Having never been to The Briggait until a couple of weeks ago, I have now visited no less than three times in the space of fourteen days and my latest trip there was to photograph Chantal Allan (Warped Textiles). Chantal creates fabrics for soft furnishings and accessories and is inspired by nature and maths, especially geometry.
It is always a wee bit strange turning up at someone’s studio to photograph them, after all, with the exception of a few emails, everyone I have photographed for this project have been perfect strangers. What has been heartening though is that everyone has been friendly and welcoming and most importantly in Chantal’s case, provided tea and biscuits upon arrival. Cheers.
Chantal and I blethered away about work, family, weaving, photography, visiting Harris… and whatever else came to mind. It is always great to meet someone for the first time and just be able to make small talk. It really makes a big difference when it comes to photographing them. Just knowing that the person is comfortable and relaxed makes the process so much easier for both parties involved.
A large part of the shoot was with Chantal working at her loom. I am still trying to keep these photographs as natural as possible and this can often mean a lot of images that are unusable for one reason or another. In Chantal’s case, this was due to the speed she worked at the loom. It was often difficult to keep up and focus correctly, I really had to try and predict what Chantal was going to do and time each shot. Not easy at all.
Chantal and I knew that some of these images may be used on her Instagram feed as part a #MeetYourMaker promotion so I tried where possible to make sure the images could be easily cropped to a square format if required.
This was a great little shoot. When I started this project I wanted to try and show the enthusiasm that creative people have for their chosen output and this was abundantly clear with Chantal.
Remember to check out Warped Textiles website at Cressa's work at www.warped-textiles.com.
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