Friday, 29 July 2016

Foto Inspiration Friday - B&H Photo YouTube Channel

Welcome to 'Foto Inspiration Friday', the series in which I not only use a rarely used alternate spelling of photo for the sake of alliteration, but I share with you anything and everything I find inspirational, be it a person, an image, a song, a quote, a place, a pizza...ok, maybe not a pizza but you get the point. This week the focus of 'Foto Inspiration Friday' is the B&H Photo YouTube Channel.

If like me you enjoy seeing folk talk about their photography, about the techniques they use etc, after checking out my series 'Where When How Wednesday' (how smooth was that advert?) the B&H Photo YouTube channel may be for you.

Whilst B&H post various videos such as how to's, pod casts, gear overviews etc it's the seminars they put out that I watch for. Multiple times a month they have photographers give talks on various photographic subjects in their in-store event space and they air these on their YouTube channel.

No matter which area of photography you partake in, within reason, chances are you'll find plenty of seminars to watch and get inspiration from.

Ian
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Where When How Wednesday - Stratographic

Welcome to 'Where When How Wednesday'. In these weekly posts I'll be interviewing creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Stratographic (Strat), a Glasgow based photographer.

Model & Make Up: Rowan Verdite Nova


Hi Strat, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. We should probably start at the beginning, when and how did you come about getting into the world of photography?

"I gave up playing guitar about 5 years ago after having done that most of my life (late nights and travelling hundreds of miles around the country were getting too much as I got gradually older) so I thought, what can I do next? Luckily I used to use photoshop to design band posters and edit the pictures we got back from gigs so I had a bit of a head start and from there all I needed to do was figure out how those pesky camera's worked. I have to admit no great inspiration from anywhere, and I've never studied or even been interested in photography before that but I'm a fast learner and messed around till I worked it out. From there I realised I just can't take pictures without people in them (birds on a stick and trees and hills were doing nothing for me), so model photography reared it's ugly head"

Make Up: Athena Cosmetic Design


Photography, especially online, tends to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views an image to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?

"It's a mix of fashion, glamour and whatever random thing I thought of that week. I'd like to think that there's a bit of an artistic element to my glamour side, and I do love makeup and styled shoots. Beyond that I don't really think much about what genre it fits into. I've been lucky in that I've worked with some very creative people who have come to me with ideas and all I've had to do is figure out how to light it.

It helps that I get bored quick, so I've probably never sat in any one genre too long, it's creative makeup one week, straight glamour the next and possibly some subdued slightly fetish themes the week after."

Model: Wee Red Vixen


Photography can have it's share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of photography particularly challenging?

"I would admit to some self confidence issues and doubts from time to time, we all get that "I'm rubbish, what the hell am I doing" thing now and again.  What helps me is my notion that no matter what I do, it's my thing, and therefore it's the best it can be for me doing it. My years of playing guitar taught me that if you lack confidence it'll show in your playing so you've just got to push through, know that your good and get on with it, if you seem to know what your doing it'll make other people think the same.

For me my big problem is a total lack of motivation and enthusiasm. Don't get me wrong, when I'm doing a shoot or preparing for a shoot I'm all buzzing, can't wait to start, this'll be awesome etc etc, but in between shoots I just lose interest. I was the same with guitar playing, but with that I had about a dozen people in the band who kept poking me and making me do things, photography is a bit more solitary so I tend to wander away from it."



In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?

"Tricky as I don't really get that into many photographers, so my inspiration comes more from a song or an album cover or maybe something i seen that i thought was cool and wanted to try something similar. I tend to think in terms of moods rather than anything else, so I'll think to myself "I want big, happy, bold glamour with loads of colour", or "About time I did something dark and creepy".

Photographers I like include Guy Bourdin, Joe McNally, Helmut Newton, Frank Doorhof, that's about it, there's loads more I appreciate but probably don't feel they inspire my own stuff, maybe subconsciously. I do hate when I think I've come up with something original only to find the exact same thing in a book I looked at a few years ago."

Model: Rowan Verdite Nova

Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?

"There are a few from my first shoot with Rowan that I think are important as it led to two years of really good shoots. I do have one that I think of as the first good picture I ever did, girl with a fur hood, It's not that great looking back on it but at the time it made me realise that maybe I could get away with this photography lark.

