Looking through old hard drives for individual images for a client is a tedious business but occasionally leads to rediscovery of images you’d almost forgotten. In this case, the lovely Hannah was photographed as part of one of my “Portfolio Booster” courses. The original image was very pleasant as it was but Hannah’s very “classical” look inspired me to re-edit it with a more “painterly” look.
And once I’d found one, I was on a roll and couldn’t resist doing a second along the same lines…
Every couple of years, the photography club(s) I run (now called FOTO-CLUB) stages an exhibition but I decided to do something different in 2016 and opted instead for something that became known as “the book project”.
Club members were offered the opportunity to each submit a series of six themed images and ten brave souls rose to the challenge. Some of the group attended my five week evening course called “The 6 Pic Project” to guide them in the development of their submission. The result is a wonderful 8″x 8″ softback book which was launched officially at the club’s December meeting at the 1000 Trades bar, just over the road from the studio. Club member Andrew Crawford is responsible for superb design finish of the book.
I think the book was a very welcome and inexpensive alternative to our usual exhibition and so I anticipate us doing it again next year. We were given an excellent printing deal by Dunns in Cradley Heath and I’d like to thank them once again for their support. Dunns were so pleased with the book that they chose to display it at a recent trade show. But most of all, I’m incredibly proud of the club’s photographers for their excellent work.
When I took this image of the beautiful Ivory Flame a year or so ago, I gave it this particular effect in post-production with, somewhere in the back of my mind, a Pre-Raphaelite painting that I’d seen in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG). To this day, I can’t remember exactly which image it was but I suspect it was one of the museum’s huge collection of paintings by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. I’ll remember if it’s the last thing I do. And it might be.
Not quite the painting I had in mind by Burne-Jones.
Believe it or not, this is one of my favourite ever photographs (that I’ve taken). In fact, it’s two photographs – the background was taken on the Birmingham canal towpath and the portrait of the wonderful Laura (NearMiss DiZaster) was shot in the studio.
What the two images have in common is that they were both taken on an iphone 5, edited on the same phone, and combined using the “Juxtaposer” app – again, on the iphone.
The resulting image was part of a series I called “Birmingham Noir” which has since been exhibited in Athens and Mexico. There’s something about Laura’s amazing eye contact on this that just makes it for me.