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July 2014

A quick behind the scenes from today

A quick behind the scenes from today.

Wrangling my tripod and trying out tethered shooting as I take some product shots of my range of greetings cards. Watch out for the opening of my Etsy shop in the next few weeks.

Today's set-up for greetings card product shoot

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52 postcards – week 28, Postcards from Arles

52 postcards - week 28, Postcards from Arles

At the beginning of July, I was lucky enough to be in Arles for the opening week of the Les Rencontres d’Arles; an annual, international festival of photography. I had no real idea what to expect, but I knew I would be in for a week of seeing and experiencing thought provoking photography in the beautiful Provencal town. It’s now over a week since I’ve returned from Arles and I’m still digesting my experiences and sorting through some of the images I made; I’ll share some of those later.

From July to September, the town of Arles and its citizens embraces photography. Photography is everywhere, from exhibitions in stunning buildings to pop-up exhibits in shops and houses, to posters on walls and even the pavement. However, Arles isn’t all about photography, all of the time. It’s a very popular tourist destination, with a host of ancient and historic buildings and a vibrant local culture. To try to capture both photography and tourism (in a rather cheesy way), I grabbed this image of a rack of postcards.

This week’s recipient is once again Sarah McKenzie from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. To see some of Sarah’s photography, knitting and gardening exploits, visit her blog.

52 postcards – week 27, Bridge inversion

52 postcards - week 27, Bridge inversion

I remember I’d been looking for some ‘interesting’ light all week and finally on the Friday evening I thought I’d found it. In the early evening, with the sun dropping and casting rays through the clouds, I took the short walk from my home to the River Adur. It may have only been a five-minute walk, but by the time I reached the river, the ‘interesting’ light had gone. As I knew I only had limited opportunities during the following weekend to make images, I decided to carry on walking and see what I could find.

As part of the Ropetackle housing development in Shoreham-by-Sea, a number of pieces of art have been installed, including some lenses. I walk past these frequently and am always intrigued by the inverted images they produce. For this image, rather than go in close, I wanted to show the lens in the context of its surroundings (the River Adur and the railway bridge spanning it). The, by now, flat light of the evening proved to be perfect for making this image; any sun would have shone directly through the lens. As I’ve said before, all lighting conditions can be ‘good’ or ‘interesting’, you just need think creatively.

This week’s recipient is André Jolley. I first met André a few years back on a photo walk with fellow photo chums from Sussex. You can see his work on his website, including his interpretation of our recent trip to Margate.

52 postcards – week 26, Rivers in the sand


52 postcards - week 26, Rivers in the sand

 

I’m finding it’s no good trying to force creativity. For week 26, the halfway point of this project, I had it in mind to create something that represented this milestone. Half full, half empty, half and half. I looked and looked, I tried to contrive something, but nothing worked. At desperation point and not wanting this project to stall, I was forced out with my camera early on the morning of Sunday 29 June. I had to come back with an image, there was no other choice.

It’s funny how a deadline can make you see and look at things differently! I wandered down to the beach and as luck would have it, it was a very low tide. It’s only at the lowest tides that any sand is revealed on the beach at Shoreham-by-Sea. As I walked slowly along the shoreline I was looking all around me. Seascapes weren’t an interesting or creative option as the light was quite flat, even though it was early in the morning. I then started to look down, and a whole new world of creative possibilities opened up. Where the sand was exposed, patterns had formed as the tide receded. I was reminded of my old university geomorphology text books and how rivers systems develop. As with so many of the images in this project, a black and white treatment made the detail stand out more effectively. Now looking at the image, I’m wondering if I should have rotated it by 180°. What do you think?

The postcard of Rivers in the sand was sent to a recipient in the US. I hope it’s arrived safely, but as yet I haven’t heard (this is becoming a bit of a recurring theme of late!). If I do hear, I’ll update the post and share their work with you.

 

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