I have set up a new page, entertainingly called ‘eBooks‘, with the free PDF books of some of my work. There are a couple of books on the page at the moment, with some more to be added soon.
The eBook ‘Red is the colour’ will be the project I have done this month focusing on the colour red.
Getting out of a photographic rut is quite difficult. When I shot Cinestill film back in February for a project, I was hoping to stretch my style out so that it involved more elements in the frame. My main approach was to position people predominantly in a ‘rule of thirds’ framework. My inspiration for this idea was the work of Alex Webb. I didn’t quite work.
However, I think the idea of freshening things up is a good one. When I look back at my work, I always notice that certain types of shots are dominant in my repertoire. I usually call them ‘environmental portraits’ as they often set the people in the context of their environment backdrop. This is often a reflection of how I think.
However, I do really like those (relatively) rare occasions in which I get up close and personal in my photography. The shots are much more intimate, involved, dynamic and intense. In the next few months, I might stick a wide angle lens on a camera and shoot specifically with this idea in mind as a ‘one project’.
One of the reasons I have started to set myself challenges in the form of the ‘one project’ each month, is that I want to stretch myself more creatively. This month, my interest is in trying to shoot objects that mark the presence of people in some way. I am getting more interested in vernacular photography, but I think there is a fine line between “that’s a great shot” and “who cares, that’s boring” responses to the images for me. I suspect my work this month will be the latter!
Ultimately, I would like to find ways to get out of my current creative rut to develop new ways of expressing myself photographically.
The fair is in town for a few days…
I went down to Bournemouth tonight and took a few shots of the pier. These are a few of the digital images. I also took some on the large format camera, but they will take quite a lot longer to see!
I found this attached to a park bench. I guess it’s been there a while now…
Still working on the cinematic look!
Another shot in the cinematic style that I am playing with at the moment. I got a few interesting looks from people wondering why I was photographing an empty bus stop at midnight!
I am starting to realise that to create a decent shot I need to have some sense of a story to add to it. Early days for this idea, but it is quite fun!