Just a quick update on the past year and a bit … I know I’ve been slacking on news at Studio 20 so apologies.
The Facebook group has achieved more than 800 members now, plus I’m now an active member of a group known as Essex Creatives Social. It’s very unlike any Camera Society or Club and is a bunch of ‘like minded’ photographers and models of all levels, who meet up on a monthly basis for a social beer or two … Good fun and lots of nice folk to network with face to face.
The studio gained a new 400w flash head to replace one of my Elinchrom, which, due to something falling from a shelf overnight, creating a ‘domino effect’, smashing both modelling and flash bulbs … The cost of repair was almost as much as the new iLUX GDS400 that replaces it, which is much more up to date, has more control, and despite needing Bowens mount attachments, is great value.
Nikon have also proved to have fabulous customer support with a quick turnaround, repair and service for my main camera.
Models have come and gone, as is usual in this business, but I’ve worked with some wonderful new talent as well as my favourites …
Just peeves me when you mentor someone over time, who decides to either fail to show or regards themselves too ‘big’ to continue working with you … Oh well, plenty more fish, as the saying goes ….
I shall continue to mentor, promote, help and encourage new models regardless, although sadly, it will no longer be from Studio 20.
The area it sits is due for re-development sometime in the next couple of years. I suspect by 2020 it will no longer be there, plus it's under-used, I have lost enthusiasm, have a slight health issue and am at retirement age.
It's an overhead that proves a little too costly to run simply as a hobby. Closing date mid January 2017
I’ve undertaken more location work too this Summer which has taught me loads. Confidence crashed with the last one where equipment failure resulted in a poor set of images but we had a wonderful shoot for Racheli Titan Designs, with Beth Chambers, at a windy Leigh on Sea, Essex.
I will continue our wonderful collaborations with 'Tommy Jordache Art’, (formerly ‘Indeedee Graphics’), based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The man is a genius and turns photographs into Digital Art retro style posters.
Digital Art ..... Collaborations with Indeedee Graphics DK on PurplePort
Ta ta for now ...