As a Derby photographer and lecturer I am in regular contact with people who are interested in getting into photography in Derby, either as a hobby or career. A lot of people think that to take better pictures you need to splash out on a fancy SLR camera. If that’s what pleases you then go ahead but it’s worth stopping for a moment to think about what you actually want to achieve. In this article I will offer a little photography advice, focusing on the picture rather than the camera. [Read more…]
Derby has a long history of innovation in industry and, more recently, as a centre for photography. This month sees the Derby Photography Format Festival back in town again, filling exhibition spaces with a huge range of subject matter, photographic styles and methods of presentation. Since the late 1970s Derby has attracted photographers from across the UK and further afield, primarily to the Derby Photography degree course offered by the University – one of the first courses of its kind, and the reason I now live in the City. [Read more…]
In 1984 I was in the second year of the BA (Hons) Photographic Studies course at Derby College of Higher Education (now the University of Derby). I was commissioned to produce photographs for a group exhibition to be held at Impressions Gallery, York, titled “Roads To Wigan Pier”. During July and August of that year I travelled around the North of England exploring what was to me an unfamiliar landscape. At that time Lewis Baltz and his fellow topographers had a huge influence on the way I viewed the world. I enjoyed their cool, detached style, and the focus on urban environments. [Read more…]
Despite the warning about never working with animals or children I have done both on more than one occasion. Here are some examples of my encounters with animals (more can be seen on the Portraits page of my website). Although I have shot pet portraits in the studio I find that the experience of going into a strange environment can be unsettling for the animal, and it is a more relaxing experience all round to take photos in the animal’s familiar surroundings. [Read more…]
When everyone is carrying a camera how do you find a different angle?
The arrival of the Olympic Torch in Derby brought thousands of people out onto the streets, all hoping to witness this historic event happening on their doorstep. There were choices to be made – to wait for it to pass near your home, or go to one of the designated “event” locations. In Derby this meant the Market Place and Darley Park. [Read more…]