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.
In my world as a photography teacher we have recently begun the GCSE Externally Set Assignment or exam wherein one of the featured starting points was ‘Texture’.
Taking inspiration from the theme itself and the artists listed I took along my macro kit for this weekends dog walk. Below are a few of the shots from this photo walk.
Something a bit different to what I usually produce using images from the recent Welsh mountains trip. Using Photoshop to create shape, form and depth in landscape images
The Camera Obscura is an ancient concept of a darkened room with an opening allowing light to pass through. This light projects the outside world upside down and back to front and in all its glory on the walls inside the camera.
Andrew has been refining his practice of making and documenting camera obscuras and examples can be seen below.
A crowdfunding page has been established to explore funding this project: https://www.gofundme.com/obscura-cityscapes-of-portsmouth
My obsession with power pylons continues
Funny how even after over 15 years of being a photographer there are methods and techniques I’ve never tried.
Recently I saw a students work where he had experimented with a crystal ball to make creative photographs. So I got my own and tried it out!
Can’t wait to try it at different locations on bright days!