I have to admit I had never ventured to The Hidden Lane Studios before. I had always intended to visit but for some odd reason had never got round to it. The ‘lane’ is home to a myriad of artists, artisans and small business owners so it is well worth going along and having a look around.
Victoria and I meet at the lovely Hidden Lane Tea Room prior to our shoot together. The tearoom is a great little venue that is adorned with artworks from residents within the ‘lane’ - well worth a visit.
As Victoria and I chatted she let me know that she was currently working mostly with oil paints and I was able to see her working on some cloudscapes when we got to the studio.
I have always been interested in the different environments in which creative people work. I think it is an important element of the creative process. Whether a studio is the size of a matchbox or a mansion, spotless (rare, I know) or chaotic, boisterous or silent, it is fascinating to see how the environment shapes the way the creative people thrive.
As Victoria worked away I tried to capture her in action. It was obvious to me than when she painted she was completely at ease and oblivious to my being there – I am pretty sure that if I was not for my incessant questioning, Victoria would not have known I was taking any photographs at all.