Greece is the word

Copyright David Rann 2017

I certainly couldn’t say that every day is the same in my job. One day I’m photographing children’s clothes from atop a stepladder in a Birmingham industrial unit and another I’m photographing the wedding of a beautiful couple on a sun-kissed Mediterranean island. I’ll leave you to guess which of these I’d prefer (no offence, Birmingham).

Copyright David Rann 2017

I was honoured to be asked to photograph the wedding of Fran (harpist, teacher, entrepreneur and former model at my studio) and Elliott (dashingly handsome Academy Sports Scientist at Birmingham City FC) on the island of Crete in May.

Copyright David Rann 2017

Here are a few of the “engagement” photos, which were actually taken a couple of days after the wedding itself when the weather was a little better (I’ll explain later).

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Copyright David Rann 2017

Hoban. Mark Hoban.

Sometimes the choice of model comes before the shoot concept. I knew I wanted fitness model Mark Hoban to play a James Bond type character at some point and eventually set about making it happen. The “Bondesque” idea was born. More images of the other players in the 2 themed shoots will follow but for now here’s Mark at his Bondish best.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

Mark Hoban as Bond at FOTO-CLUB.

I’m very grateful to Keith for providing the replica Walther PPK and other gun used in this shoot.

From The Archives: “Thought Parade”

In the process of clearing out some old CD’s I found lots of images that I’d forgotten I’d even taken. Usually, six months after taking an image, I’m already bored of it, or in some cases even embarrassed by it (anyone else feel this way?).

However, these images from 2006 of the Worcester-based band “Thought Parade” were a pleasant surprise. I’m actually still quite pleased with them, even though I seemed to have been deeply immersed in the wonders of Photoshop duo-tones at the time. In my defence, these images were intended for their website and CD covers and this was a look they wanted and, as I remember, were very pleased with (I even recieved a bottle of wine and a “thank you” card from the parents of Rich Blunt, the band’s mega-talented singer/guitarist/songwriter).

Thought Parade. Photographed in a small studio in Willenhall.

Thought Parade. Photographed in a small studio in Willenhall.

Thought Parade on the Wolverhampton canal-side.

Thought Parade on the Wolverhampton canal-side.

Thought Parade in Wolverhampton.

Thought Parade in Wolverhampton.

At this time, I was also doing some music promotion under the name “Reaction Music Promotions” and Thought Parade was one of the bands that emerged as being a major talent – a great live band as well as producing some excellent recording before Rich moved to Cardiff and formed another band.

I’ll be revisiting the archives again in future posts as I have literally THOUSANDS of negatives and transparencies from twenty-odd years of photography.

PS. I’ve just discovered Richard is now an AMAZING fine artist based in Cardiff – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richard-Blunt-Art/134892693852

In Case You Didn’t Know…

…I am the Director of Fotofilia Photography Limited, based at a studio in the lovely Jewellery Quarter area of Birmingham, England. We are currently looking for new premises and have narrowed the possibilities down to just a few locations but what I can say for certain is that my studio will stay within Birmingham.

The Regent Parade studio.

The Regent Parade studio.

So this is where many of the images you will see here are taken. This is my base, my store room and my classroom. I shoot here, teach here, run two successful photographic clubs here, have exhibited here, and also hire the space to other photographers.

I’m telling you this in case you’d like to see my studio blog – http://fotofiliablog.com/ or http://www.fotofilia.co.uk/

Rather than duplicate, I’ll be putting broader topics and studio event results on the Fotofilia blog and my own personal work and opinions on this one.