Strangetown Studio

I’m very proud to announce that I will be opening a second studio later in March which will be called Strangetown Studio and will provide an alternative shooting space for my bigger shoots (especially where more headroom is required) and workshops but will also be my first foray into studio hire since I left the Regent Parade Fotofilia premises¬†a couple of years ago.

The studio is on the third floor of the wondrously industrial 1930’s Telsen building in Aston, Birmingham which is already home to several photography studios including River Studio, owned by my good friend, the top photographer Richard Battye.

Strangetown will be nowhere as big as some of the others but will provide hourly hires (minimum of 3 hours) for just ¬£15/hour. It will feature everything you would expect of a professional photography studio but in addition, the building has a host of nicely grungy corridors, stairwells and old gated lifts that I’ve used for shoots in the past and can be used by Strangetown hirers too.

I was introduced to the building by Richard a couple of years ago when he moved in and I’ve been visiting regularly since as the band I play in – also called Telsen – have a rehearsal room there. Here are a couple of shots I took in the Telsen building about 18 months ago…

Savannah in the Telsen lift.

Savannah in the Telsen lift.

Ryan in one of the stairwells.

Ryan in one of the stairwells.

Ryan in one of the many corridors

Ryan in one of the many corridors

I’ll post the website/booking details as soon as I have a moving-in date from the landlord (they’re sorting the electrics as I write).

Lights, Camera, Nigel…

Although this shot was taken about a year and a half ago, I noticed that film-maker Nigel is still using a shot from this photo-shoot for his social media and promo material which is always a lovely thing to see. This is my personal favourite from the shoot and a portrait that I feel captured some of the warmth of this charming fella.

Re-edit: Art Nude with Hannah

Looking through old hard drives for individual images for a client is a tedious business but occasionally leads to rediscovery of images you’d almost forgotten. In this case, the lovely Hannah was photographed as part of one of my “Portfolio Booster” courses. The original image was very pleasant as it was but Hannah’s very “classical” look inspired me to re-edit it with a more “painterly” look.

And once I’d found one, I was on a roll and couldn’t resist doing a second along the same lines…