When I told people I was doing a photo shoot at Dudley Rifle Club the response was either "Where is that?", or "I didn't know that Dudley had a rifle club". The title of the project is "Show Me A Secret" so it seems the mysterious rifle club might just hit the target if you pardon the pun.
Firearms are a sensitive subject not to mention dangerous so quite a bit of research was needed. I soon discovered that anyone uttering the word, "GUN" would have to contribute to the blasphemy pot. I'm hoping to avoid making such a donation. Public feeling is a strange thing and falls into pro, anti and don't care. From a young age we are spoon fed images and film showing violence, murder and other firearm related scenes. I need to position myself as a neutral observer and make the most of the opportunity.
How do I approach this shoot? I want to try to convey the following:
My visit took place indoors and in the evening. Photos on the clubs website seem to indicate a crude level of lighting so my favourite speedlights were used. I really wanted to be able to control the lighting and apply my own style to the images.