My Portrait Philosophy

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The following is a recent article I wrote for Bro&Brew

My Philosophy of a Portrait.

These days I frequently lecture on photography and truth be told for a man that hated being educated I actually quite enjoy it… But lets keep that between us bro’s.

At the end of my lectures I always open it up for any questions. One of the questions I often get is ‘What’s your favourite portrait you’ve taken?‘ It of course, isn’t an easy question to answer because my favourite portrait is usually my most recent one so it obviously changes on a regular basis.

Like in all art, I like my portraits to have some narrative and context. As of 9th July my favourite portrait is this one on the top of this article of my partner Emma…

Lets face facts, it can’t be easy going out with a photographer and having the constant threat of a camera being waved in your face – or being woken up at ridiculous AM with the words “wake up, I’ve got an idea”.

Anyway… back to narrative… My girlfriend, Emma went on a night out with some friends. The theme was  ‘cheerleaders’. To say Emma didn’t have a good night would be an understatement. But that’s not my story to tell so I won’t. The next day the cheerleader outfit was dumped unceremoniously in the bin. I looked at it and thought it needed a portrait. Something that would portray not just the outfit but the destruction of it. The photograph is real – it was her outfit, my girlfriend – stood in her bedroom. None of the surroundings were fabricated – that is something that has always been of great importance to me. Why try and recreate something that’s already there?

I want to be clear, there was no blood spilt that night but I wanted the image to show the inevitable hurt of a girls night out gone wrong. A night that ends in drama, disappointment, and an argument alongside a 3.00am “please come and get me” phone call.

I guess this gives it a personal touch. Apart from those of you fine people who have read this – most people will look at it and simply see a photograph of a woman covered in blood. I look at it and I see a memory. An evening. A real thing. Something that lives with or without photography. It’s that word I always speak of. I ramble on about. Yes, it’s that word: context.

Carl Beebee. (Photographer, Lecturer, Co-founder of Bro&Brew.

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Bro&Brew

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Along with some fellow artists I am in the process of launching ‘Bro&Brew’. The company will act act as an artist promoter, book publisher as well as an online and printed magazine… You’ll be seeing the logo creep up on a lot of my work and sites etc from now on…

We are currently searching for artists, writers, photographers, instagrammers to submit work to be featured in the magazine.

To help explain it a little better here is the information that will be placed on the ‘about’ page once the site is live:

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Bro&Brew is the brain child of international photographer Carl Beebee and illustrator Emma-Loiuse Gibbons. It is also backed by some very kind, friendly associates and bro’s who for the time being would rather remain nameless…

It is a network for conceptual and narrative based art. It is publishing house for fine art books. It is a promoter of artists as well as an online and print publication. It is the company we always wanted to work with. It is the hellraiser of the art community. It is a place where artists, writers and generally creative people can submit their work.

Our manifesto is simple…

Be cool, be edgy and be different. That’s it. The only guideline. We realise lots of people like landscape photography and pretty watercolour paintings of river sides – there’s lots of sites that publish that content. This isn’t, and never will be one one of them.

If you have created some artwork, writing, music that you feel fits our ethos please head on over to our contact page and submit some bits and pieces for consideration.

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Please head on over to www.broandbrew.com to keep updated and to submit work. We have also launched a Instagram page that can keep you updated with cool news and projects etc so please check it out by clicking here.

Cheers.

New work, Fashion Shoots, Updates and California…

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Apologies for the complete lack of blog updates recently – been crazy busy and I can get really bad at remembering/finding time too blog…

So, a few updates… The piece of above is from a new collection of conceptual portraits I’m creating. The series is entitled ‘Desire’ and aims to create emotionally driven portraiture…

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This photograph above is from a vintage, fashion shoot I did with my friend Esme – still lots more of these to edit and hopefully I’ll add some more to the blog very soon…

In other news the great folks at VSCO invited me to start a grid of my iPhone work on their site – there’s only a few images  there at the moment (including the one below) but I intend to add many more of the coming weeks. BTW if you haven’t already got it I highly suggest you download the VSCOcam app for your iPhone – it’s my favourite photography app and has some truly unique effects… You can take a look at my VSCO grid here: http://carlbeebee.vsco.co

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And finally there is the news regarding my small trip to California…

In November I will be travelling to LA with three of my closest friends – during the trip – as well as several fashion shoots I will be documenting the towns, landscapes and the adventures of our trip for my forthcoming book ‘California Calling’ which will be internationally released at the beginning of 2014… This is a trip I’m really excited about and I really think I’m going to create something truly unique and very, very cool… What could possibly go wrong?

On this note – the casting is still open for these shoots – so if you’re a model in California and are interested please drop me a line at info@carlbeebee.com

Online Galleries

The View – 2012 – Taken on iPhone

One of the biggest problems I’ve always had with my website, is settling on a way to organise my online galleries. Recently I’ve had a page with links to different galleries; portraits, conceptual, places, polaroids etc. but I found that all a bit tiresome… It can also be difficult when you have a image that could fit into more than one category – where do you put it then? Just in one or in both galleries?

I’ve spent the last few hours taking lots of photographs down (and adding a few new ones) and I’ve “bundled” them all into one gallery. At the moment I like it and it seems to be easier, but I’ll likely change my mind soon.

Please check it out if you get a chance here: www.carlbeebee.com

What do you find the best way for organising your online galleries?

The Beginning

For me, photography has always been about story telling – not necessarily obvious – but story telling none the less.

For some time I had wanted to create a short series of work that included a business man, and I wanted it to push the connotations of sanity, happiness and depression.

My intention for the work was, at first glimpse to look like an end, but the story is very much one of a beginning. The images depict a business man finally free from office constraints – he is happy, stress free and fulfilled – it is a story of a new beginning. The beginning of a free individual.

You can view the whole series by clicking here