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Creating a Blurb book with new software

Blurb have just made book publishing much easier by introducing new software called Bookify. I have just managed to create my summer holiday book in just two evenings ! Amazingly simple to use and hopefully the quality will be of the usual excellence.
Here’s a widget of the new book. It’s a lovely reminder of a wonderful holiday.

Alexandra Park

Off on my wanderings around Alexandra Park again !! I’m really enjoying this project, especially as the weather is changing rapidly. Summer is well and truly over and the autumnal colour is starting to come to the fore. It’s interesting visiting the same area time and time again. Observing the landscape constantly evolving and changing even within a couple of weeks.
I’ve decided to publish the book early next year and have taken the radical step of not featuring any people in the images. The park is usually very busy but I want to convey the feeling that the park is exclusively mine. To show the space without distraction. I hope I succeed.

Here are a few more images from my recent shoots. They were all taken on the Hasselblad H4D 50 using the HC 120mm and the HC 35-90mm.

I hope you enjoyed them and feel free to comment.

Wandering around at the weekend.

I thought I’d post some images from this weekends jaunt around Alexandra Park with the wonderful Hasselblad H4D 40 and a 120mm lens. The project is coming on nicely and hopefully I’ll have enough images soon to publish a book. The weather was good and I was very pleased with the results.

The Tour de France by Brent Humphreys

The Tour de France has started this week and I came across this amazing set of images by Brent Humphreys. It’s a wonderful body of work and is some of the best documentary photography I’ve seen in a while. Reading his blog is a real insight into the planning, equipment used and the execution of the project. Top notch ! Here is the link to the full set of images

http://www.projectletour.com/

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Alexandra Palace, North London

I’m currently working on a set of images of Alexandra Palace in North London. Many photographers make the mistake of traveling miles to get to exotic destinations but forget to photograph their local region. Luckily for me Alexandra Palace is nearly my back garden. It’s a beautiful, tranquil haven, away from the madness of the city and this is what I’m trying to capture in my photographs. It’s quiet and peaceful, steeped in history and is a wonderful location.

I’m photographing this project with the Hasselblad H4D 50 or the H3D 50. The clarity of the images is superb and lends itself to this body of work. It’s going to take some time to complete but hopefully I’m going to try and get an exhibition and publish a book at its completion. My Nikon D2X is getting less of a look in at the moment. The quality just doesn’t compare with the Hasselblad, although its been a great workhorse over the last few years. Horses for courses I suppose.

Here are a few of the images.

Three of my favourite photography books 3

Gregory Crewdson’s images in Twilight are elaborately staged and explore the domestic landscape and its relationship to an artificially heightened natural world. These enigmatic photographs produce a tension between the normal and the paranormal and transform the suburban landscape into a place of wonder and anxiety. Remarkable work that I adore.

Twilight by Rick Moody: Book Cover

Three of my favourite photography books 2

Edward Burtyensky’s book on Quarries is magnificent. The scale of his images, the composition and the narrative behind the pictures is breathtaking. Genius.

Quarries

Three of my favourite photography books

I love the work of Stephen Gill, a London based photographer. His work is always challenging and thought provoking.
To bury your work is bonkers yet brilliant. Stephen is a true original.

Buried

Buried

The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly. When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but It just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as Iā€™d said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place ā€“ allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture ā€“ felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark.
Stephen Gill

Self Publishing

One of the biggest growth areas of photography recently has been the ability of photographers to self publish their work. It’s a wonderful tool to market and promote yourself and your work. Blurb is probably the largest and most popular company in this field. I made a book with them and was delighted with the results. The quality of the printing and production was first class and although it was just for self satisfaction, it has opened up a world of possibilities. It’s quite time consuming but the benefits are immeasurable. I’m currently working on another book and will post the result at a later date. Happy publishing.