Friday, 20 August 2010
Dance and theatrical performances are a subject I really love. It is a all a question of ryhtm and anticipation.
Please forget bracketing and tune in to the show. Unless the performers are in a long pose, the timing is so tight that bracketing would most likely make you miss the moment. And it is so rewarding to capture the right moment: it is a bit like being part of it.
Of course, if you have the chance to see the spectacle a few times, you know you will get killer shots as you will already have spotted the crucial moments. However, I personally take a lot of pleasure getting it right on a unique performance....
Thursday, 24 June 2010
I had another shoot with my favorite model Anna, and the session was as explosive with ideas than ever. We have decided to meet again soon to explore some ideas and concept more deeply.
All the shots are taken on location, not in a studio. We were blessed with a raging sun, a very rare occurrence in Manchester.
Our sessions seem to always take the best of the day, until we are exhausted, but we did have so much fun!
I shall praise natural light again...This shot was taken with solely the light from a window. It was a very sunny day, but the light was not direct. I find natural light to get not only the atmosphere, but also and mainly the character out of a person.
I'll have to destroy a myth for you though: This person is not a musician, but a fellow photographer....
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
In wedding photography, the backgrounds are very important, and it is good to exploit the location as much as possible. In the photo above, I matched the wallpaper in the bride's room with her dress, associating the colours and shapes.
Observing the environment is crucial, whether for light or elements, layouts , objects... Scouting is the best way to make the most of the places available. Don't skip scouting: you'd be unprepared...
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Another year, another fashion show for the Textile design, fashion and retail course of Manchester University. The students are the models, and one part of the garments are created by the students, the other part is bought items associated to represent the year's fashion. Quite interesting to see that the 80's return is not over, unfortunately with bright and fluorescent colours. The themes these year were tribal, Candy floss, bling, and underwear over. It was the 10th Fashion show, and all the proceeds like every year are going to a charity. The amphitheatre was full to bursting once again, excellent news for the charity...
Thursday, 4 March 2010
We encountered a lot of derelict and decaying buildings, walls and oddities, like that filthy bearded mannequin head that we found on a chair, on a wild car park, or the old milk float, rubbles, rubbish and lots of empty alcohool bottles.
The shoot was very fruitful and inspiring and sprouted further ideas for future work.
A good rapport with a model decuples the opportunities during the shoots, and working several times with a model allows further exploration of ideas.
I worked with the available light as we were lucky enough to get a soft winter sun; to me, the world around us will always be the best studio...