New Camera

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Welcoming the change to mirrioless….. 📷📸                                       (Fujifilm X-T20)
It’s been a tough and unlucky last few months. So stuff it and treat yoself to a new camera 😁

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Star Cult Shoot 03.19

A band shoot for Star Cult shoot from way back in March. I used my Canon for test shots and then my Minolta for the 35mm film shots. However halfway thru the shoot my film camera/lens malfunctioned and digital had to take over. Good vibes and good company as always, such an awesome group. We will be shooting again in the near future!

Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/starcultband/ 

Bliss

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In the Tate Liverpool I saw this incredible exhibit that made me so happy. I felt like a child again, a room full of colour and huge smile on my face. In this photo I look stupid and I realise that I can not pose and I belong behind the camera. Not in front.

Right there, right then I finally switched off, relaxed and genuinely felt happy on holiday for the first time in months.
After that holiday it was back to reality with a boom. So every day I look at my photos of that exhibit and think of that feeling.
Onwards and upwards, fingers crossed for the future.

In the beginning of 05/ 2019

My brilliant mini escape and I went to my happy place (basically any art gallery) for inspiration. I visited Liverpool’s Tate Gallery at the start of the month. The Tate was a lovely building and some of the exhibits were perfectly curated.

I saw some incredibly powerful video art which was about black culture with music by Kanye West. Which isn’t my thing but the piece was very emotional and well edited.
The modern Art painting which usually I don’t like I managed to find at least one I did. I hadn’t researched what exhibits where on before hand. So I was really pleased there was such a range of mediums of work.

I saw some of my favourite Artist’s work such as art works by David Shirley, Andy Warhol, Photographs by Barbra Kruger, Andreas Gursky and Rineke Dijkstra.

One of my favourite works was a completely bonkers video art piece called ‘How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File 2013’ by Hito Steyerl. I loved it, so my type of art. I like that it had a sense of humour and viewers to be unsure to take it seriously. If your interested, it’s took some doing but I think I tracked it down in this link https://www.artforum.com/video/hito-steyerl-how-not-to-be-seen-a-fucking-didactic-educational-mov-file-2013-51651  

04/2019

lab7am counts as a lie in right?

Sorry for the lack of content lately. I’m working so much overtime and when I finally get a day off I’m exhausted mentally and physically. I can’t switch off from work which means lack of sleep. I never have time to pick up my camera to create projects and I’ve lost my creative spark. Don’t even mention social life, I’m way off balance.

On a positive note I have been working in the lab more at work which has been brilliant. I love lab work, I feel more creative. I get to print photos, restore old images on photoshop, developing film, print and make canvases/coasters/magnets/mugs. I get a small sense of achievement completing a customers orders and seeing their smiling faces it’s what keeps me going.

Although, there are plenty of very difficult days. Just some of the many definitions of a difficult day can be anything from technology failing on you, orders going wrong, juggling so many orders that you fall way way behind, not getting a break till your last hour of shift. There have been more and more difficult shifts than good ones lately which hasn’t helped with what little confidence I had to start with.

So here is a photo of me trying to smile through the many challenging days in the lab. I’m still getting to grips with stuff and definitely still making many mistakes. But it’s a learning curve I guess. Onwards and upwards please, to the future!

A quick catch up

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It’s been a while since I got a chance to write a post for here. Personal life has been hectic. I’ver been struggling to find time for myself and therefore haven’t been in the best of places mentally. I started a new job before Christmas 2018, which is a great change.  The job is in a UK chain photographic retailer. I’m still very much adjusting to it. I also got a car to help get me out and about, which hopefully means being able to get to new locations to photograph.

I’m still struggling with a long distance relationship with clashing schedules. But we are getting to see each other a bit more than we used to. It just means if I ever have a day off over a weekend I’m usually travelling to visit the other half. However we just spent a lovely few days in London visiting Art Galleries. I tried to switch off form my technology a little bit over my holiday to try help relax. So I didn’t take too many photos of the artworks I visited. I really enjoyed The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and The V&A.  Anyway enjoy the above polaroid of us together in London, artistic without trying, hahaha!

I have been keeping up with my Instagram regularly so check it out if you like?

But I promise they will be a new exciting post I have been working on very soon!

Last Minute Small Adventure

Last minute plans to do something and we end up in Newcastle in antic furniture shop, going for food, cloths shops and space golf. A last minute though before rushing out the house was to grab my polaroid just incase and My gosh I’m happy I did! So happy with these photos, enjoy

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Placement- Supertato Event

I had the fantastic opportunity last week to Photograph Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet with their children’s story Supertato Event and Book signing. Children go wild for the character Supertato who of course is a super hero potato. It was a great event to photograph, Paul read/acted out the story with props and voices too. The children and their parents/carers got involved in the story like a pantomime.

I really enjoyed the session and photographing the moments for the use on Social Media.

Placement- Magpie & Nest Studio Takeover

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Photographing the exhibit in the studio being used by the public. The space is used for children to take part in craft workshops and share with their families/carers and enjoy.
These photos are will mainly be used for Social Media content and brochure

 

 

 

Placement- Tour Photos

Magpies and The Nest Event

I had the chance to photograph Nest Makers & Magpies Nest tour.

Photographing the tour was a challenge with children unpredictably running around. Parents trying to avoid the camera but also trying to photograph their child on their phones, sometimes just in my shot. Children can be difficult to photograph either they hide away or spend their time watching the photographer and nothing else. Majority of the time children and parents forget you are their and you can get the perfect shot.

I am pleased with the photos and they are great for the company’s website and social media pages to advertise the ongoing event.

https://www.facebook.com/7Stories/ 

Placement- Product Photography

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I have had the chance to photograph products for the bookshop’s website, Facebook shop and social media content.

I photographed the products for the shops website on a plan white background using a mini fold up studio kit. Which works well. The Bag however would not fit in the mini studio kit and was photographed with a white wall behind. The other product where photographed on location/ in use. Check out the Facebook shop which I have started setting up https://www.facebook.com/pg/7Stories/shop/?ref=page_internal 

Placement- Author Workshop

Bank Heist Work Shop

Photographing Jim Whalley’s Work shops in promotion for his first book Baby’s First Bank Heist. There where two work shops, the first for under 10’s featuring Whalley reading his book, burglar mask making and a bank heist game. The next for 10+ which entitled a work shop on writing and rhyming skills. The children and their parents got involved in writing their own pomes using rhyme and couplets.

All in all a great session to photograph, for the website and social media pages.

Placement- Book Signing

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I had the chance to photograph the writer Jim Whalley at his book signing of Baby’s First Bank Heist in the Seven Stories Book Shop. Such a lovely man with a great book!

These photos where used mainly for the social media pages of Seven Stories.