My Pop Up Portrait Studio in Cardiff has now closed it’s doors. I am working with the images to make a book of some of the portraits. When I look at the portraits I am struck with how willing people were to stand there and allow me to make a portrait of them. Cardiff is not a shy place, but it is not over confident and too cool either. I felt a real sense of people standing up and saying yes I’ll do this. I will take part in this project. There was very little showing off in front of the camera. People were generally self assured and composed. In a way that says to me – this is me, I am here, this is now.
A special applogy to Dan, who took his girlfriend to see the exhibition at the Cardiff Story Museum as a surprise. He didn’t tell her his picture was going to be up on the wall. When he got the there his portrait wasn’t there. Dan, I’m looking into what happened and I’ll be sending you some extra prints to make up for it. This shot was taken on my phone, but it gets Link, the Husky in there too.
Here are some of the latest shots from my Pop Up Portrait Studio in Cardiff. I photographed 110 people in total from baby Lyra, only a few months old to this old lady here. I loved her pink suede coat. She told me the flowers were for her neighbour, who’d had a turn. I met a great many wonderful people and photographed some great faces. The resulting portraits are being exhibited at The Cardiff Story Museum ( until the end of the month) and will also be online soon.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part.
These are some of the 70 portraits made with my Pop Up Portrait Studio in Cardiff last weekend. They are not final shots, just rushes without any processing. A print from each portrait will be exhibited in the Cardiff Story Museum, that I am installing today. Each person photographed will be able to go into the museum and unpeg their own portrait from the wall, for them to keep.
I had a great weekend in Cardiff. I was impressed by how open, honest and friendly people were. Even when they declined to take part, people were polite and apologetic. Except for one woman, who told me ‘I just can’t be bothered’ – honest and fair enough.
My Pop Up Studio is back there tomorrow and Sunday. I’ll be setting up in Roathe, outside an old church (on the corner of Albany Rd and Wellfield Rd). I’m hoping to get a different mix of people and keeping my fingers crossed that the rain stays away…
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On Saturday I start shooting my Pop Up Portrait Studio on the streets of Cardiff. This week has been about preparing and getting myself ready to photograph 25 people each day.
I could go out any time, set up my backdrop and make portraits of people. But I don’t. I need the pressure of having set things up, of other people relying on me. My Pop up Studio is all ready to go. Sponsors have been confirmed. Production has been done by Diffusion festival. Now it’s all down to me to deliver. I am plunging head first into the deep end of this project. Who knows how it will end up and what I’ll get at the end of it…I have organised and prepped all week. I’ve done all I can.
These portraits have been taken on my phone, over the past couple of weeks. I’ve taken them with the Pop Up Studio at the back of my mind. They are kind of practice shots, small sketches, that I can build upon. The act of photographing people over and over accumulates, and that practice will result in a better portrait somewhere down the line. I’m hoping it will be this weekend.
Special thanks to Anne at FFotogalley, Phil at Photographique and David at Davis Colour.