News & Views from Nottingham Photographer Paul 'Spike' Reddington

Working with light

Photography is quite literally, ‘Writing with Light’. Phos is the Greek word for light and Graphy means ‘to write’

So I had a challenge when photographing an Indian restaurant in West Bridgford, Nottingham because the owners wanted a nice shot of the outside showing their posh illuminated sign. However, because the black perspex acted like a mirror, it was reflecting the two security lights positioned either side of the shop. The only angle to eliminate them was head on – OK, but not the most interesting of shots.

So with a bit of moving around, I found an angle where the reflection of one of the lights made it look like a fiery exclamation mark on the end of the Aziz Khan name, which summed up the fiery, spicy nature of Indian cuisine and looked good too. Job done!

3 responses

  1. Hi Paul

    I cobbled together the website for this restaurant ( and faced the same challenges. I have to say, you did a much better job at solving them than I did!

    I’d love to talk with you about using some of your shots on the website.

    Also, (shameless punt) IMO this place serves simply the very best Indian food I’ve come across.




    October 19, 2010 at 9:43 am

    • Hi Ken
      Thank you for the compliment, it’s always a tricky challenge to photograph anything reflective. As for your request, you need to contact my client, Penit

      I’m looking forward to tucking into Tikki at Aziz soon!


      October 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      • My favourite is the Lamb Punjabi. If you can handle it, the Chef’s Special is something awesome too.

        STILL impressed by how they manage to serve very spicy food that’s so rich and tasty, and not just face-meltingly hot.

        Maybe I’ll see you there!


        October 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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