I first met Natasha while photographing the Bristol Roller Derby‘s newly merged team, AD/HD. I had wanted to go along & photograph one of the roller derby training sessions for ages but had not had the time… They train on weekends & I’m either photographing weddings or playing with my kids. You do the math. 🙂
During the course of that day I took a few photographs of various AD/HD members, including Natasha & about a week later I got a message from Natasha asking about getting a print. I had no idea she would later come back to me & ask about doing a photo shoot with her.
Natasha had been working on the idea of “Section Gang“, a street performance group based around the style of 1920’s silent films, for a long time. It is inspired by early cinema & features a custom constructed handcar which is an easily recognisable & iconic piece of machinery. Natasha says it best on the Facebook page;
“The Section Gang will bring a hilarious living tableau of silent film classics in sepia tones. You may forget that a monochrome movie breathes before your eyes as the themes of peril, unrequited love, mishaps and misunderstandings playout in slapstick physical comedy to a gramophone soundtrack! But we respect our subject, so be prepared for a true salute to the folk of the early 20th Century railroads, a bow to the pioneers of the moving picture, and a Section Gang gandy dancer ditty or two!”
The make-up artist, Marissa had her work cut out for her to make everyone look like they were actually sepia toned & she pulled it off wonderfully. I think the make-up worked beautifully in the portraits as, even though they’re actually colour, they have that hint of sepia which adds to their beauty.
So, how cool was the day? Very cool… Except the last part where we were racing the weather & shooting in between flurries of rainy & clear weather. Imagine Paul & I setting up lights & cameras when the clouds cleared for a few minutes, the models running out from under cover to pose for a minute before we had to grab the gear & run back under cover again as the rain & occasionally hail fell.
In the end we got some really great shots, thanks to everyone who did the hard work getting this shoot together.
Photography: Matthew Lord – What The F4 Photography
Photo Assistant: Paul Green
Stylist/Organiser: Natasha Block
Make-Up: Marissa Anderson
Chris Hicks – Country Farmhand
Brex Board – Young Modern Man
Natasha Block – Damsel