This is actually a really lovely idea. I have a huge box of found photography at the moment that is in no order, this would be a beautiful way for me to organise it and even copy a few of the photos to put on each section remind me what’s inside
I will willing admit that I’ve been in a bit of a photography slump recently. Leaving uni and going into full time work in retail has been a bit of a shock to the system and has effected my health and enthusiasm. I’m trying hard to push myself to go out and today’s hour long walk around Emsworth with Aaron Bennett has definitely helped as it made me realise I don’t need to go for long treks, I can find images easily because that is naturally how I look at the world. I also had my first proper play with my Fuji X10 which I brought with my competition winnings from the LCE Solent Group christmas gathering. It’s a lovely bit of kit and one I’m glad to have in my collection. Above are photographs taken on my Fuji X10, run through lightroom with VSCO. I may have made a small photography boo-boo today in that my camera battery wasn’t fully charged and died while we were out, I wasn’t going to let that hold me back so resorted to my phone for the last few shots. A few I’ve already uploaded to Instagram which I’m pleased with. I’m realising that no matter what I should always have some form on usable camera on me.
Vsco has become my new love of photography! I now use the app religiously on my phone. This is an image taken of one of my cats, Eddie, on my phone and then processed through the vsco app. I highly recommend it!
In the current issue of Q Magazine you’ll find my portrait of Professor Brian Cox.
This was such a satisfying shoot to do. I thrashed out the concept of Brian sat at a table looking at a space shuttle mid-launch with Russ, Q Magazines Picture Director the day before the shoot. The thought of doing this as a digital comp just felt naff to us so as ever I suggested and promised to pull of an idea that I had no real clue how best to achieve. (Russ is used to this…)
All we were certain of was that we wanted this shot to all happen in camera. No digital trickery or retouching and apart from having to retouch out the Magic Arm that was holding the model shuttle aloft (the small room wouldn’t allow me to position it in such a way as to hide it) we achieved our objective.
Everything was done in camera.
I built and painted the model shuttle through the night and heart in mouth made the ‘take-off’ smoke cloud in the morning before the shoot drawing on my complete ignorance of basic electrical wiring and hoping my death trap of a setup didn’t electrocute Brian halfway through the shoot. When I switched on the smoke model for the first time I was so pleased and had high hopes it was going to be a good one.
Anyway, after about 18 hours of solid work to build it we had the shot nailed in about ten minutes. Brian enjoyed it and for my part, in recent years this portrait is a personal highlight.