Light At The End Of The Tunnel?

There is, apparently, a nasty virus going around. It’s separating loved ones, frightening people of all ages, preventing and changing “normal” life, making people ill, ruining businesses, stalling education and careers, and even killing thousands.

Given that perspective, the cancellation of a few photography courses and workshops is pretty small beer really. Inevitably, under these extraordinary circumstances, I’ve postponed all of my training events until it’s safe and sensible to reschedule. Everyone affected has been contacted and have been wonderfully understanding (this is no surprise – my training clients are lovely folks). Whatever happens, and however long it takes, these bookings will be honoured.

I, like many other photographers, and many other freelance/self-employed people (including the models I work with), have a very uncertain future because of Covid-19. I noticed a fairly sudden drop-off in my usual PR and commercial work 4-6 weeks ago but hoped we’d escape the worst of it and could begin to recoup the lost earnings. It’s now apparent this is unlikely to happen any time soon and with studio and house rent to pay, I’m unsure how my business will weather this enforced period of inactivity. I went into self-isolation almost a week ago because I was showing symptoms of what I believe to be (but can’t be certain was) a cold and cough. I have no work whatseoever in the diary until September which is when the school photography contracts should begin – but of course, there’s a chance these may not materialise. Freelance photographers sadly cannot work from home.

But I’m one of the lucky ones. I am in generally good health, have food in my cupboards and freezer, have a little garden I can sit in for fresh air when needed – and most importantly, my family are safe, well and taking the necessary precautions to avoid infection. If my business doesn’t survive this, I’m sure I’ll adapt and eventually find alternative work.

My real sympathy is with those already infected or lost to this virus and their families.

And my eternal gratitude to the wonderful NHS and other keyworkers keeping this country battling through despite the best efforts of the moronic hordes of panic-buying, stockpiling, advice-ignoring, virus-spreading dimwits who see no reason to make any adjustment whatsoever to their own selfish routines in order to save the lives of innocent people. To those people, I wish a swift and painful death.

In an attempt to end on a lighter, photographic note (this is a photography page after all), I leave you with this image of lovely Laura (actually two shots, taken, edited, composited on an iphone) proving that there really is light at the end of the tunnel…

Laura: Birmingham Noir

Laura from "Birmingham Noir" by David Rann

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.

Alas, Poor Warwick

Here for your amusement are a few “what I done on me ‘olidays” images, taken during a day at Warwick Castle a week or so ago (in the Summer). These are all taken on my trusty iPhone4. As always, just a bit of “away from the office” fun.

Warwick Castle by David Rann

Warwick Castle by David Rann

This first image was purposely under-exposed (honest!) using the Camera+ app and then jiggered around with in the lovely Snapseed.

The Knight Who Says Nowt.

The Knight Who Says Nowt.

Jeremy Waxman

Jeremy Waxman

The “people” seen here are actually some of Warwick’s excellent waxworks. Thankfully no model releases required. Or direction.

Taken using the "Lomora" app.

Taken using the “Lomora” app.

And finally, a little “scene” shot,