Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Emma's Update

Well im pretty much finished now. I have alittle bit more logbook work to do before the hand in this Friday. I received my book yesterday and im really pleased with it. My postcards are all ready and I have chosen the final three images to be exhibited on the wall. Choosing the final three was the hardest thing ever but i managed to do it!

Here are some more recent photos I have taken.

And here is a behind the scenes photo of the moving portraits.

Well the exhibition is really close now and I know everyone is really excited but alittle nervous too. We had a group photo taken the other week and i thought we have to upload this to the blog, so here it is!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Calm after the storm

(Cross-posted from

So, the shooting's done, the pictures edited down to the final set, negatives scanned and cleaned up, main print, book, business cards and postcard all ordered.

Is that it? It all feels a bit anti-climactic now, with over two weeks left until the exhibition. Just the journal to tidy up, and a bit of a flat period until the excitement of the print and book arriving, and the panic of hanging everything.

Time to start planning other things. More projects, get the business started, plan photowalks.

But for now, I'm just going to take a couple of days off and relax - by reading up on string theory.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Emma's Update

So heres some of the shots from the Royal wedding house party!

The moving portraits are looking really good and have a nice contrast with the flash images.

I have another film to pick up on Monday so I'll update again with some of the streets shots i have taken. :)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Forget Me Knot - Update


Ok so I have decided I need to put something on this blog, here goes.

I am taking images from in the ocean. I have always had a fear of the ocean but have always had a need to conquer that fear. I can swim - not well - but going under freaks me out. Having a camera has helped me overcome many fears in the past so I decided to try it in the ocean. Camera + housing in the Caribbean sea - well the British sea is a bit cold.

It gets addictive, you have no control over yourself or over the camera. I can't see what I'm taking, the waves pick me up and drop me then the next one goes over my head. You forget to panic when you're taking images, and yes it really is that colour.

It makes me think that these must be the last sights you see when you are drowning. 
Even in shallow water you are inconsequential, at the whim of the ocean.

Lynda Haney

Chris' re-start!

Following a tutorial session with Seba Kurtis, i decided to completely change my project. My trucks simply were not connected with myself enough - i did not have enough passion for them. Perfectly good commercial work but i don't have that connection and devotion needed for fine art work. Seba advised that i should plunge back into the urban explorer community and that is exactly what i did: taking the work i had done in my last project and pushing it that bit further and developing it.

I have spent the last two weeks out on the road travelling Britain and meeting more and more members of the community. I began these two weeks having a few vague connections with some of the more serious members, and ended the second week with a group explore to Denbigh mental asylum with a few of the legends and current members. Within these two weeks i have met fourteen new explorers, travelled 4,000 miles and spent roughly £700 on petrol. But it has been totally worth it, this project has investigated my own interests and helped me to dive headfirst into the community that i adore.

Here's some of the results i have come up with from doing it:

Rick Update

The trouble with photographing fire fighters is that from time to time someone will inevitably have a fire, maybe several. I don't have a problem with this, hey life sucks sometimes but why? OH BLOODY WHY did two people decide to have fires on the two days I go and do my final bloody shoot???!!!!
Shoot 1: Turn up at fire station, tape background to wall, set lights up, get camera out of bag to start test shots an what do I hear?.... I'll tell you what I hear, what can only be described as an air raid like siren followed by a mechanical female recorded voice booming over the air raid siren with the words "MOBILISE ALL UNITS, MOBILISE ALL UNITS!" And then I watch as my portrait subjects all hop into two fire engines and a support vehicle and whizz off with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing. I feel guilty as I stand there cursing my luck because I know that they are now on their way to save life from departing this mortal plain in the form of a six car collision with persons trapped or an RTC-6 as they referred to it as they ran past me. It's at this point that I remember why I'm here and why I chose these brave lads and lasses for my final project. They turn up an hour later and stand patiently for me....I felt my own existence pale into insignificance, it becomes clearer to me with every visit that these people really matter.
Shoot 2: I turn up at the fire station praying it all goes well, this is my last visit to Tadcaster Fire station before our exhibition. The guys are all on good form, the banter is upbeat and plentiful for 8am on a bank holiday Monday. All is going well, I'm halfway through this final shoot, there is a light at the end of the photography tunnel. And then I hear it....the air raid siren, the robot woman's voice...."MOBILISE ALL UNITS MOBILISE ALL UNITS..." and off they go, off to save another life. "Good luck boys and girls" I say to myself as I turn the 5D off.