Thanks for posting Joanne Carter at http://theappwhisperer.com McCullin in is one of my photography heroes.
Delighted to be among the honourable mentions in the black & white category of this year’s annual Mobile Photography Awards. Some great work here. What I like about B&W photography is that it strips back an image to its essentials. Texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting are the building blocks of a photograph. Get all these attributes singing along in harmony and you could possibly end up with a great photo. B&W is the acid test of a photographer to create picture perfect images. Congrats to the winner, David Ingraham, and fellow runner-ups, who pass the test perfectly. A big shout-out to MPA founder (and talented mobile photographer in his own right), Daniel Berman, for his commitment and energy to make the MPA the success it has rightfully become since its inception in 2011. Mobile photography, and the very active talented community that make it so vibrant, is still in its infancy. Baby steps are turning into giant strides. Congrats to all involved.
Link to winning work: http://mobilephotoawards.com/black-white-winner-honorable-mentions-mpa-2015/
In November of 2015, I had the privilege of accompaning Malta MEP Roberta Metsola to a refugee centre in Balzan, about 5km from the Maltese capital Valletta. I was commissioned by the EPP group to photograph Roberta on her fact-finding mission to improve EU policy on emigration. A very rewarding and enlightening experience. Emigration is a very divisive issue in Europe today. At the end of a political policy, there is always a human being. Whatever your worldview may be, I invite you to view the world through emigrants eyes. Thanks to the people at ZN for hiring me to do this photoessay and to Antti and his team at the EPP group for their support. And a big thanks to Roberta Metsola and her team in Malta for the warm welcome and help in getting my camera back. I inadvertently left it in a taxi on the way back from the shoot. In the same way there are no atheists in a foxhole – there are no photographers who have forgotten the Lord’s prayer after misplacing a camera without downloading the day’s photo session. Shot with a Sony a7s and edited with Lightroom and PS.
Chris Duffy, son of legendary fashion photographer Brian Duffy, guides us through the work of one of the most creative collaborations between a performing artist and photographer in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. Their working partnership resulted in some of the most iconic album art ever conceived – Bowie’s Aladdin Sane and Lodger.
Bowie was a very inspirational figure for me. My adolescent love of art and music was made manifest in the figure of Ziggy Stardust. A visual artist who could sing rock ‘n’ roll. And could do both brilliantly. I created the above artwork for another online project but decided to post it here as my tribute to a man who was, even in death, a work of art. I built the image using the original photography of Brian Duffy (Aladdin Sane) and Johan Renck (Blackstar/Lazarus). I uploaded the shots to my iPhone 6 and, with the Photostudio and Picfx photo apps, I arrived at the artwork seen above. From station to station, from beginning to end, Bowie remained an iconoclastic artist. One can only aspire to be as inspirational.
Link to Brian Duffy’s web site: http://www.duffyphotographer.com
Link to Johan Renck’s web site: http://www.johanrenck.com
An epic epitaph. His last work takes on a totally new meaning knowing he knew. On his new album Blackstar, Bowie returned to musical themes he has been developing since the 60s – he had a deep interest and knowledge of occult gnostic practices. The world without David Bowie seems poorer. Less colourful. Less creative. Less interesting. The sountrack to our lives has stopped. Very sad. R.I.P. David Jones.
The Smithsonian is putting together a book project compiling a compendium of crowdsourced rock n’ roll photography. This has given me a wonderful incentive to do something I’ve been procrastinating about for quite a while. Namely, going back through my many concert pictures, with fresh eyes, and picking out some of my work that might merit publication in a book planned for publication in 2017. I have submitted the above concert work this morning and am currently waiting for confirmation of approval. The concert shots are of British electronic band Depeche Mode in Antwerp in early 2014. To be honest, their Ultra album released in 1997, remains the only body of work from Depeche Mode that I have ever bought and listened to. Some great raw tracks on that album – more raucous rock than the gentler synth pop that usually defines them. If you are interested in seeing more of my R’n’R photography that has meet the criteria for approval by the Smithsonian, please visit : http://rockandroll.si.edu/photocontest/user/sean-hayes-1/