Gendarmes I

Gendarmes I – a night shot of a traffic cop directing at a busy intersection. Shooting lower than normal, the mastery of directing traffic which seemed to be coming from all directions was just majestic.

I decided to do a reversal (a further experiment along the Reflection of One series www.reflectionofone.com) and also from one of my “natural” influences. The image works in a way that a standard shot just would not execute well.

 

A Horse with No Name

A Horse with No Name. Originally shot in colour, I applied a solarization effect onto the final image resulting in a stunning simple image of a wild horse in a desolate landscape, but who blends so well within that environment.

I started a new naming convention a few months ago, to name some new work after song titles or an extract of lyrics. Not an easy challenge, but one which has resulted in “Stairway to Heaven“, “One for the money, two for the show” and “Wasteland”.

 

How much can you manipulate with digital?

I need to answer that question with a question: how much do I want to digitally manipulate an image? It’s all relevant. I still on the odd occasions shoot on film, however, I can’t remember when last I actually printed an image in a darkroom. Until a few years ago I was still pulling my own negatives, but have outsourced that now. So how much can one digitally manipulate? It depends on the shooter. I personally try to do as little as possible and use a general guide of limiting to what I do to what I could do in a dark room, or what I read that could be done in a darkroom. However, if I was just starting my photographic oddessy, then digital would be very much part of my vocab and one of the tools I would use to great effect without worrying about the purist quality of the way things were done. Also, the end use of the image is critical: photojournalism cannot be touched whatsoever without losing its authenticity, my work, no major issues of telephone wires or power lines removed. I am sure the photo montages (which have been around for decades) will in itself become a greater / more accessible art form. I have even given some images a bash myself resulting in the series “Reflection of One” www.refelectionofone.com

So ask yourself: what do you want to portray to the viewer of your work and stick to and believe in what you doing.

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A Night on the Street I

A night on the street.  Taken during one of my street blitzes.  I came across a group of homeless vagrants (can vagrants not be homeless?).  Classified as street photography, I managed to mess up the processing of the film (not the first and certainly not the last).  If I recall correctly I thought I was shooting on 3200 but in fact was shooting Agfapan 100 and processed for the higher ISO (it could have been the other way around).