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Photo shoot: Popham Hairdressing

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Last weekend I did a photo shoot with  the amazing team at Popham Hairdressing on North Parade here in Oxford. They had picked out four of the models that they worked with during Oxford Fashion Week last year and it was nice to see some familiar faces. All of the photography was done in their salon which thankfully has a really high ceiling which was perfect for setting up a boom arm for one of the lights. I shot a mixture of film and digital. Below are the Fujiroids that I shot with the sliding Polaroid back on my RB67. I also shot some colour and black & white roll film which will follow at a later time.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 180mm/f4.5 lens with Fuji FP100-C loaded into a sliding Polaroid back.

Photo shoot: The Roaring Twenties

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The theme of St Peter’s College Ball this year is The Roaring Twenties but there is also going to be a 1920’s themed charity fashion showcase at the Oxford Hub in Turl Street on 1st March and it was for this event that I was asked to do some promo photography for. I really like images from the 1920’s, I feel it was a really photogenic era so I was excited about this photo shoot. I’ve never been inside St Peter’s College so I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of usable locations but fortunately one of the shoot organisers (Rosie) had done a scout and found a stair well that ended up being absolutely perfect. We lucked out with the weather and light on the day of the shoot so the early Saturday morning start was well worth it. I love how these Fujiroids have turned out, especially the shots of Alice against the red wall. Alice couldn’t have been more perfect for this shoot and I’m hoping I’ll be able to shoot with her again some time. My thanks to Rosie for inviting me to shoot and to everyone else involved for working so hard. I shot some black & white film which will follow once I’ve processed and scanned it.

More info about The Green Light Fashion Showcase can be found here.

Tickets for the ball can be ordered from their website.

Photo shoot: Chloe (Fujiroids)

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Here are some recent shots I made with Chloe on Fuji instant pack film (similar to Polaroid). Finally the weather has been slowly improving and so has the light for photography. This makes me happy. I also shot some black & white film on these shoots so those will follow once I’ve processed and scanned them.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm and 180mm lenses.

Oxford: casting call

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Next month (November) there are a number of events going on for Oxford Fashion Week, some of which I’m hoping to do some photography at. Last year I did a lot of photography backstage at the various fashion shows but it was all digital. This year I’m planning to stick with film. Earlier today there was a casting call that I attended in an ‘unofficial’ capacity simply to do a little portrait photography to blog, just for fun. Thanks goes to Nick Seagrave, the OFW team and everyone that agreed to be photographed. All of these portraits were made on Fuji instant pack film which is just like Polaroid. I have a special back on my camera that slides to allow me to make two exposures on one print.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm lens, sliding Polaroid back loaded with Fuji FP100-C instant pack film.

Oxford: Ready for the ball

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Yesterday evening I had a fun photo shoot with some Oxford University students that were all dressed up to go to the Oriel College commemoration ball. I had photographed one of them before at the opening night of Cabaret at Keble College a while back and it was from those images that I was contacted for this shoot (thanks Gen). It was a bit rushed towards the end as they all had to make their way over to Oriel College but I thoroughly enjoyed it. We used three different locations – a back garden, the grounds in Teddy Hall and the middle of the High Street where they were all literally stopping traffic. All of that fabric fluttering in the strong wind looked amazing. I was half expecting to be told to move along because of health and safety!

I contacted Oriel about photographing at their ball but no one replied to me. Magdalen College also had a commemoration ball happening at the same time but the President of the ball committee turned down my request for photography. Such a shame and a missed opportunity to create some great images as they only happen every three years.

These are all scans from Fujiroids (Polaroid). I also shot some film images which will follow on when I’ve had time to process and scan them.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RB67, 90mm, Fuji FP100C instant pack film.

Stopping traffic on the High Street.

In the back garden before the taxi arrived.

I like the colours of the dresses in the shade.

Teddy Hall quad.

Last shot before leaving.

Behind the scenes
One of my Flickr contacts happened to be walking past while I was photographing on the High Street and he sent me these two behind the scenes shots. We’ve never met in person and this is what he had to say: ‘When I saw a photographer last night in the middle of the road with a medium format camera I knew it just had to be you. I’m surprised the police didn’t move you on, you had traffic tailed back up to Carfax’.
Photography by Darrell Godliman.

In the middle of the High Street.

Me at work, light meter in hand.