Anyone who sees my work would surely know that I am a sucker for shapes and composition. Truth be told it is often the shapes with in image that attracts to taking the photo in the first place.
I think the image above highlights that clearly enough. I took this shot because I was attracted to the triangular elements at the top and bottom of the shot as well as the strong diagonals of the grey concrete. I was also attracted to textures within each element - the horizontal lines in the dark brick work against the strong verticals in the grey concrete and the diagonals within the gold metal elements show a nice interplay (if that is the right word) of the materials used.
What do you think? Do you see similar elements when you create your photographs? What is your approach when creating shots like this?
What has been great about my Meeting Glasgow’s Creatives project is that I have been able to visit studios across this city that I would never see otherwise. This week I met Jane Gardiner at Wasps Studios just off Alexandra Parade. Jane paints from her studio in Wasps while working as a GP three days a week.
During our shoot, Jane and I chatted about her love of museums and how she often gains inspiration from them. I noticed a lot of Jane’s work included elements such as skeletons, animals, and butterflies, and I wondered if Jane’s medical knowledge informed her art as well as her love of museums.
Anyway, Jane and I agreed to try some portrait style / head shots for use on her website. Luckily, we were able to take advantage of the lovely natural light coming in from the window in her studio.
As seems to be the norm for me I was struck by a bout of minor clumsiness again and managed lean in oil paint when I was taking a shot. This was followed only seconds later by me knocking a hat to the ground from Jane’s collection of costumes.
To be honest this shoot should really have been a disaster. After walking up umpteen flights of stairs to meet Dilyana, I was so out of breath I could barely say hello. Things were even worse as I was about to leave when I attempted to exit via a cupboard door in the hall. Not embarrassing at all!
Despite my lacking the ability to talk and clearly looking the worse for wear, due to having to walk up so many stairs, Dilyana made me feel very welcome asking if I would like a ‘tea, coffee or cider’. At 1pm. In theafternoon. The life of a twenty-something is clearly more leisurely than I am used to these days. Sadly, I had to decline.
Prior to our meeting, I researched read some of Dilyana’s poetry and short stories on her website (to try and get an insight in to her style of writing and possibly her personality). Dilyana and I also exchanged ideas in the days leading up to meeting each other and it was great to arrive knowing the type of images Dilyana wanted. This made our shoot fly by and we were able to get what we wanted relatively quickly all using natural light from the enormous windows in the house.
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