Raphael Carpenter is a London based British Cinematographer & Director working globally. His work includes narrative short/feature films, music videos, commercials, and branded content. He owns ARRI & RED Cinema Cameras with Professional Lenses, lighting equipment and also has experience shooting on wide range of content.
I have always admired the dance of shadow and light. A playful intertwine between polar opposites that leads to the formation of a contrast. The emergence of coherent images in our minds from simple shapes, colours, and lines turn out to be slightly different from person to person. To me, this eventuality is providence… beauty. I’ve always had a passion to film, to create. Storytelling by means of filmmaking was always something that I enjoyed as a young boy. Over the years, in gaining more experience and deepening my dedication towards the craft, I started to develop a certain pallet for framing, shadow, and light. It was not easy. I had challenges to face in determining if cinematography would be my path or if the sciences and the psychologies would yank me away. It wasn’t until I realized that cinematography was actually a mix between both the sciences and psychology that I finally saw emerging through the shadows, a light. Now, I could not imagine doing anything else. A mere catchlight in an actor’s eyes draws my attention closer to many questions, e.g., “How is the performance influencing the story?”, “How was this scene lit?”, “How important is this character?”, etc.. The light’s charm has made me see life through many perspectives. I am now compelled to paint through framing, shadow, and light.