Last week saw me head to the Societies for the three-day event to give demos on stage. This was in short a little glimpse into what I do in terms of lighting but, also a bit of an example of storytelling and unlocking your own imagination with portraits. It was very exciting and above all very useful in terms of being around the right people within the industry.
I had in mind what I was going to do and I had planned it thoroughly with the lads at the studio. We decided to tell the story of an old school police officer but with a twist of humour. It was a chance for me to deliver something that I love to do so I was really up for it until I discovered that I was sometimes following or just before the mighty Glyn Dewis! This threw me a little even though we are good mates it was hard to accept I was there doing this. I was over the moon to get a massive pat on the back not only from Gez, Anthony and Deaks but Glyn and Dave Clayton gave me their nod of approval. It’s funny how confidence plays a huge part in how you approach things in life. After this, I was unbeatable in my mind yet still screamed like a baby when I saw a mouse in the hotel lobby!
During the demo’s we shot tethered using Tether Tools cables and gear which was viewed instantly by the people in the audience. However, the issue was that the images did not save to my CF card so afterwards, I didn’t get the images I took. I wasn’t concerned because after chatting with the lads we decide that we would shoot this story at the studio when we get back, it’s that good!
On the back of this, I met wonderful people but two people will remain in my mind. Mark Baber from Sony treated us really well and couldn’t do enough and it’s this kind of service that gets photographers on board. Also, a gentleman named Keith Robertson who wanted to see my demo but other circumstances dictated otherwise but we chatted briefly.
He is not a photographer but avid art admirer and has since become a friend and has guided me at last into the sector where I want to be and that’s the art world. Since this, I have been invited to London for the private viewing of “The Flux Exhibition” in March.
Overall a very worthwhile time and it has taught me that chasing lost causes sometimes works out fruitful.