Wednesday, 13 July 2011

13 Wish Road


Right now I'm 90% of the way through a fiction novel, THIRTEEN, set in Brighton & Hove, written by Sebastian Beaumont. In the novel a depressed taxi driver picks up a ride on a weekly basis from 13 Wish Road. Things happen to him related to this address which are either part of his insanity or supernatural. It's a key part of the book when he finds that 13 does not exist, in the real world there is only 11a.

A few days ago on a mission to buy some fish (long story....), I for the first time ever in Brighton asked a bus driver where to get off a bus in order to get to a destination - Hove Lagoon. I was carrying the book. The reply, out of the blue, was Wish Road. Since this was the sort of absurd occurrence that would happen in the book, I asked him to repeat it. I heard correctly, "Wish Road".

I had assumed that the street was fictitious, but no..... I walked down Wish Road, just as the taxi driver in the book had driven down it, expecting to find 13. But it was not there, there was only 11a.....

11 Wish Road is the house on the right, next door to 13.... I mean 11a Wish Road.

The additional weird coincidence here is that about a year ago, when I lived in London, I did a commercial shoot in 11 Wish Road, completely unaware of the significance of its neighbour, because at the time I was not reading the book.  (I did not even know the name of the street because I was taken there by the client.)

It would be obtrusive to show images from that shoot here, but I have used them in my commercial portfolio. And now I've finished the book it's good to see..... no, I won't say, that would spoil it for you.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Photography at an inner city school (always a pleasure!)

Yesterday I visited the Inner London 6th form college for perhaps the fifth time in the last three years to allow them to fill some gaps in their prospectus with some new photos, concentrating in the main on activities outside the classroom. I only shot for three hours on this visit but seemed to get a lot done compared to a visit last month which was not as well organised in terms of making sure that students would be available in the right place at the right time.

With students, a few props and location in place, left to my devices most of the time to come up with something, this sort of shooting is challenging but fun. It may be an inner city school, but it's always struck me how the place seems to be a pleasure to be in, both for staff and students. And I really don't think that everyone is on best behaviour just because there is a photographer about!

It was when I was doing the library shots that my Canon EOS 5D gave up on me, the viewfinder mirror falling off and rattling around inside the camera. It was only on Monday (because it was a much smaller job and I was using public transport to London) that for possibly the first time in 5 years I had gone to a job carrying only one camera body. So that was a lesson painlessly learnt because yesterday I had backup everything!