In place of an end-of-year list or restrospective post, I thought I’d writeÂ a few words about one of my favourite photos from the year; not just to look at, but probably one of the most enjoyable to shoot…
During my behind-the-scenes tour of Iceland AirwavesÂ with Icelandic band RÃ¶kkurrÃ³, we wanted to get some publicity shots of the band, so headed to the wonderful Cafe BabalÃº in SkÃ³lavÃ¶rÃ°ustigur. The quirky decor and relaxed atmosphere were perfect so we pushed some tables together and I asked the band to talk amongst themselves while I worked out the best way to light and expose the shot.
At one point SkÃºli’s phone rang, and I thought having him pretending to have a conversation on the phone would be a good focal point for the photo, so once the callÂ had ended he started ad-libbing to an imaginary friend and I just captured a series of reaction shots. I love the natural smiles and laughs, and with Bibbi looking straight into the camera the viewer feels connected with the image, like someone sharing the joke rather than an eavesdropper.
I lit the shot with a single flash, connected wirelessly and bounced off the ceiling of the cafe. I used a tungstenÂ gel to match the colour of the cafe’s lighting, meaning the lamps in the top left, and any ambient illumination don’t look orange. The band members all chose a mug from the varied selection on offer in the cafe.