This weekend I was in London, for meetings with clients and I took the opportunity to capture some guerrilla photography of my favorite model and other half Sasha, CANDID and FUN I love these shots!
Over the next few weeks I will be in and out of London on shoots and making a trip to Paris. I’m hoping to fit in a few tests in both cities so please email me if you are interested in collaborating. I have some very interesting ideas!
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Just downloaded a new App for my Mac called Analog. With a simple interface you can drop your images and convert them into a retro Analog Photograph complete with borders and 19 filters to choose from.
I use Hipstamatic a great deal on my iPhone, Analog is very similar and like Hipstamatic the app is highly addictive. I’ve already created a tumblr website for my Analog App Conversions and will be adding tones more in the near future.
This afternoon I went to have a look at the German U-Boat U-534 that has been situated for sometime at the Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead.
The exhibition is small but has lots of artefacts including a German WW2 Enigma machine and is well worth a visit. The U-boat has been cut into 3 pieces with glass sheeting put at the end of each section so you can see the amazing interior.
There was also lots of information boards telling you about what you are looking at, also in some of the hard to see areas there was a remote camera so that most areas could be seen. I snapped some shots with Hipstamatic on my iPhone.
Reading the newspaper today I was quit disturbed to find Canon Nikon and Olympus are facing stiff competition from Sony who are producing professional SLR cameras without Mirror lenses.
Sony has designed a translucent replacement, ideal for super fast focusing and using instead fully digitized displays. What this means in layman’s terms is that traditional optical viewfinders will be taken away, and a computer inside your camera will now tell you what your image looks like before you take it. Removing more of the creative process away from the photographer. The photographer won’t be able to look through the lens with their naked eye using his or her own intuition and creative skill.
I believe that advances of this kind aren’t advances at all, it takes away the creativity and removing mirror lenses is a big blow.
In terms of my work I seem to be going backwards, although a photographer who utilises digital SLR cameras. I am using more and more film on personal projects, and will shortly be introducing packages were clients can request film shoots rather than digital….. Ok Rant over.
Last week I completed a shoot for Adam Kaufman singer, who performs a great deal of swing and Rat Pack music. Inspired by shots of Frank Sinatra from the 50’s and 60’s. I wanted Adam to look effortlessly cool in his images; Frank Sinatra seemed to pull off this look in a great deal of his shots and I think we achieved this in Adam’s photos. I didn’t want to use any airbrushing in the shots; all that has been done is a simple B&W conversion.
We Liverpool people are very fortunate to have a city so rich in architecture and history. When my Olympus OM1 arrived I headed out with some Ilford B&W125 film, popped on the Mersey Ferry and took some test shots of the Riverside.
I am very impressed at the quality of the OM1 and now planning to shoot some portraiture and fashion with the camera. Please stay tuned for more posts on my film work over the next few months.
Black & White photography really gives your images the edge and a classical feel. I decided in this post to showcase some of my best B&W Photographs so I snapped these screen shots with my iPhone.
Over the past two weeks I have been busy shooting with B&W film with my OM1, and I’m waiting for the roles to come back from the lab. I’m looking forward to posting the images and will pop them up on my blog in a few days.
In the meantime if you would like to see more of my Black & White Photography please take a look at my portfolio pages.
For ages I have wanted to visit the village of Portmeirion, home of the cult 1960s show ‘The Prisoner’ one of my favourite TV series. So today we decided to take a day trip. Clough Williams-Ellis famously built the village between 1926 and 1975 on his own private peninsula in order to criticise modern architecture. The village is somewhat deceiving and for a moment you think am I in the Mediterranean?
Being a photographer I couldn’t help but spot a hundred locations I wanted to shoot and I will return one day with some models to do just that. Portmeirion Village is indeed a wonderful spot. If you have not yet watched the prisoner I have popped a youtube clip below from one of my favourite episodes ‘Many Happy Returns‘.
Two more days left in Spain and I will be spending them on the beach, the weather has improved a great deal with the sun gracing the sand.
Ill be back in the UK on Tuesday heading off to Birmingham for a salon campaign. I’m looking forward to getting back to work and planning some new shoots so please get in touch; looking for agency models for some exciting projects over the next few weeks.
Today we headed into Barcelona taking in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The museum is home to a wide range of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artwork and artefacts including paintings, carvings, sculptures, metalwork, and enamels. The museum also exhibits the largest collection of Catalán art in Spain.
After a hearty Sushi lunch we did a spot of shopping. I think I have left the good weather in England as its gonna be a wet Bank Holiday Weekend in Barcelona!
A quick stop at Barcelona’s Boqueria Market we picked up some lobsters for dinner, the food is so fresh and tasty; Ive never seen fresh vegetables so big!