Monday, October 10, 2011



A post with real work on it!
Who would have thought.

Well, it's clear by this point i don't know how to start a blog post.

During my time in the residency i had been looking a lot into retouching of images in an attempt to push my photography work further, to really make the images stand out.
I'm aware i still have a long way to go before my images are any where near standing out.

I found a new method of retouching, which is apparently a popular one called the dodge and burn technique. Essentially it's a method where you laboriously go over the image with a fine brush making any uneven light on the model even. So lights to dark, dark to lights.
In order to create a delightfully smooth, yet entirely textural skin.

Here is my first attempt with this method. I'm really happy with how it has come out. Of course it has been a good week or so since I've created this image so there are many things i can point out that i don't like or what to change.

The entire image is not how i would shoot it, its very vibrant, the background is too bright for it. The reason for the image itself was for an assignment. We needed to incorporate a print from another student. The blue background is actually a cyanotyped image my collaborator made using leaves and other foudn objects.

At this point, while still very happy that i was able to retouch it properly, i know want to be able to create better images to experiment with. I know i can do better, so i really feel i should simply start doing it.

I also think it is about time i finish with any blue background images. White and grey from now on i think.

Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated on this subject.
Thank you.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Gallery


So in my last day at the gallery I took a few snaps for anyone who didn't get to come and look, and for what ever reason is on here looking.

I imagine the overwhelming curiousity could cripple any man...

Anywho for those who don't know I will recap.
For three weeks I set up a set studio lighting space in the Watt Space gallery, along with five other artists. At first there was no particular reason for doing this. I then decided I wanted to shoot the many people that would come through the gallery, hey it's an art gallery, surely some interesting folk would come through(they did).

So the point of it was too show the people that come through the way select artists work and process. That is essentialy why I set up the shot.

It was a lot of fun.
Well here are some images from the show!

Here is a quick panoramic i took using my phone. Oh so fancy!

 It kind of looks a little less exciting in these images.

But too me, it was more impressive filling up the spaces on the walls.
Well thats me at least, I has spread across all the walls I had in my space and then spread to other places along the gallery.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day Eight

So here it is.

This is the final day from the gallery, had a few more than expected which was fantastic.
I plan to possibly create a book with all the portraits.

If that ever comes out i will post a link here for people to purchase a copy if they want.
I will also email out everyone that left their details.

I've had an amazing time doing this and i hope everyone else had too.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day Seven

It's getting close to the end now, which is sad.
One more day to upload.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day Six

Another day another, well couple of faces.

Hope you all are enjoying this experience as much as i am.