Suki Dhanda // Cornershop // The Guardian

Guardian article / Suki Dhanda website

Tjinder Singh photographed at an old petrol station on FIbbersley Road near his old home in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer

Cornershop front man Thinder Singh with band member Ben Ayres at an abandoned petrol station in Wolverhampton (near Singh’s old home). This was an eye-opening day, holding her Profoto B10’s in gusty wind and working closer than ever on the editing process on the train journey back, I learn a lot from her each time I work for her. On this occasion, it was:

  1. Keep a location reference archive. A list of locations which detail what, where and how to get there. Picture references are also useful. When a location inspires you to do further work it is your natural instinct to try and remember it for future reference. By keeping a record of these locations you give yourself the chance to make the most of them. Being a fountain of knowledge and fresh ideas in the creative industry can also be what another creative needs and can only make you more valueable.

2. Always pack kit which allows for a change of creative direction. This is an important one. By bringing additional kit beyond your inital plan you are allowing yourself flexibility to think on your feet when the time comes. Without the yellow and green gels Suki brought this day, this shoot wouldn’t have the same feel.

Cornershop’s Ben Ayres and Tjinder Singh photographed at an abandoned petrol station near Singh’s old home in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your colleagues. As long as you communicate what you want to do most people are willing to help you get there. The shoot would have been a hazardous place if we didn’t receive help from the interviewer Jude Rogers and band member Ben Ayres for holding Suki’s kit against the wind whilst I was holding the lights.

Photographer: Suki Dhanda

Assistant: Holly Taylor

Interviewer: Jude Rogers

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