Sitting At The Feet Of The Master
Q. How do you get twenty-odd photographers in a lift?
No, it isn’t a particularly bad joke, it’s the situation we found ourselves in last night when fotofilia’s CLUB had what may be the first of many “location” meetings, where we leave our usual venue, the Fotofilia studio, and instead of bringing in someone to give a talk, we go to them.
Last night we met at The Custard Factory in Digbeth and went up a few flights of stairs to the studio of top Birmingham photographer, Richard Battye. Richard’s been along to speak to both clubs before but we thought it might be nice for him to be able to show his images along with a demonstration of the actual equipment used. But then, Richard’s so prolific that even he came to speak every week, he would have new images to show and stories to tell.
It’s always interesting to see how other photographers work and the equipment they favour. Richard very effectively demonstrated his own particular choice of light-shapers (and no, I’m not going to tell you what it is, you’ll have to ask him yourself) alongside the incredible images they’ve produced.
I certainly learned from it and if the feedback I’ve recieved today is anything to go by, so did the members. It’s always refreshing to see a true craftsman at work and especially one who doesn’t believe in complicating his work unnecessarily.
Richard will be teaching a lighting course for fotofilia very soon. I’ll tell you more nearer the day. But in the meantime, we’d like to thank Richard and his assistant for their time and hospitality.
Images used with kind permission of Richard Battye.