CAMINADA CREATIVE issue two
poultry//produce//pigs//people January 2014 produced and published by Alexander Caminada Photography © www.caminada.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 01453 758290 07836 571145
Front cover/1/2: Nick Wakely of Meadowlea Farm for Frogmary Green Farm. 3/4: Nick Bragg of Frogmary Green Farm for Freedom Food. 5/6: Mark Gorton of Traditional Norfolk Turkey for Freedom Food. 7/8: Stephen Conisbee of Conisbee and Son for Freedom Food. 9/10: John Field with Baxter for personal project. 11/12: Rob Waldron of Glebe Farm for Frogmary Green Farm. 13/14: Fiona de Wert of Green Wood Workshop for The Ernest Cook Trust. Back cover: Cows at Montacute House, Somerset.
aminada Creative is an occasional magazine showcasing my work. Each issue will serve up a fresh array of my pictures taken from recent commissions and personal projects. Themes will vary according to season. This issue was inspired by the great outdoors but it only represents a small part of the work I’ve been involved with. Watch out for future editions featuring corporate portraits, school photography, editorial portraits and fashion. To get the full flavour, visit www.caminada.co.uk
n any given day, my studio could be a smart city office or a luscious, green Somerset field. My subject could be a chief executive or a farmer holding carrots, fresh out of the ground, mud and all. No matter what the subject, the elements of a successful portrait are always the same: character, location, light and timing. A friendly chat always helps put everyone at ease – here I couldn’t help but admire the produce, the setting and the lifestyle! You need to be ready for the action, whatever that might be – when the digging starts, when the pets join in and, at the end of the day, when it’s time to go home.
ne of the things I love about being a photographer is that I’m always learning. Whether it’s in the boardroom, in schools or on the farm, there are lessons for me everywhere. Here, Nick holds one of his chickens with genuine tenderness as he teaches me about the finer points of welfare farming. It’s easy to see the system works but capturing a shot of the busy birds pecking at corn took a full 30 minutes on my knees waiting for the right moment. At least my bedding is soft, dry and warm…
eauty is in the eye of the beholder â€“ whether youâ€™re looking at a fashion model or a brood of turkeys. Spending a couple of days with turkeys in Norfolk gave me plenty of opportunity to appreciate these fascinating creatures. And I learnt they like climbing trees!
pride myself on being able to charm the trickiest of characters but even my charm didnâ€™t work when it came to moving these cows into the right place for the photograph! Thankfully, farmer Stephen Conisbee knows all the tricks and a bag full of tasty feed dropped in the right place did the job. I felt ever so slightly guilty hiding behind my camera while I left Stephen to carry this heavy load!
o matter how much youâ€™ve planned ahead, the best moments are often unscripted. Baxter is the star here but I didnâ€™t plan it that way. The photograph was supposed to focus on the very interesting 390 hp Fendt 939 Vario with perhaps a nice portrait of driver John. There is just something about this thoughtful rough-haired terrier that created one of those special moments that you could never plan.
am used to photographing teenage students in schools but trying to join in with a bunch of teenage pigs in their domain is only possible if you have a sense of humour! I was perfectly happy to enter the land of contented squeals, thick mud and other organic material but I did regret not having investedâ€¨in overalls when some of the youngsters decided to explore my jeans. Farmer Rob was most amused and I was just pleased to get him smiling. And then, to add to the fun, it inevitably started raining â€“ just as well my lights were protected by their own little brollies.
he great outdoors – the fresh air, chopping down trees, making campfires – there are some shoots that make me want to swap places with my subjects! I think, however, my Canon would be a lot safer in coppicer Fiona’s hands than her Stihl would be in mine!
lthough it’s always nice when my subjects take an interest in the kit I use, it can be a little unnerving. Especially when the subjects in question are a herd of teenage bulls and they’re sniffing out my £2,000 Profoto light! It made for a few nervy moments, but so worth it for a cover shot!
Showcase of work by UK photographer Alexander Caminada. In this issue, portraits of farmers and animals.