A couple of years ago, a friend of mine said that she was interested in becoming a model and asked whether I would take some shots of her so that she could practice.
We played around with poses and decided to do a daylight shoot without the aid of flash.
One of the ideas we played with was the use of a headscarf, I think that I had recently been given a book of photos by Steve McCurry and was inspired by his headscarf photos. His photo of an Afghani woman uses a red headscarf, which we didn’t have.
But, Fede – who was modelling that day, managed to pull something quite special off that day.
Last week, or maybe a couple of weeks ago I went to see the Don McCullin exhibition at the Tate Britain – Again. If you haven’t been you really should go.
Anyway, I was feeling inspired by McCullin’s people and street photographs. I was wandering in the streets behind the Tate looking for a Boris Bike to take me to the Extinction Rebellion demo and I heard a guitar playing.
I thought I would investigate and I met Francois, who was happy to let me take his picture while he played. I hope that I have done him and his playing justice.
After a fab day of taking portraits with Imogen and Mark, I have started to work on my own daylight picture portfolio. I need lots of volunteers for more pics, please raise your hand if you want to take some pictures.
Like many photographers, I am a fan of the Weekly Imogen website featuring the work of photographer Mark and the model that he has worked with for four years Imogen. You can see their work on Youtube and Instagram .
They offer monthly courses in daylight portraiture, which is something that I am very interested in. So as a birthday pressie to myself I signed up to a course at the end of Feb.
It was super cold, but the results were fantastic and very enjoyable. It showed me some new locations and gave me lots of ideas, which I am looking forward to using in my next portrait shoots.
Sometimes, you just like to have a play and today was just one of those days. I wanted to try and do some daylight only shots in black and white. I hadn’t shaved so that made my face more atmospheric, although I am not sure why my face turned out so round. More running needed.
Saturday saw me enjoying a surprise afternoon of Oysters, Beer and Gin at the Abbot Cook pub on Cemy Junction.
I actually went in because I could here music and was at a lose end but discovered that there was a beer promotion for Blue Point beer which involved free oysters. I like beer but love oysters. I stayed long enough to enjoy a pint or two of Blue Point but also a plate or three of oysters. I didn’t avail myself of the gin, but took some fab pictures of the Fevertree mixer bottles which made an excellent shot. – Just to point out that this post isn’t sponsored by either of these companies, but if they want to contact me about samples and promotion, just drop me a line.
I wasn’t intending to take pictures but working on the basis that when you are in street photography mode, just shoot whats in front of you.
If you want to see the whole range of pictures, click here.
Had a day off yesterday, so went to the Imperial War Museum in South London. I thoroughly recommend the museum, but on turning a corner I came across Mrs Thatcher. I wasn’t expecting to see her and frankly the Spitting Image model of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister was a little shocking.
The model seems to capture that distinct flavour of distain and middle class haughtiness that she used to convey.
Go to the museum, enjoy the exhibits, be challenged by its presentation of war and disaster, but be warned, some of the things you will see are not for the faint hearted.
Here is the full set of pictures from our “photoshoot”. Click the picture to see all the shots.