Their faces are larger than life-size, lit dramatically and looming out of the darkness. They could be actors in a stage play, but in fact are strangers photographed on the street, caught as they walk into the pool of light created by the photographer’s flash gun positioned overhead. They all have the slightly blank expression of people walking through a crowded street, and have been caught unawares by Philip Lorca DiCorcia’s camera. [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…]
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…]
Wildlife in Derby: spotted last September during the Derby Feste weekend. The event brings the streets of Derby to life for several days each year, with the opportunity to stick your head in a pig being particularly popular! The night time parade was spectacular, with the manic shark proving to be a menace to anyone foolish enough to get too close. [Read more…]