Cops And Cars

Since my last post I’ve moved house (I’m now living in beautiful Bridgnorth, Shropshire again) but still very much based at my Strangetown Studio in Birmingham. So it’s been a very busy couple of months in many ways but I’m delighted by the way 2019 has gone so far.

It does mean, however, that I’ve badly neglected this website so it’s about time I got on with sharing some recent work with you. Much of my work can’t be published (at least not yet) due it’s sensitive commercial nature but here is a development that many (including myself) wouldn’t have imagined just a few months ago…

I organised a workshop. My first for over a year, and this time it was really for my own amusement and creative stimulation. I began by inviting only former FOTO-CLUB members but then opened this up to a couple of other great supporters of my previous workshops.

The concept for this shoot was inspired by spotting that my friend Nick had bought a beautiful 1966 Dodge Charger. Nick had previously supplied an original 60s Vespa GS scooter for a shoot quite a few years ago and so I had the idea of creating a shoot based around his new car and that kind of car’s role in certain American 60s movies such as “Bullitt” (starring Steve McQueen). Nick kindly agreed to take part and mentioned that his friend Simon might also be interested in bringing along his 1967 Pontiac Catalina Coupe.

Next came the models and I was keen to echo the Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset roles to some extent. For the female role I approached the stunning Lottie Locke who I knew, as a skilled make-up artist, would be able to reproduce an authentic late 1960s look.¬† As she’d just started a new job, there was some doubt if she’d be available but I waited for her to try to get time off and was prepared to postpone the shoot if necessary because I was convinced she was the perfect model for the role. Once I knew Lottie was available and happened to have a fantastic wardrobe of suitable clothes, I approached boxer Ryan “Tank” Aston to play the role of the male cop. Ryan is a very good and cool-looking model with a genuine “tough guy” look. I bought a black polo-neck jumper from the Custard Factory vintage clothing market for him but discovered on the day that he had one of his own that was perfect.

The location was the backstreets of Digbeth in Birmingham and I chose an early start time on a Sunday morning to minimise traffic and intrusive pedestrians. Finally, Nick and Simon arrived looking like they’d just stepped out of one of the films that had inspired the shoot – and so were persuaded to play support roles in the shoot and were fantastic.

So this has been a very small selection of images from the shoot. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the morning and we all came away with shots we were happy with.

Many thanks to Lottie, Ryan, Nick and Simon (and to Keith for supplying the prop “weaponry”).

The team: Simon, Lottie, Ryan and Nick.

Emilie Through The Arched Window

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.

Natalia Fox

I had a great shoot with the excellent Natalia Fox recently. I used the Bowens flash heads’ modelling lights so that the low light levels would enable me to shoot at f2 on my 50mm lens. This has resulted in the lovely shallow depth-of-field that I was after, and that I think suits Natalia’s very vintage look.

Electric Noir: Emilie and Joel

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.

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

 

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

Emilie Walt & Joel Hicks by David Rann

 

Electric Noir: Emilie

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”.

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Emilie Walt by David Rann

Hmmm. If ever a model was made for this shoot… Anyway, more shots to come.