In a couple of weeks we will be publishing a lengthy interview with Douglas Dare, to accompany the release of his forthcoming second record, Aforger.

On the day that we hung out with Douglas in London, photographer Poppy Cockburn, who has worked with The 405 previously and is a close friend of Douglas' (she also sings backing vocals on a couple of the tracks on the album), collaborated with the singer-songwriter to create the series of images below.

"I'd spent quite a bit of time walking on Hackney Marshes over the summer", Cockburn tells The 405, "and when I saw the old waterways filter bed, I thought it looked like a UFO landing pad. As Douglas's music has a sense of the otherworldly to it, I thought it might make a good shoot location, melding the natural with the urban."

And what about the smoke grenades? "That was Douglas's idea", Cockburn says. "They added some 'mystic haze' to the scene, which gave the images quite a witchy feel, I reckon. It was great to have a subject so willing to experiment and Douglas has a natural propensity to create strong, balletic and sometimes awkward or unnerving poses, which make for more interesting results."

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