I t m a y be s m a l l . . .
but we were pretty excited to see one of Nick’s photographs published in the pages of Mindfood Magazine’s summer edition which included a feature article on ‘Delightful Dunedin’. Celebrating small wins here at stw studio, if someone had said we’d be providing a little bit of ‘visual food’ for ‘Mindfood Mag’ last year we probably would have scoffed!
We were graced with the perfect morning for the Experience Dunedin V8 Trike shoot, the sun made a spectacular entrance across dappled skies providing a perfect backdrop for shots over the harbour.
A l l p r e s s Cafe E x h i b i t i o n
12 Emily Siedeberg Place
Strong structural elements and water unify our latest work currently on display at Allpress Cafe. We have included two urban reflections, the new footbridge by the stadium and last but not least a beach image named ‘Uncharted’ taken at daybreak on the first of January 2019.
Lawyers Head Boulders - 01/01/2019
New footbridge & West Harbour recreational trail
It may seem unusual to select a footbridge for inclusion in our work but this one successfully fuses function with an artistic form through some clever design and materials selections. Add in a nice sunrise and hey presto you have something worthy of a frame. (well we thought so anyway…)
The footbridge is located beside the stadium and connects to the West Harbour recreational trail which is a fantastic track to explore. We’ve been out a couple of times in recent weeks and if you can avoid the harbour easterly it ticks all the boxes.
We were excited to include two of our favourite reflections photographs courtesy of the November rain and one big puddle in The Warehouse Precinct.
Thanks for reading, if you are interested in viewing the exhibition while enjoying a delicious coffee pop into Allpress Roastery Cafe open Monday to Friday from 8am till 4pm at 12 Emily Siedeberg Place.
One night + one neighbourhood
Taking you on a little picture tour today of photographs taken Wednesday evening following heavy rain. After getting caught out in the rain Nick must have felt inspired by water and returned to one of his favourite spots in Dunedin (no not the gutter) but rather ‘The Warehouse Precinct’ to gather some new reflections pics.
after the rain
As the stormy skies receded the setting sun cast a soft glow across the water giving the reflected images something a bit special.
refine refine refine
The 9 images above have been added to the print shop but the process of refining 80 photographs down to 9 was a challenge, below are a few that were close contenders.
signing off streetside…….
Hope you enjoyed this wee photo tour, we’ll be moving on from reflections to a something a little less urban in our next post and sharing some photographs collected from Taieri Mouth, and various spots around our beautiful local coastline.
Have a great weekend!
R e f l e c t i o n
Well it is the final day of 2018 and a time for taking stock and reflection before we move on into a new year. Although Nick has been taking photographs for almost 2 years, it was a year ago in December that we launched the website/ company and held our first photography exhibition as stw studio.
W h a t d o y o u s e e ?
I’ve been mulling over this post for awhile now, thinking about what we see, what it is that forms and frames our individual perspective. Photography is about perspective, what captures someone’s eye, their unique way of looking at the world, how they compose a photograph to capture a moment.
What is unique about our photography? It’s the vision of a guy who has been clambering over Dunedin’s buildings and working on its streets, alleyways, nooks & crannies for 20 years. Can you see those years spent on buildings - working, assessing, visualising, cleaning, discovering - somewhere in his photographs?
There is a strong structural dimension, form and function playing a starring role in how Nick sees the architecture and the bones of the city that is his subject. The ‘feeling’ is often created through the fusion of structural composition with natures best - the light, the skies, the water, the landscape.
The subject, well it’s a place that is home - one man taking photographs of a city he admires, she’s grand, she’s old yet new, she represents past, present and future. She has a few secrets to reveal.
‘‘The extraordinary and the ordinary live side by side, only a moment away from each other. Yet most of the time we are so focused on the ordinary we can miss the extraordinary. Something i’ve been learning more and more is - you get what you look for, it’s like the act of looking invites the extraordinary whether it was there to start with or not.” (Nick Beadle)
A l i t t l e b i t a b o u t N i c k
W h a t d o y o u h e a r ?
18 years ago this guy and i were arguing over whether i should walk down the grassy outdoor ‘aisle’ to Jimi Hendrix ‘Angel’ (Nicks plan) or Shania Twain’s more mainstream offering of ‘from this moment on.’ Although i won that particular battle and had my ‘moment’, 20 years on i would make a different choice.
