Changing Direction?

Over the many years that I have ben pressing the button on whichever camera I have been using at the time the centre of my focus has been primarily on people – people of all shapes and sizes from royalty to clowns, blushing brides to some young ladies who you would find it very hard to make blush!

Lately though I have been thinking of more mellow things such as the beauty of nature, the glory of a sunset or the majesty of a solitary tree. Maybe it is age, maybe it is the loss of my darling wife a year ago, maybe it is subconscious rebellion against the horrors of the daily news bulletins. Who knows? All I know is that a change is taking place in my head. This was brought to the forefront when I listened to a master Charlie Waite and looked in depth at some of his wonderful images. Don’t get me wrong, I have always enjoyed a good landscape, but they have never been the focus of attention for my lens.

I will confess that one of the salient factors has been that I have never felt that I can ‘see’ landscapes and, as photographers, I feel sure you will understand. However I have decided it is to change all that and I have decided to try and master the landscape and concentrate on it more from now on. Whether it will work or not is another matter, but if I don’t try then I will never know. A quote I heard today is where I am at with this at the moment – ‘every river starts with a small trickle’. I have posted a couple below of what my new thinking is about, and I will see how I get on – so watch this space!

Flower Basket Blossom & Trees Island, Tromsø Fjord

 

 

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Oxford Photography Festival

I had a great day yesterday at the Oxford photographic festival. Cam back inspired, especially after listening to the great landscape photographer Charlie Waite. Tremendous portraits in the Mathematics faculty (wonderful building!) and beautiful small black and whites in St. John’s College by Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti. Pentii got a 20 YEAR grant from the Finnish government to do his work – can you imagine that in the UK?

We stumbled on the Festival office at the end of the day located in a cafe. It was one small table with a not very enthusiastic man sat behind it. This is the first Festival and, if repeated, more visibility would be helpful. That said, if you can I would thoroughly recommend looking at some of the work there.

 

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Robert Mitchell’s ‘Invocation’

I hade great fun on Friday shooting the rehearsals for a tremendous new piece of work by talented composer/pianist Robert Mitchell in Bournemouth. I shot with the X-Pro1 between 4000 and 6400 iso using the 35mm f.14 Fuji XF lens and the Samyang fisheye. You can see a selection of the images at:

http://bit.ly/1mDTDRs

and there is a review of the event with one of my images at:

http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/pages/live-jazz-music-reviews/13277-robert-mitchell-s-invocation-sets-sail-at-bournemouth-arts-by-the-sea-festival

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The Back Story

Titanic Victim

I decided to look at this image with a view to converting into a black and white print the other day, and I had never really studied it in any detail before. I suddenly realised it was a memorial on the grave of somebody who perished on the RMS Titanic, and my curiosity was aroused to see if I could find the story of the poor man and his family. What I found fascinated me.

It must be borne in mind that it is always said that everybody here in Southampton knew somebody on the Titanic, and that there was a loss in every street. Southampton was, after all, a major seaport and home port to the ill-fated vessel.

So what of Ernest William Hamblyn? A Devon man, he perished at the early age of 46 leaving behind a widow and a total of seven children. His home was about 4 miles (7km) from where I sit writing this. It is quite possible that over the years my path crossed that of one of his children, the last of whom died only 3o years ago. Certainly it is highly likely that his grandchildren are still living in the town. For reasons now unclear, but probably because of the law of the time, his widow did not inherit his estate but it went to his brother-in-law by marriage (a man who had no blood tie to him or his wife). The sum he left of £320 (close to £32,000 by todays standards) was a reasonable amount for a working man in those days.

Thanks to the internet and the tremendous records about the ill-fated ship you can now read Ernest’s story at this web site – trust me, it is fascinating and shows you never know what a simple image can lead you to. Y the way, if you know any of his relatives I would be very happy to give them a copy of the print.

 

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The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of ItTaken at Cowes Week with the X-Pro1 then post-processed using Silver Effect 2.

 

 

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Barcelona

I am still editing my images from Barcelona in March, and here are 3 that I hope you like. All were with the X-Pro1 of course!

Boy Meets Girl Waiting on the Telephone Juice Girl

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Oxjam @ Mettricks

Last Friday evening I had a very pleasant time shooting the event to raise money through music for Oxfam, the UK famine relief charity. For the technical friends X-Pro1 @ 6400iso on 14mm lens. By the way, Mettricks at the bottom part of the High Street is a great coffee shop, and a favourite haunt of mine, especially on a Friday night! Here are the images:

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