Some what-nows, why-evers and how-comes about photos I've worked with lately.

Isabel

December 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

This image began as an exercise in shadow-casting of an ornamental giraffe which stands about 1.5m high. She has the name Isabel and was spotted in a second hand shop in Kassel in Germany during a visit to Documenta in 2007.

Three lessons:

  1. play ambient music while working;
  2. treat the session as the main object of the working day;
  3. for each set up that is lit and working, lock off the camera and shoot many small variations of each composition.

 


20000

November 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

2000020000

Portrait of the artist at 20,000 days old.

This shot is inspired by a 1985 photograph titled 'Lace' taken in Paris for Femme magazine,  by fashion photographer Jean Loup Sieff.

I solemnly promise I'm not wearing anything kinky underneath. Given the significance of the day, I really ought to have been.

 

 


Found in the scenery

November 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

'Difference between one who knows and one who undergoes" performance by Claudia Kappenberg at Froebel College, University of Roehampton.

Claudia's performance uses the figure of the garden gnome; one requirement is for the figure to be encountered or discovered in the landscape.

To document the performance for presentation in Claudia's seminar later the same evening I used a Quantum flash with a parabolic reflector to throw a pool of light from a distance.

 

At the end of the afternoon I saw  in the grounds a larch tree whose pine needles were turning yellow. I used the flash to throw some extra light on the reflective tree:


Plötzlich

November 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

PlötzlichRotating poplars.  

My favourite German word so far is 'plötzlich'. If you fancy some mild plötzlich play the video. 

 

This line of poplars is on the train journey between London and Norwich I was making frequently in 2012-13.

I took a score or so of similar videos in each direction. A savoured encounter on my 'pilgrimage to meaning' (Grayson Perry, 2013 Reith Lectures)

 


Sky to be roped off

November 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Mgt of this year's Lord Mayor's show on Saturday may* have expressed concern that, due to its popularity, people may overspill into the sky. To avoid this it could be that the sky will be entirely roped off from the public along the Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

An official is believed to have thought in the proximity of a reporter "We need to keep the sky completely clear of the general public for aesthetic and safety reasons. We always get a few bright sparks with their heads in the clouds."

 

*Or indeed,  may not have.

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