I carried out a day’s work experience on a shoot in Nottinghamshire with flower photographer Clive Nichols in September 2013. For this shoot he was shooting for the NEXT Spring catalogue, the location was College Farmhouse in Cromwell. Arriving at 9am they were unloading the vans of all the items which had to be photographed over the day, a range of potted plants and flowers. There was a large team on set, Clive the photographer, Jackie Hobbs the stylist, Stephen Johnson who was the digital assistant providing a live view from the camera to show the art director how Clive was shooting. He was also retouching the images from the shoot right there and then. Also Richard Horsley, works closely with Clive on other projects, running an agency business, he was there to lend a hand. Finally there were two women from the centre the flowers were provided from to ensure the flowers were being photographed they wanted.
The day consisted of moving though the long list of flowers and shooting them in different locations around the house, inside and out. I got to be involved with the different aspects of the shoots which I enjoyed as I like to try different aspects of working on a photographic shoot from selecting the location for the shot, using diffusers and reflectors to watching Steve manipulating the images right there. On the day is was extremely sunny and we had to spend the majority of the day blocking the sun from the shots using diffusers.
I enjoyed seeing the process of shooting these images and the effort that goes into them. It also added to my knowledge of using natural lighting as he used no additional lighting. I also enjoyed how they worked as a team and the decisions were split between them, they had also worked as a team before and you could tell as they had a flow in the way they worked together.
Agency visit in New York 2012. B and A is an agency of photographers, illustrators, CGI and motion specialists, hair and makeup artists and stylists. They also work on brand solutions. They represent photographers form all forms of photographic genera particularly advertisement work. When leaving she gave us a selection of their promotional books containing the work of the photographers and illustrators they represent, these have been a good reference and source of inspiration.
Design agency in New York. Visit and lecture in the offices in New York 2012. The focus of their work is brand strategy for cultural and commercial clients who value the power of design. They work on creating innovative, experiential, and visually-dynamic ways to engage key audiences worldwide. A hand- full of the many services they offer are; brand strategy, concept development, print, advertising, writing, art direction and film/video. They work with clients such as Chanel, Harvard University, Kanye West, Museum of Modern Art, Nike and Tiffany & Company.
I carried out a lecture and 3 day workshop with Sarah Angold, a creative designer has her own studioin London. She creates abstract and modern jewellery inspired by graphic shapes, mathematicalstructures and industrial processes. During her lecture she explained how she found her place in the industry and the things which lead her there and the jobs she had carried out throughout her career.
The workshop was provided for both the Photography students and the IMO students and the brief was to collaborate ideas and create a new and abstract new product. The photography students were set out to aid with the photographing of the items and creation of ideas. I enjoyed this workshop because it enabled me to be freely creative with something completely new and different to normal project work.
I think the thing that inspired me the most from working with her was her passion for creating ideas and her enthusiasm for whatever adventurous ideas you put forward. Her attitude made me feel positive for the future and that if you’re passionate about the subject and try hard you can achieve your goals.