Being invited to photograph from the photographers pit at London Fashion Weekend has been one of the highlights of this year so far. When I received the email saying I had a place, to say I was excited was an understatement. I have tried for many years to get a privileged place, and this year my wish was granted.
This year, the event took place at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, London.
Standing in the pit for the first time, you realise just how small the space is, even more so when sharing it with 29 other bodies and their camera gear. I managed to grab a spot right at the back, high enough up to avoid the glare of the lights at the far end of the catwalk. Once you get your spot, thats your spot for the next few hours. Surrounded by other photographers all photographing he same action, all in our unique style - plus the TV cameras at the front too.
Next you realise just how long and narrow the catwalk is, and how close the public are. My spot at the back meant some serious glass was called for, so I opted for my Canon 5D Mark iii teamed up with the Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II lens. Quickly deciding on what manual settings to go for as a starting point, I was armed and ready. The yellow glow of the lights didn't help!
It was warm, even before the pubic were allowed in, looking above my head I realised I was right below the huge gantry of super bright lights, yet to be turned up to the max.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the event;
Catwalk : Trend
Catwalk : Edel'ine L'ee