Sunday, 31 July 2011

BJP this month

Yesterday was kind of weird.  I picked up the latest issue of BJP and started at the letters page and a comment I made about the Hasselblad takeover on the 1854 blog was in there.  I then turn the page and there is an article which talks about Alex Majoli and the work he has done for Leica in Venice with the M9.  This week I submitted my essay 'Photojournalists at work and play' where I try to look at the differences in work done by photographers in their personal verses assignment work.  Alex Majoli was the focus and inevitably I discussed the impact of funding and made reference to the Leica project.  All very strange.  I don't know what the protocol is but I'm tempted to send the essay to BJP.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Assignments done and time for a little R'n'R

Its been a tough few weeks as my day job has been even more intense than usual.  It demands all my concentration and energy during the weekdays and with the extra time spent evenings and weekends bringing the assignments together there is no gas left in the tank. But for six hours sleep a night I'm going all the time.

I'm photographing a wedding next Saturday as the couple who are getting married have connections with the Walled Garden that I photographed last year.  After that I'll be aiming to put the camera down for week so that I can spend more time with my family.  I'm looking forward also to reflecting on whats been an intense six months.  At the outset I thought my commitment to all things photographic had peaked but I love being part of the course and sharing with colleagues and I feel so stimulated sometimes if feels like I'm going to burst.

I've just initiated a collaboration with an artist and am really hoping what I have planned fits the brief of the course next semester.

One of the other things that keeps me going is trying to predict, of the people I photograph, who will be photogenic and who won't be.  During the final shoot for my assignment last week and between focussing on my subject, Caroline, I grabbed this photo of the Musical Director, Ninian Perry. He certainly looked great but then I think he looks amazing on film (Ahem: sorry Bob I meant to say he looks great pixelated!)

Sunday, 17 July 2011

'We can take him away and you can start a family again'

Another remarkable and moving shoot today this time with Sarah and Brian and the amazing Cameron.

Working overseas when their baby was born the paediatrician offered them the opportunity to walk away and start a family again.  Cameron would have been institutionalised from birth and they would have not seen him again. The horror of such a proposal is still fresh in both their minds and will be with them forever.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Downs Syndrome Scotland calendar

With the first calendar shoot now booked with Andrew Macintyre, gold medallist Paralympian gymnast I'm really looking forward to getting going.  Looks like Murrayfield stadium have agreed to a rugby coaching session inside the international rugby stadium. And we've a great list of potential sports lined up...........

Special thanks to fellow MAPJD student Max who gave a timely boost.  He might not know that!

The photo below, of Arthur, was taken four months ago as part of a commission by Perth and Kinross Council Arts programme.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Brilliant sunshine brings challenges

We had friends visiting this weekend and the sunshine for Scotland was incredible. The portrait here at high noon of David looks very straightforward but with the sun blazing down from behind and the brim of his hat it took a bit of tweaking.  After playing around with wireless flash I resorted to a lastolite trigrip reflector and then quickly flipped over to the white side as the glint of silver just about blinded him.  I'm never a fan of bright sunlight and haven't changed my views really...

The bokeh from the Samyang 85mm f1.4 shows again what a bargain that lens was.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Commission Downs Syndrome Scotland

I've had a great telephone discussion with Downs Syndrome Scotland who have asked me to photograph their 2012 calendar.  I can't share the theme right now but its different from my current personal project but has lots of visual opportunities.  I'm looking forward to getting started.  Get your calendar orders in early :-)