It can be odd, being a photographer – you’re never quite satisfied. Take now: most of the population are basking in glorious, unseasonably fine weather. Me, I’m cursing it every morning that the sun shines. I’m not being Mr. Grumpy about this, it’s just that I need to get my project shoot finished and, for that, I want overcast days.
The problem I have with the current weather is harsh shadows. A nice layer of not-to-thick cloud eliminates those and suits my subjects much better. Also, I’ve started in that light, and I want the whole set to be consistent.
Fortunately, there’s still time for our weather to be its usual self and change dramatically – except that it’ll probably go from sunny to chucking it down without passing through any intermediate stages.
So, whilst you’re out there soaking up the rays, think of me looking up and crying: “cloud over, dammit!”
The time has come to start seriously thinking about the details of what I intend to provide as part of my new business. To that end, I’m looking for volunteers to help me refine the content and presentation of my photowalks and tutorials.
What I’m offering is free sessions to anyone who’s willing to put up with a work-in-progress. We can go for walks in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and talk about photography and how to ‘see’ more effectively, how to handle your camera to get the best out of it – anything photography related, really. What you’re getting is some (hopefully) useful advice on taking better pictures; what I’m getting is feedback on what people want from such things.
Alternatively, if you want a more relaxed bit of tuition, whether it’s technical details of camera use, how to use an image processing program to jazz up your pictures, or just learn a bit more about contemporary photography in general, we can arrange to meet somewhere convenient and do that.
Take the opportunity now, because at some point, I’ll be charging for this service.
Tags: photography, walks, tuition
I’ve been doing a bit of walking around the backside of Manchester recently for my final project at college. Following the Bridgewater Way gives you a new perspective on areas that you thought you knew well. Distances change, for example – a long-ish journey by road is actually quite short along the towpath; five minutes by tram becomes half an hour on foot.
What you also see from these alternative paths are some stunning examples of the graffitist’s art. The illiterate scrawlings that pepper the well-travelled areas bear no relation to some of the stuff you can find in these out-of the-way places. Who would have thought that this sits underneath the A56 in Stretford:
Lovely, vibrant colours and sense of joie-de-vivre. It has no point other than to exist, and maybe bring a smile to someone’s face and the secret knowledge that you’ve seen it, but all those thousands passing a few feet above have no idea.
If this project’s done nothing else for me, it’s persuaded me to explore the back ways and byways much more than I have before. You never know what little gems might be out there.
Having let this blog lie fallow for nearly a year, this seems as good a time as any to resurrect it under a new name.
I’m nearing the end of my college course and getting scarily close to the time that I have to put all this into practice and starting earning money from my photography. Another scary prospect that’s on the horizon is the end-of-year show that my college friends and I are putting on in June. We’re putting it on at CUBE in Manchester (opening date to be confirmed, but it’ll be around June 14th-15th); it’s a lovely gallery in a good location, but it’s costing a packet to hire. We’ve got a crowdfunder page set up here to beg for assistance paying for it. This is an important show for us – it’s our opportunity to present ourselves to the world: as such, it’s a key factor in progressing our careers as jobbing photographers. We’re offering invitations to the opening night for anyone who donates and we’re also offering various sizes of prints for higher amounts. See the link for details.
Messing about at college, using a Toyo 5×4 camera and photographic paper as a negative. Scanned in and toned in Photoshop.
This came about by accident. I was playing about in a hotel room and pointed the camera at my wife. She doesn’t like having her photo taken, so put the magazine up in front of her face. I took the picture, anyway, and decided it looked quite good, so I set up this triptych.
Taken in Paris as part of a college “street photography” assignment.
HP5+, Olympus Trip on “manual”: f/11 @ 1/40s
Following from finding an old picture of my dad, here’s one of my mum. Taken using either a Ricoh KR10 or a Pentax Super-A. Or it may even have a been a Zenit TTL.
An old photograph, taken with a Yashica 635 twin-lens reflex. Scanned from the original negative and firtled with in Lightroom a bit.
This is from 1990, somewhere in Wales.