Ten years ago almost to the day I photographed the young daughter of an Indian friend eating some Indian food whilst wearing her smartest traditional clothes. I did this in response to a specific image request, and a model release was signed. The prospective client never chose the image but I kept it on file anyway, lodged it with a couple of agencies and, to be honest, thought little more about it.
It was taken on a Nikon D1X which was pretty ‘state of the art’ in those days using a Nikon 28 – 105 zoom lens, and a single flash held off-camera. It was a very quick session with little fuss so as not to upset the young child, and that was the end of the story.
Suddenly today I received a notification that the image has sold in Germany to a book publisher for a limited print run. Trust me, I won’t be retiring on the proceeds but it will pay for the coffees this week and just goes to prove that library sales can make a very useful supplement to the normal income. Oh I nearly forgot, here is the image:
Fifty years ago today people marched in Selma, Alabama, to protest the lack of voting rights for black Americans, and they were teargassed, beaten and had dogs set on them by the local police force. Two days later they were joined by Martin Luther King and thousands of others to continue the fight to end the disenfranchisement of black Americans and to continue the fight for equal rights for all. A total of 25,000 people marched to the state capital a few days later under the protection of federal troopers.
The above is, of course, a vital piece of history in the fight to end racism and I remember seeing the graphic images on television here in the U.K. very well. Just about every newspaper carried page after page about the events of that week, and ‘Life’ magazine and many others were full of horrifying photographs.
Today of course we can look back on those images and they help us to remember the brave fight of others so that we can all walk in freedom. But why, you may ask, am I writing about it here on this blog. It is because of the simple fact that we can look back on those images and remember. I strongly question whether images of the events of today will be as adequately preserved in the digital age in which we live. Fifty years down the road will hard disks still be accessible, will digital film (a contradiction in terms, but I could not think what else to use) still be on file at the TV stations or will it all be lost in hard disc crashes, computer glitches and the need for more and more storage space.
Sadly, I suspect much, if not all, will have gone. At the moment millions of people shoot with their mobile phones and digital cameras without even a thought of downloading anything to a computer let alone backing things up for security. People do not print images like they used to, nor do they make efforts to preserve their memories longer that the life of the telephone they are holding at the time (yes, I know I am generalising) and to put it bluntly it scares me.
I ask just one simple question, will we be relying on distorted oral history like our forefathers in the future?
The great British photographer Jane Bown has died at the age of 89. I had the great pleasure of meeting her once, and admired her work and tenacity. A diminutive woman in stature and yet a tremendous force in British photography who worked for the Observer newspaper for most of her life. Today is a sad day for me.
I am pleased to say that there is now a small portfolio of my work on the Fujifilm X-World web site at http://fujifilm-x.com/photographers/en/gerry_walden/#01
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I am pleased to say that my exhibition ‘Away from the Spotlight’ featuring 15 images of jazz musicians at rehearsals is now open at the Turner Sims in Southampton until Feb. 20. All images were taken on the Fujifilm UK X-Pro. If you can’t make it to the show here is a link to the exhibition images:
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I am pleased to say that I have a new exhibition of my work photographing jazz musicians at sound checks and rehearsals on display at the Turner Sims Concert Hall on the University Campus in Southampton opening 12 December and running until 20 February. Actual opening times are the same as box office times at the Turner Sims and you can get details from their web site.
Below are 4 images from the exhibition, and all images were taken on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 at speeds up to 6400iso using only available light.
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