Saturday, 19 November 2011

Lego and a tears

Spent the day today at Downs Syndrome Scotlands annual conference - tonight settling down to sort out the shots.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Taking the ferret out for a walk

Back in Blackpool last weekend shooting two different options for my multimedia project.  Met this guy walking his ferret.... Really liking getting back into film - HP5 again.

And of course I spent more time at the comedy carpet.  This place is going to be a magnet for the world as its impossible not to laugh when you read some of the stuff thats there.  Despite all the publicity I still don't think Blackpool properly appreciate the real potential for their new £10 million artwork.

The importance of the narrative... @hungryeyemag

I thought I'd never lost sight of the importance of story telling in photography. In all of my stills work I've felt something of a failure when I needed to include a caption or short caption as a way of helping the viewer understand the story behind what they were looking at. As photographers we study photographs because we have an inbuilt interest in them. For me then I want to go beyond that audience. To have someone look at one of my photographs and to 'read' it without the benefit of a pointer is what I aspire to.

Recently I've been working on a 90 second multimedia piece for my MA course at the LCC and have been romanced by just what can be achieved. Simple pieces can be made to look breathtaking very easily with the latest software. And that was where the problem began for me. I felt very proud of myself for gathering great sound (I'm new to sound recording)and what I think are nice images of the carousel on Blackpool's North Pier. I became more focussed on producing something that looked great. Sure there was something of a story there but it had taken up the back seat in my mind.

We are all influenced, all the time and this morning I picked up the second issue of Hungry Eye mag and read an article by Grant Scott about the importance of the narrative in short film making. Credit where credit is due but that article was a very timely reminder for me at a time when I would have said my work was all about story telling. Such is the lure of technology. And I thought that would never happen to me.

I think what Grant also starts to define what is needed to take our work to the next level. When everyone can do what you do because technology closes the learning gap the only way to stand out is to do what others don't and shy away from the video equivalent of a snapshot.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Daily Record Scotland Calum article

Pretty pleased today as the Daily Record in Scotland are running a feature tomorrow on the calendar featuring Calum the wee fella in the calendar cover shot.  I've long being interested in getting the word out and challenging stigma in the broader population and this will go some way towards that as the circulation is an incredible 300,000 plus.  The reaction will be very interesting.

To purchase a calendar click here

Courtesy of the Daily Record