Today was an extremely fun shoot with a group of great students from the Cardiff School of Art and Design. The show, ‘Eccentricities and Obsessions‘ features works of “whatever we liked” according to Lucy, who had contacted me earlier in the week asking if I’d like to shoot the exhibition for the project.
It’s fantastic to see empty spaces being used in a positive way here, and Lucy told me (very interestingly) that they don’t have to pay rent on the shop, just the electricity bill – very generous of the landlords who presumably would rather see the shop being used for something than sitting there empty.
I also met Jasmine, Emma, James, Ellen and Lauren who all, after some cajoling and I’m sure initial feelings of weirdness, very kindly agreed to pose for me next to their artworks. The artworks, by the way, are amazing. I can’t think how incredible they are going to be when they’re older if this is what they’re capable of right now.
I have always been jealous of people who can draw and create – it’s what I’ve always used photography as a substitute for.
I’ve also learned a bit more about portrait shooting today. These portraits were a lot quicker than those shot in Garlands. There were 6 of them and I think I spent a total of about an hour in the shop, so I really had to whiz through everybody. I learned that if you can relax the person just by talking to them while you’re shooting, they begin to act naturally and start to forget about the camera – and that’s the kind of shots I want.
If this was a portrait shoot then obviously I’d be keen for the ‘models’ to look heavily stylised, and for me to tell them what to do. But this isn’t about that, this is about real people, in real environments, so I want them to act real.
Below you’ll find portraits mixed in with works from the show – I do hope you like them – please, please do leave any feedback (good and bad!) to let me know what you think. By the way, although the above poster has 5th Feb as the last day – the students told me that it was continuing next week, so please visit if you can.
Once again thanks to Lucy, James, Jas, Emma, Lauren and Ellen – you were great! 😀