Steve & Tommy
A long time ago, in an academy far, far away, two recruits joined to fight the fight and see the galaxy. There names were Steve Storm and Tommy Trooper and they became best friends!
Both of them were trouble makers, very childish and would never follow orders, but somehow they never got kicked out of the academy, mostly through blackmail and bribing. After an unfortunate incident with commanding officer and a Wookie, a practical joke that went too far, they were banished to the back end of the universe,the outer rejoins where the backward under developed planets reside, so they were ordered to land on a particularly boring planet, Earth.
Upon landing, they tried many jobs, window cleaners, bouncers, accountants, but in the end, they started working for a photographer, based in the UK…and history was made.
Phil has been a professional photographer now for a few years, coming from a background of video production since 1992, when he started a production company with his father, which is still running today.
He’s also a huge Star Wars fan and still has some SW toys from when he was a wee lad. Two of them are Steve & Tommy, which he bought a few years back and started taking photos of them, but now, they travel everywhere with him, in his camera bag and seem to have more days out than Phil does!
It’s all done for a bit of fun. Phil teaches photography workshops for adults with learning difficulties, so Steve & Tommy help a lot. Plus, you’re never too old to play with toys! That’s what he keeps telling himself.
If you have an idea for the boys or would like to maybe have a shoot with them, simply use the form on the contact page.
Force for Change
Interview with Bill Moyers in Time, 1999
“Heroes come in all sizes, and you don’t have to be a giant hero. You can be a very small hero. It’s just as important to understand that accepting self-responsibility for the things you do, … [such as] caring about other people–these are heroic acts. Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being a hero every day of their lives. You don’t have to get into a giant laser-sword fight and blow up three spaceships to become a hero.”
Steve and Tommy are a bit of fun, but there is a more serious side to them.
Phil has worked at a local art group for adults with learning difficulties for the past few years. The group is called Imagine, Learn & Create, based in Somerset.
The main aim of ILC is to help the students, to imagine, learn and create for themselves. This is done with encouragement, patience, kindness and fun! Hence why Steve & Tommy are such a big help; they help fire up the students imagination so they can learn to create.
Having fun at the group is a major part of the whole thing and two naughty storm troopers are great for this!
Working with adults with learning difficulties can make you a hero, like George said in the original quote at the top of the page.
ILC do what they can to help out and to support other groups, projects and organisations and encourage people to reach out, if they are able.
Please give them a follow on Facebook and if you know of a local group near you, why not give them a call and see if you can lend a hand?
Find ILC on Facebook
If you have an idea of what Steve & Tommy might get up to, places to visit or any other ideas, you can contact Phil with the form below.