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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…

Studio in The Street: Kat

Now here’s something we haven’t done in a while – take our two Bowens 400 heads and battery pack out onto the streets of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter on a Summer’s evening. The “Studio in the street” workshop started off in the relatively shaded narrow alleys of the area (it was still quite sunny, even after 7:30pm)…

Once the light levels began to drop, we headed into wider streets, doorways and under bridges…

Our model for the evening was Kat (Kathryn Victoria), a favourite at Fotofilia for several years now. Kit-wise, the battery pack doesn’t get used very often but it never fails to surprise me how well the charge lasts: with five photographers shooting for 2 and a half hours, often with two flashes, the battery was depleted by only 25% by the end of the event. And to think I bought a second battery – it’s never been out of the box.

From The Floorboards Up (part 2)

January was a very busy month for us at Fotofilia. We spent many hours redecorating the studio from top to bottom, threw away a LOT of stuff, and transformed our redundant former gallery room into a second studio space – we even had to pull up and trim a few floorboards. Here are a few more photographs of Fotofilia as it is now…

The lobby

 

Lobby and corridor

The kitchen

And here is Studio 2…

The graffiti walls

Studio 2's forest mural wall and aluminium chequer-plate wall

In addition to the graffiti walls, chequer-plate wall and the forest mural, there is a plain wall which can accommodate colorama rolls. The idea behind the second studio space was to provide as wide a range of creative possibilities as we could and with another background area to be set up in Studio 1 in the coming weeks, we think we now have plenty of inspirational settings for our shoots/hirers.

Studios 1 and 2 can be hired individually or together.

From The Floorboards Up (part 1)

We re-launched Fotofilia back in February but I’ve just got around to taking some pictures of the studio as it is now, with “Studio 2” up and running and available for hire. Here’s a few of the pictures starting with Studio 1

Studio 1

Studio 1

Studio 1

…and the dressing room (that runs off Studio 1)…

Studio 1 dressing room

Studio 1 dressing room

I’ll post some images of Studio 2 in my next post.

 

 

Showing Them The Door

I saw this cool idea on Facebook (thanks to Dave Rudge!) and decided I’d like to share it with you. I was reminded this afternoon when I saw one of these doors in a skip. Hope you like…

 

The Upside of Downton (part 3)

Finishing up my little series of posts about Fotofilia’s “Downton”-themed location shoot with a few images of both models – Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks – together. Emilie and Joel are great models individually but, as they’ve proved many times in the past, they have a real (and rare) rapport when working together. Anyway, here are those images…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

And one last image…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

In case you’re interested, all of these shots were taken using a 50mm f1.4 lens on my Nikon DSLR. Lighting is mainly ambient with the occasional burst of Bowens flash and judicious use of a reflector.

Finally, a HUGE thank you to Emilie (who, as previously mentioned, made two costumes for the shoot) and Joel, the lovely ladies at Haden Hill House for all of their help and coffee.

Links: Emilie’s Linked-in and facebook. Joel’s main website and facebook.

 

 

The Upside of Downton (part 2)

More images from our recent Downton Abbey-themed shoot at Haden Hill House. This time, I’m featuring my images of the incomparable Joel Hicks.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks (with Emilie Walt) at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks (with Emilie Walt) at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia's Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel Hicks at Fotofilia’s Downton-themed location shoot.

Joel’s worked with us at Fotofilia many times and continues to be our most requested male model. Find out more about him by clicking on the following links…

His main website and Joel’s charitable foundation

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