Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dusk till Dawn

Dusk till Dawn is the name of my latest exhibition displayed in the Foxlowe, The Market Place, Leek from the 1st of May to the 31st May 2012.

The free exhibition, “Dusk till Dawn” is exploration of photography when the sun has gone down.

Pho•tog•ra•phy \fə-ˈtä-grə-fē\

The process or art of producing images of objects on sensitized surfaces by the action of light.

Night  \ˈnīt\

The time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible.

Dusk till Dawn \ˈdəsk til dän\

A collection of 12 images captured between sunset and sunrise.

The idea for the exhibition came to me as the nights started to draw in last September. My days were taken up with running a full time photography business and daylight hours were reducing, giving me less time to take photographs.

 A chance comment on a photography forum about the joys of night time photography, coming right at the moment that I was complaining about the lack of daylight, lead me to flip the situation and see the winter as an opportunity to capture sunrises and sunsets with out having to get up at 4am or staying out until 11pm.

The only challenge was that I had very rarely done any low light photography and would have to learn one of the hardest disciplines in photography in a very short space of time. The final images are a mix of old and new shots, reduced down from an initial selection of around a 1,000 images, with the final selection of 12 coming from a group of just over 60 pictures.

The images were taken on a number of different Nikon cameras using both slide film and digital. They were then printed on to the highest quality 100% cotton Fine Art Canvas which is then fixed to stretcher bars made from quality North European Redwood Pine. All the images are for sale at a special price of £70 each, and will be delivered after the exhibition ends.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Time to think.

Life is just so busy, you never seem to have enough time to get the really important things done and you miss loads of other stuff in the process. Then all of a sudden something happens that stops you in your tracks and makes you think.

My Mum had a heart attack on Easter Sunday, she fine, it was only a very mild one, more a warning really, but it could have been much worse, I lost my Dad to one when I was only 9. Then yesterday a lad I knew from school and had reconnected with on Facebook, in fact spent some of last week following his adventures in Dublin on holiday, die yesterday. Some things just stop you and make you think. These 2 event did just that.

My first thought on hearing about Mum was that I might have never seen her again, and if that had been the case did I have any thing I wish I had said to her, in this case I could answer no, she knows how much I love her and how great I think she is. I think that losing someone close at such an early age has meant that I normally try to keep a clean sheet where this sort of regret could happen, I then expand the thought to other friends and family and apart from a few minor things I feel quite happy that I have said all that needs to be said. But then I looked at a last group, old friends who I just don't see any more, and do regret that I am so crap at keeping in touch with them, so I will now try to rectify this, one a week, I can make time for that and think that it is worth it.

The picture is of Kep, his loss really hit me hard but that's not the reason for the picture, Trevor Pickford, my old school friends facebook profile picture was (or is) a blue Merle Collie so I think he would appreciate the picture.

Now playing: Oasis - don't look back in anger (Acoustic)
via FoxyTunes

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