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.