With the increasing ubiquity of photographers and photographs, it was only a question of time before the fine art community posed the question: “What is a Photograph?” Interesting article from the nytimes about redefining photography in the modern age. Another semantics battle methinks: more for the benefit of curators and collectors who need to put things in quantifiable boxes with neat labels for financial reasons. Creators just want to create – others want to define.
I don’t, intentionally, do a lot of street shooting; preferring the quiet solitude and calming contemplation of landscape photography – but now and again, a subject or situation presents itself that is a gift for a photographer. I was walking the streets of central London when this ‘Angel’ on a skateboard appeared out of nowhere. This wasn’t a commercial or film shoot in progress – she just skated by with a nonchalant air. Click. Hope you like the image I shot that day – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.
It’s competition time again over at the annual Mobile Photography Awards. Going into its third year, the MPA is an international open call for photographs and images created on smartphones and tablets with a Grand Prize this year of 3,000 dollars. I was very pleased to have received an honorable mention in the Landscape Category last year for my image ‘Harvest’ and I will definitely be entering work this year. It is a very well organised event and I recommend that you should consider entering your mobile photographic work. For entry details please see the link below.
I have ambivalent feelings towards Anton Corbijn. On one hand, I respect his talent for producing some of the most intimate and revealing portraits of rock royalty during the last few decades. On the other hand, I remember being left gasping for air when I received his quote for a Wall Street Journal Europe advertising campaign that I had written and I wanted him to shoot the portraits of European business leaders. In retrospect, he was probably worth every penny – but it wasn’t my money to spend. Opportunity missed. Worth a read.
I don’t recall what age I was when I first saw a photography by Ansel Adams – ten or eleven perhaps – but I do remember being transfixed by its beauty. Those silvery tones; translucent greys, those skies that turned day into night. That was also the day I fell in love with black and white photography. What is it about B&W photography that has such a compelling hold on our senses that colour sometimes lacks? I believe it is because we have a more visceral reaction to a monochrome image. Our emotional reaction to black and white comes much more to the fore. We suppress the urge to logically ‘interpret’ and seek meaning that is usually the case with its colour equivalent. Colour photography is predominantly representational – black and white is universally ethereal. Its beauty is in its ambiguity and surface aesthetics. No justification required. It lives or dies on its ability to make you feel something – or nothing. Posted below are a selection of my black and white photographs. Or, to be more accurate – monochrome – as I have played around with different hues in post-production. Hope you like them – and should you like one of them enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at email@example.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.