Curious to know what Nigel Barker has been up to since leaving America’s Next Top Model? Hanging out with Taylor Swift apparently. The two have collaborated for a picture book available for a limited time at Sony stores. 8 Hours/Taylor Swift is a collection of photos snapped by Barker on location in Southern California during, appropriately enough, an eight hour period. Given that both Swift and Barker are two of many celebrity ambassadors for Sony’s 2012 holiday campaign, this project is a perfect fit. It is one of the most extensive photo collections of Swift published to date. The 22-year-old singer wanted the book to show the different sides of her- every day casual, Hollywood glamour and performer chic.
“Photographing one of the most famous pop icons of our time could have been a challenge, but working with Taylor was like a dream sequence. In one day, we managed to shoot an entire book’s worth of images and multiple short films! You daren’t put your camera down for a moment for even when she’s exiting the stage it’s iconic…” – Nigel Barker
So how does one get the book? Starting November 12, customers who purchase a Sony Alpha DSLR or NEX camera at a Sony store nationwide will have the chance to receive the 60 page, oversized book while supplies last. Ten copies, signed by both Barker and Swift, will be auctioned off on eBay by Sony, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Just in case you were wondering what Nigel used for the shoot, he used three different Sony cameras: the Sony a99 DSLR for elevated color contrast, the Sony NEX-5R for capturing fast-action movement and the Sony RX100 DSC for low-light situations. Check out the fruits of their labor below.
I forgot how talented a photographer Nigel was. Hopefully, he’ll bring his expertise on the Oxygen Network’s new modelling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha set to air in February 2013. For high-res versions of the pictures above, head over to our gallery. If you’re looking for more photos from 8 Hours/Taylor Swift, EW.com has a few exclusive ones.