I did try to figure out my 5 favourite images once, but just couldn't manage it. Generally I find them fleeting, they sum up a moment at that time, a person, a place, but they just become a timeline so I don't think I find some more significant than others, they're just what I did at that time."

Make Up: Athena Cosmetic Design


Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in because of photography?

"This might take a while. 

I have almost burned the house down when a flash blew and I never realised (I'd left it on and wandered away to make tea, came back and it had burst into flames and was inches from the curtains, stupid cheap ebay rubbish).

I once took a model out to an old castle, it was pretty cold, after an hour she turned blue and virtually collapsed, cue a panic as her boyfriend and me carried her back to her car and managed to get her back to life, that was scary.

I've fallen over, almost fell out a window, fell in a ditch while walking backwards to get a shot, stood on the models dress as she walked away leaving her half naked in front of about a dozen people.

Funniest one was when I decided smoke bombs were cool and proceeded into the forest with about half a dozen of them. I hadn't realised I'd bought the "super extreme obscure the battlefield" ones and thought I'd need to use a few of them at once to get a decent amount of smoke.  Seconds later the world disappeared, model coughing like crazy and me surrounded by this thick orange mist, I couldn't even see the model through it. Before someone called the police I reckoned I had to get rid of the smoke bombs and picked them up and threw them in the river thinking they would just get wet and go out, they didn't they actually floated (damned evil things) and off they bobbed along the river trailing orange smoke hell behind them. I just stood there and watched as instead of being confined to the space we were in, they were now turning miles of countryside orange.  Luckily, I managed to get one or two shots at the end when most of the orange had cleared, and there's one funny shot of the model posing just before the smoke engulfed her, so just about got away with it."

Model: Rowan Verdite Nova


We've talked about your start in photography, we talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? any special projects? And in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?

"This year is pretty bleak, due to my work and random travelling it's been difficult to arrange shoots so I've just stopped for now. If and when I get back into it (and I get over the dreaded "I can't be bothered with this anymore") then I do need to change my style a little. I've always been very "lighting" driven, trying to do something different and complicated or the opposite, trying to do as much as I can with one light and refusing to add any more as a sort of challenge to myself. In future I want to forget all that, focus more on a sort of casual, story centered style, not quite street photography but little slices of life as they happen (except it wont really be as they'll be posed, but with a fly on the wall sort of feel), or maybe not, that's the problem, I want to do something like that but will probably just keep babbling on like before."

Model: Notonix


We can't really talk photography without discussing gear, so...what is your 'go to' equipment that you find yourself gravitating towards the most on shoots?

"My Canon 5D III and my little Fuji X100 with it's stupid slow autofocus. I have about 30 Polaroid cameras that I use from time to time but I stopped scanning them so just keep all my Polaroid pics in a box these days. 

My main lens is a Tamron 24-70. I own lots, and often take lots to shoots, then end up just using the 24-70 all the time anyway.

I prefer dishes to softboxes (unless I'm in a lazy mood, then it's giant softbox all the way), little reflector dishes and beauty dishes and loads of reflectors and bounce boards. I like the harder contrast and the extra bounce you get from them (which I confusingly then lose when I fade and dull them in photoshop). When I do use a softbox it tends to be a strip light which I'll use as a main light."

Make Up: Athena Cosmetic Design


Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?

"PurplePort, Madcowmodels, that's all really."


I'd like to thank Strat again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Be sure to check out all of the links for more of his work, and the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved.


Ian
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Foto Inspiration Friday - Another Ansel Adams Quote

Welcome to 'Foto Inspiration Friday', the series in which I not only use a rarely used alternate spelling of photo for the sake of alliteration, but I share with you anything and everything I find inspirational, be it a person, an image, a song, a quote, a place, a pizza...ok, maybe not a pizza but you get the point. This week the focus of 'Foto Inspiration Friday' is another quote by Ansel Adams.

This quote attributed to Ansel Adams is quite a new inspiration to me, but it's something quite important. As has been pointed out to me on occasion, I have a habit of getting stressed out about the technical aspects of photography far too often, putting too much emphasis on the 'rules' rather than the feeling the image invokes.

