Following on from a fashion shoot for St. Peter’s Hospice last year at Bristol Temple Meads Station I was commissioned again this year to photograph a Summer Fashion Collection for St. Peter’s Hospice at the Curzon Cinema, Clevedon.
Despite it being held on 1st March the temperature was more like the middle of winter. So it was a fantastic effort by the volunteers who took the brave and cold step to model the clothes.
It was the first time I had visited this cinema for a shoot. I do know from experience that photography in a cinema presents it’s own challenges as most of it is of course required to absorb light so portable lighting was essential on this occasion.
I arrived extra early for the shoot to take the opportunity to look around this fantastic old cinema, one of the oldest continually running purpose built cinemas in the world.
Having a snoop around the old balcony which is not visible from the ground floor due to a suspended ceiling, was a real highlight. It really is a fantastic space and you immediately think how spectacular it would look if this area could be renovated and the current ceiling removed.
The Curzon opened on 20th April 1912, the very first show was a fundraiser for survivors and relatives of those killed on the Titanic, which had sunk earlier that month.
The building has changed hands on numerous occasions in it’s long history but is now run by the Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts and it’s patrons include Aardman Animation founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord, directors Nick Park and Terry Gilliam, as well as the actors Alan Rickman and Tony Robinson.
The pictures were released to the press last month and the coverage has been fantastic for St. Peter’s Hospice. A double page spread in both the Bristol Post, the local daily newspaper and Somerset Life Magazine as well as an article in the Bristol Magazine and extensive coverage on the local web pages and blogs.
St. Peter’s Hospice, is Bristol’s only adult hospice. Last year they cared for over 2,600 patients with life-limiting illnesses while also giving support to their family and loved ones.
Care is provided free of charge, making the revenue gained form their many shops throughout Bristol crucial in raising the £6.5 million it costs annually to provide this fantastic service.
In tough times it’s great to be able to put a stylish outfit together for as little as £20 and to have access to labels such as, Christian Dior, Miss Selfridge, Cath Kidston, Warehouse, Fenn and Wright Mason, for a fraction of their original price.