Shirehampton has a new photographer
Matthew Broadhead graduated in 2016 from the University of Brighton with a bachelor’s degree in Photography. He then moved back to North Devon and later enrolled on the new Masters in Photography degree program at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. Originally based in Southville, an opportunity to move to Bradley Crescent in Shirehampton came up, and when he was viewing the property, he noticed Shirehampton Studio on the street corner. At the time he thought that if he did move to the locality, he would pay a visit and introduce himself.
Later, reading the article written by Kathryn Courtney in the July 2018 edition of ‘Shire‘ about the retirement of photographers Teresa and Colin Momber, so meeting the couple became time‐sensitive. In his role as a photographer, he is building what he hopes will become his lasting contribution to the locality where he is now living.
His third great grandfather F.W. Broadhead, patronised by the Prince and Princess of Wales, was a well‐known artist and photographer in Leicestershire during the Victorian era and his current research and practice is centered on this topic. As he is not experienced in the art of portraiture, recent events have led him to pursue this subject area with vigor. From the former Shirehampton studio, he acquired camera equipment, studio lights, posing stools so is able to make a start in the field of first‐class portraits.