Hello, my name is David Ovenden and I am a professional photographer providing a wide range of photographic services to individuals and businesses.
I specialise in theatre, fashion and commercial photography but I can turn my hand to most forms of photography and can help with all your photographic requirements.
I offer studio or location shoots, and with my portable studio I can create studio quality shots in your own home, office or at your function.
I can cover all areas of London and the South East, or further afield on request.
This London Theatre Networks’ production of four short plays by Tennessee Williams is an intriguing insight into the early work of the playwright who later went on to develop them into such work as A Streetcar Names Desire and The Glass Menagerie. I was given the opportunity of shooting some ‘staged’ scenes but for the rest of the production I had to shoot from the back during a performance, keeping things as unobtrusive as possible.
On Saturday I did the headshots for the programme of the SEDOS production of Into the Woods using a leafy background. It was actually a bush beside London Wall, bang slap in the middle of the City! It was so cold and windy this was the best we could find within easy striking distance of the rehearsal rooms.
I also shot a couple of photos of Cinderella and Rapunzel’s Princes as themselves and as the Wolves, and Florinda and Lucinda – the Stepsisters. Next week we will be doing some location shots in costume (Let’s hope it doesn’t rain!)
The launch of this guide took place at the fascinating Armourers’ Hall which is situated on the corner of Coleman Street and London Wall, on the original site of the ‘Dragon and five Shoppes’. The Company has occupied this same site since 1346, taking a lease on the property in 1428 and acquiring the freehold in the 16th century.
The Hall was one of the very few to escape destruction in the Great Fire of 1666, which was checked a few yards short of it. Members of the Company who had their workshops in the surrounding districts were rendered homeless, but permitted to carry on their trade in the Hall for three months provided that no hammer or forge was used. In 1795, the Hall was enlarged, but the Court decided in 1839 to rebuild it completely which, together with its furnishings, cost £10,533. The lantern or dome of the Livery Hall was added in 1872.
On the 29th December 1940, during a major blitz on London, the surrounding area was devastated, but again the Hall survived.