Well I hope all is going well, and your all having a bunch of fun! As for me, it’s just getting super busy with projects on the start.
I have two major ones at the moment about to commence and it will be taking up a lot of my time , so posting might be a little intermittent over the next few months.
One of the projects I can’t talk about to much at the moment, mainly because it has become a little bit of a back burner thing and I haven’t thought much about it as of late. The idea is very strong and has a wonderful meaning, but I am struggling with the way I think it is going to look, and how it might be best represented and shot. All this means I will need to test and test and test shoot there hell out of it until I come up with something.
More importantly ‘My Tribe‘ is moving ahead in leaps and bounds. If you haven’t read the proposal just click here, or find the link in my ‘Current Projects’ area. I have started a Facebook Page for everyone to join as well. This will be a continuous fed about the project and how it is progressing. It will also contain the dates and times for the studio sessions to come and have your bicycle rider portrait taken. So if your a part of ‘My Tribe‘ go like the page and keep an eye on your in box for more information!
When you can decide on an image, make two copies and see which one you like best I suppose.
I can’t decide on which one I like better. The Black and White has the Old World class of a classic image, yet the blue toned one seems to have more depth and a little more mystery about it.
I went to a lovely talk on Saturday at MGA.
Rod McNicol is currently exhibiting “Momento Mori” at MGA. It’s running till the 31st August so please pop in and take a look.
Rod McNicol’s portraiture is quite amazing. His very unique style makes for photographs that draw you very deeply into the gaze, yet the amount of information is kept to a very bare minimum. His sitters are generally sitting square to the camera in a head and shoulders frame, and stare blankly and very directly into the camera. There is a sensation in almost every image that you the viewer are peering into the eyes trying to find a connection, the sitter in the image is doing the same to you. You walk the exhibition space and start to feel a little paranoid about these people staring directly at you, not speaking and just observing. The images seem to have a ‘cruel tenderness’ about them. By that I mean there is a ‘cruel’ hardness and formalness in the image. The sitter not smiling and square to the camera having their image taken like they were to appear as a mug shot on television; then you look deeper into the image and the ‘tenderness’ of the sitter starts to come through and steals your breath just slightly as you connect to them.
Please visit the gallery and take a closer look for yourself. These images will stop you in your tracks.
When we take digital photographs we always end up with a dilemma, Black and White or Colour?
Is there anything wrong with either? Well no, but sometimes a photograph can ‘feel’ like a black and white image yet not really make it.
This is the same image (yes i know the crop is slightly different) with the same RAW processing. Even though it’s the same image, do we get a different emotional response from the colour to the black and white? Do they feel exactly the same, but one is aesthetically more pleasing to look at thank the other?
These seem pretty important questions to most photographers. Sometimes the work just doesn’t have the ‘punch’ to go black and white, and as a colour image has a touch of the ‘ABD’ (Already Been Done). I know I only took this image yesterday, but I have been slowly picking it apart critically for most of the night and this morning and have come to the same conclusion as I did when I took it which is it’s a pretty good image, but lacks punch. Something is missing from this image in both versions, and I can’t think what it might be. They are both just kind, well boring to be honest. I love my work most of the time and really enjoy the act of taking photos, but in this case I think the image in my head has missed the image shown in the camera.
Just ever so slightly.