Hold The Front Page – We’re Back!
Forgive me readers for I have sinned. The sin of sloth, to be precise. It’s been way too long since the last Fotofilia blog post and there’s SO MUCH to tell you about! Not least the search for new premises, results from lots of recent shoots, and updates on all that Instagram/iphoneography malarkey.
For now, let’s start the catch-up with a few shots from a Fotofilia “editorial” shoot with Joel Hicks, simply one of the best male models in the business. The shoot was actually way back in April but I’ve only just had the chance to edit a few for you to have a look at. Taking editorial as being loosely defined as “the pictures in a magazine that aren’t ads, the photographs that go along with the articles, and possibly even the cover”, Joel and I had discussed a couple of “looks” that we could aim for – one office-based and the other more relaxed.
The day itself was freezing cold with thick, and very slippery, ice on the roads and pavements in the area around the studio (and most of the UK). Unfortunately this meant that two venues I had in mind were simply too treacherous to walk to with the group of photographers and bags of very breakable equipment. And so a few frantic early morning phone-calls secured us two different locations much closer to the studio. The first was the offices of Copeland Wedge & Associates, just a stone’s throw from Fotofilia (they’ve warned me that if I continue to throw stones, the police may be called) who very kindly allowed us to disrupt their morning by monopolizing a desk or two.
With an imaginitive model like Joel, it was possible to merely suggest a scenario, or mood idea, and watch him go immediately into character. And so we were able to get some “angry boss”, “5 o’clock hero”, and “burnt-out city-slicker” shots with Joel transforming from smart, buttoned-up and slick executive to stressed and tie-loosened boss/worker.
The next location, the Drop Forge brasserie, was a mere 10 minutes’ (icily treacherous) walk away. Again the staff had allowed us to use the quieter (and thankfully lighter) upstairs area and staircases. This time Joel was photographed seemingly enjoying a coffee and generally in a more relaxed mood. But just to add a little “shade” to the “light” we also photographed him apparently alone/lonely/stood-up – all good potential editorial themes.
My sincere thanks to Dave and all at Copeland Wedge & Associates, the lovely staff at The Drop Forge, and of course Joel and the other photographers (inexplicably mainly – but not all – female hmmm). A great day, and one I’m considering arranging again – minus the snow.