According to the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, the ancient Chinese encyclopædia, all animals can be described as belonging to one of the following 14 categories:
- Those that belong to the emperor
- Embalmed ones
- Those that are trained
- Suckling pigs
- Mermaids (or Sirens)
- Fabulous ones
- Stray dogs
- Those that are included in this classification
- Those that tremble as if they were mad
- Innumerable ones
- Those drawn with a very fine camel hair brush
- Et cetera
- Those that have just broken the flower vase
- Those that, at a distance, resemble flies
Fortunately, my categorisation of blog posts is equally as logical and elaborate. So to limit this list of posts to a single category, please hover your mouse over the word “blog” at the right-hand side of the menu above and wait for the drop-down menu with different categories to appear.
Fashion-style pictures from a photo shoot with Becky in East Park, Hull.
Holiday pictures from the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. May contain beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, still waters, friendly sheep and bag pipe players.
Geoff Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment is a fascinating, interesting and fun overview of important photographers and themes in American photography, focusing mainly on their pre-colour photography. A good read that will form the basis for further exploration of many of the individuals discussed.
Talented make-up artist Dorota covered Marie Jean in gold coloured body paint, A group photo shoot with a difference, not least due to the reflectiveness of the paint.
Friday 6th April 2018 arrived after months of anticipation. It was the Friday of Mark and Jenni's charity ball, this time held at the RUSCC club in Romford. I was fortunate enough to be there with the camera, capturing a few shots during the setup and evening. You've...
Rather than sit in an airport hotel and get bored, I spent the evening plane spotting. The hoped-for plane-against-dramatic-sunset picture didn’t materialise, but it was a good evening nonetheless.
While being away with the caravan I thoroughly enjoyed two very different photography books: Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L. and Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher
Pictures from York Symphonic Orchestra’s 8th annual Chamber Concert at York Unitarian Chapel.
Feedback from my tutor for my TAOP Assignment 3.
In this exercise I’m looking at how the colour temperature of sunlight changes between mid-day and sunset.
There is nothing wrong with Exploring Color Photography, and there is a lot of things right about it. It just feels like Robert Hirsch has taken a general photography manual and added the word color [sic] to every other heading, just like a house-owner looking to make a quick sale will get the decorator in to give all the walls a quick lick of magnolia. On the plus side, the book is lavishly illustrated with a large selection of beautiful (color) photographs.
This assignment is all about colour. Harmonious, contrasting, complementary, accents, design, filtering, adding and subtracting, etc. I sometimes describe myself as a bit of a colour-holic, and here present 16 colourful pictures with commentaries on composition, balance and movement.
In this exercise, I look at black and white conversions of a colour photograph, and how to change the tones in the picture.
From Goethe via Union Jack to autumn colours at the local crematorium. It’s about contrasts and harmonies; a lot about colours but no mentioning of Faust.
I was asked to photograph scenes representing the three primary and the three secondary colours. What better place to look for colours than at the green grocer?
Thoughts about the Miles Aldridge exhibition I Only Want You To Love me at Somerset House in London. In a single word: Wow! i love it!
On Saturday the 21st September in Hornchurch, the right place to go was Club 2004 which hosted the annual Cancer Research UK Charity Event arranged by Jenni Winfield and Mark McIlven. I was fortunate enough to have been invited to come along and take some pictures from the evening.
After a 7 months hiatus, I’m finally back at the study again. The first exercise is a gentle start with 20 pictures of dry paint 😉
The main lesson I took away from the wonderful Ansel Adams exhibition was not about individual photographs, but about the old master’s mastery of the print. Truly amazing!
Thoughts from my visit to The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of 150 original Man Ray portraits.