Erica Cody was the second shoot I did for this year’s Plec Picks for GoldenPlec. We met up one Saturday afternoon in December to do our shoot around the city centre. We began in Smithfield with a graffiti’d wall that Erica had in mind for the shoot. The sun shone very bright down the alley way, which took away any need to set up a flash. Erica’s boyfriend was there to give a hand holding a reflector, to bounce back some light to the right side of her face in the above photo. After a few shots and poses we moved on towards the Tivoli Car Park to make use of it.
I used to worry that taking photo around the Tivoli car park would seem cliché but it’s such a deadly place to use. I’m glad I held off until now as Erica is a great personality to photograph against its backdrop. We started with a few shots of her sitting on a wall of the car park. The shot above makes it appear like the graffiti lightning is coming from her fingers which was a fun touch.
We moved over towards the back wall and shot a variety of poses, this time with the flash/soft-box set up. The final round of shots took place over by the smoking area of the Tivoli Theatre, where there are a load of picnic tables set up. The same flash set up was used again. I read this week that the Tivoli complex is to be knocked down, including all the graffiti except that it had to be preserved in photographic form. I'm now glad I didn't leave shooting here pass me by, because very soon it will be gone. It will be missed.