Ever take a photo that you like, but you’re not sure you like it enough to share on Flickr or your blog? That’s how I feel about this one.
Yesterday my sister and I did a bit of coverage at charity event, The Only Way Is Glasgow. While Carolyn was stopping fashionable folk to interview she spotted Tallia Storm. And how could you miss her? She had vinyl stuck to her head and was very sparkly. This girl owned the place. She is only 12 years old.
There’s an independent, family run ice cream parlour in Byres Road, Glasgow. They do this wee gem of an ice cream treat called a Coldstone where they mash up two of your favourite flavours, merge it with two toppings of your choice, then finish it off with sauce on a frosted slab (hence the name). Tonight I was naughty and had one, specifically the apple pie and coconut flavours, mashed with strawberries and snowballs, then topped with melted chocolate sauce. Dee-lightful!
This shoot was important to me. Partly because it was for my sister’s new line of dresses, and I’ve seen how hard she’s worked on them so wanted to do her justice, and also because I’ve been feeling really lost with photography lately. I wanted to use this as a chance to push myself, to not rely on methods I’ve grown to feel extremely comfortable with. That meant breaking out the flash.
Okay, let’s back up a minute and talk about my sister; a YouTube fashion guru and dress designer. Carolyn has been slaving over these designs for a while, and they’ll be going live on her shop over the next few weeks (I think, don’t quote me). This was the first time I’ve seen them, and I felt really proud. I have a talented sister.
Anyway, for me this brought back a lot of the excitement I have towards photography that was, for whatever reason, buried away recently. Maybe it was the location, the models, or the fact I was shooting something that important. I don’t know, who cares, I had fun. I love my camera.
Andy is doing a bit of work in Glasgow, and his office just so happens to be right next to my house. Since it was a ridiculously nice day, I took him to Kelvingrove Park on his lunch break and made him drink tea. He likes tea. I couldn’t decide what photo to use, so I made a diptych. I don’t even know if that’s what these things are called, but it is now.
When I was walking Indie yesterday I just so happened to see a poster for Danny MacAskill performing nearby at Glasgow’s Riverside museum. Okay, I’m not going to pretend that I know who these cyclists are, but given the slump I’ve felt with photography recently, I made myself a promise to pop along and indulge in some crowd photography. Apparently these guys (The Clan) are Scotland’s number one stunt cycling team. I don’t care, there was a hot guy with tattoos and the sun was out. Yay.
Playing with my flash against the white wall again, and silly faces. I look especially stupid in this one. Anyway, I have a big shoot next week to help with my sister’s new line of dresses she’s designed. It will be in Glasgow’s Corinthian, and I’m going to break out the 430EXII and pwn that ambient / strobist balance I never seem to get. Can’t wait!
My friend Rick lives in Lincoln, and while he’d made the trip to Scotland twice to visit me, I had yet to return the favour. I got to meet his cats, play Portal 2 split-screen, drink coffee at Coffee Aroma, eat amazing sushi, take my first film shot, and have my picture taken for his Project 50 (anyone attempting a Project 50 should take heed from Rick of how to approach it… push yourself). Lincoln is a really pretty city, I’ll be back.