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This is Radiance, a gorgeous lighting and craft boutique in the small market town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Radiance is owned by designer/maker Hannah Nunn: as well as creating her own acclaimed range of lighting, Hannah has a keen eye for the beautiful, showcasing and selling other talented designers’ work too. The result is a truly magical shop, filled with a wide variety of carefully chosen, high-quality craft products.
It’s the third year in a row I’ve worked with Radiance to carry out a 360° photoshoot: you can view the 2009 version here (in the previous shop unit), and 2010’s version here (interesting to see how much the shop has changed in just one year). I was commissioned to return to Radiance, a year on, to illustrate this evolution, and to create a more comprehensive 360° view of the store, to compliment Radiance’s newly redesigned website. I also captured a series of high quality shop interior and exterior for press and marketing purposes.
I shot this during a visit to the former Quaker hamlet at High Flatts, between Huddersfield and Denby Dale, as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend. High Flatts is a delightful collection of honey-stoned cottages and houses set in the rolling Yorkshire hills: until a generation ago it was exclusively Quaker, but now it’s an affluent, secular and mixed community.
Although several generations ago there were Quakers in my family, I’d never been inside a Friends Meeting House, and the Heritage Open Day allowed a glimpse inside this still-functioning place of worship. Several friendly folk were onhand to explain the history and beliefs of the Society of Friends. I was curious to see whether Quaker beliefs would be mirrored in the aesthetics of the building, like other isolated religious groups such as the Moravians and Shakers. The styling is measured and balanced; the exterior is well-proportioned and Georgian in character. I liked the simple and harmonious interior, with its focus inwards: more for meetings of minds, rather than sermons.
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Test shot with new 10mm lens. It’s probably the smallest space I’ve shot a panorama in, and a good test of the new lens and pano head configuration. Very few stitching errors, setup worked well, PTGui proves to be a good successor to my trusty copy of Stitcher. Fantastic detail if you zoom in.
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