Twenty years ago today in September 1997 I went to London with my mother to Lady Diana’s Funeral (obviously we did not go the ceremony at Westminster Abbey). Instead of jostling for a position on the funeral cortège’s route, we decided to head to Hyde Park where big screens had been erected to show the funeral service.
Crowd in Hyde Park for Lady Diana’s funeral. I’m assuming the lady on the right and guy in all denim are mother and son.
This week I went to the opening of Martin Parr’s new exhibition ‘Beach Therapy’ which show cases Parr’s latest work documenting the beaches of the UK, Italy, Spain and Argentina. In the past three years he has been utilising a telephoto lens to shoot subjects from a distance, this is quite a departure form his usually way working. The use of a telephoto lens flattens the perspective and creates playful juxtapositions with blurred subjects in the foreground to create something quite different from his previous work.
England Kent Isle of Thanet Broadstairs 2014.© Martin Parr / Rocket Gallery
An exhibition charting the construction of the British Airways i360 has opened at the British Airways i360. The British Airways i360 is the tallest, most slender moving observation tower in the world and was designed and built by the team responsible for the London Eye. Along with Photographer Gary Eastwood, I documented the construction of the i360 from June 2014 until it was completed in August 2016.
360 spherical panorama of the i360 taken from Brighton beach during a low tide. This image is on display as a 2 meter square print, definitely worth checking out in the flesh even if I do say so myself!
The Brighton and Hove calendar 2017 is now available, this is second year that Finn Hopson of the Brighton Photography gallery has producing the calendar since taking it over. The calendar is comprised of the work of local Brighton Photographers including two of my images.
Brighton and Hove Calendar 2017 cover by Finn Hopson
There is also images from some other great Brighton photographers including: Roger Bamber, Alex Bamford, Warren Sebastian, Paul Cahill, Darryl Cousins, Simon Dack, Finn Hopson, Paul Mansfield, Chris Mole, Jon Simmons and David Smith. Continue reading
It’s been a while since one of my email updates, I’ve been really busy on lots of projects so I’ve not had time to write a regular updates. This is just a quick email to let you know that I will be teaching a PE lesson at the Photographers Gallery London on Sunday June 19th . MiniClick is turning one of the rooms at the Photographers Gallery in to a school for the ‘School of MiniClick‘ from Friday the 17th to Sunday the 18th. Lots of different photography related lessons will be taking place.
Mr Baxter – Grange Hill’s PE teacher
The show is a perfect marriage between science and photography. Fox Tolbot was a scientist, photographer and entrepreneur who invented the photographic negative in 1835 which was a huge leap forward in photographic technology. The negative meant that unlimited photos could easily be produced from one negative. Before Talbot’s negative the first commercially available photographic process, the daguerreotype, produced one-off images on silver plated copper. Talbot’s invention brought photography closer to what we think of it today, a medium where duplication is embedded into its core.
Nelsons column under construction by William Henry Fox Talbot – 1843
One of my images of Dave Sawyers has been printed on a beer mat along with 9 other photographers work for the Brighton Tap Takeover beer festival. The 10 different beer matts will be on the tables of 10 Brighton pubs over the weekend (9th-10th April), if you visit all the pubs you can collect a full set (maybe stick to half pints, drink responsibly and all that). The beer mats were curated by The Photocopy club and MiniClick talks.
My beer mats are on the tables of the Hope and Ruin
When Lomography released the Lomo LC-A 120 last year I got really excited. It’s a compact medium format camera with a modified glass lomo LC-A lens with automatic exposure which is a huge step up from the light leaky plastic Holgas and Dianas I’d previously used. I’ve never really been a fan of plastic 120 roll film cameras as I’ve never seen the point of shooting expensive film on a camera with no light meter, a plastic lens, and something that you only use on a sunny day.
Dave and his fish eyes. Shot Lomo LC-A 120 and Lomography 800 asa colour film