An emerging Harrow photographer is opening new studios in Rayners Lane next month, where he will showcase a range of his images.
The exhibition will include subjects including nature and other fine art, featuring a series of photographs which tell the story of separated lovers determined to be together against any adversity.
It is being held by Arwyn Bailey, a former Independent Financial Adviser, who overcame some of his own personal tragedies to re-invent himself as a photographer, realising life can be too short to not do something you are passionate about.
He said: "Changing a career is a big challenge but I wanted a challenge due to what I have been through myself. I therefore chose to end a successful 18 year career, which was a difficult, painful and probably unwise economical decision."
At one point his troubles nearly made him take his own life. Arwyn was diagnosed with bladder cancer at the age of 36 and was hospitalised 13 years later due to contracting Diverticulitis. After this he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the bladder cancer returned in December 2011 when he was 49. He received the all clear in the spring of 2012 and currently undergoes three month checks.
But tragedy struck the family last April when Arwyn’s elder brother committed suicide. By this time, Arwyn’s mother - who was registered blind - was in a care home and Arwyn had to tell her that her son had killed himself with his youngest sister and her partner by his side.
On top of all of this, Arwyn then contracted a bronchial condition and had scar tissue on his left lung. This was diagnosed around July 2012. He continues to suffer from gradual hearing loss and extreme bouts of tinnitus.
Last September, Arwyn’s mother suffered a massive stroke and he was told she would never recover. As his mother’s Attorney, and with the agreement of the family, he made the painful decision to withhold both food and water. He has realised since that this was the controversial ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’ and with the rest of the family, he essentially watched his mother die over the course of 10 days.
But now Arwyn is excited about the prospect of running his own studio, where he will also be holding courses and events.
The studio will feature seven different types of backdrops which can be shot against and boast high quality lighting.
Once a month Arwyn will hold ‘spotlight Saturdays’ where people can book one hour at a reduced rate of £40 and use any backdrops they like and their own props to promote themselves and their professions.
Early next year he will introduce the course, ‘Let there be Light’ which shows users the best use of natural and artificial light no matter what type of camera they have.
In addition, children and young teenagers will be able to attend photo shoot parties for up to two hours.
The opening will be held at GP1 Studios, Rayner’s Lane, London HA5 5DY from 3-8pm. For more information and contact Arwyn on 0203 195 7730.
Photography is one of Arwyn’s passions and a subject that was an element of his course at Art College. (Arwyn was given a camera at aged four or five, which still sits on his desk today. Both Arwyn and his brother also had their own darkroom at home.) He now uses a combination of self-taught techniques and other techniques learned in training in many aspects of photography and the developing of pictures to all sizes; using technical and technological skill to provide high resolution and intense detail.
Arwyn is also able to set up studios in peoples’ homes and workplaces. The shoot is reasonably priced and the client can view the images online and select the ones they like, which can be put into ordinary prints and/or canvas, or placed into an album.
Arwyn also shoots weddings, and family celebrations as well as the target market of both corporate and commercial firms, and organisations, of conferences, and product shots for brochures, leaflets and marketing material, as well as pictures of staff for offices.