What a weekend that was!
Many thanks to those who joined in the debate on originality, your thoughts and opinions have made me think a great deal more on the subject. It has also confirmed to me that this is quite a common subject artists wrangle with.
So to a new week (Monday was a holiday here, as it has been elsewhere in the world). I’ve just pulled the on switch for my online sales, the available prints are limited at the moment and I plan on bulking the galleries out a little more on a monthly basis. Anyone with any favourites they would like that I haven’t included drop me a line and i’ll see if it can be added for you. Oh check the sticky post about the online sales for a thank you 30% discount code.
Also this week is the beginning of me overhauling my lifestyle portraits book (portfolio). Those following my blog a little may remember me saying this year was the year for me to work through and refine my vision and direction. The 365 project has actually taught me a lot so far about the kind of images and the look that I enjoy shooting and which come almost naturally to me. Combined with that are the jobs I’ve been booking and shooting. It can be a strange affair to look at your own work and try to read into your motivations.
I badly needed focus as this year started, I had projects pulling me in all directions and was trying to win too many races all at the same time without wanting to start one for fear of losing the others. If Zack Arias was going a hundred miles an hour down a dead end track, I’d got to the crossroads and sat down.
So I guess that is what todays photograph is about, I know where I’m headed now, all I need do now is step through the door, and guess what? I already have.
Just a quick note to say my online galleries are now sales enabled, allowing easy purchasing of my work.
Orders are fulfilled by my lab here in England and then shipped worldwide.
Not everything in available yet, so if there are any photographs you’d really like to see for sale, drop me a message and I’ll see what I can do.
What with the Monaco Grand Prix and a lot of reading to do I struggled to come up with anything close to an idea for todays shot. Luckily I happened upon this little window scene after the storm had gone and figured it looked kind of neat.
Olympus E-PL2, 20mm f1.7
Nothing extra to add today, it is Sunday after all.
So it has been a busy 24 hours on the blog. A very interesting debate has begun and I’ll be honest it has me thinking more and more about my work. I guess that is where todays shot comes from, seeing my old thoughts and feelings in a new light. Or seeing them with regards others feeling and philosophies on photography.
Stop by the blog and join in if you wish, there’s already plenty to get your mind ticking over.
A little bike action for the X100 for today. Loved the light and colour working together here.
I’m really enjoying the new Fuji camera, some love it, some hate it, some hype it, some dis it. Me I’m just engaged by the way it makes me work. It’s quirky for sure but maybe that’s part of its charm.
The weekend approacheth and I have some time next week to get my online art print galleries updated and the online purchases set-up. All being well It’ll be up and running early next week. If you have any favourite shots from my project that you think would make good prints then let me know and they’ll get considered for the gallery too.
A simple window shot for today, it’s been a while since the last one, this time though it’s a Jpeg straight out of the Fuji X100. I told you it has some lovely colour rendition.
Get your settings and exposures right, give it some nice light and bingo, straight out of camera goodness. No lightroom for me today.
It’s always interesting to see how different cameras deal with light. In the golden days we chose our film to give the look we so desired, these days we can alter a few settings and fine tune the colour in camera to do the same. Initially I found the X100 files a little green, not so much to make you think hey that photograph is green, just a tendency to favour that part of the spectrum. Anyone who has been around my work long enough should realise that I prefer a creamier tone to my work. Again not so much as to make you notice, just a certain warmth, a je ne sais quoi. This shot is tending more to my taste and look.
A simple repetition of elements for a strong B&W today. Loving how the X100 files take to B&W conversion.
I was talking to a couple of friends today & yesterday about the B&W period I’m having lately. I tried to figure out where it came from and the best explanations I could muster were that I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at old B&W prints & that the abundance of colour in the world at the moment made we want to go the other way. I’m sure I’ll switch back again soon but for now I’m enjoying the simplicity of monochrome.