Sunday, 30 September 2012

Train Stations

I've been on my travels this weekend, off to that city they call Birmingham. It'd been a while since I last went and funnily enough I felt about as rough as the last time I went too! 

I took this at one of the small train stations around the city, Selly Oak, it's full of students there! 

Next weekend I'm heading back to Birmingham, but not to photograph the train stations there. No, this time I'm off to a protest - education based! So look out for those photos next week.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Recent Shot

Although taken about a month ago now, this photo is one of my favourite images. I find it rather humourous and very British!

Taken on a quiet day at the seaside in Llandudno, there is just something about this photo that I love, with the woman "sunbathing" on her motorised scooter in full length jumpers, reading and the guy doing very little whilst "sunbathing".

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Kitchen Shot

Just a quick visit, uploading a new photo. Taken literally minutes ago.

Life in halls couldn't be summed up any better.. although I feel there should be a bit more mess on the units, we're clearly very tidy students on the second floor.

Two Favourites From The Week

Despite all the snapping I've done this week, there are only two photos that particularly stand out for me, and these were both taken on Wednesday on our trip to London.

But before we get to those, I have to share this with you.

Never ever, before in my entire life (all 18 years) have I seen anybody polishing there gates, but this week as I made my way back from the Town Centre, I spotted this little lady polishing her gates with a lovely feather duster.

Photo number one:

Taken in the delightful gardens of the V+A, as we made our way out of the gallery. I was rather impressed with the miniature fountains that lined the steps at the top of the shallow pool (It's basically a posh pond). I like it mostly because you can see people enjoying the weather, eating lunch in the background. this image also makes the fountain in the foreground look much taller than it in, and those in the background smaller! 

Photo number two:

My first time on a London bus, as we stopped at a bus stop I just took a picture, I wasn't expecting much but I managed to get this little gem. I love the expressions on all three peoples faces as they each check the bus times. My bag, that was on my knee is the blob in the foreground that is out of focus, helping to keep you paying attention to the people. 

Annnnnd, that's all folks!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Let Your Hair Down in London City

Cheeky Devlin lyric right there. ^

Freshers week has been SO busy and that's without all the socials.. Wednesday we were crammed on a coach and whisked off to London for a day. There we visited three galleries and an exhibition, all very different - an interesting mix of work.

Stop one:

The Victoria and Albert (V&A)  <- I can't find the exact links (it's a huge website)

This was my first trip to the V&A which is a sin in itself, it's somewhere I've always managed to bypass somehow but I will be going back. Without doubt.
The first exhibition we saw there we stumbled upon by accident but I found it really interesting. A collection of reprints of old negatives, photographs of Architectural photography (something I don't really like unless they are really old buildings or photos).

Something about church photos I find really fascinating. I can never understand how people were able to get such intricate detail in to the brickwork without any big machinery. Yet now that we have all the machinery we still to bog standard rectangular orange bricks.

This photo doesn't strike me as being particularly interesting or unique, but what does make it unique was the fact that next to this photo was the wooden front to the building...

But it was too big to fit in my camera frame from any angle so this is the best shot that we could get. It was amazing to see this, I'm not entirely sure how big it actually is but it looked a lot bigger hung on the wall than a normal size house!

The exhibition we went too next in the V&A was very different and documented life in Britain since the 1950's, post war. I quite enjoyed seeing a range of photographers different approaches to photography.

In this exhibition, works that particularly caught my eye included those by Elsbeth Juda, Don McCullin and Maurice Bloomfield. 

Elsbeth Juda
A photographer born in Germany that moved to the UK to study Photography in London in 1933. Her husband Hans (married in 1931) became her publisher and she worked for a Magazine known as the Ambassador. The images off hers that were on display were those she was asked to take to glamorise the jobs of women during World War Two.

Just a small selection of some of her work that was on display at the V&A. Unfortunately the white balance is a little off in this image and so the photos don't look so orange in real life. 

Don McCullin
He's too cool for a website apparently.
I've seen a lot of this guys work, but they've always been war photographs and whilst they have been good, war photography isn't something I really want to do and so it's something I tend to spend minimal time looking at. However at the V&A some of his work is on show, only this time it isn't war photos. It's portraits of people working the land and I found these to be really interesting photos with a lot of emotion in, very fact based and very much a clear representation of the class system in Britain. 
(I don't have a photo of his work hung up - don't know why?! So instead I've pinched these from Google).

