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Constantine Manos on the importance of the print.

Couldn’t agree more.

Another book in the post! Thanks for buying @ollythekid #photobook #post #trainstation #sale

Martin Parr’s last workshop
I recently watched Martin Parr: The Last Workshop. I took notes, as I nearly always do, and here are seven things I found interesting, although some are very obvious:
Give things space in the frame if possible. So don’t let people, or objects overlap. My way of thinking about this, is if everything was just an outline, it would be impossible to understand an image, if everything overlapped. Get that lamppost out of the persons face. 
We all have to take lots of rubbish pictures, to find the good ones. Increase your chances of good pictures, by shooting even more rubbish. 
Connecting: The difficult thing is to establish a relationship. Once you’ve done that, take back some photographs and talk. Look for more things. Soon you’ll be accepted as being part of the scenery. Establish yourself and then they’ll relax.
Martin doesn’t process any of his own photographs. People who work for him deal with all the digital files. They get uploaded to an iPad style device, where he makes selections. Those then get printed at 10x8” for making final selections. Expensive no doubt, but highly efficient. 
Once you see something interesting in your photographs, you carry on doing that.
The one audience that is guaranteed to like what you do, is the one that is in the photographs.
Effort in = quality of work out.
Interesting thoughts and ideas from the man. Still not 100% sure what I think about his photography. Perhaps because it is too truthful. 
Check out his photographs on Magnum’s website.  Martin Parr’s last workshop
I recently watched Martin Parr: The Last Workshop. I took notes, as I nearly always do, and here are seven things I found interesting, although some are very obvious:
Give things space in the frame if possible. So don’t let people, or objects overlap. My way of thinking about this, is if everything was just an outline, it would be impossible to understand an image, if everything overlapped. Get that lamppost out of the persons face. 
We all have to take lots of rubbish pictures, to find the good ones. Increase your chances of good pictures, by shooting even more rubbish. 
Connecting: The difficult thing is to establish a relationship. Once you’ve done that, take back some photographs and talk. Look for more things. Soon you’ll be accepted as being part of the scenery. Establish yourself and then they’ll relax.
Martin doesn’t process any of his own photographs. People who work for him deal with all the digital files. They get uploaded to an iPad style device, where he makes selections. Those then get printed at 10x8” for making final selections. Expensive no doubt, but highly efficient. 
Once you see something interesting in your photographs, you carry on doing that.
The one audience that is guaranteed to like what you do, is the one that is in the photographs.
Effort in = quality of work out.
Interesting thoughts and ideas from the man. Still not 100% sure what I think about his photography. Perhaps because it is too truthful. 
Check out his photographs on Magnum’s website. 

Martin Parr’s last workshop

I recently watched Martin Parr: The Last Workshop. I took notes, as I nearly always do, and here are seven things I found interesting, although some are very obvious:

  1. Give things space in the frame if possible. So don’t let people, or objects overlap. My way of thinking about this, is if everything was just an outline, it would be impossible to understand an image, if everything overlapped. Get that lamppost out of the persons face. 
  2. We all have to take lots of rubbish pictures, to find the good ones. Increase your chances of good pictures, by shooting even more rubbish. 
  3. Connecting: The difficult thing is to establish a relationship. Once you’ve done that, take back some photographs and talk. Look for more things. Soon you’ll be accepted as being part of the scenery. Establish yourself and then they’ll relax.
  4. Martin doesn’t process any of his own photographs. People who work for him deal with all the digital files. They get uploaded to an iPad style device, where he makes selections. Those then get printed at 10x8” for making final selections. Expensive no doubt, but highly efficient. 
  5. Once you see something interesting in your photographs, you carry on doing that.
  6. The one audience that is guaranteed to like what you do, is the one that is in the photographs.
  7. Effort in = quality of work out.

Interesting thoughts and ideas from the man. Still not 100% sure what I think about his photography. Perhaps because it is too truthful. 

Check out his photographs on Magnum’s website

I’ve been reading and seeing more stuff appearing on the internet about the Stoics. Time to order some books.

