Yes, Tuesday 30th August saw me running round like a blue-arse fly getting my studio equipment ready for a short but sweet trip to the city of Norwich where I had arranged a whistle-stop tour of the aforementioned lovely people's houses and have them sit for me for the Southern Retro project.
I jumped in the ol' car at 8.45am and by 12.10pm I arrived at the house of the delightful Ms Gemma Seager aka Retro Chick (Okay, I might have bent a few speed limits to get there, but to be fair it was a very clear road... and you gotta love American cars and their cruise-control).
As she mentions in her own blog post, she wasn't quite ready for me, assuming that the traffic would cause me problems, so after a short delay and a cup of tea I set up and we did the shoot.
|An out-take from Gemma's Shoot |
(sorry.. had to be done) :-)
Then from Gemma's it was into the centre of town to check-in to my B&B for the night, the unique and surprisingly peaceful 38 St Giles. I literally had time to dump my luggage on the bed before heading out again to grab a quick lunch and hop back in the car to drive to the home of hair-stylist Flamingo Amy.
An hour-and-a-half and yet another car journey later I was at the home of Kerry Clark aka Missy Vintage. Thankfully she put the kettle on and after a cup of tea and a good natter I set up and we did my 3rd and final shoot of the day.
Back at the B&B I set to work transferring all the days shoots onto my laptop in order to clear the memory cards for the next days shoot, leaving myself only a paltry 10 minutes spare to get changed and head across the road to the cocktail lounge of the St Giles House Hotel for a few drinks with Gemma, Kerry and my next three subjects Lucy Santos aka Glamourologist, and Karen and Graham Welton from Blue Skies Vintage.
Norwich Day Two
|The stairway at 38 St Giles|
After a peaceful nights sleep and a filling breakfast at 38 St Giles I checked out, packed up the car, and headed over to Lucy's house for the first shoot of the day where I was once again confronted by my arch-nemesis - The Mirror. You see when you're doing shoots with a single light set up and a soft-box it's very difficult to shoot a subject standing in front of a mirror without getting;
- The large white square of the soft box
- Both into the shot.
From Lucy's it was a five minute drive down the road to see Karen and Graham. Graham and I share a passion for all things USAAF especially the 8th Air Force and he delighted me by getting out some of his original uniform pieces, a flying jacket he'd dug up from one of the nearby WWII airfields and an original (decommissioned obviously) Thompson sub-machine gun which are damned heavy I can tell you... How they used to schlep across the Pacific islands carrying one of those for months-on-end I don't know!
When we'd finished the shoot, Karen and Graham kindly took me back into Norwich for a lovely lunch at Biddy's Tea Room then for a wander round Looses Antiques Market before I once again jumped in the trusty ol' PT for some Big Band swing and the journey back to Brighton.
I definitely plan to return to Norwich soon and not just for the lovely company.
If you want to check out what goes on there have a look at Gemma, Lucy and Kerry's Vintage Norwich website, and if you are already in the area don't miss the next Marvellous Cocktail Party on the 4th November!