Let’s face it, I’m a rubbish blogger - I’m much happier out with the camera, and it’s been a brilliant summer - some fabulous commissions and an exciting new project in the making (more on that some other time)…
But it hasn’t always been like this, and two weeks ago I talked to Peter Hayes FRPS about the story behind my Associate panel. Since finishing the project last year I’ve needed to put some space between here and those darker days, but I’m ready now to share it. Because, as I blogged here, this is a story that isn’t done yet.
More of THE SHE INSIDE: Portraits of My Self here…
BUSINESS PORTRAITS MATTER
Put away that smartphone. Yes really. And move away from that curtain. Away!
A business portrait is more than a snapshot and it takes skill. To create an image that humanises you, at ease in your environment, in harmony with your expertise and infused with professionalism, is a specialism and it takes a professional with experience to deliver. ...more on the blog
Almost four years ago I wrote about how we define ourselves and what it means to be us. The inspiration was a friend and she is far more interesting than me.
Beautiful, complex, she is one of the strongest and most self-aware women I know. She thinks at the speed of light, even her eyes literally flitter (something you only really notice when you photograph her) with all the thoughts and ideas racing around inside her head... more on the blog
Feel the Force
I’ve never lost my joy of the outdoors, so it surely comes as no surprise that, as a portrait photographer, I love to seek out beautiful country locations. This week has been no exception, starting with a lovely relaxed pre-wedding portrait shoot on a lazy walk around Lacock with Ruth and Raymond, see more on the blog...
This is a fabulous time of year to commission family portraits, so get in touch soon!
In a week where I was extraordinarily privileged to work with two remarkably talented professional photographers - on both sides of the camera - as usual there are moments when I question who I am.
Life has changed beyond all recognition in the last five years, though I can honestly say I am more at peace now than I have ever been. But no matter who you are or what you've been through, coming to terms with trauma of any kind takes time, and we can all change in the most unexpected ways.
One of the themes I return to again and again is that of identity - how we adapt emotionally, the dissonance between how we see ourselves and the way others see us, the person we were and the one we have become. As a photographer, it's a particularly intriguing concept to explore. The world is not short of remarkable photographic images that draw us to physical change and scarring of our bodies, but how often do we capture the emotional pain and healing that remains unseen?
These thoughts, based on a short form poem I wrote last year, were the basis of a small exhibition in Salisbury last September, and provide the foundation for a much larger body of work which I aim to complete later this year.
Talking photographs and flat friends on BBC Wiltshire
An exciting day for me - I visited BBC Wiltshire to do a live radio interview talking about our fabulous charity Flat Friends UK and the year long photographic project I've been involved with to produce our first Calendar. Catch it on iPlayer here (listen from 1hr 28mins in). The Wiltshire Times also recently covered the story...
Organising the printing of this remarkable project was an experience in itself, and my thanks to Mike at Serenarts in Bradford On Avon for coming to the rescue at such short notice, and working so hard to get things right. See a selection of imagaes in the Flat Friends Gallery
Full press release on my BLOG