Creative Spaces

I see artists sharing their creative spaces all the time.  Often lovely romantic spaces by the window, flooded in light, canvas, brushes, paints or crafty bits and pieces.

I realised that I have never really shared my workspaces or equipment. So if you’ve ever wondered where my work is produced read on to explore all three…

The Studio

Most of my recent work has been photographed in my studio space.

Photographic Artist's studio space

The set up when I took this photo was for shooting images that went into my recent piece called Fragility.

For anyone who loves photography equipment this is what I currently use…

  • Elinchrom BRX 500’s to light the shots. These are strobe lights rather than continuous lighting (which I’m keen to try out)
  • Window light – yep frequently and its free :)
  • Foam boards – you might notice a couple of large white foam boards, these bounce light around and act like another light source.
  • Phottix remote trigger (as a self portrait artist this is a can’t do without item)
  • Manfrotto tipod (also kinda useful if you take self portraits)
  • Nikon D800
  • Plain grey or white backdrop (easier editing)

The Office

The place where a memory card full of images becomes something new.

a photographic artist's office space

The eagle eyed will notice that I do not use a Mac which is unusual for the creative industries.  Some of my images require a huge amount of processing power and I can get more power from a PC. Also…

  • Eizo screen (a very old one but its hanging on for me) – these are specially designed for graphic work to ensure really good presentation of colours (left)
  • a standard screen for everyday non colour critical work (right)
  • Wacom tablet – I simply couldn’t live without this piece of equipment. It makes intricate edit work so much easier than trying to manouvre a mouse
  • keyboard – on the left here because I use it for photoshop shortcuts which cuts down on the amount of menu items I have to hunt out and significantly speeds up a complex edit.
  • essential software Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Nak’d Posh Bits Cocoa Rasberry flavour – I would highly recommend these as a desk staple!

The Great Outdoors

Some of my work requires photographs that have been taken in the big wide world so this is the third place I spend my working days.

panormaic view of the rocks at St Ives

The need to create this panoramic view for Lady and The Lantern took me to The Island in St Ives, Cornwall.  Dreadful work but someone’s got to do it.

If any of this intrigues you and you’d like to know more I’d love to hear from you – as you can see its a lonely life :) (<-- as an introvert this lonely life bit is actually ok).Save

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