The Livingstone brothers have a furniture business and in a part of their workshop they have opened a gallery behind their shop which is always worth a visit. The paintings on display are very strong and energetic, but when I dropped in on Thursday with my camera, I was more interested in their workshop at the back of the gallery. Ian was busy stripping the varnish from a dining table and as I have yet to find the courage to ask for everyone I photograph to stand and pose, I had to be satisfied with this capture of a combination HDR of three images, with some slight movement registered in his hand.
How would you deal with this situation? I’m not certain that getting people to pose produces the best result because they become self conscious, or even say they don’t wish to have their picture taken. I suppose what was needed was for me to spend some time scoping out the workshop so that I had time to consider all the angles, particularly the viewpoint. I have this idea at the back of my mind that the best viewpoint for an interior like this is square on to one of the walls but in this shot I like the fact that the viewpoint gives some nice diagonals whereas square on to the wall would have been all static verticals and horizontals.
I suppose that the biggest problem with cluttered but interesting interiors like this is finding a clear structure to the composition because all the little details can be very distracting.
Next time I visit I will ask for a stare into the camera pose as this has worked well with portraits taken in India. Talking about this location with you has really helped me to start sorting out how I might approach this subject matter next time. I might try to place the camera high up, because I feel having strong diagonals does help the composition…….hmmm……we shall see.