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This is written in response to a recent post by Trey Ratcliff, ‘Why I don’t use watermarks’. I saw an opportunity, in timely response to Trey’s post, to express my own feelings about watermarks. As we’re friends and have even hosted a [...]
Originally written in 2011 for Pixiq, republished here.
What is style? How do you define your own style? And why do we need one? In this post I am going to try answer those difficult questions.
First I define the word. A style is a manner of doing something, a combination of features to someone’s work or [...]
Here we are at the close of another grand year. 2012 has been materially fruitful, shooting in London, Paris, LA, New York – and even Dubai on a holiday. I’ve had a second book published with Ilex/Pixiq, Creative Portrait Photography, and created lots of new work – with [...]
What a year!
By no means has it been an easy year, or a year where I’ve got everything I want.
This year has been more about making things happen in the face of not being able to get quite what I want, and learning slowly about what my goals actually are.
Above: my favourites of my [...]
I was asked by Lara Jade if I would review her new DVD. Though I have never ‘reviewed’ anything on my blog before, neither have I ever really had something given to me that I want to review. So, thanks Lara. And here goes my impartial take. I hope Lara knows what she got herself [...]
Yesterday on twitter I felt the urge to tweet my reaction to seeing the latest Littlewoods TV advert. Kids on stage, instead of performing the Nativity play, sing a popstrel ode to capitalism, naming an array of branded gadgets, the audience full of proud smiling parents. The voiceover talks of interest free credit, [...]
Above: Burnt up, with model Sam Jey.
So, a few weeks ago I posted a long-winded blog entry about how I was embarking on an ‘intense period of creativity’ with a Phase One 645DF and P40+ back, along with lenses and a whole wad of ideas. Nearly at the end of this period with the medium-format [...]
An honest look at the usefulness of arts and humanities degrees for a creative career as an artist/photographer. …I am occasionally sent emails from students or young people seeking a career in photography, who ask my advice [...]
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I find myself again citing Guy Bourdin as an inspiration for my recent work. It’s funny to recall how much of a longstanding inspiration his work has been for me, as I can recall referencing his work back in ‘06 for pics of mine such as The deaths. I feel that now I [...]
A look over the work I did in 2010 and how some of it has veered toward what I call the ‘haphazard shot’, inspired by various photographers described in this post. I look at the milestones from the past 12 months including being part of the Art of Photography Show and starting my own workshops…