BLUEWATER MINI PHOTOSHOOT
If there is one thing I have learnt whilst producing imagery as a fine artist and photographer, it is that creating good pictures is about creating illusion. It’s about cutting out all of the things that you don’t want to see in the image and focusing on the things in an image that you do want to see. It is up to the viewer to build their own idea of what sits outside the frame, and often this will be very different from the reality.
As a photographer I love that challenge, because it requires me to look for possibility in every situation, whether I am in a very raw urban setting or the plush grounds of a hotel.
I liken it to walking into the getting ready scenario of a bride to be – a house filled with people and the chaos of getting ready. My challenge aside from recording some of that excitement and chaos is to find some simplicity against which to create beautiful calm pictures of the details and bride herself, cutting out everything that is unnecessary in those images.
I am often looking for accessible locations for photoshoots, and sometimes regret the fact that I do not live closer to immediately beautiful countryside. As many of you know Bluewater is a large shopping centre in Kent, situated relatively near the industrial landscape of the river thames and surrounded by suburbia and fast roads. I visit there throughout the year and often notice the change in seasons reflected in the landscaping around the centre, which is constantly being looked after by the grounds people who work there. They allow it to grow wild in places and cut back in others and I have often wondered if I could do a photoshoot there. In the last two weeks the trees have been turing beautiful reds and oranges and it prompted me to explore. It didn’t take long to find a tunnel that led to a small area of tranquility away from the carpark, and accompanied by my two trusty models and a the promise of a trip to the lego store, we went to see what pictures we could make in this perhaps unconventional location.
It was a grey day, and the beautiful reds and yellows of the trees seen in the carpark had not quite reached this area, but I searched for the beautiful light and created the following images. This photoshoot has really encouraged me to look for other locations I might initially overlook and made me realise that a good portrait session can utilise the smallest area to create a great variety of shots.
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