January 25, 2011

Every picture tells a Storey

For many people The Storey in Lancaster is a beautiful Victorian building, next to Lancaster Castle, passed by regularly on the walk to and from the Railway Station into town.
There is still little externally to suggest that inside, it is a thriving and buzzing hub of creativity and commerce, for The Storey (or to give it it's full name The Storey Creative Industries Centre) is home to Storey Art Gallery, Lancaster Literature Festival (Litfest), The Visitor Information Centre, and a whole host of creative businesses, a bar and restaurant with a fully euipped 100 seat auditorium and conference facilities. I know it pretty well, as I have worked there since about 2002 for Litfest.
Recently though, I was commissioned to photograph the residents and staff at the centre to illuminate The Storey website. It's been a really nice job, and I've gotten to know a little better, some of the many faces, I pass every day and say "hi" to, and it's allowed me to enjoy some interesting creative freedom. Corporate portraiture can very often be straightforward head and shoulder shots, but my objective here was to show off both the building and the creativity of it's residents.
I've not yet finished the project, so what you see here is still work in progress...

January 21, 2011

Will you marry me?

I've had a busy round of meeting potential wedding clients since the New Year celebrations ended, and one question I always like to ask is "who proposed to who?" It's really important to me if I'm gonna be shooting someones big day that I get a feel for who my clients are, what music and films they like, what makes them laugh, how affectionate and romantic they are. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it makes a BIG difference to photographing a couple and therefore to their pictures.

Sometimes I get to hear the whole proposal story, sometimes just a straight answer, but this morning a rather unusual proposal story popped into my inbox which I thought I'd share.

Photographer Derick Childress spent three nights photographing hundreds of still images as he painted his message using light onto the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina. Light painting is a fun, but tricky technique, (you can read Derick's "How it was done" report if you want the full details), and I was pretty gobsmacked with this video of Derick writing his proposal to girlfriend Emily. The final image is apparently made up of about 800 individual stills that each took 10 seconds to expose.

Light Writing Proposal from Derick Childress on Vimeo.