NOTES FROM THE PRESENT

I am at a crossroads.

All of my photographic equipment is stored away and I have said goodbye to my home studio and thrown away (or given away) almost  all of my prints. I really don’t know whether I will ever continue on  my photographic journey, hence the crossroads reference.  Two years ago I ceased entering competitions (for a few reasons) and now don’t really miss it at all.  To be perfectly honest I never really got use to the “uglier” side of the competitive world however that was compensated by meeting some  lovely people who have become close friends.

I have spent the last day or two looking back through the portraits I created in my studio and it was lovely seeing them again. I hope you don’t mind me sharing some with you – I have nothing better to do at the moment…… sorry.

Photography, especially studio portraits brought me (and the people who visited my studio) a lot of pleasure and I am wondering whether seeing these portraits again will ignate the spark again?

For the past year or so I have found other ways of being creative and as with my photographic work I am more than happy to share what I have learned.

So will looking back at what I have produced in my studio over the last 10+ years make me want to get out my Nikon and backdrops and start clicking away again…….. I honestly don’t know.

So folks, here  is the first  image that caught my eye – It’s  a straight portrait from 2017 (all the previous years are on external hard drives stored away) – I will apologise to you all now for the number of  images waiting in the wings for you to look at…….. sorry  LOL

Dare To Share?

From a very early age I was taught to share – even though we had nothing and this need to share has never left me.

When I visit camera clubs to do may presentations I am regularly thanked for sharing my “knowledge” and people often say that they are surprised I am so open as to how I “do things”. I have lost count of the number of people who tell me that so and so at their club knows how to do something to a high standard but when asked how they did it will say “oh, I’ve forgetting how I did that…. I did it a long time ago”… or similar statements.

Whether it be camera settings, what lighting was used, how a picture was constructed or even the name of the model featured in the photograph, many people will keep this information closely guarded.

In some ways I understand. If you have taken the time and trouble to learn something (especially if you have paid for that information) does it sit comfortably to then pass on that newly gleaned information to others ? I have heard people say “I had to learn how to do such and such a thing so everyone else should do the same and find out for themselves……why should I teach them”. I also understand that for some people telling others how they (for example) put their picture together might help others to “beat them in the monthly comps” – I have heard this reason for not helping others time and time again, I have also had personal experience of that particular mind set when the person involved would always shrug and smile when asked how they had created the image.

I was told a few years ago “that I was crazy” to show people how I did my textured images – I was told that I should “keep it a secret and tell no-one”. Those that know me know I didn’t take any notice of that piece of advice and there are lots and LOTS of people who have attended my workshops and those people are now producing some lovely textured images. Am I dismayed about that fact … not in the least ! I am thrilled to bits that they have embraced what I have shown them and gone off and done their own thing.

I try and help and give advise to as many people as I can – people come to my home for a one to one, I give critiques over the internet and I also run a Face Book group which is dedicated to help people be more creative. This is all done free of charge and I do it willingly in the hope that some (if not all) may benefit from the little bit of input I give them

Helping others improve is a great gift and seeing them blossom and move forward is a wonderful thing and I for one throughly recommend it.

 

As Time Goes By

This is the first composite I have put together for  quite a while.

The model was from a shoot organised (and styled) by Karen Boyle hosted at the  Saracen House Studios  (Andrew Griffiths) a few years ago and the resulting picture has been hanging around for quite a while.

I also put together the background about 6 months ago but didn’t do anything with it… until tonight.

I had a sudden spurt of inspiration and the whole picture came together quite quickly.

I wish I was one of those artists/photographers who creates images full of emotion and hidden (or not so) meanings but… as much as I try, it’s just not me.

All I do is create “pretty pictures” as they say “to thine own self be true”  🙂

Bygone Beauty

A quiet few minutes doing some more colourising of old photos before a very busy weekend.

I don’t know about you but I think this lady is so beautiful and there is so much emotion in her face.

The model is “looking out of the frame” a no no for some people today but, as far as I am concerned,  I think the photographer who captured this lady’s beauty, got the feeling and emotion spot on -even if she wasn’t looking at the camera !

 

Lady In Blue

I am totally new to colorising old photographs – but learning all the time.

Sometimes the colours I use “drop” into place quite easily.  Sometimes, if I am having difficulty, I have to do a little research to get an idea as to what colours the people were wearing in those bygone days.

Either way it’s a lot of fun

 

 

Lady From The Past

Today I have concentrated on colourising a portrait – skin tones are always very difficult and also trying to bring a sparkle back into the eyes.

First colorised portrait I have attempted… and still learning as I go along.

Back In The Studio

Today I have been in my studio photographing the very lovely Stephanie Dubois – we also photographed outside…. but that’s another story and set of images.

We both had a super time even though we ended up getting nettled (Stephanie more than me though)

Here is the first portrait hot off the press… lots more to come

Steph Studio 1

A Portrait A Day………

Another day another portrait !   This time the very lovely Carolina who I had the pleasure of photographing earlier this year

Carolina 2ab

 

I wanted the picture to have a real painterly look about it with bold brash marks as if I had attacked the canvas with a brush heavily loaded with paint

However, here I am sitting quietly in my room gently dabbing at my Wacom Tablet – Digital art is much gentler and when you make a mistake (which I often do) it’s easy to delete and start again…. bliss