This is Faith. She is six. It’s the second time I’ve photographed her. I did some portraits of her this time last year. The style of my work and approach to this project, has changed such a great deal, over the past year. The original portrait didn’t fit anymore. I went back to her house to reshoot and I’m glad I did.
Faith has, on both occasions been full of ideas for the pictures. Her ideas could easily over take my own if I let her. I’m paying for the film, so I need to make sure I stay in charge. To help keep us focused I told her to pretend to be a queen sitting on her throne and we listened to Taylor Swift on her Mum’s phone. She told me that she’s hoping for an iPad or iPod for Christmas.
I think it will make a good edition to my book and it was a satisfying last shoot of the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I always suspected that I should spend more time on my photography. At college I spent my grant money on new clothes, instead of course books. There has always been things to distract me. Now, however it’s more urgent. Maybe this is due to growing older, having a child, doing my MA… I’m not sure, but I haven’t got that time to waste and I have enough clothes now.
The idea behind my Pop Up Studio was for me, to learn and develop, from doing the same thing over and over again. I wanted to be working intensively, day in day out, to produce a large quantity of work in a relatively short space of time. I couldn’t not improve my technique. My work must surely benefit from it, and it did.
I recently listened to Desert Island Discs with ceramic artist Edmund de Waal. He said something that has really stuck with me. He was told by his teacher “It’s the first 30,000 pots you make that are the worst”. This is also true of photography, although a complete novice can get a lucky shot. It takes the act of taking photographs over and over to become a really good photographer. I have taken a lot of photographs and they are staring to take shape, but I’ve got many more pots to make and I need to get a move on.
These photos are taken from the window at my Mum’s, over looking the back court. It’s another picture that I photograph over and over…
I can feel the pressure mounting. I recon I can do another two pink portraits before Christmas, then I will have to succumb to the festivities, take a break, and restart afresh next year.
This is Ida. I shot this on my second visit to her house. We talked a lot and this really helped me to get a more relaxed portrait of her. She looks confident and strong, but there is something unguarded about her expression that I really like. I often get this kind of expression towards the end of a shoot, but it doesn’t always tie in with all the other elements of the picture – composition, lighting etc. This time it has come together and it’s very pink. Ida will be going into my work in progress book edit, for now anyway.
Many thanks to Ida, Karen, Martha and Maisie.