Sometimes, others’ loss is your gain. On this occasion, I’d booked lovely model Elena to pose for a short, fairly casual, studio lighting demonstration for two clients but despite having paid in advance, they failed to turn up. This meant that Elena and I could either call it a day and go home or make the most of the opportunity for a quick shoot in my studio and around the building. We went for the latter option and I was chuffed with some of the results. It was a cold wintry evening and I was in the mood for some noirish filmic images. Good job I took my camera!
This very retro image of our gorgeous regular model Emilie Walt came from week 1 of the FOTO-CLUB “Location location location location location” five week series of location (surprisingly) workshops. This particular location is a near-derelict Victorian building which I’m told was once a toy factory.
There was no mains power and so the only lighting here came from two hand-held LED video lights augmented with a Birmingham City Council streetlight shining through the window in the background.
Emilie and our other model, Charlotte “Lottie” Locke, braved chilly temperatures, spiders aplenty, and missing floorboards in the name of art.
Believe it or not, this is one of my favourite ever photographs (that I’ve taken). In fact, it’s two photographs – the background was taken on the Birmingham canal towpath and the portrait of the wonderful Laura (NearMiss DiZaster) was shot in the studio.
What the two images have in common is that they were both taken on an iphone 5, edited on the same phone, and combined using the “Juxtaposer” app – again, on the iphone.
The resulting image was part of a series I called “Birmingham Noir” which has since been exhibited in Athens and Mexico. There’s something about Laura’s amazing eye contact on this that just makes it for me.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve paired up male model Joel Hicks and our most regular model Emilie Walt for a shoot together – there has also been a dance shoot, a Downton Abbey-themed shoot etc. But this Film Noir theme seems to have been one that they were both able to really get their teeth into. In recent posts, I’ve shown you solo shots and now here are a few of them together…
Sincere thanks to The Electric Cinema in Birmingham for being the perfect location for this shoot, and Keith Goodwin for access to his amazing box of props.
More long-neglected images from the Film Noir shoot I organised for Fotofilia at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham. This time featuring the beautiful and versatile Emilie Walt who, as always, became absolutely absorbed in her role as the Film Noir “femme fatale”.
Hmmm. If ever a model was made for this shoot… Anyway, more shots to come.
In a rather pathetic attempt to distract myself from election coverage on TV, I resorted to ploughing through an old hard drive and discovered some images from almost 2 years ago that have never seen the light of day since I edited them. So this, dear reader, is a little visual time capsule from a film noir-themed shoot that I organised at Birmingham’s beautiful, historic Electric Cinema. The first batch of images feature the peerless Joel Hicks, who has now modelled for two of our Film Noir shoots (and lots more besides).
A few more images from this shoot soon…