The story behind the photo with Tony Pick

In our final Story Behind the Photo installment, gallery owner and photography teacher Tony Pick shares one of his favourite photos that features the colour red. With this series of interviews we've aimed to share a wide range of photos that feature the colour red in support of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Red for Heart photography competition, which closes at midnight on the 9th of January 2011.

When and where was this photo taken?

I took this image in March 2001 at the top of Aldeburgh Town Steps.  It was just before we opened our gallery and very cold! This image has become an iconic image for us and is our best seller in our gallery, Coastal Images.

What kit was used to create this image?

This was shot on a Leica R8 - back in the good old film days!

What effect do you think using the colour red has had on this image?

The red on the umbrella has given the picture a focus point which otherwise would be almost monochrome.  Lots of customers have said that the umbrella 'makes the image'.

What do you like about this shot?

It almost has a watercolour effect which is created by the soft lighting through the falling snow. Gives a soft-box feel.

What (if anything) would you go back and change if you could take this photo again?

I'd ask the man to put his co-op shopping bag down!

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Tony Pick owns Coastal Images - a gallery & studio located in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast where he also runs a range of photography workshops.