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The Women – Stephen Power, 2007

9 August 2007

The Women – Stephen Power, 2007
Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2006

Publicity shot for Teasbach Theatre Group’s production of “The Women”, Limerick, Ireland. 2007.

I was asked to shoot the Publicity photographs for the production of a play called “The Women” for a local theatre group. I turned up at a hotel, expecting to do a simple group shot and go home. The art director had other ideas. This shot was mainly her “brainchild” and is taken in the ornately furnished Ladies Toilets of the hotel. They were in regular use at the time, and I got some strange looks walking in and out of them! The shoot was delayed on more than one occasion as I had to leave the toilet to allow a hotel patron to use it! It is an extremely tight space, and how I even managed to focus in such low light was a miracle. The women had to stand extremely still for over 3 seconds – no mean feat in itself – and we did about 30 shots to get one that was technically OK. In fact, it’s not perfect, as there is some edge aberration on the far right. I also had to do some cloning in Photoshop to remove a toilet roll and a bin in one of the cubicles. I like it because it’s not so obvious at first glance, that some of the women are only in the mirrors and some are in both the room and the mirrors and some are only in the room itself. The red material on the far wall was my idea – it covers up a condom machine!

Stephen Power sold his first magazine photograph in 1977, when aged 22, taken on his first “real” camera a Zenith E, bought for £28. At that time he worked full time as a psychiatric nurse, but soon gave up his “proper job”, joined the NUJ and tried to make a living as a freelance editorial photographer, mainly concentrating on environmental portraiture.

With a young family to support, the day job eventually called him back and he gave up photography for many years, while concentrating on a career in the health services – and later higher education.

In 1999, he moved to the west of Ireland, for a teaching post, but three years later, the photography “bug” bit again, he rejoined the NUJ and has since been concentrating on developing his freelance photography business.

Stephen now works for local newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies, again specialising in “Environmental Portraiture” and has a particular interest in the Arts and music photography. This has led to regular work on theatre productions, traditional Irish music festivals and PR for Irish-based rock bands. He also gets regular commissions from an Irish Gardening Magazine – even though he has the palest green fingers….

Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2006.

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