So this week I was invited to the Second Live Lit Lounge at the Birdcage in Norwich. This ‘Fine City’ of ours has a thriving Literature culture and readings, interviews and cross-medium collaborations can often be found popping up around our bars and cafes. Rightly so too, as in 2012, Norwich was awarded the title of the UK’s first UNESCO City of Literature and firmly bolstered it’s place onto the world map of literature.
I have enjoyed following the progress and scribings of many writers of Norfolk and have been lucky enough to photograph some amazing, established practitioners as well as exciting, up and coming talents. I have found that writers, like visual artists, have their own particular (and sometimes peculiar) quirks and habits that are fantastic to draw out for exciting portraiture. I have, however, found that these character traits are usually more intrinsic and subtle than visual artists. As a photographer, this can present an exciting challenge and prove most satisfying when reflecting upon the finished images.
Dan Richards is one of the featured Writers at the next Live Lit Lounge, along with Eliza Robertson, John Boursnell and Rowan Whiteside. I worked with Dan earlier this year to capture portraits for his up and coming releases. It was a fun afternoon spent working on several different ideas, a lot of them revolving around flitting between pubs and his hatred of having his portrait taken! Here are a few of my favorite from the shoot and I will be popping along to the Birdcage to enjoy the event and make some photographs.