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All that glisters

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‘All that glisters’

“All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life has sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold
Had you been as wise as bold,
Your in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been in’scroll’d
Fare you well: your suit is cold.’ Cold, indeed, and labour lost: Then, farewell, heat and welcome, frost!”

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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A moment

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‘A moment’

A moment to reflect .

A moment of peace. 

A moment to dream.

A moment to take in all that surrounds you. 

These moments help cleanse the soul. 

Savour them. 

I’m going through my catalogue again to see how I can better organise the gallery section. Initially I quite liked the simple idea of a mono and colour section. The problem in my view is that there is nothing to link the images, they are just a grouping of a few of my favourites. 

My aim is to group images within a particular theme and have them as sub-pages within a main portfolio page. I initially thought I could just sit down and get on with it but I realise that it’s something I’m going to have to chip away at over a much longer period. 

Curating ones own images is proving much more difficult than I had previously thought. 

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Journeyman

Journeyman

‘Journeyman’

ND4 grad filter, processed in Lightroom 5.7

So, a little while back I received an e-mail out of the blue from a chap named Tim Andrews. Having found me through Twitter and liking what he saw, he went on to tell me about his project “Over the Hill” and asked if I’d be interested in taking his picture. Tim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years back and as a result took early retirement, he has since embarked on this rather fascinating artistic endeavour of being photographed by numerous people as his Parkinson’s progresses.  But, rather than me doing a bad job of telling his story here, I encourage you to follow the link above to read all about it.

As I write this, Tim has now been photographed by over 360 photographers. I am number 366.

After reading about this project and seeing such great images on his blog, I just knew I wanted to be involved. We agreed on a time and place and kept my fingers crossed for some good weather on the day.

The weather turned out to be fabulous and I had purposely chosen the date to co-inside with a low tide. In fact the weather was a bit too good and there was barely a cloud to be seen. Boring blue I thought.  Had I been photographing by myself I don’t think I would’ve come away with shots half as good as I did. On this occasion having Tim there as a subject really added a much needed interest to the pictures, changing the dynamics totally.

I had various ideas for posing Tim leading up to the shoot and the shot above, which Tim finally chose as his fave,  was the first to be tried. I provided the case as a prop with the idea of having someone looking out to sea, contemplating life, both past and present. Tim got this totally and was pretty much his main reason for choosing it to become part of his project.

Other ideas included using a flash umbrella as a visual prop, with the flash being taped up inside to illuminate him in an unusual way. Also we tried some shots of Tim dancing and jumping (both Tim’s suggestions) as the sun went down. I was pretty happy with the majority of shots but I narrowed it down to a final seven before sending them to Tim to make the final choice.

You can read Tim’s fantastic blog about our day here.

I have also put up a page here showcasing all of the images I sent Tim to choose from.

After a really enjoyable shoot we headed off to a local pub for a well deserved beer and some food.

I’m so happy Tim asked me to become part of his journey, it was a very memorable day.

 Thanks Tim!

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Just another photograph

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Winchelsea beach, Sussex UK.

Shot using an ND4 grad and processed using Adobe Lightroom.

 

Managed to pull myself out of bed this morning to go out with my camera, however nothing exciting happened with the weather. I came away with one or two OK pics, this being one. It’s nothing spectacular but I quite like how the water has formed a circular shape in the foreground.

Hoping for something better next time. Thanks for stopping by.