The official photos from the Jane Austen Festival 2015 are now online – here are all 1408 of them. I have organised them by event so you have a chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd! The 2015 Festival was a great success, despite some rain as we gathered for the Promenade. Hundreds of people, gorgeous costumes, fascinating events and we even got sunshine at the end of the Promenade – what more could one ask for? Roll on September 2016 when we can do it all again :)
Events included: Promenade, Masked Ball, Country Dance, Bonnet Workshop, Austen Undone!, A Taste of Bath and many more. As always, if I have included a photo of you which you don’t like please let me know and I will remove it.
Lauren Ayres is a costume designer (I’ve photographed her work several times) and for her wedding she is going for a steampunk Alice in Wonderland theme, which will be a blast to photograph/video. But first we went for a stroll in the woods, and wander around the Museum of Bath at Work, to do a pre-wedding shoot.
I’ve photographed a few plays which Lauren has created wonderful costumes for and I jumped at the chance to shoot a collection of her costumes. We borrowed a friend’s ‘studio’ (OK, a large room which we converted to a studio) and spent hours photographing the outfits, with both Lauren and Penny Clegg modelling. Several of the fairy costumes (for this summer’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at Green Park station in Bath) will need to be composited with flower backgrounds before I can display them here.
I spent the last eight days working for the Jane Austen Festival (http://www.janeausten.co.uk/jane-austen-festival/) in Bath, taking photos and video of most of the events. From the Promenade through the streets of Bath on the first Saturday morning to the Finale in the Old Theatre Royal I took over 1800 photos and video clips from 15 separate events. I’ve whittled that down to 620 photos, about half of which I have now edited – once they are all edited I will put them online for people to see and print.
The Festival is a wonderful event to photograph – many participants put huge amounts of work into their Regency costumes which, set against the backdrop of Georgian Bath, makes for images rich in history.
A short video I made from the week’s events can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFjt8-5Fwo
I was asked to take promotional photos for this summer’s production of Tom Jones (to be performed in the Botanical Gardens in Bath). We had a lovely day for outdoor photography, with sunshine for some shots, and shady locations allowing me to control the light on other shots. The shots try to show the central three-way relationship at the heart of the play.
In the shade I used speedlights to shape the actors and separate them from the backgrounds. Some shots used one speedlight with a shoot-through brolly (for softer shadows), and the others used two speedlights, one as key the other as back/rim light.