I was recently commissioned to photograph a exquisite collection of bespoke ecclesiastical furniture in Gloucester Cathedral.
What commercial photographer wouldn’t be excited at the prospect of a day in a photographically challenging historic building taking photographs of a stunningly crafted suite of quality oak furniture?
This commission ticked all the boxes for me and gave me the opportunity to craft a portfolio of images that would work hard for my client.
A special place indeed
Gloucestershire Cathedral is the oldest in the country and was spared destruction in the reformation due to the fact that many of Henry VIII’s relatives are buried there. Thank goodness for that!
Light in the darkness
Cathedrals and churches are photographically tricky due to the height of the building and the light levels within them. Light casts through the stained glass windows on dull and sunny days presenting a kaleidoscope of coloured patterns all over furniture and floor. My vast knowledge of lighting a shoot enables me to hit the ground running on a project like this and with impressive results.
Angles and perpectives
I surveyed the scene and positioned myself to achieve the best angles and perspectives to show the furniture off to best effect. I was very taken with the simple curved lines of the furniture, particularly the table and choir pews. The stately symmetry of the cathedral interior fits perfectly with each piece; I’m presuming a deliberate consideration by the furniture designer. The designer’s interpretation of this space with strong lines and simple motif’s throughout the collection inspired me to perpetuate those themes within my photographs.
I’m a creative commercial photographer and as such have worked in creative partnership with many artists and artisans providing images for collateral such as web sites, brochures and advertising. Check out my gallery for an overview of the art works I have photographed over recent years.
• Working Images for craftsmen and artisans
Show your work in its best light.
Contact me to discuss your requirements.
• Working Images for architectural exterior and interior photography
Traditional and contemporary buildings are one of my specialities.
Please do contact me to discuss your requirements.
Why commission a Commercial photographer?
Since the advent of digital photography a number of years ago it’s presumed by many that anyone can take a commercially useful photograph. This simply isn’t the case. It’s true that the explosion in digital camera sales and provision of online albums and social media sites have made amateur photography so much more fun. It’s all there for everyone to see and enjoy and has helped to create a sense of connection between friends and families.
Still the difference between this and a hard working image that can be used to promote businesses via electronic and printed media is vast. From corporates to sole traders, a professionally crafted image can be one of the best investments you can make to promote your business. Please call Chris Honeywell’s Working Images to discuss your ideas and requirements.