August 19, 2016 § Leave a comment
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.
August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
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…
June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
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?
November 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
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.
August 15, 2011 § 13 Comments
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.