Great to meet you today @peterdench ! Good how a meeting, accidentally then drops you into a brilliant ‘Jacques Henri Lartigue : Bibi’ exhibition, you didn’t know was even on….. #photography (at Photographers’ Gallery)
Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913 : The Photographs Of Herbert Ponting.
This week I was lucky enough to view this unique limited edition exhibition of forty-eight platinum prints on show at the London Business School which had been loaned by an alumni.
The fateful Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica was lead by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, with the objective of being the first to the geographical South Pole.
Herbert Ponting was the first professional photographer on an Antarctic expedition and brought an artistic eye to the science of recording polar expeditions and life. In particular he famously captured geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor and glaciologist Charles Seymour Wright observing deep within an ice grotto.
Ironically, whilst the expedition made it’s final attempt on the South Pole, Ponting returned to London in order to produce a presentation of the photographs to the Royal Geographical Society that Scott would present upon his triumphant return.
The quality of these historic photographs is fantastic and in fact the portraits are so timeless they could easily have been taken of hipsters on Shoreditch only yesterday.
On May 5th 1911, Captain Scott recorded in his diary of Herbert Ponting, possibly the best description of a photographer ever written……
"This world of ours is a different one to him, than it is to the rest of us - he gauges it by his picturesqueness - his joy is to reproduce it’s pictures artistically, his grief to fail to do so."
I was out testing the new update to the EyeEm app in Camden Market, London (seemed like a good place to do some street photography) when I stumbled upon the Amy Winehouse Foundation exhibition up in the Proud Galleries.
I didn’t have a few hundred quid spare, but if you did there was some great photography donated by the photographers in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The EyeEm app wasn’t bad either. I religiously shoot full frame with it, so as not to produced square photography all the time, as that would be, well….INCREDIBLY BORING.
Everything is a work in progress, so if something doesn’t work with me with the EyeEm filters within the app, I will edit the image in the Snapseed app first. Is that cheating? Not really….there are no rules to this!
Tell me what you think about the stuff….
I would like to urge you, if you are at all in the vicinty of Essex, in particular the TOWIE-free bit that lies between Bishop’s Stortford & Cambridge, to visit a great new photography gallery The Waterloo Gallery.
It’s owned by Graham Barclay, a photographer or great repute I have known for years on Fleet Street, who has now made the leap to landscape photography.
All the amazing colour & black & white prints on show were expertly printed & framed by Andrew Menzies & Nigel Moore of Menor, based in Sawbridgeworth.
Please click on the links to view the kind of work that is on sale & contact him directly should you need any further info on purchasing his work!
Brilliant Simon Roberts ‘Pierdom’ exhibition Private View. Well worth a visit! #photography @simoncroberts (at Flowers)
Just another day at the office yeah…. #photography #animalball (at Quintessentially Group)
AN EVENING WITH SEBASTIAO SALGADO
Last night, I went to the Natural History Museum in London for ‘An Evening With Sebastiao Salgado’ where the great man spoke for a couple of hours in the Central Hall, in the shadow the skeleton of a giant Diplodocus.
He spoke about the Genesis project, his previous projects such as Workers and Migrations and most interestingly what motivated him (during a conversation on the banks of The Serpentine in London…) to take that tangent away from the possibility of taking a job as an economist with the World Bank in New York, or becoming a photographer.
There was a main Q&A, but he stayed for ages after that answering further questions from the audience and having his picture taken with them, which was great as the answers were a lot more spontaneous and insightful. After a little cajoling, he even posed for a portrait for me too, which I lit him with by using a large TV screen, as there was zero light in there. Doubt he had this problem in the jungle……
BERT HARDY : CENTENARY EXHIBITION - worth a look… #photography #london (at Photographers’ Gallery)
HAVING AN OGGL.
You cannot beat the South Bank. We are really spoilt for choice in London and today I had a bit of an oggl around it. “An oggl….what do you mean oggl?” I hear you ask….
If you love Hipstamatic, the lens and filter effects that are on offer, then Oggl takes it a step further with a better integration of sharing plus a community of users, that you can share your own work or to curate other photographers images to view.
The plus with Oggl is that you can edit the images afteryou have taken them, where as in Hipstamatic you take the image in camera with the lens/filter you choose and then that is it. So this is way more versatile.
So you can keep shooting with ease, to show your work on the other social media platforms facebook, flickr, foursquare, tumblr and twitter and at the same time build a community of like minded photographers who like and curate your work on Oggl. Easy!
Request an invitation to Oggl.
I Am An EyeEm Ambassador.
I just got made an EyeEm Ambassador for London!
For those of you who have not heard of it, EyeEm is a rapidly growing start-up mobile photography platform based in Berlin. It currently has approx 2.5m users with a growth of six figure signups a day. Quite amazing.
I met up with one of the founders, Lorenz Aschoff last week in London, who was very matter of fact about not having to be in London or San Francisco to make it big in tech. Apparently “Berlin is awesome….”.
Why is it so good….? Instagram may have market share, but EyeEm has way more versatility, so great for showing all styles of photography!
Try it out for yourselves, I am here -> eyeem.com/richfoto See you on the other side!
EyeEm London Meetup.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with the crew of mobile photography app EyeEm last night, (luckily with some fantastic weather!) , on the South Bank in London.
They were over in London from their base in Berlin and dropped in to visit the EyeEm meet up organised by one of the EyeEm London Ambassadors, Dirk Singer.
It was great to meet EyeEm founder Lorenz Aschoff and his product manager, Matias Castello who both take a very laid back approach to networking and photography, which is the way forward! We talked a great deal, because we all had so much in common and in the end had to grab our photo-walk images in between! That sense of community is a powerful thing and I highly recommend you liking the EyeEm facebook page where you will be able to follow all their news, plus community and meet up event updates.
Obviously, EyeEm does not have as huge a following as Instagram’s, yet, but the sign-up rate has increased rapidly so Instagram’s market share will diminish over time. Instagram did themselves no favours over their terms of service issue a few months ago either, something that EyeEm were quick to capitalise on!
Also, the versatility of the app when publishing your photography makes it such a winner. You are not rigidly stuck uploading square shaped images. This is quite liberating as it lends itself to you being able to promote all styles of your photography on the network!
I highly recommend you download the app via iTunes as soon as is humanly possible and sign up to EyeEm directly from it, it’s really easy, then you can get snapping!
Oh….and you can follow me right there too…..! @richfoto
I really love this. Today’s Google Doodle is honouring the 100 years centenary of the brilliant photographer Sir Norman Parkinson. A true English gentleman. Check out this BBC report on his life and the exhibition at the National Theatre, London.