A gritty urban couples shoot with Gail & Steve
I photographed Gail and Steve in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle, where I thought that the graffiti would match their urban cool.
Previously a run down area of the city, the Ouseburn has been transformed over the past 20 years into a vibrant creative community. It is now home to loads of great pubs, music venues, independent art galleries and artists studios. It's in danger of becoming gentrified, but right now it has that glorious energy and tension of derelict buildings, graffiti and broken glass mixed with art, music and craft beer.
While drinking in the Cluny there last autumn I mentally filed the area away as one to suggest for my pre-wedding couple shoots. I had photographed a lot of couples in remote rural locations on the Northumberland Coast and Kielder Forest for example, and I wanted to experiment in a more gritty, urban style.
For Gail and Steve's shoot I tried a colour spreading, multiple exposure technique, a new way of processing my colour images, and took lots of black and white photographs to nail the mood and get something a bit different. I think that it's true that in photography if you are standing still you are going backward, so I always enjoy experimenting with new techniques, post processing and thinking a bit differently. And to do all that with real people in front of your camera - not models!
Who knows what will stick in my photography by the time I come to shoot their wedding, but it was fun to play and we all had a blast making these photographs!