Noir Hotel Portrait – Taken on iPhone – October 25th 2015.
I hate admitting defeat. I hate giving up. But as far as my work goes if I feel something isn’t working or that something’s having a negative impact on my work I’ll always pull the proverbial plug. And that’s what I have to do here… The 365 Project just wasn’t for me. It’s changed the way I shoot – I shoot more, undoubtedly, but it wasn’t working. It just didn’t sync with my own creative process.
I don’t “share” photographs easily. I think about it and probably overthink it – before I post anything. This was my trouble with the 365 project. I went to Birmingham for a few days last week. I came back and there was about 5 photographs on my iPhone that I really liked and wanted to share. The trouble? I had to dwindle it down to 1. But then, the next day (I took a day off) I didn’t really have anything so I had to settle for some half arsed snapshot I went out to take. That’s the part that will never work for me. I feel it degrades the integrity of the photography. It’s sharing for the sake of sharing.
Ive changed the website to better reflect what I want to achieve. I want it to be a kind of photographic journal. The same kind of imagery; iPhone shots of things I see, concepts and portraits etc. But now I no longer feel restrained by the ‘what’ and ‘when’ I post. I still plan on updating the site frequently – at least 4-5 times per week but I’ll be a little more methodical with it. It will hopefully now be a site that I feel reflects me and my work.
Very pleased to say that this week I have signed a contract to write and release a theory book. The book ‘Photography Philosophy & Creative Context’ will be available to buy next year. In all honesty I’m a little daunted by the task in hand – and the idea of writing 30,000 words is terrifying me… But dammit, we’ll give it a good go… I’ll keep posting updates on here and maybe a few snippets of the writing to get a little feedback off you good people.
Ok, on a completely separate note – as far as my Facebook goes I have now all but given up on using my ‘page’ as any kind of worthwhile tool. It seems other than sponsored posts things aren’t really seen from other pages. I’m concentrating on using Instagram more now – both for personal bits and work related things. So please give me a follow on there http://www.instagram.com/carlbeebee (@carlbeebee)
As ever – thanks very much for reading. It is very much appreciated.
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?
Sorry about the lack of posts recently – I had a new computer arrive and as always it’s taken an age to get everything sorted…
The shot above is from a shoot last week for ‘Julia Smith Jewellery’ the model is Laura Ding. I got loads of shots from the shoot with some really cool fine art concept pieces which I’ll edit and upload very soon…
Last month I officially became a ‘Snap My Life’ ambassador. Snap My Life is really cool site for anyone to upload and share their pics. You can check out my ambassadorial profile page here.
Lots of shoots coming up and I promise I’ll try and blog on here a little more often.
I’ve said in previous posts that I like exploring the idea of anonymous portraits, where the face is hidden or not included. I spoke with Nicki about this, whom I’ve worked with for several years, and we decided to create this series. All of the photographs were shot in my house with very small lighting rigs.