Lomography has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacturing of their new Petzval 58mm lens. The Petzval lens is based on a 170 year old design and it produces a super soft bokeh (blur) effect. The lens is totally manual which means you have to set the pace of your of photography a little slower and in the digital instant age that’s always a good thing. The 58mm Petzval is compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts as well as some Sony, Olympus and a few other mirrorless cameras.
Portrait of Dave Sawyers taken with the prototype 58mm Petzval lens. Click image to enlarge.
Simon Cooke is about to embark on an incredible record breaking journey. Next week he will be on standby to swim the English channel earlier than anyone has done before, this will mean his swim will be colder than any cross channel swim before him around 11-12 °C (51.8-53.6 °F). He is a fellow member of Brighton Swimming club and has been in training for over a year doing 6 hour sea water training sessions, in comparison at this time of year (May) I swim for 20-30 minutes before I get really cold. He is raising money for a local Charity Amaze Charity which gives information, advice and support to parents of children with disabilities in Brighton & Hove. You can donate to his simon cooke fundraising page.
Simon Cooke with his ample body fat that will protect in the cold water.
A few days ago I taught a time-lapse workshop at the Snap photo festival. Usually for this type of event I would of ran a workshop based around film, lomo or something along those lines. As Snap was in deepest rural Wales film development was not going to be an option.
Time-lapses workshop with a little help from TriggerTrap
One of my digital loves is time-lapse and I’m also currently in the middle of a commission to shoot a two year time-lapse so I decided my workshop would be based around that. Unless the people in my workshop had cameras with a built in Intervalometer (the thing that triggers the camera repeatedly) they where going to need one. Luckily TriggerTrap were kind enough to lend me a whole bunch for their smart phone triggers. TriggerTrap is more than just a Intervalometer, with the aid of their dongle it turns any iOS / Android device into sophisticated camera trigger, it’s not just for time-lapses you can also use it to trigger your camera with sound and movement amongst other things, check out the full range of features on their website. Continue reading →
I’ve been asked by Viva Brighton Magazine to give a Pecha Kucha talk at their new event Talent Pool. On the evening there will be a series of talks from different Brighton creative types who will be talking about their creative process. I’ll be talking about the work I’ve been doing for the Brighton i360 and how I was offered the opportunity of working for them.
‘Miniaturesque’ is an exhibition showing new work created in London by Photographer / Street artist Slinkachu. Slinkachu builds little worlds with model people sometimes with a dark comedic narrative, if you like Modern Toss and David Shrigley you will love his work. Most of the actual artworks that Slinkachu make are left in the environments they were created for. The only permanent record of his work are the photographs he shoots.
As part of an ongoing commission to document the construction of the Brighton i360 I’ve been shooting a long term time-lapse of its building site. I’ve set up a camera that has been taking a picture every 10 minutes from the start in July 2014 to February 2015. It’s now shot over 25,000 images. The edit I’ve made excludes weekends, holidays and nights, although I’ve included three nights when they were working 24 hours a day to divert a sewer.
Last month I made my debut on CBBC’s Art Ninja. This children’s art show follows the artistic adventures of Ricky AKA The Art Ninja. In the episode i’m in ‘Day of the lucky trunks‘ Ricky comes to Brighton and enlists the help of some local kids and myself to make a seaside themed photographic montage.
As part of a commission to document the construction of the Brighton i360 I went to Holland to see the progress being made on the tower. The Brighton i360 is an observation tower designed by the same architects that conceived of the London Eye. To a casual observer it may look like all that has happened in the past 8 months on the i360 site is that mud has been moved around. Actually a lot has been going on including the redirection of a victorian sewer, redirection electricity supply and in the past few weeks the start of the digging of the foundations. So far visually it’s not been massively exciting. What was exciting to me was visiting a factory in Holland to document the progress being made on the actual tower. Sif has been contracted by the engineering firm Hollandia to build the tower. Sif specialises in making large rounded steel structures like wind turbine towers. I tagged along with a Hollandia engineer as he inspected the welds on the tower’s components, while there I got to see some the of processes that are going into making up the i360 tower.
Inside a section of the Brighton i360 tower. Each section is about 12 meters long and will bolted together on site.