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Weston & Co Design

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked by Nathalie to photograph her latest job in HK – the remodeling of the living space in a 70’s building in Mid Levels.

The large flat is rented by a lovely Australian family with three children (another two on the way) and a couple of dogs; so the brief was one of livable style and a bringing together of a family area that the kids wouldn’t destroy but could be used for entertainment for work.

With such an open brief Nathalie kept few of the existing pieces and those that stayed were repainted (the cabinets in blues and yellows) to fit with the bespoke carpet, artwork from a tattoo artist in Holland, a dining table made to order and the eclectic use of classic chairs.

Added to this the cabinet under the TV was newly made – accenting the period to fit with comfy chairs and new sofas and the nod to Nathalie’s South African heritage with the Miss Wong by Tretchikoff.

The above shots were taken entirely on Hasselblad 503 CX with Carl Zeiss 80/2.8 T* and Provia 400X in E6 using two large soft boxes to light the flat.

The camera, lens and film choice as well as lighting were meant to create a natural aging to the look of the photos (although a umbrella would have probably been sensible too for some more targeted lighting).

This one below was taken hand held with my Kiev 88 and Zodiak 30mm – cropped to take out the ceiling – but added here to show the fantastic carpet.

Nathalie’s site is just under construction where her look book is going to be along with her design blog.

Posted by simon on February 13, 2012
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  1. 02/13/2012

    Nice pictures and really nice colours in the flat. I really like the Kiev 88 picture. I will hire you the day we are selling our house.

    • 02/16/2012

      Thanks Darko – although my colour correcting was completely lacking and the two borrowed soft boxes were not enough for the size of room.
      So – I finally stepping into the realm of off camera flash and bought two 800W strobes with shoot through and reflective umbrellas, stand, clips, grips, pocket wizards etc and am taking indoor photography more seriously now….and to top it all off – the Nikon F5.


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