Last year at Volleyball Varsity I met Johannes Hjorth. He is a PostDoc at Cambridge, and was invited by one of the girls in our team to take photos of the game. Johannes is a computational biologist, but enjoys photography and spends time doing it in parallel to finishing his PostDoc. We developed a good friendship and since then, we met quite a few times, mostly with him taking photos of volleyball games.
This time [13th Dec. 2014], he wanted to try out his reflector (a large circular membrane with white, silver or gold surface that reflects sunlight onto the objects to make them brighter). I asked Alicia if she was also interested, and so we set out on Saturday morning to photo-shoot.
I suggested Newnham College, since it has beautiful gardens that stretch over a large area and also we could change clothes in my room; Johannes wanted a set of photos with a formal dress and another set with casual clothing. The day was sunny but freezing cold; apricity: the warmth of the Sun in winter.
Seeing as I am from a warm country, I do not survive well when I am cold. Therefore I decided to dress warmly and not really formally, while Alicia (who is jogging on a daily basis at 7am with shorts!) was more daring. She put on her opera-singer dress and her open shoes (story of the dress: Alicia watched an opera performance and when she was leaving, the singer saw her and said she had a dress for her. The dress was tailored specifically for the opera singer when she was in her early 20’s and since then she hasn’t found anyone to fit in it – until she met Alicia. So Alicia inherited this very chic dress with an interesting history). The idea was that one of us would be posing while the other one would hold the reflector and aim light onto the model, following the instructions of Johannes.
Johannes was passionate about his photography, occasionally forgetting that we were getting cold since we had no coats on. Alicia’s coat had a beautiful fur hood, which we used for some of the photos and it turned out very well.
We then changed into warm clothes and moved to the ‘backs’ of the King’s College. The pathway with the row of trees, the fallen leaves and King’s chapel provided a beautiful landscape. We also provided a funny site for the cars driving by Queen’s Road (I thought a few were in danger of crashing when the driver rotated his head as far back as he could when he drove by – I assume because we looked quite funny, me holding a large gold round thing and Alicia running and jumping with arms and legs flying everywhere. Luckily no accidents happened).
We then went back to Newnham to warm up and have pancakes!