This insistence on following the rules to the letter is something I am trying to work on and this quote is a good reminder for me.



Ian
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Where When How Wednesday - Lexi Thorn

Welcome to 'Where When How Wednesday'. In these weekly posts I'll be interviewing creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Lexi Thorn, a talented model based in Cardiff, Wales.

Photographer: Tony Browne


Hi Lexi, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

When and how did you come about getting into the world of modelling?

"I got into modelling by chance, I met someone at an event and they asked me to do some modelling work for them, I did a second shoot with them months later and after another shoot by another person I met at a different event I ended up joining Purpleport and things went from there. I booked about 3 or 4 shoots, the first one was not great as I was told the whole time by the photographer how thankful I should be for the chance to shoot with him but fortunately the other shoots ended up being really fun and I soon ended up doing mostly nude work."


Most things, especially online, tend to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views something to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?

"I mostly do erotic work and prefer nude, I have my own style, I rarely wear make up on shoots I just do my own thing. I say my preferred thing is gritty erotica or as myself and a few friends call it, pure arty filth. I’ll never be a glamour model or a fashion model and that’s ok, I’d rather just be myself on camera than someone else.

I’m pretty much average and if I can model I think pretty much anyone can, you don’t need to be super skinny or plus size to do stuff."


Photography, modelling and their related skills, as with most things, can have their share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of modelling particularly challenging?

"I’ve had confidence issues and sometimes they creep back, I took a break due to various reasons but one was confidence, I sometimes find it difficult to be myself, as I previously said I don’t wear make up and I think my overall look is a bit different to the average model, my hair is afro style and coloured but I’m also not tattooed or pierced enough to be a full on alternative model. Being average can be challenging enough in the modelling world."

Photographer: Tony Browne


In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?

"I’ve never been one to be inspired by a certain person I tend to just see things and like them, I create Pinterest boards of things I like. It maybe images I’ve seen or bands or even just some artwork."


Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?

"I wouldn’t say I do, I have preferred images but there is nothing that I would say was particularly special to me."


Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in on a shoot?

"Like many models I’ve been on the shoot with the pervy photographer who you have to remind you’re not going to give extras to afterwards.

I think the one of the more scary situations I’ve been in was shooting in an abandoned mental institution, it was dark and you couldn’t quite see the floor, which wouldn’t of been as bad if I wasn’t wearing heels. But that unnerved me a bit who knows who could have been lurking about there."

Photographer: Capture 77


We've talked about your start, we've talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? any special projects? And in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?

"I’m taking on a masters degree this year so I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for modelling but I do have a studio day coming up in September and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some good shoots in over the next year."


When I speak to photographers I ask about their gear, it's only fair you get to geek out too...do you have any go to items you can't live without?

"I’m going to say my laptop and a good internet connection, I know doesn’t sound geeky but the reason is so I can watch cartoons to name a few My Little Pony (I actually wrote my dissertation on this), Bob’s Burgers, Mr. Pickles, Rick and Morty, Steven Universe. I’m a bit of an addict. The other thing is probably my art equipment, I paint so I’d be pretty gutted if I couldn’t do that again."

Photographer: Capture 77


Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?

"I’m pretty laid back about modelling work so I’m only on purpleport
http://purpleport.com/portfolio/lexithorn"


I'd like to thank Lexi again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out the link above for more of her work.


Ian
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Terminator Digital Retoucher

Whilst partaking in my not quite daily, daily read of PetaPixel I came across this interesting article regarding image retouching of the future...or possibly the start of the future seen in the Terminator franchise.

This clever fella Richard Zhang (or Miles Dyson as he shall be known if things go sideways!) and a team at UC Berkeley (or Cyberdyne if the machines rise!) have created an AI controlled app that colourises black and white images...yeah, I'm not quite sure why too but it's kinda fun!

In a move that's a little reminiscent of the way Ultron learned in Avengers 2 before trying to 'reset' the world, the program has learned by looking at over 1 million images...I for one hope they were all happy images!!!

As you will see in three of the following four images I tried it still has quite a lot to learn, making as it has some very odd colour choices. That said, I actually really like what it did to my Llandudno image, it's reminiscent of images I grew up looking at.






