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UK-2020: a dishonest media?

UK-2020: a dishonest media?

For sometime now Jo and I have been watching how the media, here in the UK, has reacted to the Corona virus epidemic. It has not been inspiring. retrospective, compound questions for which we already have the answers… Pathetic, fifth form, attempts to trip up politicians during the daily briefings.

The long view during a long walk

The long view during a long walk

The long view during a long walk – Here’s another mobile phone shot taken yesterday during our long walk in Richmond Park.
Jo an I set out around 5.30pm to take in the evening a this was the view from the top of the hill looking out over South West London and surrey. For a change the deer was gathered in the foreground.

Lockdown Portrait of Buddha

Lockdown Portrait of Buddha

Memories of Bali

Hi, I thought I’d post a article having stirred myself to actually take some shots today.

The weather is so beautiful here in the UK, and our garden is both verdant and vibrant with colour.

Some time ago we went on a trip to Bali and I acquired a carved figure of Buddha to remind me of the time spent visiting the temples and other sacred sites whilst we were there. It is carved from a river pebble, by an Indonesian craftsman, and took around eleven months to complete.

We were there with our good friends Stan & Liz Clayton and we had an amazing, relaxed time, that we will always cherish.

The Buddha statue has sat in the garden since January 2006 through all the weather that the UK has thrown at it…

So, thanks to Stan & Liz, and thanks to the people of Bali for a wonderful memory.

Cropping Cody

Cropping Cody

I’ve lost the plot. It’s been a while since they’ve let me me out. And, even longer since I have shot a single image worth a mention. So I thought I’d go back and look at a shoot with Cody.
The shot above is the final crop. It took me around 2 hours and 30 mins to decide upon the it.

I used every guide that Adobe Photoshop CC2021 avails me, whilst using the crop tool. I used the thirds tool, I used the Golden Spiral tool, I referenced Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting”, I cropped her back out, and rotated the image to add purpose to the pose. I did the old “rotate the images 180 degrees” and crop trick I learned at art college. I considered the image as a whole, abstracting myself from the image and asking what the story is?… What am I trying to say? “What does the viewer see?” “What do I want the viewer to see?”

In the end I WhatsApped Cody and asked her… She prefers the shot above… so I went with that… If you can’t trust the model to know what looks good what’s the point?

Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Nick Lawrence, a fellow snapper, made me aware of the image below and the following article. Thanks for sending Nick. For those of you with headspace they are quite magical.
I have added the image acknowledging that all copyrights belong to Eric Gross.

Eloise on top of the hill

Eloise on top of the hill

I took this shot of Eloise on the top of Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. As you can see, it was windy. I saw that as part of its appeal. If my memory serves me well I don’t think Eloise liked the image as she was looking for head shots for her book at the time. I wonder if time may have changed her opinion? I think she looks great.

Loving the threads!

Loving the threads!

According to the Library of Congress: “The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944), poses solemnly for his portrait, taken in 1911 shortly after his accession.
As ruler of an autonomous city-state in Islamic Central Asia, the Emir presided over the internal affairs of his emirate as absolute monarch, although since the mid-1800s Bukhara had been a vassal state of the Russian Empire. With the establishment of Soviet power in Bukhara in 1920, the Emir fled to Afghanistan where he died in 1944.”

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Searching for the natural.

Back in the summer Cody and I set about creating some portraits and head shots for her modelling agency. She is pushing on with more commercial work and needed some new images for their look books.
You may have seen some of them in Cody’s folios.

Whilst those shots have been chosen for their commercial value, my personal favourites are often the frames that I manage to steal when the model isn’t, well, modelling, so to speak.
Sure, the collar on the shirt isn’t the best. She’s been sipping the coffee and the lipstick isn’t the best either. The hair on the left is not laying flat, and the earring is hiding behind the hair, but, she was lost in thought for around one or two seconds.
Having worked with her quite a lot, I have become accustomed to seeing the difference between the professional, commercial “Cody Look” and the personal “Claire, Smiling”

“All Hail! My Galaxy Trail”

“All Hail! My Galaxy Trail”

All Hail! My Galaxy Trail – Today, I have retired my trusty Adidas Galaxy Trailies. These are the third pair of Galaxy trailies that I have been running in since I decided to get fit. Known affectionately as my “v3s”, this pair have faithfully guided and protected me for 963km across 298 runs, without a single slip, through the ever present hazards of Richmond Park and the Thames Path.

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park – This cyclist has just arrived at the summit of Broomfield Hill. Not a tall hill, but very steep indeed. Only those who are fit undertake “clockwise” circuits of the park, as this formidable challenge can be avoided, by gentler inclines, if you travel anti clockwise.