The Swan Pub in Ipswich. The Swan is somewhere I have spent, and do spend many hours in, a sort of home from home. This video gives a brief lowdown of the place and covers part of it's musical history. 
Ipswich would not be the same without it. Long live The Swan.

Created by Nick Williamson and I.


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Along The Way - coming to Ipswich

After the success of my "Along The Way" exhibition at the Cindy Frey Art Gallery over in Belgium, it gives me great pleasure to announce that I will be bringing it to my home town, Ipswich. 
It will be open from March 12th until March 30th in the Town Hall gallery, aka, Snobs Coffee.

For the opening event on Friday 15th March, I've booked some musical gems. 
Bessie Tuner, Oliver Croome and Ideals
This will sadly be one of the last or maybe even THE last time anyone will get to see Ideals live, I'm honoured to have them come and play at this.

Free entry, and champagne on me (while it lasts, first come first served)
Snobs coffee will be open with a bar stocked with your favorite local beers and wines.

All the people below aided me in making this happen. Huge thanks to them all. 

More info and a competition to follow soon.

With Love

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Freedom Tattoos

Freedom Tattoo shop in Ipswich is owned and run by tattoo artist, Stan Buckles.
His long standing reputation as THE tattooist to go to in the area, speaks for itself. The standard of work he produces is phenomenal. Freedom Tattoo shop has been around for many years now, and Stan's team is great. It's more like a family of artists.

These are some of the photos I shot in Freedom just a couple of weeks ago for their new flyers/posters/promo.

Freedom contact info:
Phone: 01473 232434
69 Westgate Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3DZ (entrance at side in Lady Lane)

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Hub BMX Store

Hub BMX is an Ipswich based BMX store. Owned and run by rider Jimmy Tarrent.
Jimmy approached me about making a video to help show off his new shop, and what it's all about. 
So I called up my creative video partner Nick Williamson, we got our heads together and made this happen...

Dont forget to check out the Hub BMX site at
Keep updated on offers and news by hitting Like on the Facebook page here - Hub BMX - Facebook
Support independent stores! 
Hub BMX owner, Jimmy, and some shots of the shop.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Polar Collective

Polar Collective are a young, fun, five piece pop band. I did this shoot with them just last week, I've not had this much fun on a shoot in a while. SOOOO much energy and chemistry between them, constant banter and laughs.
They have been at it for about a year now, but they play like a band thats been together for much longer. Definitely one to watch.

Check them out at the links below...

Polar Collective are Jake, Adam, Ally, Gryphen & Luke.

For bookings and enquiries please contact