I had an unexpectedly busy week last week, doing all sorts of different activities that have nothing to do with being practically creative, so I don’t have any photos! Ironically I spent last Saturday afternoon at a studio with a professional photographer having photos taken of my work. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun.
I have been trying for a while to take photos myself and even roped in a friend with a much better camera but still couldn’t capture the detail, texture and sparkle in my work. On the recommendation of Joanne Bowles, a metalworker I met recently, I contacted David Burrows. What a difference proper lighting and a professional photographer makes. I didn’t know that you could get radio controlled lighting for a start! He suggested different ways to view my work and had one piece suspended on fishing line so we could light it from behind, as well as standing on tall ladders to get above stuff and lying on the floor to get the textural detail. The scariest part was having portraits of me and my alter-ego and festival character Nana Knitwit taken to put on the site.
Like most people I don’t like having my photo taken, but he managed to put me at my ease and we had a good laugh. As Nana I was much less self conscious. It must be the pink beret and pompom scarf that does it. We got some great pictures of her juggling balls of wool and doing her brightly coloured knitting on giant broom handle knitting needles. To liven up this post I have put up an image of the knitting!
I should get the pictures next week and hope to get them on the website in the next couple of weeks or so.
Although it wasn’t a creative week, there were a couple of seeds sown for creative stuff in the near future. I was offered a commission to make a wall hung piece to celebrate a little boy’s first birthday, which I am looking forward to making and already have some ideas for, and later in the week I accepted some more facilitation work for Imagine, Act and Succeed (IAS) , a local charity that supports people with learning disabilities in the community.