No he wasn’t neutered during his nuptials - Jacques Loussier Trio playing Bachs ‘Air on the G string’ was Nick’s selection for our first dance and on reflection his options have perhaps been more timeless than mine.
With an appreciation for a broad and eclectic range of music Nick is a self taught guitarist and spent a couple of years in his twenties performing on weekends with mates in a band writing grunge/nu metal songs and playing covers at pubs in South Otago, think ‘The Gambler.’
Of the practical persuasion one summer holiday project on the family farm in Marlborough involved making a Flying V guitar out of Mahogany using my late uncles woodworking tools and later constructing three guitar valve amplifiers, one for himself and two for other musicians.
In our early years as a couple, naive illusions of music as a vehicle for starry eyed romance were shattered when i discovered that my music man was not hearing Sixpence none the richer singing ‘Kiss me beneath the milky twilight, lead me out on the moonlit floor, lift your open hand, strike up the band and make the fireflies dance.”
No he was hearing dum dum de dum de dah dum, breaking the music into its parts, the bass line, the guitar rhythm, the drums.
What the heck does this have to do with photography? Well if you look you’ll see each photograph is carefully composed, it’s the sum of its parts. The photos comprise the vision of a practical guy who thinks about function and who sees shape and form, leading lines, vanishing points, symmetry, detail.
2 0 1 8
Stw studio was launched in December 2017 with an exhibition at a local cafe, this creative field was new to us but committed to DIY or die we learned enough to set up a simple website as an online shop for our photography and a blog, (purpose at that point undefined.),
My intention with the website was for it function alongside Nick’s daily social media posts as a space where more work could be shared and exploration of ‘visual’ aspects of the city could be grouped together. Initial posts were connected to inspiring words from photographers and creatives who had significant/insightful things to say.
Planning to give it a good crack for a year, we slowly built a hub for stw studio as a portfolio and platform for visitors to see Nick’s work and various projects we’ve worked on together. In a world clogged with opinions and noise, it was important that written content had substance with the overall focus being primarily visual.
Initially our traffic was very low (think…unread by close relatives) and lacked the connection between photography work and something of interest and value to our readers/community. (a.k.a nobody wants to read about what the window cleaner ate for breakie)
T h e m e d W e e k s
We had a bit of fun creating several themed weeks throughout the year - posting daily photographs on social media that focused on one particular part of the city or topical focus beginning with Uni Week. This was followed with beach week, tree week, cup week, The Warehouse Precinct week, reflections week and urban cloud week.
By the second themed week (beach week), an article was added on the development of the St Clair beach area in an attempt to connect images with factual content. This was a starting point but we figured out our content in Warehouse Precinct Week when in addition to an article on the area, we created ‘insider insight’ articles with four of the business owners in the area.
This was gold to us as we were able to connect our images (the visual story) with the substance of the people that are invested in that business - in essence a wee snippet of who they are, what they’re doing, how and why they’re building their wee corner of Dunedin. This was really satisfying work for us personally and we’d discovered something that people were interested in reading.
U n i W e e k
B e a c h w e e k
T r e e w e e k
W a d i n g i n t o a w a r z o n e w e e k - C u p w e e k
When we produced our ‘little bit of Dunedin on a cup’ designs our goal was packaging that looked good and branded well. We took this concept and upon locating kiwi and aussie companies ‘innocent packaging’ and ‘biopak"‘ who are focused on sustainability and producing compostable packaging products, we thought it could be a step forward.
However there was a lot we didn’t know including that compostable packaging can only be accepted by some commercial composters in limited quantities and many areas lack these facilities. While we still love our design concept, perhaps it would be best applied to keep cups.
W a r e h o u s e P r e c i n c t W e e k
R e f l e c t i o n s w e e k
U r b a n c l o u d w e e k
F a v o u r i t e W e e k s
Followers favourite weeks were beach week and reflections week.
Our fave - had to be reflections week although it might be time for a new beach week don’t you think?
Least favourite weeks, cup week, urban cloud week & tree week
P H O T O G R A P H S - S O M A N Y P H O T O S
We had a bit of a tally up and between the two cameras there have been approx 9,700 photos taken over 2018. That is a lot of bad photos and a few pretty good ones - listed below are the favourites from social media posts.