If you have a few moments, and some black and white images, give it a go...if nothing else it's a fun waste of a couple of minutes...oh, and show me the results, I'd love to see them!


Ian
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Foto Inspiration Friday - Flickr

Welcome to 'Foto Inspiration Friday', the series in which I not only use a rarely used alternate spelling of photo for the sake of alliteration, but I share with you anything and everything I find inspirational, be it a person, an image, a song, a quote, a place, a pizza...ok, maybe not a pizza but you get the point. This week the focus of 'Foto Inspiration Friday' is Flickr.

Unlike 500px which I joined relatively recently, I've frequented Flickr for quite some time now. Back when I picked up a camera again, it was one of the 'must join' sites to show off your work.

There are many fantastic images on Flickr from members all around the world...As I mentioned is the case with 500px you do get the occasional t**s for the sake of t**s, and you do get the occasional image that wouldn't look out of place on Pornhub, but that's the risk you take when you make a photo hosting site. These are easy enough to avoid mind, they rarely show up in the 'mainstream' and safe for work groups...if you're an art nude photographer, or a fan of the genre it can be a little harder to avoid.

Speaking of groups, the groups feature of Flickr is also a big draw for me, making it easier to find collections of images based on certain subjects, or taken with specific cameras/lenses etc without having to navigate countless 'refine search' features. Also the tablet version of Flickr works very well, with almost all the functionality of the main site. Whilst this might not sound a big thing, you'd be surprised the amount of things missing on other apps.

It's a great lil site to see some fantastic work and share your own, or if you're a blogger and need somewhere to save your images for the purpose of posting them using their web address to negate your host's memory limits, the free 1TB storage is awesome.


Ian
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Where When How Wednesday - Arrow Photography

Welcome to 'Where When How Wednesday'. In these weekly posts I'll be interviewing creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Mike of Arrow Photography based in London.

Model: Sinopa Rin


Hi Mike, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. Let's start with your origin story, when and how did you come about getting into the world of photography?

"I'm a very humble amateur! I have the dullest nerdy day job but I've always been pretty creative (bands and the like for years) and I just fell into taking photographs of buildings, scenery, street stuff. Then one day I thought - wouldn't it be amazing if somewhere existed where I could find models to take photos of - no idea where the idea came from. I ended up via google onto Model Mayhem and after a very short stint I found myself on Purpleport and have never looked back!"

Model: Rachelle Summers


Photography, especially online, tends to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views an image to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?

"I love this question, I don't really want a recognisable style but I've been told it's edgy erotica. I don't know if that's true, I like to think I don't follow trends and really just do my own thing. I rarely edit anything the same way, even my sets will be eclectic and I just create what feels right with the image in front of me at that particular time. So I'd settle on eclectic and random as a style I think."


Photography can have it's share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of photography particularly challenging?

"I'd agree with you on confidence. I don't think me and you are alone with that issue. I'm my worst critic and am never really happy with anything I produce. I don't follow rules at all, I don't edit out stray hairs and I love a bit of blur and I often think I should stick to the rules more but then again I don't think that's me!"

Model: Jezebelle, Taken at: The Pit Studio UK


In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?

"Oh music definitely for one. I'm a massive music fan as I drive a lot Spotify is often my best friend! I hoover up songs on a daily basis from Metallica to Justin Timberlake, I'll hear a lyric and I'm away.

My main inspiration comes from meeting a model, I always like to break the ice with someone new with a bit of a chat over a cup of tea, I like to find out what they like and what makes them die inside when they get asked to model it for the nth time. So I talk to them, find out what motivates and excites them and we go from there!"

Model: Jezebelle, Taken at: The Pit Studio UK


Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?

Model: Angel, Taken at: The Little Chelsea Gallery


"This image definitely of the wonderful Angel taken at The Little Chelsea Gallery in Eastbourne. This remains my favourite image and it's got some stiff competition but this is the image I still look at and go "wow, did I take that?". Angel just has the whole Bardot vibe and from my first message to her I wanted to capture something with a 60s feel. It just works for me on every level and when I get time it'll go up on my wall at home."


Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in because of photography?

