I’m getting somewhere near, this might actually be my first project related post…
freeboprich.com is nearing something like a cohesive state, a bit more complete looking now, with space for another gallery for when I want to add to it.
But the Deviant Art portfolios really are showing their limitations. I can understand the need for a concise body of work to heighten interest and keep attention as high as possible, but who decided on a limit of 18 images per gallery? Which seems especially weird as actual storage space for the portfolios seems pretty vast. Surely that should be my choice considering I’ve been paying for a subscription for lord knows how long and the ad-free, self-named portfolio is the first thing I’ve had out of it that seems to be worth much.
Still there’s the advantage of being able to add more portfolios, which can be useful… (much more after the break…)
Sweethearts Vintage Photography (working title) is the result of collaborating with my good friend Emma Harrison on a project surrounding her interest in reflecting times past into a world which is swiftly passing away from the age of gentility and bespoke and elegant fashions. With her keen collectors eye she has amassed an impressive array of props and costumes, and originally with the focus on selling on the garments we went to work on the first “Frollie Dolly” shoot - taking advantage of the gilded and decorative elegance of the George IV on a Sunday morning for a shoot (also guided by the watchful eye of Nick Brickett, providing hints and equipment we would have been lost without).
Soon it became clear that the shoots could be an event in themselves, with Emma’s ability to co-ordinate the proceedings and direct the models a most welcome skill to a photographer who’s most at home with letting the subjects just get on with whatever they’re doing! And not to mention the care and attention that’s put into the dressing and styling of each participant (whilst I tried to make myself useful by putting the kettle on), Emma really is a marvel.
So what it has amounted to is a collection from two shoots, seemingly sparse but hardly a bare collection as it fizzes with the creativity of our combined minds (plus the sparkling charisma granted by the models), as my own tastes veer towards the retro in a love of the jazz age, film noir and rock ‘n’ roll. As I like to think I show in my live shoots, the consideration to bring out the soul of the performer - as they do through the sound they create - is my main concern and in much the same way with still portraiture, I want that feeling to look as real as possible. Ok, that sounds like I was spouting old lines, but it’s really what I believe.
These shoots have been incorporated into Emma’s installation for her Foundation Degree final show - Found! (article again courtesy of Mr Brickett) - a space at once immaculate in its finish and cosy in the warmth of memories in artefacts representing everything through the twenties to the fifties. Despite technical mishaps, opening night proved that the work gone into it was worth all the wallpaper paste and swallows that wouldn’t hang up, and Emma truly excelled herself.
Well done you!
So please take a sec to browse our work, it means a lot to us and we hope you feel it too.
PS: Also, hopefully working with Staffordshire Performing Arts again soon, for Staffordshire Goes Stateside on 4th July at Symphony Hall! And I can assure you my excitement doesn’t have anything to do with Shaun Smith…