Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

I have always admired this house. It is very ‘grand’ for Bridgetown. I actually shot Richard Trigwell for Countryman in it. Anne is Richard’s daughter and together with her husband, they work hard in the grounds to make the exterior as beautiful as it is. Anne wanted me to photograph it in full bloom when she is hosting an open garden day, so i may go back and reshoot.

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I run past Maureen and Derek’s house most mornings with my dogs. It really is the perfect idyllic Bridgetown house. Maureen is a music teacher and works from home, and as this was photographed in the day, i thought it was apt that it was just her.
I decided to use flash and natural light, and i think it works really well, allowing the subject to stand out without taking away from the environment.

I originally went to photograph Sarah in front of her home, but decided on arrival that her caravan was more significant to her life currently. Also her patio, the succulent garden and the array of things scattered around was much more ‘Sarah’ than the lonesome chair out the front. She goes away in the caravan regularly with her dog Jorji and fiance Aaron. We were going to wait for Aaron to return from work so he could be involved, but on hearing that Jorji and Aaron are not the best of friends, i decided that we would just have Sarah, hanging out with her dog. Sorry Aaron.

This is my first shoot as part of the Table Talks Course I am doing, focusing on the people of Bridgetown and their homes.

Originally I was going to shoot it all at dusk in celebration of the great sunsets we have down here. But being in the land of amazing skies, I decided this was too restrictive and am now going to shoot at any time of the day. This also allows me to take advantage of the fantastic Australian light. Something I was not always blessed with in the UK! It is especially great at this time of year. Being winter the sun is quite low. Its like the land is my studio!

So basically I am opening the doors to everything for the time being. The only constraint is that it has to be based in Bridgetown. I want to use this project as an opportunity to experiment and elaborate.

This is Les at 13 Padbury rd. A lovely man who takes a lot of pride in the upkeep of his house. He also has the most pristine garden.

When I told him I was setting up my tripod as I I didn’t want to make his house look wonky, he replied

‘It is wonky, I built it myself, I didn’t have a clue what i was doing’

And I think this just about sums it up. This house’s history is only with Les, and everything is how it is because of Les.