"I've recently started playing around with some Urbex stuff, derelict asylums, the odd mortuary, you know typical places you find models and photographers. So a few weeks ago was shooting some pretty edgy stuff and heard footsteps, look out and lo and behold another PP couple with the same idea, we exchanged pleasantries and set up at opposite ends of the building!

Scary on the same day as we left we realised some kids had been in and set fire to a portion of the building and we'd been shooting for an hour under some smoldering rafters that could have given way at any time! Sobering thought!"

Model: Chiara Elisabetta


We've talked about your start in photography, we talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? any special projects? And in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?

"I always say I'll never stop learning, I'm only really 18 months into my journey and honestly believe I know very little! So keep learning and improving - dull but true.

Creatively I'm LOVING video at the moment, I've finished three now which have been very well received, am nearly finished with my fourth edit and have the raw footage for what is developing into a mini 5 minute movie about loss and memories.  Just love the extra creativity it brings and how you can explore so much more than with a still. So more of that for sure! Long term, who knows, I'm buckled in for the ride and I'll go where it takes me!"

Model: Freya


We can't really talk photography without discussing gear, so...what is your 'go to' equipment that you find yourself gravitating towards the most on shoots?

"Just moved to a Canon 5d3 from a 600d and can honestly say best move I made, I shoot 100% natural light now, you'll find no speed lights, reflectors or anything in what I do now and the 5d lets me shoot at low light and high iso with awesome results! I can't see myself ever being a light wielding studio warrior, there are those that are far better at it than I ever will be so I'll leave that to them! When I turn up with my camera and a few spare batteries I often get asked where the rest of my stuff is - bit of a standing joke now!"

Model: Rosa Brighid, Taken at: The Little Chelsea Gallery

Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?

"I am rubbish at the whole online thing which considering my day job is laughable.

My website is actually being built now but predominantly my Purpleport profile is my most used resource.

I can also be found on Facebook;
http://www.facebook.com/Arrow-Photography-London-944933178954736/

Vimeo;
http://vimeo.com/user45008664

And for some of my edgier stuff I'm on Fetlife;
http://fetlife.com/users/5905926"


I'd like to thank Mike again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. Be sure to check out all of the links for more of his work, and the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved.


Ian
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Friday, 8 July 2016

No Foto Inspiration Friday This Week, I'm Poorly Sick! :(

Just a quick post to say this week there shall be no 'Foto Inspiration Friday' today. I'm currently in the grips of man flu and concentrating hurts my poor lil head...

Normal service should resume next week!


Ian
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Where When How Wednesday - Kes Wild

Welcome to 'Where When How Wednesday'. In these weekly posts I'll be interviewing creatives about their journey into the creative world, their works, and what makes them tick. This week I'm interviewing Kes Wild, a talented model based in Wirral, Merseyside.

Image By Zardos


Hi Kes, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. We should probably start at the beginning...when and how did you come about getting into the world of modelling?

"I started out in the world of modelling 2 and a half years ago. I had always had a interest in the world of fashion and watched modelling shows on repeat growing up. After having my 4 children I was pretty overweight and unhealthy and it took a family tragedy for me to realise life is too short so I hit the gym lost 4.5 stone and kind of fell into my first shoot while browsing on social networking and standing in for another model, it just took off from there."


Most things, especially online, tend to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views something to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?

"In the beginning when I was finding my feet I tended to play it safe with my shoots but as my confidence and experience grew I decided never to pigeon hole myself into one particular style or genre. I like to see myself as a jack of all trades that can put my hand to anything. I decided a few months ago to concentrate on collaborations that would produce the sort of shots I would hang on my walls at home,I enjoy working with photographers that value my artistic input, where we can work as a team from start to finish with a common goal in mind."

Image By Robin French & Assisted By ANHPhoto


Photography, modelling and their related skills, as with most things, can have their share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of modelling particularly challenging?

"The only aspect of modelling I find challenging is juggling my shoots around my 4 beautiful children. I always have to plan ahead and tend to schedule my shoots a few months in advance, planning journeys hotels and destinations so that everything runs as smoothly as possible. I have to ensure somebody is free to look after the children and my menagerie of animals, saying that I have a strong family unit and I'm very lucky that my mother and partner help me immensely with this."


