This is the blog of Dave Green, art photographer based in Bideford, Devon. All of my new work, thoughts, ideas, workshops, travels etc appears here first.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I had a commision to photograph the staff at Wren Music. They asked for a gothic theme as they were working on a production that required it. The first photoshoot was at Okehampton Castle, a great gothic ruin. The sun was in more than it was out and I had to work very quickly finding the best locations, groupings, expressions etc whilst juggling with the lighting.
There was just an hour spent at the castle then it was into town, for another hour, to use an empty drama room of a local school for the next shoot. I had some lighting with me but the theatre spotlight in the room backed by the black velvet curtains gave the gothic look we were all after. A little light was reflected back into the shadows on the faces using a large sheet of white card. The picture compositions to me were all about marrying the musician with their chosen instrument and making something that filled a 3x4 frame in a balanced way. It was a challenge to make each portrait different from the last as there was no time to change the lighting. Again I had to work very quickly, concentrating on the key things like getting the all important eyes open and in focus.A slideshow of all the photographs from this shoot can be seen at my greengallery website.
My current work is based around caves and rock formations at the edge of the land. Cave is a loose term as some of the places I’ve photographed are very shallow; others could be described as tunnels with openings at both ends. Some are natural and result from the massive erosion inflicted on the north Devon and Cornish coastline and others were originally mine entrances dug deep into the cliffs. Some sit proud of high water and are only attacked by the highest tides now and others are only accessible at the lowest tides and disappear completely soon after the tide has turned.
A cave’s wet walls and barnacled ceiling warns of the huge tidal difference of up to ten metres in the Bristol Channel. Spending time in these sublime dynamic spaces, documenting the interiors of these inverted sculptures, I’m continually reminded of the awesome power of the sea and treat it with great reverence.
My work here has been inspired by the rare dynamic landscape locked between the high and low tides. This landscape is seen through the eyes of a boy, and transformed by the hand of an Artist.