Club Report, An Evening with Steve Mayes - Tuesday 14th October 2014.


On Tuesday 14th October 2014, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Steve Mayes, an architectural photographer and
an Associate of the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) for whom he mentors and runs architectural
photography workshops. Architectural photography is the core of his business and his passion. The end product varies
depending on the requirements of the client: a portfolio of digital files, a single multi-image panorama, a framed print.
His photography is about capturing that sense of place.

Originally from the midlands he formed Steve Mayes Photography in 2002, a couple of years after moving to the North
East. When he moved to Newcastle the iconic architecture that he found himself surrounded by, old and new, seemed
to be the final spark that turned photography into a real passion. The early years of his new career involved working
with film and a darkroom, and even when he moved to digital in 2004 his output continued to be exclusively black and
white for some years. He still often works in that medium as it lends itself so well to architectural work.
In 2006 photography became his full-time career, as he left his previous role as an economic consultant. It was then
that he started taking on architectural photography commissions, now the cornerstone of his business.

During his presentation Steve showed stunning dusk images of corporate buildings and universities, bridges, large
office complexes, retail parks and graphic images for use in letting brochures. He prefers to produce simple but striking
images which are works of art in their own right and often feature in boardrooms and offices.

Steve explained that forward planning was key, taking into consideration the weather, time of day, even time of the
year to achieve the right light for his photography. It is important to look out for distractions such as street furniture,
dustbins, traffic, rubbish, lamp posts and cables which can so often be missed initially through the lens and, although
these distractions can be dealt with in Photoshop, Steve prefers to scan the scene on site and with so much competition
in this field, attention to detail is core.

He continued his presentation displaying his images of experimental photography, contemporary abstract designs and
creative negative images, using totally original ideas with the aim to put his own stamp on a subject. The evening
concluded with a very useful question and answer session where Steve generously shared his techniques and his
chosen use of equipment.

Self taught, Steve, who had started his journey selling his work at Tynemouth Market and who went on to be an
accomplished architectural photographer, was certainly an inspiration giving club members a fascinating insight into
his world of commercial photography.
                                                       Stephanie Robson.