5×4 in a field

On half term break but never far from the camera! In particular we’ve been celebrating the 50th birthday of the District Association we camp with of the Camping and Caravanning Club. This particular frame is one I’ve wanted for a while and fits with a project which will see a lot of focus over the next two years!

Creative blocks

I’ve been feeling something of a creative block recently with unedited (personal) images pilling up and needing attention. Hopefully it’s finally lifting and as the teaching year winds down towards the summer I’ll find a creative burst! For the moment here’s a screenshot of a partly processed image from Aprils trip to Cyprus

How do you photograph a funeral?

In British culture we seem very averse to showing emotion or embracing and remembering that part of our life – death.

On this topic, one of my university lecturers spoke of a time she was asked to photograph a Sikh funeral. Despite her reluctance and the families persistence she eventually did. The purpose was not to document a families pain but to celebrate the life of the departed.

I feel British funerals, whether they’re agnostic or Christian, are not yet at the point of being open to the presence of a camera at a funeral.

Today we say farewell and lay to rest Joan Stevens. Joan, being my wife’s nan who practically raised her, was also my children’s last surviving great grandparent. Being something of a hobbyist florist, my mother-in-law wanted to prepare the flowers. This became a family occasion and a chance to start celebrating the life we will gather to remember later today.

Signs of Life

Signs of Life is an ongoing study looking at the impact that we as humans have on the world around us.  It will focus on many areas and its possibilities are limitless.

The first phase concentrates on what we leave behind.  The contents of tables in cafés, restaurants and service stations.  Whether it is our expectation that someone will clear it up or simply careless pollution.

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24 Redbridge Grove

Art Photobook number four is a bit more personal again and revolves around the miniseries ‘24 Redbridge Grove’. This series of images is part of an ongoing, but not yet published, photo essay, ‘Life Death and Photography’.

The overall goal is to study the human temporality and the role photography has to play in our memories and our experience.

‘24 Redbridge Grove’ contains images from my paternal grandparents family home over 10 years after Nan had passed away and shortly before Grandad moved from here to residential living. The images look at the signs of a life that was as well as a home greatly in need of some TLC and new life.

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Next up binding

Again with its personal nature I wanted my father to see this work for himself before it being published.

10 Paignton Avenue

Art Photobook number three is a bit more personal and revolves around the miniseries ‘10 Paignton Avenue’. This series of images is part of an ongoing, but not yet published, photo essay, ‘Life Death and Photography’.

The overall goal is to study the human temporality and the role photography has to play in our memories and our experience.

‘10 Paignton Avenue’ contains images from my maternal grandparents family home shortly after their deaths and before being sold. The images look at the signs of a life that was as well as a home greatly in need of some TLC and new life.

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Next up the binding!

Given the personal nature of this weeks book I wanted to give a copy to my mother and do it before the publishing of social media posts. Although a series of images she had seen before, seeing them again in this formation was definitely different for her

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