In my area, rural Ireland, there are still a few old style shops(stores). These places usually feature long wooden counters, glass fronted cabinets, mechanical tills! and floor to ceiling shelves. The shop are usually smallish (around 300sq ft), and fairly dark (the windows are usually full of merchandise) and the ceilings are often smoke stained wood.
This type of business is rapidly disappearing, being replaced with modern self service convenience stores, or not being replaced at all; having been driven out of business by a supermarket.
So I wanted to do a project which would capture the inside of a few of these places for posterity.
I have a few specific question about this project, but any other advice would also be welcome.
- What's the best way of approaching the shop owners to ask for permission.
- What about lighting? I have a speedlite. Or should I go with long exposure & natural light? I would like to capture the owner and maybe customers. Ideally I don't want to fool around with a complicated lighting setup and interfere with business.
- Lens: Wide angle seems like the only option for these small spaces?
Here is a photo by a flickr user of the kind of shop I am talking about. This shop doubles as a pub, this was pretty common in small towns.
This is a youtube video of a famous comedy sketch (very funny) set in a very old style shop. These kind of "sell everything" stores are very rare these days, if any one knows of any in South-east Ireland, let me know.