Max McClure shoots Pollen Place
We are firm believers in the importance of imagery, and when Pollen Place launched we knew we needed a professional photographer to take some beautiful shots of the new spaces. We wanted someone who had clear artistic vision, and Bristol-based photographer Max McClure was an obvious first choice.
Max’s natural aptitude for interpreting ideas into powerful visual storytelling is visible in his striking work. Some recent projects of his – such as his Wrapped Buildings series – show his ability to make even the most mundane of subject matters, beautiful pieces of work with an almost fine-art feel. His portfolio (some of which you can see below) shows a playful eye that is as much at home referencing old master still-life paintings as it is contemporary pattern-making with vegetables.
For the Pollen Place photoshoot, Max developed a Pinterest board to explore different styles and to look at contrasting angles, accents and detailing. We wanted broad sweeps of the studios themselves – showing people working and socialising – as well as smaller detail shots of objects that we felt gave our spaces character: cacti, design books, cups of coffee, Pantone swatch books…
We loved the post-production techniques Max had applied to the Wrapped Buildings series – where the photos glowed with a soft, ethereal and almost washed-out light, but at the same time were incredibly crisp and sharp. We asked him to apply this to our the Pollen Place studios and event space, as well as Backfields Lane – the cobbled street in central Bristol that all three studios operate from.
A huge bonus of Max being a local photographer, was that he was able to take photos of the Lane early in the morning – before it became cluttered with cars, bikes and bins. Shots late at night, from outside looking in, presented the studios in a different light altogether – one of warmth and comfort. Max’s attention to detail from start to finish, meant we ended up with a set of images to be immensely proud of. Shooting Pollen Place was a thoroughly enjoyable project which showed the real value of working with people who also love, live in and know the area intimately too.
(please note: the featured Hero image has had a filter applied)