F a c e b o o k ( top 10)
I n s t a g r a m (top 10)
C a f e E x h i b i t i o n s
Exhibition No #1 - The Perc
Sometimes a journey begins via the encouragement or opportunities provided by others and we have Dunedin local cafe owner (& legend) Sarah from The Perc to thank for the space to hold our launch & first exhibition in December 2017.
Focusing on simplicity we had our most popular images framed in contemporary box style black frames with a wide white mat. Our first exhibition was not a raging financial success but it was an activator in many other ways and a great learning curve.
Exhibition No #2 - The Fix
This exhibition held in June/July was a lot of fun to plan, we extended our products to include larger scale photographs on boards, some custom white framed pieces and splashed out for 5 small metal prints from Australia where images are printed into chromaluxe metal sheets using the process of die sublimation.
We wanted to trial this product particularly for our reflections images and the image clarity and colour were amazing. Unfortunately the price point was just a bit too high.
Exhibition #3 - The Fix
A last minute opportunity became available to exhibit our work over November at The Fix and we jumped at the chance to print more of our photographs. This time round a mixture of metal boards, black and white framed prints and for the first time some oak framing which looked pretty great.
Thanks to Kev & Mandy at the Fix for the exhibition space and work involved with selling art and calendars!
I n s i d e r A r t i c l e s
One of the best things we’ve done is connect our images with informal interview style articles about some great Dunedin business people, sharing a little about their story, the vision that they have for their business and the focus of their work.
In an image saturated market we love the fusion of great images with content that has meaning and value. Really grateful to the business owners who took time to answer our questions and made space for Nick to point the camera around their premises.
2 0 1 9 C a l e n d a r s
After a few requests we sat down and decided to design a calendar, keeping it simple and printed on the best quality cardstock we could purchase. Dunedin Print did a fantastic job of producing these calendars and we appreciate all who supported our project.
T H A N K Y O U
This year has been an adventure for Nick and I, in addition to a window cleaning business that kept Nick occupied for 6 days of the week the photography has been creatively inspiring with endless possibilities and a tremendous amount of (self driven) work.
Growth needed to be organic due to limitations on our time and we feel satisfied with what we’ve been able to achieve over the year.
We’re extremely grateful for all who have purchased prints, calendars, framed photographs, web content or commissioned Nick for shoots. Although photography/art isn’t about money, running a viable business is and these orders and jobs have contributed to investment in equipment, projects and future projects.
Social Media is a weird and wonderful platform but we’re so appreciative of the support and genuine connections made through it and what we learn about this city via the memories and shared experiences of others.
T h e P h o t o g a l l e r y
Nick can take all the best photographs in the world but our end product is only as good as the printers and framers who produce it. Tim, Amanda & Merlin are highly skilled in their craft and between the three of them have all bases covered to ensure great service and very happy customers. We can’t thank them enough for their work producing quality pieces for us over the last year.
T h e L a d s
Denero & Fred
These lads look like trouble to me and they are sometimes, both of these boys have juggled window cleaning with uni studies and have been absolute legends over the year as Nick has been busy managing stacked cleaning schedules with photography and quite a bit of yarning on the phone (they tell me). Thanks boys!
H a p p y N e w Y e a r
If we’ve learned anything over the past year it would be the benefit of a couple of old dogs learning some new tricks, taking a turn off from the familiar pathways of life to explore a new track. On the eve of a New Year, our best wishes to you and yours, may it be a happy one and may you venture out into the ‘new’.
Closing the year with some inspiring words penned by Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre.
‘I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.’
Down in Edin magazine is a fantastic arts, culture & lifestyle journal, released on a quarterly basis. Issue 15 came out in December and (in addition to Nick), you’ll find interesting articles on authors, a filmmaker, musician, composer, photographer and relevant sustainability issues facing our community today.
Caroline Davies, editor of Down in Edin has put together a great, in depth read about Nicks work, what contributes to his perspective and a real look at the guy behind the camera/craft.
If you’ve got some time over the summer and you have an interest in creative people and whats behind their accomplishments this is the magazine for you.
