Sunday, 27 November 2011

Night Time Photography On Dunstable Downs

On Friday i went with Lee Ramsden to the Dunstable Downs to spend a couple of hours running around in the cold wind and almost complete darkness to produce some simple but beautiful colours from the nice sky.

The photographs were 30 seconds, ƒ2.8 and 200 ISO with a fluorescent white balance.  The images have a slight reference to the photographer Gregory Crewdson which then links to  the painter Edward Hopper.    These images have the heavy shadow of Hopper's painting combined with the empathic pastel colours.  The images are by no means any Hopper replicas but just something i noticed that the night sky produced a similarity in colour and contrast.

The visitor centre is lit with available light and three pops of flash, combined with car head lights at full beam 400m away.

As the clouds clear the sky changes colours and the dark blues and purples reveal them selves.  Lee was lit with a 580ex ii flash 3 times at 1/8 power at 14mm zoom, with the building lit twice.

The grass is lit with the led torch from an iPhone 4 which the bluish light produces a luminous effect on the grass and creates a natural vignette.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

La Société Du Spectacle

How relevant and how accurate is Debord's Society of the Spectacle now?  Are we still controlled by the mass media and propaganda?  Are we still influenced by commercialism or are we able to make our own choices, based on our own experiences?

Has the internet really helped us to be free and independent or are we more controlled and influenced than before?

One thing i have thought about the older i get, is does it really matter?  Am i happy or sad?  This surely this is the most important thing, my life and me.  I can only really influence and change myself.  Even if those influences have come from other sources does it really hurt to fit in and conform¿  Can we really fight against propaganda and the use of semiotics in our advertising, both governmental and commercial?

Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson
27th April 1977 - 9th November 2006

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Is Santa Naughty or Nice¿

Santa was acquired, by accident, but acquired no less.  He had a little journey five years ago and still exists today, slightly out of shape and light of some foil.  After a night of Absolute Vodka he instantly regretted the Suffolk December 2006 incident and forbade anyone to speak of it.

Everyone’s photographing the seaside, what’s the point anymore?

Alistair Peck, Dungeness
Fascinating article by Alistair Peck about taking photographs in your style for yourself.

Do you ever question why you take a photograph in a certain way, why you prefer a certain type of light or subject.

Are you bothered if someone suggests your images looks like another photographers, even thought you may never have heard of them?

Read the following link below.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Oddisee also a photographer

Oddisee is an american rapper and a pretty good photographer too, check out his pictures

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Hasselblad 503cw 6x6 & Canon 580ex flashes

These photographs were taken as part a uni project whilst at the University of Westminster in December 2004 with my friend Ryan Grayley and Tanya Muravskaja (another photographer on our course), at Ashridge Business School.  The series was created to show how certain people in our society are often ignored, mistreated and neglected. 

How many times have you been genuinely apprecietive of someone carrying your bags, serving your food or cleaning your room?

Have you even noticed these people?  Do we ever noticed these people?

The were photographed on a Hasselblad 503cw, with i think an 80mm ƒ2.8 lens at ƒ2.8 or ƒ4 on Fuji Provia 100F (RDP III) with four or five Canon 580ex's.  The flashes were triggered and synced via the infrared system built into them and carefully set to give shadow and light up our subjects in clean white angelic light.  The perpetrator of such crimes of ignorance and exclusion (us), are lit with orange tungsten light, thus creating the separation.

Phil Richardson, Hasselblad 503cw, 80mm ƒ2.8.  Fuji 100f Provia at 1/60th second, two Canon 580ex flashes and 800w Ianiro tungsten light diffused.
Models: Phil Richardson, Ryan Grayley and Paul Wolford (ex Bedford Blues Rugby player)

Tanya Muravskaja, Hasselblad 503cw, 80mm ƒ2.8, Fuji 100f Provia 1/60th, two Canon 580ex flashes
Models: Phil Richardson, Ryan Grayley and Tanya Muravskaja

Ryan Grayley, Hasselblad 503cw, 80mm ƒ2.8.  Fuji 100f Provia at 1/15th second, Canon 580ex flashes and 800w Ianiro tungsten light diffused.
Models: Phil Richardson, Beverley Grayley and Christine on reception

Phil Richardson, Hasselblad 503cw, 80mm ƒ2.8.  Fuji 100f Provia at 1/8th second, two Canon 580ex flashes tungsten lights in the ceiling of the barn.
Model: Phil Richardson
Phil Richardson, Hasselblad 503cw, 80mm ƒ8.  Fuji 100f Provia at 1/30th second, four Canon 580ex flashes.
Models: Phil Richardson, Ryan Grayley

Phil Richardson
Ryan Grayley     
Tanya Muravskaja

Friday, 26 August 2011

MelenStudios BBQ 21st August 2011

It was good day for a barbie on Sunday!  Simba the cat enjoyed himself as did most of the kids - big and small.

