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Holly Brave’s the Shave for Cancer Charity.

#BraveTheShave

Today I had the privilege of going to the home of young Holly who was having her amazing hair shaved off to support others and raise money in the fight against cancer.

Amazing sacrifice for a young teenaged girl to do to raise money for the wonderful Macmillan Cancer Support charity.  Holly can be sponsored at the link below if you would like to help her raise funds towards her target.

 

https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/holly-wright/

 

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The right print for the right job!

Many photographers offer a service to their clients where they have images on a disc, or usb memory stick, that they print for themselves.  There is nothing wrong with this – I too offer the images on a pen drive, but it does limit the chances of success of the client getting what they really want from the shoot and displaying it to it’s full glory on their wall!

When choosing a photographer to do some work does the client think about the initial price of the shoot above all else? Do photographer and client work together to produce something in particular?  Does the client have an idea of how they want the final product to look?  Would they know how to choose a reputable printer who didn’t leave them with faded images 2 years after purchase?  Does the photographer have experience of displaying their images in large gallery presentable format?

Take, for example, these three different formats of print taken from the shoot of Roxy in the milk bath recently.  The image below is an iPhone ‘snap’ of the images taken in overcast daylight.

All the prints below were taken from the same file, and all are beautifully printed by a premium printing company based in Germany.  They are expensive options for an art print  with the photograph on the right pricing up at approximately £1.20 per cm squared.  Doesn’t sound a lot but look at the arrow key on your keyboard and thats the approximate size and then add that up to the size of the product you want!  However as an art piece that is a respectable price and they are guaranteed for 5 years from purchase and ink colours (if displayed correctly) are guaranteed not to fade for 75 years!

All these products below are correct, and correctly printed.  The differing ‘looks’ are those individualities of the print style and choice of medium but you can see that the top left is a direct print under acrylic glass and is softer in focus.  The top right is super clear high definition print on gloss paper and defined and is slightly differently coloured, and the product at the bottom is mid way between the 2 above in clarity, but the effect of the print onto the aluminium itself gives it a different tone depending upon the angle it is viewed at.

What I am trying to say is that do you (whether you are the photographer or the client) know what is the best product for purpose?  Do you think that your photographer should be sufficiently qualified to guide the client in their options?  Would you pay top end for a qualified photographer who could guide your choices or are you guided by price?

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Top left is a direct print under acrylic glass, top right is an HD print on gloss paper, and bottom is a direct print on aluminium di-bond.

Kim Lathe – The Bare Experience

Whilst searching through Kickstarter.com to see what photography projects are currently seeking funding I came across this photographer from South Dakota, USA.  She has been photographing men and women without their clothes and without using Photoshop and now has over 100 portraits that she wishes to make into a book and an exhibition.  In her kickstarter bid she says:

Why did you decide to do this BARE project?

As a photographer, I have done portraiture for people for years, and inevitably most people wanted me to “fix” things on their pictures in Photoshop – a double chin, blemishes, etc. etc. It intrigued and exasperated me to see so many people with so many self-perceived “flaws.” Everybody always want to hide something from the world, so I thought it would be interesting to ask people to bare themselves instead. I want to try and show people the beauty they already posses, even if they don’t look like the people we see in magazines and on TV.   

(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kimlathephotography/bare?ref=category)

I looked at her website (http://kimlathe.com/the-bare-experience/) and was surprised that her ideas are very similar to mine.  From this I can assume that this subject is something that is touching people all over the world and is something that is close to everybody’s heart.

Below are screen grabs of three of my favourite images from the slide show.  Love the fact that they are black and white and are as much to deal with shape and form as they are of portraits.

They remind me of some of the nude images by Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston.

National Portrait Gallery, London.

Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize 2014

This half term I was lucky enough to go to London to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Portrait Photographic Prize to give me some inspiration for my own portrait project for my Specialist Production Project.

This image below is the one that won first prize.  I love the lighting in this – it makes the subject choice look almost biblical!   The image reminds me of the works under the series ‘Persons Unknown’  made by Tom Hunter  (Woman Reading a Possession Order is my favourite).  I wonder if David Titlow also takes his inspiration from Johannes Vermeer’s paintings as Hunter does?

Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow,

David Titlow for Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow

The exhibition was surprisingly good value for money, with a full priced ticket being £3.  If you are clever enough to bring the correct change with you then you can skip the long ticket queues and go straight into the exhibition by paying the concierge at the exhibition entrance.  If you are planning to buy a program for the exhibition then your ticket price is deducted from the price, which made mine a wonderful £12 for a fantastic brochure to treasure.

One thing that did surprise me about the exhibition is that the frames were not in perfect condition, with chips and splinters out of some of them, and fingerprints on one of the mounts used.  This could be of course that the exhibition is showing signs of wear and tear as it has been running for some time.

Definitely a show worth visiting if you are in London.  Details of the exhibition can be found at:

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/index.php

I found the technical details of some of the images really interesting and being able to see what range of camera equipment was used was enlightening.  Details of the technical details can be found on this link:

http://www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site14/downloads/TWPPP2014_technical_details.pdf