Another busy month, and another slightly belated blog post…
Here we are, moving into yet another month and without much idea of where the last one went. June has been a bit of a wash out for me in the UK, our usual summer being a total let down, thus leading to not many days out exploring due to the bad weather and therefore less photos to share.
All of the photos are my own, taken with either my phone or digital camera and then edited solely using Instagram.
I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourite photos that I’ve taken and posted to Instagram, please feel free to follow me on there and start a conversation!
One of the greatest things about driving is the fact that I now have the means to go to places that are either inaccessible or extremely long to get to via public transport; I just pack up a bag, jump in the car and I’m off to wherever it is that takes my fancy, time and weather permitting of course.
Yesterday I decided to head up to the remains of Hadleigh Castle, not a great deal of the castle is left but there’s definitely enough to get a sense of the place and a feel for how it once stood so proudly and defiant against a most beautiful and scenic backdrop.
I found it to be an incredibly peaceful place to sit and reflect, there were a few people about but it wasn’t overly busy like many of the more popular tourist sites and attractions around the country. Continue reading “Hadleigh Castle”→
After a short hiatus and a struggle to get back into the swing of working on my art projects every day and keeping the blog updated regularly enough to justify having one, I’m finally getting back into the mindstate I require in order to get the work done.
In aid of this journey back to my preferred reality, this evening I decided that me and my wife should get out for an hour or so and go down to the marina at the local nature reserve and go for a nice walk in the serenity of the beautiful landscape which is unbelievably close to the council estate we live in.
The course I’m currently on at college is called an “Access to Art & Design Foundation Diploma”, basically it does what it says on the tin and upon completion with a pass, I gain the opportunity to “access” university and study at degree level in any art-related area. This is an intense course, packed with various different modules of art types; figure studies, graphics, printmaking, 3D, colour theory, mixed media, textiles and photography; eventually ended with a final major project.
At the moment I’m working on a few modules at once, this post however is in relation to the photography module, and also a touch of graphics I guess but it won’t be submitted for graphics as I have already completed that module.
The calotype was first introduced in 1841 by William Henry Fox Talbot and was one of the earliest methods of photograph development; without going too into detail and unraveling the entire history of photography and the variety of methods discovered, I’m just going to move forward.
I have made 2 digital calotypes, using Photoshop CS6 and 2 of my own photographs.
This photograph was taken in Paris, from the entrance of the Musée du Louvre, this photo, in all of it’s beauty was one of those happy accidents, when you just point and click and don’t realise the atmosphere and beauty that has just been immortalised in that very moment; in fact I didn’t realise until well after I had got back to the UK and was looking through the photographs I had taken. The digital calotype process has in my opinion, given this image an even better ambience and the true vintage feel that Paris emits through every piece of cracked pavement.
I took this photo of the National Gallery earlier this year whilst visiting, again the calotype process has added extra eminence to this historical and magnificent building, the antique photographic quality is a compliment to the beautifully powerful architecture of this re envisioned Parthenon; standing dominantly in London’s Trafalgar Square, swallowing tourists by the thousands.
Well, that is all from me for now I hope that if you have seen them, you like them; I certainly don’t profess to be a photographer in any way, but I am enjoying the module and the learning curve of camera use, which is incredibly harder than the point and click method I previously employed.