Stephen Shore: New Colour Photography – Documentary Film.
Simon Taylor Journals: This section is a collection of thoughts, exhibition reviews, camera tests and general photographic articles.
Andreas Gursky – Imposing Images
Andreas Gursky’s large imposing images are either packed edge to edge with detail or minimised and deprived of anything distracting. The former Dusseldorf School student has a unique way of documenting a place.
“Photography is so important to understanding colonialism.” Gus Casely-Hayford.
The power of the photography is amplified in this exhibition. My visit left me with sadness, disbelief and determination. The sadness is for the many black lives who suffered the years of slavery under the British Empires.
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Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (Muybridge, E. 1878)
David Hockney – Tate Britain – 9 February – 29 May 2017
Photo London 2017 – Somerset House – Thursday 18 May to Sunday 21 May
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection
10 November – 7 May 2017
The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera
Atlas Gallery – 24 November 2016 – 28th January 2017
Georgia O’Keefe – Tate Modern
6th July – 30th October 2016
LEITZ PARK – 2016
I was fortunate enough to visit the new Leica Camera AG headquarters complex at the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany earlier this year. The architecture is fascinating as it is based on the Leica lenses design.
American photographer Garry Winogrand – 14 January 1928 – 19 March 1984
Adders will only use their venom as a last means of defence
The adder is not an aggressive snake, but is the only venomous snake native to Britain.
Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June to 30 October 2016.
Buzz Aldrin – No Dream is Too High
Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
Curated by Martin Parr
Is the world utopia and are we dystopia?
Saul Leiter Exhibition At The Photographers Gallery – 22 Jan – 3 Apr 2016
Julia Margaret Cameron – V&A Exhibition
The Photographers 2015 – Beetles + Huxley Gallery and Osborne Samuel Gallery
I recently photographed “toad of toad hall”! Well I like to think so because I grew up listening to voiceovers by Johnny Morris on Animal Magic, who added human characteristic to all animals and creatures he met.
This month I attended a pre-launch even at the Leica Mayfair headquarters to hear about the new Leica SL interchangeable lens camera. The press had been the day before and there was a lot of hype from the videographers that this camera could be a game changer.
Frampton Country Show – Sunday 13th September 2015
This year’s Frampton fair was once again a big success with thousands of visitors attending. The major attractions included parachutists from ‘Jump 4 Heroes’, an aerobatic display and a jousting reenactments that also incorporated the signing of Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary.
Wildlife and Nature Photography
I caught up with Victoria Hillman a scientist by training with a BSc in zoology and a self-taught photographer. We discussed Victoria’s current project “Forgotten Little Creatures” and I ask how she approached wildlife photography.
A day with a Olympus OM-D EM10 Mark II
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2015
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In the field with Victoria Hillman
Leica M9 Photo Walk – Bristol
Puffins, Puffins and more Puffins… oh and a rabbit
Perfect place for photography
The World Of Glass St Helens
Illuminate Bath 2015 festival
Celebrating 60 Years of Leica M
Hear how using Leica cameras have inspired some of the best modern day photographers. . Each photographers has picked one of their favourite photograph and shares the story of how it was captured. These short videos are very inspiring and give you an insight in why everyone aspires to a Leica M Camera.
The Bath Christmas Market
Eighteen days of festive celebrating and shopping, this is a great time to see the city of Bath. Over a 150 wooden chalets surround the Bath Abbey and Roman Baths. The market traders offer beautiful handmade gifts, decorations and best of all in my case food and local beers.
Interview with Nick Dimbleby
This month I had chance to catch up with UK based photographer Nick Dimbleby who has extensive portfolio of automotive images. Nick has worked for Jaguar, Aston Martin and Land Rover to name a few. I thought I would find out how Nick became a commercial photographer.
A day at the races
The official UK launch of the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 pro lens at Cheltenham racecourse gave me an opportunity to capture a day at the races. I tried out two Olympus lens, the new 40-150 and the 75mm f1.8 with the sole intention of recording a general overview of the event. Photographing the build up before a race, the crowds, the hats, the jockeys and of course a race.
