Monday, 14 April 2014

Bouquet Tied for the Model Bride

Last week the highly talented hair and makeup stylist, Caroline St. Clare Grondona worked her magic on model (and art student) Lauren Childs.  You realise just how much time and effort is required to prepare a bride-to-be for her wedding and photos: a great deal!  I’m so privileged to have been able to take pictures, both studio-style and out in the garden.  I’m also very grateful to the Petal Pusher on Sandycombe Road in Kew for putting together such a lovely bouquet at such short notice!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

London at Low Light

A few weeks ago, our photography instructor, the very talented Zig Mroz treated us to a viewing of his MA project which featured a series of shots he took of the exterior of his lovely apartment complex in Teddington at dusk.  Explaining that he used shutter speeds of up to and sometimes exceeding ten minutes, the results were stunning.  By choosing this particular method he was able to capture not only the incredible subtlety and richness of colour and texture of the environment, but the psychological - almost stage-like - quality of a community who rarely connect.

His photos were tremendously inspiring to me.  Three days after seeing them I was up before the larks to see what I could achieve in low light along the Thames near the City of London.  And if you're ever interested, there's a car park near London Bridge open all night for £16/hr.  And if you go when I did on the weekend, there's no congestion charge.  And here's something funny: I've lived in the UK for 24 years and in all that time had never been to Tower Bridge.