Photographer Andy Gotts has finally given us some more of those images he took when he shot RA earlier this year.
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Fresh from my #Lockdown hideaway and a little something for the bank-holiday weekend…here are some unseen shots from the glorious barmy Armi #RichardArmitage. I thought I would just like to whet your appetites before the actual chosen photographs are worked on. Loved working with RA and he showed just what a pro he was. Many actors you need to work into their diary, and most need ’space’ before and after the shoot. Whereas the Admirable Armitage dropped by to the shoot on the way to the airport. Most of the shoot-proper is along the mean and moody vibe but I do enjoy making people gurn at my lens at most shoots. Many people hate the formality of a photo shoot, so if you get people to lark around it lets them drop their guard and be their real selves, BTW I recently binged watched #TheStranger on #Netflix. What a fabulous mini series (though I did guess what happened to the missing wife quite early on. The actress who played ‘the Stranger’ did a wonderful job too, I was hooked from episode 1. #RichardArmitage #ThorinOakenshield #TheHobbit #Spooks #Hannibal #TheCrucible #photography #celebrityphotographer #AndyGotts #oneshotgotts
Let’s say one thing here – Armitage is remarkably un-vain when it comes to photo shoots. I wouldn’t really say that these pictures depict him at his most attractive… *ahem* Or rather: the grimaces don’t depict him at his most attractive.
Otherwise he seems to be in the bloom of his years at the moment *sigh* Gotts is 100% right of course – let your subject fool and play a bit before you shoot them, and it makes them feel much better in front of the camera. It’s a phenomenon I encountered when I took pictures of my kids. They were quite sheepish when I took some portraits of them, but when I told them to grab some props and pose as outrageously as they wanted, they came up with stuff like this.
So yeah, take it from Gotts – and try it with your own family.
I have to say, the best thing about that IG post is actually the little accompanying text. It always, *always* delights me to the utmost when I read complimentary things about RA. “Admirable Armitage”. A non-diva who doesn’t need a whole load of fuss in order to do a photo shoot. Who completely lets loose in front of the camera. Well, yes, a pro. But also a pro in the sense that he is aware of the photographer’s work and doesn’t make it harder for the tog by being difficult and obstructive.
Well, now I am more than curious to see what the other “moody” photos are like. I hope Gotts will show them, soon.