I have been photographing artworks and events for a number of artists and institutions since 2013. I am a graduate of the BA (Hons) Photography course at Anglia Ruskin University, and a current student of the part-time MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster. I have been professionally trained in object handling at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, where I also work part-time as a Photo Collections Assistant. I am also a photographer for Art UK in the East of England region.
When photographing events, I work with minimal intervention and aim to quietly and sensitively observe, capturing natural and candid moments of engagement and enjoyment between audiences, artists, performers and cultural venues. In 99% of situations I will not use a flash, working instead with the available ambient and natural lighting, as I believe this is the best way to capture the atmosphere of the event without disturbing or distracting from it.
When photographing artworks, I work carefully and collaboratively with artists, curators, collections managers and assistants to achieve the desired result. I am also able to make suggestions based upon my past experiences of photographing artworks and objects as to what may be most successful, keeping in mind how the images are intended to be used or published, as well as any restrictions regarding accessibility and conservation concerns. I have experience of photographing a wide range of museum artefacts and artworks, both small and large, sturdy and fragile.
I use a 30 megapixel Canon 5D Mark IV camera and high quality lenses. I also use portable lighting equipment made by PixaPro, which is battery powered, to enable working in places with no accessible power supply, and to avoid hazardous trailing cables. I use X-Rite ColorChecker calibration software and charts to calibrate the colour balance of photographs of artworks. I process images using Adobe Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop. I am able to supply high-resolution Tiff and Jpeg files for publishing, printing and archiving, as well as smaller Jpeg files formatted for web and social media use. The Tiff files save at around 40-70mb, depending on the shape and cropped size of the artwork.
Working with portable equipment, I am able to adapt to available space. Nevertheless, the setup for photographing artworks and sculptures requires a certain amount of room for movement, and for lights and camera to be positioned at an optimal distance from the works. For the best results, object photography requires a medium to large sized room and a large table or easel for mounting artworks. If this is not available, it may be necessary to hire a space. In each case, we can discuss the available options, taking into consideration the size and number of works to be photographed.
For further information, please feel free to ask me any questions via the contact form.