First published on July 5th, 2016, by Jes Hooper
With my “Ocean Oak” collection on display in two galleries in Brighton, my new collection under way, and the construction of my new art studio almost finished, my next target is to get myself into the London Art Scene. As you may know by now I have zero experience in the art world, so I figured it was best to let my artwork do all the talking for me. I’m bound to say the wrong thing to the wrong person and make a fool of myself before my work is even seen. That lead me to my second problem, I am rubbish at product photography.
Thankfully- enter Thom Undrell. Thom is a multi-disiplinary artist, well known in the South East for his eclectic range of music videos, my personal favourite being Phoria’s “Red” , who incidentally live on the same street as me (claim to fame? I think so). I first met Thom over 6 years ago, at a local fire-spinning meet up in Brighton where I was dancing with fire poi. He then created this video, and we have been friends ever since.
So long story short, last Sunday I spent the evening with Thom in a warehouse nestled in the Sussex Downs, surrounded by clothes (his recent product photography work), photo equipment, and a big white screen…it was really cool!
“Noggin” in the shot light ready for photographing.
Several pieces of my art works waiting in the warehouse to be photographed.
Thom Undrell taking close up pictures of “Trio”
Close up section of “Noggin”
Artist and works shots
“Trunk” waiting for his close up.
I wanted to get some clear product shots of each piece along with close ups, a few of me with the work (to give scale and for general use as press shots). I also wanted some specific photographs of “Trunk” as I am hoping to expand my giclee print range to include giclees of my pyrography works. As far as I know, this hasn’t been done before, and could work well if done carefully. At the end of the evening I had everything I needed and more, and I had a lot of fun watching the master at work making photography look as easy as breathing…it was a real treat to see the artistic process of photography, one I am afraid will always be a mystery to me.