Chiaroscuro – aka the importance of knowing light.

Apparently in the Chinese language, the coinage of the characters Shoot, Shadow, and Master form the word Photographer. Light is what will make or break a photograph. So what the bloody hell is Chiaroscuro? well photography hasn’t really been around … Continue reading

Moments of fictional reality

Late Winter, that time of year where I spend a little too much time in my head. Time considering where to head this year, how to create something different, projects I want to work on and others I really want to drop. Time to think about business and time to think about my creative process. Usually around this time of year I end up considering the tools I use and whether it’s time for a new piece of equipment or time to simplify everything. I seem most connected with my M9 50mm combination, there are other cameras I really want to love that way but they simply don’t do it for me. Trust me I’ve tried. Simplify then ??

I’m drawn to the beauty of the imperfect, the delicate tiny flaws, the nuanced variations. I’ve been told to go shoot with my heart and everything will start falling into place.
All I can say is I’m trying, I still have some bridges to burn as such but I’m trying.

The photographs with this post are some that I feel are starting towards my appreciation of the imperfect reality in the moments of fiction we create on set.

Photography Monthly Interview

Photography MonthlyJust a quick note to let you know I’m one of the contributors for the March issue of Photography Monthly. So if you want to read a little interview and listen to me bash current photography trends then go check it out (well it’s out this coming Wednesday). Also love that Ben Folds is right there with me, to me that’s awesome.

Triptych Portrait series #54 – Daniel Milnor

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Triptych Portrait Series #54 – Daniel Milnor

The series is still ongoing just a little more focused.

A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Along with in a certain monthly photography magazine very soon . . . . . . .

I present to you a man I now call a friend and someone I can reach out to from time to time (or a mentor if you will) – Daniel Milnor AKA Blurbs “Photographer at large” AKA Smogranch.

DRM has been on my hit list for at least a year, I first came across his work through the Leica network. Something about his style and creativity drew me in. After a year reading his blog, following his journey and numerous email correspondences I knew this was one guy I really had to meet up with. Luckily earlier this year he was over in London doing a workshop for Blurb books so we arranged to meet up for the afternoon. He sure has a way of cutting right through the crap and getting to the nub of things, his opinions on photography and “art” in general seem to echo a lot of my own feelings so it only seemed natural that I added him to my triptych “Inspirations” series.

Find more of Daniel here;
www.smogranch.com/
www.blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/daniel…
www.blurb.co.uk/newsletters/1405-2

A place for the other stuff

A place for the other stuff

So the winter slow down always gives time to spend time on those “other” projects I have. Some of you have have known of my work for a while will probably already know I make a lot more photographs than the ones I share on here. Some of you (one of you) likes to see the odd personal shot now and then, so I’ve decided to set aside a little space just for my “other” stuff.
It’s random, but it’s an outlet for me to share the work which otherwise may not see the light of day.

 

http://nodigitalheros.tumblr.com/

Realisation . . . .or “When your style creeps up on you”

 

Leica M2 | Zeiss 35mm Biogon-C | Kodak Tri-X

Leica M2 | Zeiss 35mm Biogon-C | Kodak Tri-X

 

Not enough sway is given to developing ones style these days. The current trend appears more equipment driven and not learning the craft, art and soul of photography. Style can not be bought, faked, copied or forced. It comes through practise, dedication to your craft and natural development through spending time learning to understand what photography means to you personally.

I would personally say that I’m only just beginning to notice my style surface, I’ve learnt the more I try to concentrate on it the further away I end up from it.

If I’d never seen the sunshine, I wouldn’t mind the rain

m. Miranda @ Nemesis
mua. Bekki Mitchell
sty. Zoey Hughes

#ilovemyleica.

M9, 50mm Summicron.

So I use the ilovemyleica hashtag alot (A LOT) so I’m guessing it goes without saying that I really do indeed love my Leica. Why? is often the question I get asked, I kinda of feel the photographs I create with it answer that question but perhaps that’s a little short sighted of me (and glib of me). So I’ve been thinking of a non fan boy / preachy way of explaining why it seems that the Leica M is the tool I’m happiest using.

Liiiines

Compared to many other cameras on the market the M9 loses when it comes to statistics and tech specs and all that dull fluff. To me that stuff is just noise and sales crap, I live with my cameras, day in day out. It’s how using the camera makes me feel, it’s how it allows me to connect with my subject, how it gets out of the way and just lets me create the photographs I want to create with it. I understand it and it’s ways and in return it rewards me with beautiful colour rendition and stunning clarity. It handles light so very beautifully, it inspires me to hunt out interesting light and interesting situations. It just gives me a connection and intimacy with my subject that all other cameras I’ve used can make a little more awkward. The M9 allows me to concentrate on signal (Zack Arias) the sheer simplicity of it, camera, 50mm lens, aperture, shutter dial, iso setting. No autofocus, no HDR, no auto, no super high iso, no zoom, no snake oil, no magic wand. It makes me work to create photographs and more importantly it makes me think. I helps me put something of myself into my work by simply letting me work.
So hopefully without sounding like a sales pitch that explains a little my feelings towards the M9. It’s no review, it’s simply a statement of my opinion of how I work with the Leica.
Perhaps another reason is how my assistant once put it “Perhaps it’s because it isn’t the accepted tool.” I kind of agree that despite using a 5D2, I really do get sick of the same looking images coming from the same cameras. Plus I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. The 5D2 is (at the moment) a vital tool in my bag, however it is gradually getting dusty.

Do I lust after the new M? To be honest not really, yesterday I shot at iso 1250 and the images are beautiful. Yes there’s noise but there is also feeling and emotion. The one and only thing about the new M I wish for is the shutter noise (sad I know)

Do I lust after a Monochrom? hmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . 🙂 I wouldn’t say no to one but for my work It couldn’t be a one or the other, I’d still use the M9 that has so captured my admiration.