Lee Ballard Photography

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The Pit

On Saturday I attended a shoot to which I had been previously invited. Now I often avoid open group shoots as there are usually too many cooks and too much ego for the studio but I thought as this was invite only it was worth a shot. And, as a departure from the ‘normal’ group shoot, this was not held in a studio but in a pub and I had been invited to the shoot by the lovely Evie Wolfe.

Now a shoot in a pub was an excellent idea. We would commence at 9am before the pub opened at lunchtime. However this was no ordinary pub. This was the Pit and Pendulum in Nottingham. Now I had been aware of what is known colloquially as ‘The Pit’ but even though I had walked past many times, usually on a shoot, I had never ventured inside. What a mistake. It is a fabulous place. Gothic in design and atmosphere with faux bookcases in the walls, alcoves, chains, and all manner of scientific apparatus decorating the ceilings and walls. If you can imagine how the Hammer Film Company would design a pub interior, you’re probably close to the mark.

So, we had the run of the bars for the morning and then in the afternoon (once the pub was open) we were allowed use of the rooms over the pub to continue the shoot. Now I say rooms but large studios would be a better description if ever there were one. Loads of natural light and ample space.

The first part of the plan for the day was to shoot some of the models in latex clothing designed by a local designer. I was able to shoot the lovely and feisty welshwoman Fenrah, my favourite mad fish Nemo and then someone I hadn’t met before, the lovely, flame haired Toxic Angel, before we moved upstairs for part two of the plan.

Part two was to shoot different girls portraying each of the seven deadly sins and four talented male models as the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Excellent. The temperature was freezing, literally and the rooms had no heating so time and warmth were of the essence but we managed most of what we set out to do and a huge round of applause goes out to the girls and guys for their tolerance of the cold. Having experienced freezing in my underwear for charity in October I can more than empathise with them. During this part of the shoot I had the pleasure of working with all those named above already (Nemo, Evie, Toxic Angel and Fenrah) as well as, the gorgeous Miss Abyss, the stunning Lubyluw and the unmistakable Fiery Phoenix. The men that deserve a mention were, the awesome Jack, the new but very talented Anthony, the classic looking Sam and the endless expression Valen.

Top marks also must go to Fenrah for some amazing make up effects.

Anyway, below are a selection of the images from the day, more can currently be seen here and I would just like to say a big thanks to those that organised it and can’t wait for the next one. I must also extend a thank you to my helper for the day, the very keen to learn, Caitlin Sumner.

Lubyluw and Sam

Pestilence (Sam) and Lubyluw

Evie and Jack

Death (Jack) and Evie

Anthony, Toxic Angel and Miss Abyss

Famine (Anthony) captures Toxic Angel and Miss Abyss

Fiery Phoenix, Nemo, Lubyluw, Fenrah, Valen and Sam

Lust (Fiery Phoenix) and her concubines


The most gorgeous fish I know, Nemo

The Welsh wonder, Fenrah

The beautiful Fenrah

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Long time waiting

Last night I spent a few hours with some wonderful people, fellow photographers, wandering around Nottingham city centre and boy, do my feet know it today. I don’t think I have walked that far for years. But, it was worth ever single step. See our plan for the evening was to do some night shooting of Nottingham and it was a success. I love long exposure photography, I always have. I love the way it can turn even the most mundane scene into something magical. The camera can capture things in a way the eye just cannot see. Light trails reveal themselves and water blurs to give a wispy effect.

You also have the ability to play around. You can expose for different areas and create a totally different view of the same scene.

Anyway, a small selection of my images are here and you can view more on my Facebook page.

Market Square Nottingham

Market Square Nottingham

Passing traffic

Passing traffic for 30 seconds

Tram descending into Market Square

Tram descending into Market Square

Nottingham Tram

Tram in Nottingham's Market Square

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