This was one of my first composites, which I recently remade to use the skills I’ve picked up in the past couple of years for the technical bits. I learned a lot in the process, reviewing the project with the clarity of hindsight.
The shoot took place at Watchet’s Paper Mill site, before its redevelopment – I wanted a location that was run down and derelict looking. I posted my request in a local facebook group, and am very grateful to the people who helped make it happen!
One of my favourite photos, the low angle and wide angle distortion of the lens (taken at 15mm) enlarges the front of the bike so it feels like it’s coming out of the frame. The bike was actually quite small, but this lens adds more badass!
I’d taken a shot of the old engine room in the paper mill as a potential fake background – it was so cool! I didn’t want to take the model inside for the shot as it was full of bird poop (!) and didn’t feel safe. I always take extra shots I think might be useful as textures or elements, or if I just like the look of something.
Finally the typeface is added. Fonts are a whole other rabbit hole of expertise, with specific terminology for each part of the font, guidelines around matching ‘font pairings’ and much more than you can imagine! I hope to create my own fonts eventually, but for now I collect some of the great fonts designers create, often kindly offered as freeware.
The title uses Nasty Regular, a font created by Eduardo Recife – I like it as I fancy it’s drawn in tendrils of steam, which I’ve emphasised with Outer Glow and 3D effect filters. His fonts are a favourite of mine. The Credit block is Steeltongs (by Tracertong), which has a variety of options for the credits I love playing with.
Re-doing a previous project was more valuable than I expected, not only in seeing how much I’ve learned since but also in thinking about how I would approach the shoot differently next time – thinking more about the story and concept of the poster before and during the shoot, to have a ‘story’ in mind right from the start.