New Blog….

Following on from several succesful (I think) Street photography trips to London, and a Canon Sponsored double page feature in this months Photography News… and in no way connected to the fact this blogs limit is bulging and spilling over.

I am creating a brand new self hosted website centering around my street and urban photography adventures it’s also connected to my INSTAGRAM

Announcing…..

Londonist Captures

The intent is to showcase some of my imagery from London and other towns and citys as well as eventually be a guide to those places for fellow creatives.

You’ll see images such as these.

Please do consider taking a look and perhaps subscribing to the site as I would love it to grow.

London Street at 35mm

I must admit to being a tad forgetful when it comes to updating the blog these past few months. I am so busy flitting here and there trying to find a style, a niche or a type of photography I enjoy.

Recently I’ve been taking a few trips to London and trying some varied styles of street photography. Here are just a few images from a recent trip.

As you can see they vary widely in not only colour, composition and style but also subject. All have one thing in common that they are taken at 35mm on my Eos R, a camera that I love.

Testing the Eos r

Finally got round to having some time out to play with the mirrorless EOS r yesterday. It’s a phenomenal camera and quite the learning curve coming from a DSLR.

It does however take alot of the testing and guesswork out of exposing as you can see exactly what you are getting on the evf rather than the normal. Clear view (although that can be turned off too).

The focus is instant and bang on and I find the kit lens to be very sharp.

Just one image for now as I’m going through them. Quickly edited on the fly on snapseed for mobile. I quite like it.

Transformations – Street Art

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 2, 4, 5

During a day out in London we ventured to Brick Lane, A place I have never been but will go back. My intention was to see some of the street art which I had read about and blogged the idea Here. There was an amazing array of Street art which was both a positive thing as it really brightened up some of the the dark looming streets and yet in some cases looked messy and, to be honest, made the place look downtrodden. A real contrast to the million quid plus luxury flats which are being built literally 2 mins away.

There was a real mix of graffiti and installation art down these narrow streets and in many cases as I said above it was intriguing to see what people consider as art.

Overall you could well Consider this as a transformation to the area either negative or positive as both are served by what is in place in these streets. Again as with all my ideas at this time this is ongoing.

Transformation Rust, Rot and Decay

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Surely the very pinnacle of urban transformation is the reclamation of the elements by mother nature. The decay and rot that weaves its way through almost everything man made or natural. From rotting wood to rusting metal the signs of this are everywhere.

Ceaseless and never ending, without intervention, the textures and patterns are ultimately unique never replicated or repeated. There is a beauty in decay if you only choose to look.

I have in the past taken some similar images showing the reclamation of things by nature during my shoots and Dungeness and Brighton and other more localised areas. Because decay or more specifically urban decay is very apparent.

It’s a definite area of interest for me since is has elements of nature and urban photography and I like the abstract nature of some of the images just appearing to be mini landscapes of decay. The variety of techniques I could use to show this are wide reaching too since there is an endless way of portraying decay from macro to ICM dependant on how I want to show….

I will venture down this particular avenue further I think….

Transformations – Slinkachu

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Having previously and briefly covered the work of Slinkachu in level 2, I am going a bit more into detail for this post. I feel his work is quite relevant for this topic as much of his creative work revolves around transformation, not only of an area but also of perception and viewpoint and often a political message is involved.

In the above image for example I see a tug of war over money between the “normal people” and bankers. Its all about perception as someone else may see something completely different.

Slinkachu is a British photographer who works with miniature models of people and other created props to build and set lots of different scenes and “installations” to be photographed.

Some of Slinkachu’s photos have a more obvious meaning such as this one which could be a statement about the looming presence of litter on beaches and coastal areas.

As the miniature people seem to be rockpooling a giant can distracts you from the tiny composition that looks remarkably believable.

Slinkachu must have to go to great lengths to create a scene before he takes the photo. Some of his photos would have had more work put into the building of the scene than others. Slinkachu has to plan his photos and build them before he can shoot the photo, the agility necessary to place the figures alone is impressive.

What Slinkachu does is focus on small things and makes them interesting with the addition of tiny characters. Many people could isolate a small object on the floor and take a picture of it but Slinkachu creates a scene and a distorted sense of scale that can put things in a new perspective.

I definitely took some Inspiration in some form from Slinkachu for my Lego traveller series featuring a Lego photographer off on holiday. I wanted it to seem like the small figure was much larger relative to the surroundings I do think I managed to convey this in the images and I really enjoyed the experience.

Subject Matter: Slinkachu uses miniatures to create scenes. These scenes contain all types of people and is more about the situation that they exist in rather than who they are, but the figure’s are made to fit the theme of the scene they are in (eg swimming figures are in suitable clothing ect). Slinkachu also uses lots of real size props for the miniatures to interact with such as food, badges, cigarettes ect.

Context: Slinkachu has dubbed his work as ‘abandoning miniatures’ as he leaves all of his miniatures in the places he creates them. He believes that his work is a sculpture, street art and photography all in one. Slinkachu says that his inspiration is to get city dwellers to take in their surroundings and to be more space aware and he tries to capture the ‘loneliness and melancholy’ of living in a big city, but there is a little ‘humour’.

Composition: Slinkachu loves to get the camera low down or directly on the floor often with a shallow depth of field to capture the miniatures in focus. He likes to fill the foreground with the miniatures, with the background being a blurred environment that often helps give context to the rest of the image.

Lighting: The lighting is seemingly natural but a secondary light might have been used in some images. No flash was used in any of the images.

Colour: The images are in full colour sometimes using colour splash. Slinkachu doesn’t always do anything too specialised colourwise but his bright colours stand out in the city’s dull grey backdrop.