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.

Truth.

Yesterday I had a HUGE moment of self realisation in my craft. For whatever reason it happened and I’m so very grateful for it. I’ll admit I was on the boundaries of my comfort zone yet I was creating photographs … Continue reading

Pieces | LDN

Time for a little personal note to the blog. It has been and still remains a busy Summer period, more work is being picked up by publications and some positive vibes coming my way from various outlets. So now is certainly not the time to take my foot off the pedal, I’m still going 100 miles an hour, only this time I feel it may not be a dead end track. It’s the passion that keeps me running with 4am starts and 12pm bedtimes, the love of my craft that sees me accepting commissions despite a full diary and the faith in my ability that sees me do this with a smile on my face.
Still with all that’s happening I still find that photography also acts as my way of dealing with the world around me and remembering it’s unseens and easily forgotten. Here are a few pieces from a couple of days down in London a few weeks ago. You’ll notice a heavy lack of people in the shots yet the feeling of human presence, this seems to be something I’m drawn to in my personal work lately without really looking for it.

Leica M9, 35mm ZM Biogon

Undone

Undone by bang*
Undone, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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m. Katie

h. Rick Roberts

mua. Meg Lindow

Ph. Assistant. Michael Storey

Leica M9

50mm Summicron

It seems the blog is suffering from a lack of updates at the moment, mainly due to time pressure. Stacks of new work has been shot over the last month or so with much more in the coming months so I’ll pop things up when and where I can.

Here’re are a couple from yesterday, a hair shoot with Rick Roberts to produce his final collection for the National Hairdressing Awards. We shot earlier this year and it’s from those that he made it to the final, these are the ones that he will win or lose on. No pressure then . . . . . . .

Between
Plus the moment in between the moments, one that won’t make the cut but I love it all the same.

#48 Triptych Portrait Series – Seun @ Cliche

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

Anyone looking back through the triptychs on here will notice missing numbers, worry not they’ve been shot just not everything makes it on here.
The full series as it stands only resides upon my harddrive. One day I’ll be happy enough with it to publish the full thing, until then you’ll have to make do with the odd snippet now and then.

LEica M9, 50mm ‘cron.

Triptych Portrait Project #45 | Ricky Feather

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A selection from the full set can be found here – www.bangphoto.co.uk/triptychs.
Currently in the process of setting up a place for the whole (current) set to reside.

The Yorkshireman.
A man long overdue for the series. Ricky is the true story of cycling evolution. Starting young on the BMX he made a name for himself, got sponsers, travelled europe and a custom named frame. He has now become pretty much an all out roadie thanks to first a spell riding fixed gear. However this is only part of his recent story, the most inspiring part is his frame building business. A one man start up, custom building steel bike frames (pretty much in his shed) he’s since gone on to win numerous awards, best in shows, public choice awards, selected to build bikes for pro riders along with features in GQ magazine amongst others. This is just the tip of his list of honours, the main thing to take away however is his dedication to his craft. The acclaim helps build the publics awareness of his business but to Ricky the joy of turning a customers dream bike into a reality is all the reward he seems to need.

Here are a few links to check out the man and the business –
www.feathercycles.com/

www.pushprojects.net/

Feather Cycles from Bespoked on Vimeo.

M9 50mm Summicron (V)

Tony | Cliche – Editorial

Tony | Cliche - Editorial by bang*
Tony | Cliche – Editorial, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Tony @ Cliche Model Management

Sorry old blog of mine it seems i’ve been neglecting you a little of late. Lots has been happening, plenty of new material shot, a good few irons in the fire coming up plus I’m starting to form a plan of where the second 50 Triptychs are going to take the project (once I get to 50 that is).
So for now you’re just going to have to make do with lots of beard as I splurge a little from this one. Currently formulation an editorial piece from it so enjoy.

Tony @ Cliche

Tony @ Cliche | Editorial p. 5

What does it mean, to you?

I’ve taken this quote word for word from a man who has photography to thank for a lot in his life and as such he’s pretty much dedicated it in return.

“As photographers we are all so desperate to make work that people will notice. Work that will matter deeply to someone other than ourselves. What I think we fail to realize sometimes is that this is one of the easiest things to do. Think of that snapshot you have of your mom or dad as a child. How much does it mean to you? Unless you make it to the Met or MOMA the work you make that will end up being priceless is the photos of the people you love. Get out there and document the love in your life.”

It’s not about the “likes” and “favs”, it’s not about pleasing your virtual (or actual) audience by giving them what they want. To me it’s about imparting self-worth into your work, create something you actually care about.

What follows are by no means works of art, they’re technically flawed, some are out of focus, others oddly composed. To me and I hope my family they’ll be memories of one sunday we had. I didn’t create them to change the world, I did it to remember.

 

I need no other reason

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I need no other reason, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Leica M6TTL | Fujifilm ACROS

Hair & Make-up Artist – Helen Archer – www.nemesisagency.co.uk/models/creatives/helen-archer/4300/

Model – Natalie @ Nemesis