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Images in Context Experiment

I was asked at a recent exhibition what my thinking was behind the images I make… Sometime I grab something and think and at other times I look at something and drift off… we ALL do this! The latter approach is reflective and makes for the most interesting, this is one such image from this project.

Many things come to mind here, there are 5 seats rather than the standard 4, who sat there? what did they discuss… was it serious or was it fun? and why is the seat pulled out a little. I have a dialogue in my head for everyone of these questions, so when I look at this image I drift off in thought… I lined this up so it was skewed, kinda reflects life!

Pull up a chair at the table of life

Pull up a chair at the table of life

 

Table Life

Table Life

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Scotland has Sprung

[5 IMAGES] After months of rain we had sunshine… since October we’ve hardly had a day with a downpour!!! Anyway, I got a call from Steffie, so dusted off the camera and I thought I’d head into the hills and get the rust out of the camera and the malaise out of my head.

“Can I bring my sheep dog? ” she asked, of course… by the end of the day I was unsure if he was the prop or she was his, either way, a fantastic team to shoot with… rust and malaise shaken loose!

At the Scottish Gully

Steffie and Tyse at the river

Steffie and Tyse at the river

At the Scottish Gully

Old trees, new flowers and Steffie

Old trees, new flowers and Steffie

A Scottish Spring

A Scottish Spring

The bond between a girl and her dog is unbreakable

The bond between a girl and her dog is unbreakable

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Threats to photography

I’m one of the photographers that thinks the use of photography to highlight everyday life is to the benefit of everyone. My dissertation was on the use of Street Photography as a tool for future historians to contextualise life in days gone by.

In this case Street Photography is one of the best outlets for serious photographers. Capturing a moment that shows humans interacting with their immediate environment makes everyone see our fast paced life in ways that are lost ether of time, sometimes that ether is just a few short months. Trends and life move at a pace these days!

As a street photographer, I don’t go out to make a fool of anyone, I certainly don’t intend to make fun of anyone, but that isn’t true of everyone who photographs… those people I condemn wholeheartedly!

I came across this article, it’s been a steady profile I have noticed of late, that the “dark side” of  social media is allowing to flourish:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/women-who-eat-on-tubes-i-was-hurt-and-humiliated-when-my-photo-appeared-online–im-never-going-to-strangershame-again-9249512.html

These people degrade not just the people they capture but all serious photographers (and by serious, I mean who don’t grab shots for the purposes of injury)

How best to deal with them? Group together to have them exposed publicly and shut down! It is good to have a code of conduct but that means nothing unless you draw the line in the sand and champion the people injured.

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Lunderston Bay with Steffie

We spent an hour on a windy Scottish Beach the results were wonderful…

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

Steffie Hill

HELP NEEDED

I have been absent due to my Honours year at Uni, however, I need some help, and please spread the word. I have quoted within my dissertation those snippets from renowned masters that help to explain photography, and in particular, Street Photography.

Now that the usual suspects, and pioneers of this art, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bert Hardy, Oscar Marzaroli, and Imogen Cunningham to name a few are out the way, I believe that the photographers of today are able to contextualise both photography and street photography  for the 21st century.

To this end I am hoping that you reading this will offer a quote on either

  • the importance of photography today
  • the importance of photography to you
  • the importance of street photography to society

Fell free to quote on all three if you are up for that challenge. It will be a great help if you could do so… thank you.

All quotes will be listed with your name (and a web address if you supply one)

Thanks

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Kenny and the Sex Machine

Kenny and the Sex Machine

Kenny and the Sex Machine

This is Kenny and the car is called Sex Machine, Kenny brought it to a shoot for a charity calendar… like everyone that doesn’t conform to the norm, he was a down to earth gent… I could easily see myself having him in front of the camera again!

I haven’t been feeling it artistically, I’m feeling that boom and bust part of artistic life, in one way I hate it and in an other I hate it. Do I need to extend myself or consolidate? 

 

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A Stern Look

A stern look

A stern look

This is the pre shoot shot of an exciting shoot on the Tall Ship in Glasgow. The female models were still in make up, so we took a 15 minute break and shot the a few. Technically I wanted to shoot against the morning sun, using fill flash. My biggest challenge was seeing the shoot info in the camera after looking at the sun (accidently).

It was meant to be candid and voyeuristic, with the sun flaring… I liked it and this quick shot was the one I liked from the day. There is a lesson there, don’t complicate a shoot, 9 times out of 10, the more simple the shot, the better the outcome!