Hate selfies? Take selfies? Narcissistic?
I recently took one of myself & Sir Paul Smith, who I met at his exhibition. In doing that, I was subconsciously associating myself with him, much like the monkeys do in a troop. But with way less hair & the medium of photography. Or, as he is a hero of mine, I just wanted a memento.
Either way, I wonder what was going through David Bailey’s mind, as he shot this image of himself with Salvador Dalí in 1972, that’s in my David Bailey: Eye photo book?
If this was a hand of Top Trumps, he’d have just beaten me hands down!
"I’m A Photographer, Get Me Out Of Here!" Photography Exhibition.
So the first batch of negatives have gone in for printing & framing for our exhibition at The Horsebridge Community & Arts Centre in Whitstable, Kent & with approx seven weeks to go everything is going full steam ahead.
It’s a free event. If you would like to come along, could you get your skates on & CLICK THIS EVENT LINK to RSVP ASAP!
We’ve an Opening Day event on Saturday 22nd March 2014. In the afternoon, approx 2.00pm (TBC) we’ll be making a short presentation about the images on the wall with a Q&A. You can follow timings/updates for the event right HERE.
Please bring your cameras & smart phones! We’d love it if you could take pictures at the #imaphotographer event to tell your friends about our exhibition on social media.
The exhibition is on for two weeks, so if you cannot attend the opening, you can always bunk off work & come down in the week, or the following weekend as it is open everyday!
If you’re planning on a long walk along the seafront, or will be out photographing the seascapes, in the bracing North Sea wind, please ensure you wrap up warm!
There are loads of places to eat & drink in Whitstable, including the Whitstable Harbour Village which is great if you like your shellfish. We’re also a big fan of Windy Corner Stores, which serves excellent food.
We’ve set up a facebook event for the "I’m A Photographer, Get Me Out Of Here!" Opening Day event, which we are updating with news & info about the local area & the event itself. Please click JOIN or MAYBE & it will drop into your calendar on facebook.
If you have any questions, please tweet them to me @richfoto #imaphotographer & I shall help you out!
It’s not a bit weird photographing mannequins, is it…? OH.
@dougpetersphoto’s Red Carpet Laptop & The Nevada Wallpaper #ntas #photography (at The O2 Arena)
I Am A Photographer At The #NTAs…Get Me Out Of Here!!! #showbiz #photography (at The O2 Arena)
Instagram Worldwide InstaMeet 8 London
Had a great Saturday afternoon introducing my girl (armed with her Hello Kitty iPod camera…!) to photo walks at the instagramers London InstaMeet in the City Of London.
We started at the beach on the South Bank (yes…a BEACH) by the Tate Modern & ended up on the roof of One Change to look out offer a great London sunset. It was great to see so many age groups there all together & none of that awful photography snobbery I hear all too regularly, mainly from very mediocre photographers. Just a load of like minded people with a common goal…..creativity & fun.
You can see more of my images from the InstaMeet over on my Instagram @richfoto
An ace black & white print raffle prize from photographer Jason Tilley at @PhotoForumUK #photography #india (at Calumet Photographic)
Megan Pietersen & David Hoffman working hard at #PhotoForumUK tonight. Great talks by Jason Tilley & Jon Tonks. #photography #photographers (at Calumet Photographic)
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….
THE WATERLOO GALLERY LAUNCH
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……