Thanks to everyone who turned up and and i still have some ice creams left!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Alistair Peck Band Photography - 45 Degrees

Alistair Peck photographed the band 45 Degrees whilst filming their video for the track 'Hypernova' at the Hat Factory in Luton.

click on the link to read more and see the rest of the photographs.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Walk To Work

Over the 4.5 mile walk to work i found a few interesting views to photograph with the iPhone 4 and mainly Hipstamatic.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Monsieur Espley

I'm studying at a lycée in Cahors, France for a " Baccalaureat Professionelle Photographie", for wich I had to do a 6 weeks work experience. I'm bi-lingual so I chose to do it in England, and Phil at YellowMelen kindly accepted to take me on. I had a wonderful experience with really intresting outings and I helped on his photography courses of all levels.

I've learn't so much about camera techniques, soft ware, and also administration. YellowMelen have a great English sense of humour and there's a fantastic working atmosphere. Iv'e come out my work's experience with so much more knowledge of photography as well as managment and how to run a business.

Great experience,
Can't wait to go back there,
Thank You So Much!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Day Out to Fixation

On a recent trip to fixation to clean Monsieur Espley's camera sensor we decided to try and see Stephen Walter's London Map - the Island series at the Charles and Lamb pub in Islington.

Despite actually getting their this time it was unfortunately closed till 5pm.  So we went to another pub around the corner with great beer, good atmosphere, sublime decor and fantastic window lighting!

We sat there for an hour.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Ray Massey

Really love the work of Ray Massey, very creative and the attention to detail is amazing.  I love the sense of humour that is conveyed in his work.

A touch of the Muybridge about his running man.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Jeff Bridges Actor and Film Set Photographer

This is an excerpt from Jeff Bridges website about his photography;

"I've been taking pictures and making movies for most of my life... I started taking pictures in high school. I set up a darkroom and would lose track of time, developing and printing for hours and hours, listening to FM radio in the red 'safe light'. I must say, I never really enjoyed developing negatives. It's probably the most important part of the whole process, but what I loved was the printing - watching those images come out of the 'soup'. Seeing that proof sheet of those pictures I'd taken weeks before and forgotten all about - that's what I loved. To this day, looking at a proof sheet for the first time is like opening a Christmas present I've given to myself. What a great surprise - to see what the camera saw; what worked and what didn't; to feel the moment of the picture all over again."

Photos behind the scenes from a few of his films

look who is at the same gallery Mr Parr

Jeff's Camera

Sunday, 29 May 2011

First Picture Sold From The Gallery

Sarah a massive Kinks fan bought 'Carnabetian' from the gallery this week.


These beautifully framed black and white prints are available to purchase from Phil Richardson or at the Ashridge Gallery for £275.  Printed on Ilford Black and White paper at 16"x12" there will only be five copies of each print with everyone being produced slightly differently so you will have a unique copy!

The rest of the set can be found via this link

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Modern Art

Some people think that modern art isn't worth a look, that somehow it is beneath us, shallow or lacking creativity.  Art is much more than just a culmination of the artists creative skills, their ability to form a direct representation to the scene, to produce something that seems real but it is subjected to your interpretation of what you regard as reality.

Don't just judge the art, be open minded and observe before passing your verdict.  You should be able to view someone's art and reflect upon its presence and find a way to connect yourself with its physical and metaphorical state.

You can draw upon any of your experiences from childhood through to yesterday's events and find a connection with the piece of art you are studying and this should be objective at first until your own experience takes over your mind as you connect with the art.

On the way to work this morning i noticed something strange in the bin.   I at first thought some hooligan had just dumped their unwanted slide in to the bin but on further investigation i realised it had been carefully placed.  It was as if they wished to express that they had now matured and as an adult had no need for such childish things!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Cafe Shirella's, Marlowes, Hemel.

And it is yellow.
Not everyone is happy being photographed

Ashridge Art Gallery On The Wall

It's good to see my work up on the wall.

A shoot from 2006, of Ashridge MBAs

My photograph on the cover of Ashridge from a
Helicopter three years ago in May 2008

Tuesday, 12 April 2011