I was invited to the Castle Leslie Estate in Ireland to experience the Olympus OM-D E-M1. The E-M1 is Olympus’s new Micro Four Thirds camera that is aimed at professionals, it is not a replacement for the E-M5 but will be sold alongside it. Currently on the Amazon UK the E-M1 body only is £1,299 and the E-M5 body only is £730.
Shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1′s continuous autofocus
I only spent about 12 hours with the E-M1 which I don’t feel was long enough to really get to know it. But it is very similar to the older E-M5 which I had about a month with and got to know a little better. Continue reading
Last week I was in Ireland to review out the new Olympus OM-D EM-1. I arrived a day early so I could take a little look around Dublin as I had never been there before, and I was pleasantly surprised at all the photography there was to be discovered.
The Library Project
The Library Project is a photographic book library in a pop-up location in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Photographers and publishers have been donating books to them since 2011. In the short time I was there I could see they have an excellent collection, I spotted books from big names like Simon Roberts and Martin Parr as well as publications from smaller publishers like Café Royal books. It’s not a lending library but anyone can show up and check out what’s on the shelves.
Visiting times can be found on there website here. Continue reading
The London Science Museum has opened its new Media Space Gallery with its first exhibition “Only in England”, showcasing work from Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. The Media Space Gallery was set up in partnership with the National Media Museum in Bradford to show the National Photography Collection which the National Media Museum houses. The space is now one of the largest photographic galleries in London and each exhibition at the Media Space Gallery will also be shown in National Media Museum in Bradford.
On show is Martin Parr’s first major body of work “The Non-Conformists” which was shot in black and white in and around Hebden Bridge in the 1970s. I know this work quite well from books but it was really nice seeing images as 30″ x 20″ and 24″ x 20″ prints. There was quite a lot I had not previously seen, like a queue of people waiting to see Jaws. The body of work is amazing snapshot of history of English people.
Jaws queue – Halifax, West Yorkshire – 1977 – © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
This is a bit of a long shot but do you know, or will be able to pass this on, to anyone who might know the identity of the three santas who took part in the 2005 Brighton Christmas Day swim?
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any montage portraits to my site although I have been trickling them onto my Fragmented Portraits Tumblr. I’ve been posting two a week (some new & some from the archive). I will have to up my posting rate as I have 295 montage portraits that are not on my Tumblr yet!
I’ve been shooting montage portraits regularly for over three and half years. Over that time I have shot just under 400 portraits, definitely enough for a book which I plan to start working on soon.
Spreads from Brighton Source’s street style section
All the montage portraits are shot on a Lomo LCA film camera and then are put together from five individual photographs. I recently shot a few of these up in London while being filmed for documentary on film photography by Anton. I will post the London pictures once the film is released. Continue reading
Below are three Photographic publications I have recently purchased. I should buy more photographic books, but rest assured when I do purchase a photo book / zine it’s always of the highest quality.
In The Box, MiniClick Publication #2 & Electric Tears and All their Portent
At the last MiniClick along with nine other photographers I gave a five minute talk on a portrait I wished I’d taken. The format was that each speaker had five minutes and were only allowed to show the image they were talking about. For a little more context, I thought I would show some of the other images I referred to in my talk in this blog post. MiniClick has a blog post where you can see see the list of the photographers that were speaking with an example of there work plus the photo they were talking about here. After talking to some of the other speakers I found that I was in a minority in that no portrait had immediately sprung to mind for me like it had for them. After some thought I decided to talk about Frank Hurley’s 1915 portrait of John Vincent, The Bosun of the ship the Endurance.
The portrait theme was due to MiniClick launching their second publication which theme is portraiture. You grab a copy here but hurry it’s a limited edition of 200!
John Vincen Bosun Of The Endurance by Frank Hurley 1915
I had a few hours spare in London when I was up for PhotoForum this week so I checked out the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society. It’s only on for another week so next Sunday (18th of August) will be your last chance to see it. Most of the exhibition is outside and there is a little coffee shop in the Geographical Society courtyard so you can enjoy a beverage while you view the work in out fine-ish summer weather.