The differences between these two photos are very blatant despite showing different circumstances all together. The top image shows a man heading to work at a big factory whilst the image below shows two gentlemen heading home after they've been scrounging for coal. I highly doubt the man above would have ever had too scrounge for coal.

Maurice Bloomfield
Another photographer without a website! 
I wasn't as keen on his color work as much as I was with his black and white stuff, and his color work was what I saw first so when I moved along and noticed the black and white shots were also by him, it was a nice surprise. 

Is it just me that wasn't all that impressed? If I'd had to pick a favourite color image it would have been this one, but that's because the colors are more vibrant than in the other shots and the image shows more of the working environment. 

This print impressed me far more. Look at all those sparks flying about! I really like the lighting on this and how detailed the shot was with the sparks in the background and the massive pile or reel of the cable to the left hand side as well. They guy is basically a sillouette.

I'll be going back to the V&A one day (hopefully soon) to explore the rest of the place.

Stop Two: 
CHRIS BEETLES Fine Photographs.
This was an accidental find on our way to Stop Three. But interesting all the same. There was an Elliot Erwitt exhibition on, I've seen his work before, but some of the photos in this gallery were new to me and rather humorous. 
I didn't take photos of the work in this place because what caught my attention more was the print room at the back of the gallery, I never imagined it would be there, I just expected the work to all be sent off somewhere for print before being sent to clients.

The prices at which some of Erwitts work was being sold were absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. But I suppose if you can afford to spend almost 3K on one photo, you may as well. Especially if you like it. Yeah, £2700 was the lowest price I spotted on the price sheet.

Stop Three:
The Photographers' Gallery
I hadn't even herad of this place and its such a lovely little gallery, which has a lot of stairs! 
The exhibition we headed there to see was by somebody called Fiona Tan, this was an interesting collection although it wasn't till much later I realised how it had been done and now I'm not sure I feel about it. And the other floors above were more artistic photographs, fine art type. And whilst some were good, others left me feel rather confused.

This piece of work has been put together by taking photographs out of multiple peoples family photo albums and putting them together in an order. Whilst some of the photos were particularly striking and stood out to me, (like the one below) I don't understand why one person should get the credit for it? 

It surprised me that a photo this striking would be in a family photo album. My photo albums at home contain mostly the cheesy holiday or baby snaps that everybody has!

An exhibition put together by multiple students from multiple universities studying a variety of photography or media based courses.

This piece was rather comical, and like the last made up of old photos from a family album, then cut to reposition a head. But again, I wonder who should get the credits? The orginal photo taker, the person who chopped it in half? Or both?
It wasn't until Antony explained this picture to us that I understood it. Information has been taken out of the photograph and replaces with names and other personal information so the computer can no longer read the photographs digital information. Clever, and effective in my opinion.

Studio images can be too clean sometimes and so this image (and the other it was paired with) were great for me as it shows all the nitty gritty as well that goes with a studio shot and how much work is put in, just in trying to hang something the right way. The stepladders either side balance out the photo nicely and don't look like they've been blatently left there - though they probably were.

Stop Four:
The National Portrait Gallery.
Road to 2012 was my favourite exhibition in here, I followed the olypics closely. Although, I preffered the shots by Jillian Eddstein to those by Anderson and Low for no reason other than who they were off. Anderson and Low photographed the athletes whilst Eddstein photographed those that played a key part behind the scenes.
Neil Libbert also had some strong pieces in the gallery of stars such as Dame Helen Mirren in her younger days, and Mick Jagger. 
Unfortunately I have no photos of this because you aren't allowed to take photos in the National Portrait Gallery. Perfectly understandable, especially as technology develops and cameras get more and more detailed images.

But that is all that I have for now. Bye! 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A Fresh Start

I've not been here for very long at all yet, in Cheltenham I mean. I only moved here on sunday, I've moved in to halls as I'm studying at the University here. It's all very new and exciting. But this is a photography blog, to show people my work, so with that in mind, here is the first photo I took in Cheltenham.

It isn't particularly impressive because it was taken on my phone, quickly as I was moving all my stuff in, but it was the first photo I took here. I really like these outlines of the two people, and I'm pretty sure, you'll be seeing more photos of them soon!

Ta-taah for now.