Living accommodation in the roof space of a disused factory. East End.
For the last 20 years I have been photographing artist’s studios and various art activities. This started as final project on a BA Photographic course at Westminster University. After I had left the university I took the opportunity to broaden the scope of the work to include activities like tattooing, hairdressing, clothing fashions, car painting etc. Concentrating on the diversity of artwork rather than any idea of quality or type. Visits to the tattoo studios of Lal Hardy (New Wave Tattoos), George Bone, Jon Nott (working in Guildford and Brighton), and Ian of Reading all greatly assisted me with a group of contacts. One contact led to another as people began to talk to their friends about my work. Continue reading →
Sometimes events can come together in unexpected ways. Following a studio lighting course I did with a furniture company director things developed in a way that has been mutually beneficial to both of us. The furniture man was a keen photographer who was keen to lean more about lighting. He had some underused space in his factory that he wanted to utilise more efficiently as a small studio where work in progress could be photographed. Sometimes he was simply too busy running the factory to set a day aside for a shoot so I ended up doing the work for him. One of the photographs is illustrated here.
Greengate Furniture chair
I have a lot of experience photographing furniture, antiques, and art objects of various kinds. One of my short course lighting students was also the MD of a furniture company and a very keen photographer. He had a space that was under used in his factory that was just large enough to photograph most of the things that were made there. They were fairly large pieces of furniture:arm chairs and three or four seater settees designed for hotel use. I made a factory visit to test the practicality of using the space (it was just large enough) and did some test lighting and exposures.
An unexpected important sales enquiry created an urgent need for a set of high quality photographs of a range of upholstery work. Day to day business pressures prevented the director from doing the work himself so a quick phone call got me involved and the photographs were taken and processed by the end of the week. What started as a one day introduction to studio lighting for his product range developed into an actual studio in the factory and another job for me.
Photography always takes a lot more time than most people think. There are very few short cuts. Automatic cameras have an unfortunate way of not providing the goods when pictures are viewed in a ver sepecific way.
I’m always looking around for new projects to work on. At every big public event there will be thousands of pictures taken that will progress no further than the camera memory dustbin icon. They are mementos of fun on a fine summer s day. How can you set about revealing something more lasting that speaks about the society we live in? Continue reading →
Thanks for an enjoyable day helping you sort out better ways of photographing cake decorations for use on your employers website.
We talked at length about the need to get good, accurate colour, especially when dealing with foodstuffs. Continue reading →
I have had a lot of requests from people who have acquired, or are intending to acquire, their first digital camera. Especially from older people who still have a film camera lying around. Most are shocked when they open the little book that comes with the camera and they have to face a seeming huge range of complexities. Learning digital photography from a base in film photography isn’t so very difficult.
Chardin and Dutch sixteenth and seventeenth century artists did much to create the still life genre. It lives on today in product photography and, to a lesser extent, in modern painting. Still-life and product photography aren’t always so very far apart since both rely on artistry to elevate the commonplace.