Copied directly from the website Down in Edin is all about:
“Discovering the common and diverse threads in our humanity through the stories of our creative journeys, love of place, and lifestyle choices. “
Direct link to Issue 15 can be found HERE: Down in Edin: Nick Beadle.
Hello folks, one of the benefits of the substantial amount of rain in recent times has been some sizeable puddles on the roads allowing for some great reflections photographs. Today we’re sharing some images taken in The Warehouse Precinct and Queens Gardens area of town and a wee bit of the backstory….
O n S u n d a y
Many of Nick’s photographs arise from being someplace and whipping out the camera in the moment, others however involve a concept, building or area that catches his interest resulting in him intentionally setting out on a mission to capture it. In my mind it’s a bit like hunting out a photo and he does tend to get a little bit focused on those tasks….
Two weekends ago Nick had become fixated on a new puddle he’d spotted down by Queens Gardens and it was clear that he needed to go ‘puddle hunting’. Long story short after the puddle was discussed a couple of times I filed that line of conversation into ‘spousal white-noise privilege’ and at last on Sunday avo he headed out the door to get his photos.
The trip was to no avail as you see below the weather arrived with a bang - a little thunder, a little hail and a lot of rain.
o n M o n d a y
Ever the eager beaver Nick was back down in The Warehouse Precinct by 6.45 am on Monday morning and got some great shots including the opening image at the top of the blog and the one below which we were both rather chuffed with.
Upon reviewing the images we were also pretty excited about the following two photos taken with a wider angle apart from one aspect…….the work wagon, trusty old Subaru situated right on the centreline of the shot.
M o n d a y m a g i c - Q u e e n s G a r d e n s
A personal favourite from Monday was this image of The Cenotaph surrounded by trees, the Cenotaph is Dunedin’s main war memorial but what I wasn’t aware of until recently was that many of the trees planted in Queens Garden were planted in remembrance of particular war anniversaries.
O n T u e s d a y
Nick cleaned windows……
O n W e d n e s d a y
It was time to venture back down for some re-takes. There are some rather bright roadcones in these pics and you’ll notice there is now a red car in place of the silver subaru.
On Wednesday Nick was inspired to shoot from a new angle and came up with some structural/almost symmetrical gold looking straight down Vogel Street.
D e c i s i o n s d e c i s i o n s
Sometimes image selection with multiples is simple, there’s a clear winner in the pack and other times e.g the three similar pictures above it’s not so easy. Nick shared the middle image on social media, with the third image taken at his widest camera setting. The first image is quite simple and structural which appeals, what do you reckon?
P o r t r a i t p h o t o g r a p h s
B l a c k a n d w h i t e
The black and white edits of these Warehouse Precinct images are quite striking with the strong structural lines, reflections and textural skies. We are always on the lookout to build our black & white portfolio around here.
A l i t t l e g r e e n
Closing out this post with a couple more images from Queens Gardens, the Cenotaph in a landscape orientation and the curving branches of a tree (also shown in black & white).
Thanks for the read, we’ve shared a little bit more behind the scenes of our recent Warehouse Precinct reflections and the photo gathering and selection process.
Happy weekend - we hope the first of December is a mixture of productive and relaxing for those of you who are like us and would like to tick off both boxes!
B u i l d i n g s
Hi folks, wrapping up the October photographs with some building shots taken throughout the month including the following ones taken from Philip Laing House.
I would strongly advise looking at the horizon for the next few photos if you’re prone to the heebie jeebies (a.k.a state of nervous fear or anxiety) when confronted with heights……
A c r o s s t h e h a r b o u r
This was one of our favourite city images lately, so much so we knew that we had to include it in the exhibition in large scale. We loved the two buildings rising high in the foreground, one old and one more modern, the deep jade of the water blending seamlessly with the trees allowing all the coloured houses to pop.
Pop they did thanks to this photo being taken in broad daylight - the clarity and detail in the houses on the hill was exceptional. It’s always really rewarding when the printed photograph is even better than the digital one and this one was a goodie.
B u i l d i n g s & m o r e b u i l d i n g s
That concludes this wee set of posts sharing some of our October photographs, I’m pretty excited to get onto November as there are some absolute crackers amongst them but for now desk sitting has lost its appeal and i’m off outside to mow the lawns.
Thanks for reading - signing off with a few photographs taken on the 31st October and not a bad way to end the month…..