Faces of India. One light portraits.

Photography is a fantastic reason to meet and interact with people wherever you are and whether you are shooting professionally or just for fun.  This set of portraits were a series shot in North Eastern India a couple of years ago.  The setup could not have been simpler but the results are clean and simple and uncluttered by distractions that feature in so many images.

Lighting is via a single Canon Speedlight held with a Westcott double fold white umbrella in my left hand.  Flash synch is either via a coiled ETTL cable or via an STE-2 IR flash transmitter - these have both since been replaced by a wireless transmitter that seems to work seemlessly and without issue.  The key here for me is speed, simplicity and size - the ability to be ready to shoot in a matter of seconds with small effective lighting in whatever setting I might find myself in - not the most complex lighting by any means but well suited to lightweight travel situations.

What goes up, must come down. Timelapse.

Every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed an enormous sculpture is erected just in front of Goodwood house itself.  Since 1997 the sculpture has been designed by renowned installation artist Gerry Judah and over the years it has developed into one of the most eye-catching and iconic aspects of the event.

In 2015 the sculpture was a celebration of Mazda cars and was topped by two of their most impressive cars - the rotary engine 787B Le Mans racer (the only Japanese car to take outright victory at Le Mans) and the LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept car.

The sculpture was made up of 720 individual spiraling beams that form a tower, topped with the two cars.

Last year I was commissioned to document the removal of the sculpture after the event.  The task took place over the space of several days and resulted in about 15,000 images being shot in order to produce the following time lapse.  Editing the images into a record of the event was not part of the brief so whilst the client may have done this themselves I never saw the end result.  Coming across the images last week whilst archiving I decided to do a quick edit and this is the result.

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