Postcard Progress

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A few weeks ago, I invited people to take part in a small project. Having been inspired by a postcard exchange I had taken part in with Stephen MacInnis in May last year, I wanted to do a similar thing again on a slighter larger scale. And so I sent out a collection of cards that I had printed to various corners of the globe, hoping to hear some news of their arrival.

Here are a couple of pictures of a few of their adventures – so exciting to see them in their new spaces..more to come!

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From Exeter, UK to…

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Puppy postcard arrived and newly homed with Antoinette in Oregon, USA..

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Small trees, sitting happily on a desk with artist Sydney Lancaster in Alberta, Canada..

(p.s. I’ve just seen that Sydney has just posted about this on her blog today too!)

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nathan 5_72Exploring all corners in the middle of Kansas, USA, in the workspaces of Nathan Filbert and Holly Suzanne.

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Thanks so much to everyone for taking part – this is an ongoing project too, so if you would like me to send you a postcard, get in touch! You can read the initial posts here and here.

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Portrait work

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I’ve been working hard on my editing skills over the past few months, going over some old photographs and re-working them. I’m amazed at the difference it can make to a shot, showing and highlighting things that were there, but you just didn’t see before.

I’ve been working on this photograph of Rowan, as I wasn’t quite happy with the tones, particularly in the skin. I’ve worked lightly, as I really wanted the look to be natural, but did want to make the most out of the luminous nature of the light that day, and of course her very natural loveliness..

I hope you like the finished (I think) result – thoughts and hints very welcome! There’s a few more on my site too.

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Portrait Practice

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I am excited to have some more portrait work to do over the next few weeks.

These are my first preliminary shots for Mike. Looking back, I quite like the full face look, and I’m intrigued to take more like it. It’s not exactly the most technically demanding or original thing to do, but then again it is very interesting to observe the difference that a shadow, a flash of light, a change of expression can bring. And the story in a persons face always intrigues me, I love to see it there.

It might be interesting to record the other faces in my life in this way.

As I have said before, I just love to work with natural light. Possibly this is because I have done more of it so far, and so this is where I am most comfortable, but I think I will always have a love for it. Every shot I take I learn something new about light!

I will also be taking some photographs for my friends Katie and Paul over the next few weeks, and their lively family of geese, ducks, dogs and cats. I will be attempting to capture them all, which should be a fun challenge!

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My First Portraiture Shoot

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I had a busy time last week taking photographs for my friend and fellow musician Rowan.

Rowan is a fantastic singer and I wanted to try and take some photographs for her that she could use both promotionally and personally.

I have been practising for the past few months using natural light indoors, so that I could work without studio lighting or expensive kit. (I posted about that here.) Rowan was amused to discover that I had been practising for her shoot with figs, gooseberries and teddy bears!

I was aiming with these to capture several different moods, making use of different looks and angles of available light. Here is a selection of each.

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If I was trying to create a series to run together I wouldn’t have experimented so much with different effects, but as these shots will all work for separate situations I felt free to work quite experimentally. With time, I would probably start to work a little more creatively with ideas, but as it was a first try we aimed to keep it fairly simple.

I wanted to enhance Rowan’s natural beauty but not create something unreal, so I have kept editing to a minimum. This was quite a challenge for a first attempt but I am quite pleased with the results and am excited to continue learning.

I have in my possession the most beautiful track of Rowan’s..but I am not allowed to share it yet..! As soon as she has it recorded officially though I will do, as her voice is a beauty to be heard..

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Old Friends

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I found this paint splashed, battered old photograph in an old box recently – I took it of some friends many years ago, and it really brought back memories. What I remember was particularly amazing to me in this photograph is that Janet (right) was smiling. I had never seen Janet smile! So I always felt that there was something special about the moment. And I remember trugging about in my old boots, just looking and catching moments as they flew by…I don’t know if I romanticise, but somehow it felt like that old, inexpensive, heavy camera was closer to my body, more connected to the experience..

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