The super talented Hattie Fox, founder of That Flower Shop Studio on Hoxton Street, who I recently photographed for Long & Waterson, read her interview here!
In the past year I’ve had numerous occasions to shoot for The Collective/Old Oak co-living space at different stages of its development, and I remember feeling there was something strangely familiar about these desks when I shot them. And then as I was editing the images it hit me; they were by the open source furniture design company Opendesk, which I had discovered a few months before at the Brompton District during the London Design Festival and then again at the Aram Gallery in Covent Garden.
The longest nights of the year are almost here and I’m enjoying Winter even more this time around as I’m getting ready to fly home to Réunion Island where it’s Austral Summer. I relish each frozen breath, blow of crisp air, long shadow in the middle of the day, and day of sun hanging above the mist. Shooting days are shorter as it gets dark so early, but there is something magical about winter interior photography in England, when light bounces through windows to draw long white rectangles on walls.
This time of the year is also when we take a look back at those 50 or so past weeks. While I was expecting them to be incredibly quiet (I was in maternity leave after all), they’ve actually been incredibly busy, with a book published and launched at the Whitechapel Gallery, a new teaching job in the nicest university I’ve ever worked in, keeping up with old clients and starting relationships with new ones. And already 2017 is looking rather promising. See you in a few weeks if I don’t get my acts together for a summery Christmas post from Réunion.
I first came to photography in the strangest way, working as a professional retoucher for a famous photographer. It’s only after I had spent a few years working in post-production that I became a photographer in my own right, while studying Graphic Design, why keep it simple?
I guess this made approach pictures as images or graphic objects, sometimes made up, rather than photographs.
Although I really do a lot less pure retouching nowadays and keep post production minimal when possible, I feel that I know my way around my toolbox.
So when Sleekness approached me to know if I was keen on trying their retouching workflows I didn’t think much of it. But then knowing that I had quite a big portrait job coming I thought, hey, why not. It’s always a bit tricky to try something new when time is limited and that you know where your usual tools are and how to use them, so I was surprise to find everything I was looking for quite instinctively. I really enjoyed testing it out, especially the brushes.
I’m personally a bit less keen on the presets because they are not quite my style and I like to keep the control on the light and colour balance, but actually I ended up using quite a few as a base and removing some filters, and honestly they are quite cool.
So overall a great experience and I will definitely keep using these brushes, and maybe even a few workflows (this is my honest opinion, not getting any reward besides the workflows I tested out by the way!)
A few weeks ago I managed to get a sneak peek at Brazilian jeweller Ara Vartanian’s new Mayfair boutique in Bruton Place just before it opened.
The showroom turned out to be an interior photographer’s dream, with its contrasting rough corrugated concrete walls, precious mid-century wood and leather furniture, emerging from darkness though spots of dimmed lights, and a wood table the Ara designed with Hugo França, with a rock crystal leg protruding through the top.
The space was designed by London/Rio based practice Estúdio Tupi, who also designed Ara Vartanian’s other brutalist-inspired showrooms in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.