In September I visited Penrhyn Castle near Bangor in Gwynedd, North Wales and I have to say it's one the most impressive sites I have visited within the National Trust portfolio and we've been to alot of places just this year. The castle is fairly modern considering castles in general and it's apparent in its upkeep and aesthetics. The walled garden is more of a park it is that large and alongside the open land surrounding the castle and the building itself there is so much to see. But I'll let the pictures do the talking this time...
I've gotten in to a phase of photographing flowers of late, why? well it's been convenient for our family adventures - it means we can use our National Trust memberships to visit some really nice private estates which always have pleasantly maintained gardens. So whilst i get the camera out the girls can have a nice walk around the grounds. Plus I'm starting to find that my darker style of work seems to suit these colourful florals as the bright highlights on the petals flourish amidst a very suppressed background making it more isolated and, I think, stylised. Have a look see what you think, these images were shot on location at Powis (Powys) Castle, Mid Wales and Dunham Massey, Cheshire, both are National Trust properties and really worth a day out if you want to practise your photography. More to come soon.
Ouch its been nearly a month since I last wrote a post and here's me saying I'll be more dedicated and consistent with my writing, I will aim to do better. Its not like I haven't had anything to write about, I've been out and about with my camera most weekends as per usual so there is a few little trips that I can talk to you about. I just need some dedicated writing time to put it all down.
Well how about now?
Well, I'm actually in the middle of downloading Lightroom, again, long story, so once I've edited the shots from today I'll update you on what I've been shooting.
Have you ever been to the Lake District? Most people in England have, its like a staple part of our childhood diet, like Americans go to 'up to the cabin for the weekend' this is like the English version of that.
And the reason that everyone goes is because it is so damn pretty. I mean, this pretty...
This was taken from a rowing boat on the north end of Derwent Waters.
am finding it a good test of my passion to take my camera wherever I go, i take it to my day job and its always with me at weekends even if I do plan to take pictures at a certain place, I know I can if the moment arises.
It got me to thinking that photographs of the Lake District are easily found in their millions so its a bit of a test of a photographer to look for different ways to capture the same locations. I often wonder if we'll run out of things to photograph, I mean there's only so many locations in the world and there's very few places on this planet that man hasn't set foot on yet. It'll only be a matter of time before we have to change our aims and perspectives on photography.
The reasons we press that shutter button should always remain at the forefront of your mind I believe, as soon as we start taking pictures without thought then it becomes a pointless exercise. But how do we get new perspectives? How do we find a new spin on an old record? These are questions that I'm struggling to answer, I wonder if anyone else has ever worried about this prospect?
I don't think its an issue that we, as a photographic community, would face for many years to come but we are already seeing the same bricolages happening within music where samples and covers have become the accepted norm of new music. Surely the beauty of photography is that we gawp at something we've never seen before, and will that ever stop?
I hope not.
I will continue to post as regularly as possible on this website and on my blog to let you know what I've been getting up to, and of course please have a look at my galleries as I'm always adding and removing work off there to keep it looking interesting.
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Given how long I've been taking photographs, I thought would be an interesting task, after seeing similar versions online, to post my first ever 'proper' photograph and my most recent. Its actually quite an interesting reflection upon how photography itself has changed as much as my own approach to it. The first shot on the left was taken near Hadrian's Wall in Cumbria, it was back in 2005. It certainly wasn't the first photograph I'd ever taken, just the first one (that I have left) that was taken when I knew that I wanted to work as a visual artist. The shot was taken on Kodachrome using a Nikon F55 35mm SLR.
I'd love to revisit the location and actually take the same shot again to see how much difference there is. I think I am going up to Cumbria in a few months so maybe ill find the time to do it.
The second shot was taken a week ago in the Laundry Rooms of Chirk Castle near Wrexham. You can straight away see similarities between the shots but also giant differences. I still love centralised leading lines with strong senses of structure and clean edges, but my approach to style is more considered, or at least, I'd like to think so!
I always make sure my photographs now are more emotive, and stylised - not solely to be distinctive from others but also because I want to have a longstanding emotional connection with the photograph in the future, what I mean by that, is that I want to remember how I felt at the time of taking the shot. What did the room feel like? What would it have felt like when it was a working Laundry Room for others? It may seem all artsy-farty to some, but, I really don't care about negativity. That's their problem. :-)