The last remaining job in the studio was to put up the interior lights. Finally, that's been finished and I'm very pleased. studioQu4ttro is one of my favourite places to be. Soon enough - we hope - the social distancing will be over and I can have some guests in to photograph.
And the name is studioQu4ttro.
I had to have a four in it as that's our house number and the studio is in the back garden. And I love Italy and Italian. studioQu4ttro it was then.
Here's the logo I designed:
It's just a shame I can't actually have anyone round to photograph with the current coronavirus situation. Ah well, all in good time. I have a queue of friends waiting their turn.
Monday this week I popped along to the Windsor Photographic Society (WPS) to deliver Streetwise, a talk in two parts about my adventures and experience in street photography, including my...er...challenging, 5,000 mile trip around Australia shooting the streets of largely empty outback towns on a selection of ageing film cameras.
Normally, these evenings are tea and biscuits events, but the WPS has carefully selected a venue - the Old Court House, pictured, even though it looks more like a fire station, which, indeed, it once was - that has a bar in the same building.
I'd like to thank Denis, Nick and their colleagues and society membership for a warm welcome (which included beer, in moderation, of course) and a fun evening.
The usual set up is a large room with rows of chairs, but the WPS meets in an auditorium, with rows of banked theatre seats, which is a first for me.
I had some always-welcome questions from the audience and one or two even said they really enjoyed the talk. Which is nice.
Impromptu street portrait of Durham, a man of the outback.
Boulia, Queensland, Australia.
From my talk, entitled 'out back'.
A few years ago we remodelled the house. Not satisfied with the level of chaos that induced I decided to build a photo studio in the back garden. To cut a long story short it took three years, generated an unannounced visit from the council's building enforcement officer and required a total landscaping of the back garden.
But, finally, the studio is operational.
I'm searching for a name. Since the house no is 4 then it could be Studio 4; except that name is already taken, so I'm exploring Studio IV or some other derivative, or something completely different. Stand by.
Meantime, here are photos of my lovely wife Sally and my friend Sav, among the first images to be made in Studio 4....or whatever it ends up being called.