Photography studio, gallery and training complex



With another term of our 10 week “Advanced Photography” course due to start at Fotofilia in the next couple of weeks, I thought I’d share a few assignment submissions by last term’s victims students. The phone-taken images seen here show some of the group’s responses to their first assignment of the course where they were asked to produce a copy, update, or even humorous pastiche of a pre-existing classic photograph or painting. Firstly, Nicky made this excellent version of Lewis Morley’s 1963 portrait of Christine Keeler using a bearded male friend as her subject.






Michelle reproduced a Banksy piece photographically, paying special attention to the right background, flowers etc. 




And Agnes managed to find a subject who bore a remarkable resemblence to Greta Garbo to faithfully recreate the period image on the left.

And finally, Rob practiced his photoshop skills to create this great copy of the iconic Velvet Underground album cover by Warhol.

I was very impressed yet again by our group. I hope to share their submissions from their second (main) assignment soon.

Sola Power 3

Another selection of images from Sola‘s successful “Light Graffiti Masterclass” in the darkened streets of Birmingham city centre close to the Old Library. This time, the photographer and wielder of the torch (although most of the images created that evening involved a certain amount of collaboration) was Drew Sumner.

Light painting by Drew Sumner

Light painting by Drew Sumner

Light painting by Drew Sumner

Check out the amazing work of Sola that inspired this workshop by clicking here


Sola Power 2

A few more images from our popular “Light Graffiti Masterclass” with international artist, Sola. This time by Andrew Crawford, who even managed to create an excellent light-bombing selfie…

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford

Light Painting by Andrew Crawford



Sola Power

It’s been a busy ole October at Fotofilia, not least because we crammed in a few completely new courses and workshops before the enforced lull caused by our forthcoming studio move. One of the very popular new events was a one-off masterclass with international “lightbombing” artist Sola, who had previously been in to speak to our two photography clubs.

The event, which we miraculously scheduled to fit in between days of showers, was a sell-out and saw our intrepid group of would-be light-painters skipping around the side streets of Birmingham city centre with an amazing array of light sources – some shop-bought and others completely improvised.

At the end, we asked the participants to send us their 3 favourite images from the event. Here are 3 images by Esther Parker-Duber

Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber
Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber

Light painting by Esther Parker-Duber

You can find the original work of our Masterclass tutor, Sola here.


Good Clean Fun

Remember the 1980s Levis 501 tv advert that launched the model Nick Kamen and put “I heard it through the grapevine” back in the charts? Well we’ve arranged a shoot inspired by that very commercial, in a suitably retro-looking launderette in Birmingham with two great models, one male, one female. on Monday 20th October, 9-11pm. It will be a small group so lots of help on hand if needed, and places are just £50.

The models I’ve lined up are PERFECT for this shoot so it promises to be a great shoot.

Does this jog your memory?


There’s already only a couple of spaces left so get in touch soon.

Time To Downscale?

Apart from my very first digital camera – a Fuji “bridge” camera – every camera I’ve owned since I (largely) turned my back on film has been a Nikon DSLR. I can’t deny the merits of the Canon DSLR system and I’ve long coveted the lovely retro styling of the Fuji mirror-less range. BUT, I have pretty much always been openly dismissive of any other non-DSLR, considering them to be very much sub-DSLR.

But last week I had the opportunity to try one of Olympus’s OM-D Micro Four Thirds cameras and I began to realise it might be time to rethink my prejudices.

The following images were taken during a Fotofilia Studio Evening last Thursday as jpegs and are, apart from a very minimal amount of contrast adjustment, “straight out of the camera”. The model is pro boxer Ryan “Tank” Aston.

Boxer Ryan "Tank" Aston

Boxer Ryan “Tank” Aston

The camera is an Olympus E-M1 fitted with a 12-40mm (equivalent to 24-80mm) f2.8 lens, shooting on it’s top jpeg setting. It is no exaggeration to say that I was AMAZED by the image quality. Here’s another…

Ryan "Tank" Aston.

Ryan “Tank” Aston.

There are various picture style settings. These were shot in the “natural” setting. But these cameras also have some great in-camera picture styles so I tried one using the “grainy film” setting. Again, this is straight out of camera…

I’ll be posting more images taken with this system soon and weighing up how it compares with my Nikon system. So far though, it looks as though my Nikon is in danger of being listed on ebay.

Find out more about the spec of the E-M1 here

A Curious Place For A Bear

A recent Fotofilia Sunday morning “Urbex” shoot saw our little group squeezing through a wire fence and exploring a lovely (photographically anyway) old former industrial building in the Black Country. We’ve since found out a little bit more about this location and it’s previous use but to tell you that might be giving away a bit too much – we’d rather keep it to ourselves (and the many photographers who’ve been here since it fell into disrepair). I’m especially keen to use this location again for some other Fotofilia events, but in the meantime, here are a few images from the morning…

And here’s something I really didn’t expect to find when wandering around a dark ruined building with my torch…

Creepy. And speaking of torches, I thought I’d add a few light trails to my shots…

If you’d like to join us for the next adventure at this great location, we have an art nude shoot coming up very soon and I reckon that this complex of buildings will provide an inspiring and varied backdrop. Have a peep at the website for details…


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