In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?

"I draw my inspirations from many different sources, I'm heavily influenced by the pre raphaelite brotherhood, I'm a huge fantasy buff and this has influenced me heavily throughout my modelling, I'm also a fan of horror and suspense, anything that's a little different I'm up for it."

Image By Man Cave


Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?

"An image that is close to my heart would be a famous image I recreated in one of my shoots, 'the lady of shallot'. The poem as a child filled me full of wonder and awe, as beautiful as it is sad, I used to close my eyes and imagine drifting past Camelot, seeing the towers and the knights on their beautiful steeds, whenever I read the poem and see the image it takes me back to a happy secure place."


Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in on a shoot?

"I had a particularly amazing shoot recently with a fabulous photographer Paride, the concept I had in my mind was me wearing a parachute dress up a ladder on a cliff side overlooking the sea. I'm lucky enough to have a aunt that has a magnificent house on the cliffs, what we didn't factor in was the weather and let me tell you standing up a ladder holding balloons on a cliff edge with no safety fence and gale force winds is no laughing matter, Paride made up for it with his amazing images though and they are still among some of the best I have been involved with."

Image By Angel Illustrations


We've talked about your start, we've talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? any special projects? And in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?

"I have a lot of projects in the pipeline this year. I have planned ahead as far as October and I am undertaking one weekend trip per month to limit the time away from my family. I have personally contacted photographers I could see myself collaborating with and 9 times out of 10 I have been lucky enough that they have agreed to work with me. This year I am visiting Somerset, London, Essex, The Lakes, The Isle of White,Amsterdam and hopefully a trip up to Scotland if time allows. For now I am concentrating on this, I haven't thought about next year or beyond, hopefully I would like to continue what I'm doing for as long as people will have me."


When I speak to photographers I ask about their gear, it's only fair you get to geek out too...do you have any go to items you can't live without?

"Gear I can't live without...my camera! I recently invested in my first camera a canon and I'm completely addicted albeit I'm not too skilled at it just yet! Also my Apple Macbook a recent purchase, I don't know what I did before it! Also what girl can't live without her hair straighteners and makeup bag :)"

Image By Ceri Vale


Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?

"You can find the my current portfolio on purple port, I tend to keep everything in one place, I'm not a fan of shameless self promotion and only put the odd few images on Facebook, I definitely keep my personal life and modelling life separate.

http://purpleport.com/portfolio/keswild"


I'd like to thank Kes again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out all of the links for more of her work.


Ian
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Foto Inspiration Friday - Bill Cunningham

Welcome to 'Foto Inspiration Friday', the series in which I not only use a rarely used alternate spelling of photo for the sake of alliteration, but I share with you anything and everything I find inspirational, be it a person, an image, a song, a quote, a place, a pizza...ok, maybe not a pizza but you get the point. This week the focus of 'Foto Inspiration Friday' is photographer Bill Cunningham.

Tomorrow marks a week since the sad passing of legendary New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. I'll be honest, I first came to know of Bill by chance when I stumbled upon the documentary Bill Cunningham New York on Netflix. Since my first viewing, I was a fan...sadly it's no longer on British Netflix having been removed today, I believe however you can buy it on DVD or pay to stream it on Amazon Video.

As I mentioned at the start Bill was a legend at the New York Times. He had two columns, 'On The Streets' and 'Evening Hours', running from December 1978 until his passing. The love he had for photography, fashion, and the passion with which he worked was awe inspiring, and garnered him many fans.

Shown in the documentary, and mentioned by many who speak of him was the energy with which he worked. Despite being in his 80's he'd leave many younger photographers in his dust. He cycled everywhere, no easy task with New York traffic, and was often seen sprinting to get a shot of someone, before giving them a smile, saying thank you and going off to find his next shot.

I'm not really one of those people who wants to meet their 'idols'. Sure, there are people who I'd quite like to meet but truth be told it doesn't bother me that I haven't/won't. Bill however is one of the few people who it genuinely saddens me that I now won't ever get the chance to meet.

I highly recommend that people watch the documentary, and not just photographers. I think it will prove inspirational for anyone who watches it, his energy and passion within the documentary is infectious.

Ian
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