Last nights panel at the Pitt Rivers in Oxford was mostly about how NGOs use photographs, and how they are losing control of the process, as social networks are providing a much faster response time.
One interesting thing, was something Jess Crombie said about the above video. While being the most viewed piece of media they’ve produced, it hasn’t lead to any more donations. I am going to try and find her email address though, as I want to ask if there research shows if increasing people’s knowledge of them, leads to more donations later. Much like why Vodafone would sponsor a sports team.
Tonight’s panel is titled ‘does photojournalism still have a role as our eyewitness to history?’ One of the photographers who is there is Stuart Franklin. You’d have defiantly seen one of his photographs:
Check out the interview with Stuart on Vice
Making pictures of pictures.
Top, Salgado - Workers
Middle, Stuart Franklin - Open for Business
Bottom, Mary Ellen Mark - Seen Behind The Scene

Yesterday, I used my new (old) camera to make some copies of other photographers work. They are to use as examples when talking to people and trying to gain access for projects.

The problem I found was that the very old, FZ30 I’ve just bought from my Dad (£30!) from 2006 didn’t resolve all that well. I switched to Vicky’s GX1, which produced much better copies.

I thank those photographers that walk before me, and hope that I can produce half of that they’ve managed.  Making pictures of pictures.
Top, Salgado - Workers
Middle, Stuart Franklin - Open for Business
Bottom, Mary Ellen Mark - Seen Behind The Scene

Yesterday, I used my new (old) camera to make some copies of other photographers work. They are to use as examples when talking to people and trying to gain access for projects.

The problem I found was that the very old, FZ30 I’ve just bought from my Dad (£30!) from 2006 didn’t resolve all that well. I switched to Vicky’s GX1, which produced much better copies.

I thank those photographers that walk before me, and hope that I can produce half of that they’ve managed.  Making pictures of pictures.
Top, Salgado - Workers
Middle, Stuart Franklin - Open for Business
Bottom, Mary Ellen Mark - Seen Behind The Scene

Yesterday, I used my new (old) camera to make some copies of other photographers work. They are to use as examples when talking to people and trying to gain access for projects.

The problem I found was that the very old, FZ30 I’ve just bought from my Dad (£30!) from 2006 didn’t resolve all that well. I switched to Vicky’s GX1, which produced much better copies.

I thank those photographers that walk before me, and hope that I can produce half of that they’ve managed. 
Making pictures of pictures.
Top, Salgado - Workers
Middle, Stuart Franklin - Open for Business
Bottom, Mary Ellen Mark - Seen Behind The Scene
Yesterday, I used my new (old) camera to make some copies of other photographers work. They are to use as examples when talking to people and trying to gain access for projects.
The problem I found was that the very old, FZ30 I’ve just bought from my Dad (£30!) from 2006 didn’t resolve all that well. I switched to Vicky’s GX1, which produced much better copies.
I thank those photographers that walk before me, and hope that I can produce half of that they’ve managed. 

Copying some Salgado prints. Hope he doesn’t mind! There are destined for my iPad, to be shown to those I want to photograph. My hope is that though seeing other people’s photographs, access to take my own night be easier. #photographerstools #photographer #photobook #salgado #project

What will today bring?

…other than the news that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. 

Now home and wet from walking Vicky to the station in the dry, but home in the ever increasing rain, I wonder what today will bring?

The things I want to do though are:

  • Chase someone about a photography project.
  • See what photographs I’ve already got for a project on Vicky playing her violins, compared to my shooting list.
  • Find what hotels I want to contact in Oxford, about them potentially buying some of my prints. 
  • Find out what exhibitions I want to go see at the Oxford Photography Festival.
  • Find some photography essays about Infrastructure, and put them as examples on my iPad. At the moment, thinking mostly stuff from Salgado’s workers.

 Lets see what today brings.

Comfortable shoes are perhaps the second most important thing a photographer owns and I’ve just got some new ones to wear out. #vscocam #shoes #merrell @merrelloutside #photographerstools

State of confusion

So I’ve got this wicked website and great plans on where I want to go, but I’ve no idea how I am going to get there. So instead of having this structured, well thought out tumblr / blog / what ever, I am just going to use this place to write an open diary, on my development as a photographer.

Where ever the hell that means anyway. 

Going to write everyday about what I’ve done. 

Checking out some photography books while I wait for Vicky to get the train into #Oxford and having a tea after a few pints with a mate. #vscocam #magnumphotos #robertfrank #theamericans #salgado #koudelka #exiles

New book. Exiles by Koudelka. Cannot wait to dig in. @magnumphotos

Writing out my shooting list for a project on Vicky getting back into playing her violins. Need to work out what ones I’ve already shot, to work out where I need to focus next. @vicn36 #moleskine #gtd #vscocam

Business cards have arrived. Thanks @moo! #businesscards #vscocam #oxford

Oxford at night. #oxford #b&w #vscocam #night #lamppost #man #walk (at New College, Oxford)