The 9th November 2014
I headed out early, in the slanting autumn light. My aim was to capture the warm colours of the changing season. The rich reds, browns and yellows leaves merge together with the green grass and blue sky creating a vibrant artist pallet. There is always something magical about this time of year and from a photography point of view it is like Christmas.
A motion picture style developed in the 1940s and 1950s, which became iconic due to its contrasting lighting. The filming approach would often create a very eerie, bleak and stark mood. Elongated shadows would add suspense and where synonymous to the genre.
Rene Burri A Photographic Master
Swiss photographer René Burri knew when to capture a precise moment. Burri captured some of the most striking and dramatic black and white images ever taken. As a photojournalist Burri traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 1963 his travels took him to Cuba, where he had the opportunity to meet and photograph the revolutionary Che Guevara.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album – The Royal Academy Of Arts
Dennis Hopper, the actor who stared in classic films such as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and the iconic Easy Rider, was also an accomplished photographer. Hopper said that his photographs never made him a cent, however they kept him alive.
Frampton Country Fair 2014
The sun rose on another warm, sunny day in England. Yes you read correctly, sunny and England in the same sentence. According to the Met Office, this September has been the driest on record for a century.
Stills from video
Recently, I had an opportunity to take the Panasonic Lumix GH4 on a brief photo-walk around the historical market town of Dursley in Gloustershire. I concentrated on shooting short video clips, lasting around ten seconds, to test the new 4K video systems.
Modern Artists in print – Bath Victoria Art Gallery
The first image I encountered at the Victoria Gallery’s new exhibition was not a lithograph or an etching (as I expected) but a photograph. To me this highlighted one of the parallels between being a fine art printer and a photographer that is the ability to reproduce limited edition print runs.
44ad Art space
The Hover fly is one of the more favourable inhabitants for any garden, as it preys upon pest insects. The Hover fly will perfectly suspend itself, silently looking where its next pollen search will be. It is this stationary position, which makes it a good subject to photograph.
Women’s Semi Final
It is hot and very still, you could not ask for a better English summers day. It is 3rd of July, the Wimbledon Ladies semi-finals and the competition looks wide open. I am in the crowd on Centre Court for the first time, my seat is high up in the spectator area and the view is surprisingly good.
A balloon flight is a must do, if you get the chance!
The clouds put a gentle reassuring arm around me, as the balloon floated peacefully over the world below. This sense of calm and restfulness during the flight was truly magical. I felt the observational view really put a different perspective on the way I see the world we live in.
The midday sun glowed in the sky and the light breeze patted me on my back as I climbed Cley Hill. The botanically rich mound is a naturists delight full of wild flowers, which act as high-rise flats to the swarm of insects that inhabit the hilltop.
The Circus in Bath is one of the most celebrated examples of Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. The Grade I listed building was designed by the architect John Wood in 1754 and completed by his son in 1768.
Bedlam Sunday – 1st June 2014
Celebrating street artists in Bath.
6 February – 1 June 2014 National Portrait Gallery
I visited the David Bailey’s Stardust exhibition in April and was intriguingly surprised by some of the work shown. No, it was not the iconic passport style portraits of “A” listed celebrities, which by the way I like. It was the inquisitive addition of a series of portraits taken on a smart phone.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
I was fortunate enough to visit The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and see the vast body of Henri Cartier-Bresson work on the sixth floor. The exhibition covered Cartier-Bressons whole career and included with many iconic images that I had seen before.
100 years of Leica photography, 100 years of captivating emotive images and 100 years of great photographers.
I have been inspired by so many photographers who have used Leica cameras, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Robert Capa and Tony Ray-Jones to just a few. For me a lot of these photographers have set the bench mark I aspire to.
At the Format Festival this year I had the pleasure of meeting photographer Brian Griffin. We discussed his colourful career, which includes photographing many well-known characters ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Chewbacca from Star Wars.
I tried out a Fuji X-E1 camera with a 18-55mm lens, as I am looking for a credible alternative to my Canon 5D MkIII, for the days when it’s size and weight are not practical. My first impressions were good, the Fuji X-E1 is relatively intuitive and I was set up and ready to go in a couple of minutes.
The Photographers Gallery is exhibiting the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 finalists. The standard of work is incredible high. The overall winter Richard Moss, produced very powerful, emotive and thought provoking work.