It’s always good to do something different. And I’m always up for a challenge. Sculptor Diane Lawrenson approached me to photograph some of her outstanding work which definitely ticked the something different box. She wanted the life-size, dark bronze pieces shot on a black background, which ticked the challenge box.
Shooting figurative sculpture falls somewhere between still life and portrait. It turned out to be an interesting couple of days, working alongside the artist to capture 2D images that represented her 3D work. Having the camera tethered to my MacBook allowed Diane to see what we were getting in real time and tweak the lighting to get exactly the image she wanted. I very rarely shoot with a tether, and this was the first time I’ve used the retina display MacBook like this; that monitor is fantastic in the studio.
Diane also needed some portraits taking to use on her new website. I think it’s safe to say that she’s not entirely comfortable in front of the camera, but I think that we made the process relatively painless and I got some really nice shots of the artist in her natural environment.
You can find Diane Lawrenson’s shiny new website at www.dianelawrenson-sculptor.co.uk