Sleepless in Susanna – alt travel.

Alt Travel Photography, I’m not even sure that’s a real thing, but regardless it’s the description I’ve gone with for this particular project. Let me try and explain a little…

Every holiday (or vacation to those of you in the States) I come back with a handful of photographs. You know the kind; selfies, a few pics of the beach etc. The kind of photos I always refer to as “snapshots”. This is nice and all and upon my return I put them in a folder on my Mac, or occasionally get them printed. They’re nice memories to keep and look at a handful times over the years, but it kind of ends there. I decided this year I wanted to try something different…

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This past November my Wife and I headed on a working holiday in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Susanna – a short journey from Barcelona and very much in Catalan territory. Before we left I had already decided that I wanted to give this “alt travel photography” a shot. I wanted to create something different. Obviously whilst there I’d still take the selfies etc for personal use, but I wanted to really think and create a set of images I’d happily publish, or at the very least share on my website.
Everywhere we went, everywhere we explored, every activity it made me conscious of taking photographs. Finding a unique shot whilst still documenting our journey and our week. The day we had chosen to go into Barcelona city happened to be the day of the Catalan general strike which saw over 100,000 people take to the streets to protest against police brutality, and stand for democracy. I included only a couple of photographs from this day, partly because it’s not exactly what I wanted this project to be and partly out of respect for those protesting…
I knew from the get go I wanted to include portraits of us both but still capture the beautiful landscapes and surroundings. So that’s what this project is. ‘Alt travel photography”? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly alt for me. Something different, something that made my creative brain tick and something that led to a series work I’m proud of, all whilst experiencing a beautiful place in a sometimes drunken, but always happy state.
To view the full gallery please click on the following link: Sleepless in Susanna by Carl Beebee.

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Photography as a memory.

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When photography is your day to day “job” I think it becomes increasingly difficult at times to remember one of it’s most important uses; the ability to capture time and create a memory.

In a few short weeks myself and my girlfriend will be married, selfies aside I have very few (deliberate) pictures of us together that I really love, because after the completion of commissions, traveling and the general burden of day to day life, I often never get around to setting shots up. I get home and my camera is packed away until the next job.

I’m starting to make a real conscious effort to change this, because I want to remember this time in an artistic way. I want to look back in ten, twenty years time and remember what we looked like, what we wore, what our apartment was like etc. I want to remember the details. I want to have proof of them.

Although the photograph above is “staged” and stylized it is very ‘us’. This is how we hang out, this is what we do. This is our house. These are all of the details that I want printed in my memory.

I’ve tried these personal projects before, and honestly most of the time I have failed miserably, but I intend to start “creating” a photograph of the two of us once a week. Some of them I will post, some of them will remain private. But I’ll have them. To keep. To remember. To check. To look back on when tomorrow becomes yesterday.

Fade To Fucking Black

‘Fade To Fucking Black’ by Carl Beebee – 2014.

I realise I’ve not really been keeping on top of posting on this blog and it’s often because I really just don’t know what to put on here. I think it can become really mundane just adding photographs on here and telling people what I’ve been up to… Wondering what to do with the blog I spent hours last night looking at other photographers and artists blogs trying to gather some inspiration. I soon realised that they are all so similar – recycling images already on the personal websites with a few captions… This is why I want to change what this blog is all about…

I still want to use it as somewhere to publish my “news” but I am determined to make it more emotive and honest – like a working journal. I want it to represent my personal character – something which it really lacks at the moment. If I have something to moan about (this is quite common) then this will become my platform to do so – I realise that this isn’t going to be to everybody’s taste but so be it. I’ve not really cared about anyones taste or morals for the last ten years, so I really don’t intend to start doing so now…

Anyway, lets go with it, and see what happens…

Fade to fucking black…

Self Portraits – Morning

I was asked recently to produce a small set of self portraits. I decided to take five photographs of my morning routine.

The image above is the second photograph – you can see the whole series on my website by clicking here.

Over the last year or so I’ve taken more self portraits than ever before – Previously it was always something I tried to avoid but as I’ve grown older it’s something I’ve embraced – perhaps it is connected to fatherhood and a realization of mortality?

Self(?) Portrait

Magazine Portrait
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I shot this yesterday to help with some inspiration. I really like the idea of shooting some portraits where the face is missing from the shot. I’m looking at the idea of using lighting techniques to hide the face as well as using objects to cover it up.

There’s some appealing about a faceless portrait which I can’t quite explain – but I plan on exploring it a little bit more.

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Self Portrait – Seeing Double

I was asked recently by an online photography magazine to produce a new self portrait under the category ‘Living’.

I knew that I wanted to somehow put myself in the shot twice, I also knew that I wanted my wife and a piece of my artwork to feature in the portrait.

Above is the photograph which I’ve finally settled on – let me know what you think.

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