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…]
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…]
It looks like the 1970s are making a comeback… Recent photography inspired after seeing talks by Joel Meyerowitz and Richard Kalvar, and viewing work on show at Format Festival. To see more visit my Flickr page here.
Here’s a selection of my recent portraits, mostly shot in the subjects’ own home. I do love the control of working in a studio, but from the sitter’s point of view it’s more relaxing to stay at home and let the photographer do the work! Most houses have enough of a neutral background to create a “studio” look if required, and sometimes enough natural light not to bother with artificial lighting. [Read more…]