Some Like it Hot!


There is a new wave of thinking: cities that 'play together - stay together'.  A Playable City is described as one where people, hospitality and openness are key. They enable individuals to work together more easily in communities, take collective action more cohesively and produce significantly more creative and optimistic activities.

Bristol, coined as a Playable City, is at the forefront of this movement that puts people and play at the heart of the future city. As well as creating a water-slide down one of its main high streets, and closing streets for children to play out, Bristol recently hosted the UK’s first ‘Hot Tub Cinema’ event. The evening encouraged perfect strangers to meet and share a movie while sitting together in an outdoor hot tub. These images are an attempt to explore the little moments and relationships that occur during this event, a playful 'human response to the coldness and anonymity of the urban environment' (Guardian). Little reflections, moments, details of the human form, awkward glances lit by the light from a classic film. Brits may have a reputation for prudishness, but based on this evening, we seem to be developing a more ‘Scandinavian’ approach to sharing our intimate space with others.

  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/320, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/320, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/125, ISO: 1000)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS (F-Stop: 4.0, Shutter: 1/125, ISO: 1600)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/500, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/250, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/160, ISO: 3200)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/500, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 2.8, Shutter: 1/125, ISO: 200)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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  • Guy Martin

    Guy Martin

    #FutureofCities - Some Like it Hot!

    Sony α7R, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (F-Stop: 1.8, Shutter: 1/500, ISO: 800)

    Hot tub cinema viewers watch the disney film ‘The Lion King’ at the Bristol Paintworks, on the 10th of October 2014. The event was held over four nights with a cross section of people attending, but mainly the city's young student population enjoying the

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Guy Martin

Guy Martin

“Photography is simple. Just put yourself in front of interesting stuff.”

My work doesn't give answers, hopefully it raises more questions than answers. Thats a good thing. With so many images in the world today, my work does not intend to compete, it merely should contribute to our understanding of our 21st century visual world.

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