Perfect location for Su’s shots

March 26 2015

REDLAND resident, Su Larkins, has found herself a favourite choice among Bristol's thriving independent filmmaking community.

By Theresa Roche

REDLAND resident, Su Larkins, has found herself a favourite choice among Bristol's thriving independent filmmaking community.

With the internet acting as a springboard linking directors, actors, producers and camera folk together, Bristol has become a magnet for filmmaking – and not just for major projects like Wolf Hall and Poldark, but also for a new wave of low budget filmmakers and of course every film needs a good stills photographer.

Su, who set up as a professional snapper 15 years ago after gaining a distinction in her City & Guilds training, has been selected as photographer on two vintage style films so far, "Edward's Request", set in World War II and The Silent Waiting Room, set in the silver screen years of the silent movies in the 1920s.

Su used Bristol's Victoria Rooms, with actors in retro costumes on the steps, to produce some stunning shots of Bristol during a wartime air raid for the film "Edward's Request".

Possibly Su's love of vintage style shoots is what has so far gained her the much coveted position as Director of Photography in two films, as well as the fact that her portfolio boasts an abundance of wedding shoots, family portraits and individual headshots for actors and models.

Su's work has been featured twice in Clifton Life Magazine and once in Vintage Explorer and she has also worked in collaboration with the vintage clothing shop, Heartfelt, of Clifton on a number of occasions.

Bristol, Su comments, offers a sumptuous feast of natural backdrops for shoots. She loves The Downs when wanting to do very natural portraiture with great lighting; Cabot Tower for a dramatic tableau; Corn Street for the architecture; and Blaise Castle and woods for pure drama with great light and shade.

Su explains: "On location settings I take full advantage of ambient settings and natural lighting which produces gorgeous unique images.

“Photography is how I speak. It allows me to show what I love and how I view the world. Every opportunity to shoot a portrait or an event is a chance for me to create art. Every occasion is new and unique just like the clients I work with.”

Su's work can be viewed at: barclayphotography.co.uk and she is happy to discuss any photography requirements that folk may have whether for their personal, commercial or film/modelling requirements.