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Lou Boileau photography event at Royal & Derngate, August 2019

Posted on 28th June, 2019

I had a pleasant surprise today, when I found out that local Northampton professional photographer Lou Boileau will be holding an event at the Royal & Derngate theatre on 1 August. Lou will show a selection of his images, and tell the stories behind them. In addition, he will be in discussion with BBC Radio Northampton broadcaster John Griff, talking about the trials & tribulations of being a pro tog in a world that's challenging (to say the least) for anyone trying to earn a crust in that line of work.

 

I first became aware of Lou several years ago. He had a studio / print sales outlet in The Ridings Arcade, that joins St Giles Street to The Ridings in the town centre. I said to him how surprised I was to find a pro, who does much work in London, opening premises in Northampton. He said that he was local, and would give it a go. Not long afterwards though, the place had gone.

 

Fast forward to November 2018, when I went into the White Hart pub in Far Cotton: I was amazed to see the walls adorned with lots of portrait photos, mostly famous people such as Rik Mayall, David Suchet and Norman Wisdom. I asked the landlord, and he said they were by the very same Lou Boileau. Not only that, but Lou was holding a party at the pub the following week (I can't remember why unfortunately), at which further work would be on show, and to which I was invited.

 

At the event, I discovered that Lou had recently opened up again in that same town centre arcade, and he told me that if I kept an eye on its window display, I'd see notice of upcoming activities. Well, I've been doing that for 7 months now, to no avail, but today I struck gold.

 

Narturally, I can't wait, and I encourage anyone with an interest in people photography to do the same: it will be an eye-opening, rewarding, and fulfilling experience. Contact Lou via info@louboileau.com or 0781 738 5780.

 

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