Lambs

It's lambing season at Westmill, where Tom and I (and Sebastian the cat) are hunkering down through the Covid-19 lockdown. Morag was the first of the four ewes to start yesterday, (10th April) and required human intervention to deliver her twin girls (Muriel and Millie). Millie seemed a little subdued (/dim/muppety) but this morning, at [...]

Ted

This is Ted. Ted is a Border Terrier who loves cheese and is scared of dragons. His humans are my partner's parents, who are very kindly hosting us during lockdown. We've been helping out around the farm, keeping an eye on the pregnant ewes and taking Ted for walks, that sort of thing. Ted is [...]

Surrealist Photographers

Werner Rohde Pat Brassington Mari Mahr From Symbols of Ourselves, 2002 From 13 Clues to a Fictitious Crime circa 1940-1941, 1984 Man Ray Dora Maar Nusch Eluard, 1935 Philippe Halsman Tommy Ingberg Stone Part One Anka Zhuravleva Distorted Reality Eugenio Recuenco Dark Fairy Tales Christopher McKenney San Lee Sanja Marusic Kevin Corrado Platon Yurich

Three Portrait Narrative – Final Images

The brief requested ambient light only, and the use of three different focal lengths to create a narrative. I wanted my images to look like they could be used in a National Geographic feature, because I like the informal familiarity of that publication’s articles. The images are close and relaxed; personal rather than editorial. I [...]

Environmental Editorial – Final Images

Following on from this post, which covers my first attempt at this brief, I reshot the three images with controlled supplementary lighting (off camera flash). Positive AspectsI’ve included here the three final images I submitted for the brief. I like the varied compositions, and I think I’ve done a good job of getting the subject’s [...]

Studio Portraiture – Final Images

BriefHigh, Mid, and Low Key Portraits The picture editor of a weekend broadsheet publication has requested three portraits, using high, mid, and low key lighting. In addition, the article's layout requires a close (head and shoulders), mid (waist up) and full body portrait. Research high, mid, and low-key lighting stylesmodel positioningstylingcomposition I'm looking primarily at [...]

After Hortus Malabaricus

Siân Bowen's After Hortus Malabaricus opened this weekend in Inverleith House, at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. Bowen's practice-based research project, in development since 2017, is the culmination of her Leverhulme Trust Fellowship and a partnership with RBGE. The exhibited works are a reflection of the vulnerabilities and fragilities of rare plant species. After [...]