Heather Buckley, is a renowned photographer from Brighton, and spends much her time running street photography workshops in Brighton talking about the secrets of portraiture and providing some of the best street photography tips.
Her beautiful imagery has been published across many magazines and online publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Observer, and she was even awarded the RHS Photographer of the Year in 2013 for this incredible shot:
As picture perfect as her plant photos maybe, Heather truly shines when photographing people; be it street photography or public events, her ability to catch the candour and atmosphere of a moment is incredibly unique.
She approaches subjects with alternative tactics, unexpected camera angles and in a wonderfully un-staged and natural manner. The whole frame of the shot is considered, capturing the entire environment – and it’s these attributes that lead us to working with her for an impromptu shoot during Brighton’s Pride Festival. The festival is a celebration of the city’s diverse community with visitors from across the globe enjoying its spectacular celebrations. The carnival filled the streets of Brighton and Hove with love, light and colour, and celebrated fifty years since the decriminalization of homosexuality.
It was an occasion not to be missed and the shoot was an opportunity to showcase the ‘wearability’ of Kirk & Kirk eyewear by placing it directly on the faces of strangers, and it was also great to road-test some of our new styles such as HELEN, which as you can see below, was a flawless fit on our model. It was also the perfect setting to capture the kaleidoscope of colours in the Kirk & Kirk collection. With such an abundance of beautiful faces, colour and passion on parade, the collaboration of people and product made for some very special shots.
HELEN IN CLAY – an elegant cateye with subtle faceting.
VICTOR in FLAME – a very wearable shape in a vibrant red.
HANA in VIOLET - one of our most popular shapes in one of our most iconic colourways.
Heather says ‘It’s been such a pleasure collaborating with Jason and Karen on this project. Brighton is an endless source of inspiration to me. My pictures are all about people in their environment and there’s so much diversity here, there’s always something going on. The people we met whilst working on this shoot were so open and kind and I feel we really managed to capture the spirit of the day. The eyewear was a fabulous attribute to these already fabulous people – and the colour and quality of the frames shone through.’
Featuring glasses frames and sunglasses for both women and men, the shoot captured the joy of the day and the confidence and natural self-expression of these individuals. Eyewear is such a fantastic accessory in which to express yourself, whether you are after something more classic and understated such as the Lewis in Matte Black or perhaps Carey in Earth or glasses that pack a punch such as Gene in Violet or Hana in Ruby; frames which literally sparkle, enjoy the exploration of possibilities and let yourself go!
If you are looking for some pointers on how to choose the right eyewear to suit you, check out the recent blog written by Jason Kirk HERE. In it, he provides top tips on how to choose your glasses and helpful advice about lenses. Social media can also be a valuable source of inspiration, so be sure to check out our Instagram page.
TumblR and Flickr are also an incredible source of inspiration, whether it be for eyewear or street photography. Did you know that TumblR was the fastest growing social media network last year, and the most popular among the digital camera generation – genZ? So with more of us than ever snapping away – you might be interested in one of Heather’s street photography workshops.
Pop over to her website, FlickR or Instagram to find out more.