Monthly Archives: July 2012

Valuable Media Assets for the Photographer

This is a different kind of post for me. What’s contained here isn’t photography in the direct sense, rather a source of useful links that can lead you to worthwhile information. I’ve used many of these myself and continue to find them of great value in my life as both a commercial photographer and as an educator. They vary from business, media, arts, culture and general background information and help to inform my practice in a great variety of ways. When writing my first ever research document (about why men avoid yoga) many of these programmes plus features in the press provided me with valuable additional reference material.

Many are links to BBC radio programmes some of which will be seasonal, some are available to listen again via the BBC iPlayer though not all will be available if you are based outside of the UK due to rights issues. I do know that some of them go out via the BBC World Service so root around and see what you can discover.

If you’re endeavouring to make a living from photography all sources of information are valid, you never know what you may learn next or where it may lead you. These are in no particular order so why not be curious and see where they lead you?

Front Row – every weekday evening Mark Lawson presents this incisive and valuable arts show.

The Film Programme

The Culture Show – a TV programme from BBC 2

The Media Show –  broadcast on a Wednesday and invaluable to anyone working in media and wanting to keep ahead of the game. They will consider print, electronic and internet media, ethics in the media, the impact of downloads on the music, publishing and print media industries. Certainly raises questions to keep photographers thinking hard.

From Our Own Correspondent – one of the long runners on Radio 4 yet always worth a listen. The number of my own creative ideas I’ve been able to trace back to articles on this programme are legion. I often find it inspirational.

The Bottom Line – business and how to survive out there in the real world is unavoidable to you as a freelancer. This show offers valuable insights for free – well for the annual cost of a TV licence.

In Business – the title says it all

Law in Action – to a photographer this must sound seriously dry. Yet in 2009 this team made great radio to demonstrate the nonsense of regulations often quoted at photographers to stop us working, together with the vast number of time wasting calls made to police about photographer/terrorists acting suspiciously in cities and elsewhere. Before 9/11 photographers tended to left alone to just get on with their work.

Stephanie Flanders, BBC economics editor writers a highly accessible blog.

I hope that you enjoy these and find them as useful as I have. You don’t want to end up like this…


Details: Fuji 617, 90mm, Ilford FP4 @ 125 ISO, 1/15 sec, f16


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Scenes of an Unexpected Nature

From 2 Aug to 2 Sep 2012 Shadows & Light Workshops presents an exhibition of images made by photographers who have participated in our programmes.

© Delphine Lytlleton

There are examples of both digital and analogue photography made with cameras varying from SLR’s through to large format. Some images where generated during Shadows and Light Workshops whilst others have come about by the direct application of skills and techniques learnt with us.

© Rosie Berwick

© Marjorie Devine-King

All of the colour printing has been undertaken by Metro Imaging Ltd.

Located at the The Phoenix Cinema Gallery, 52 High Road, London, N2 9PJ the show is open daily. The Phoenix is one of the oldest UK cinemas in continuous use, having first opened in 1910.

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Monumental London – photography by Adrian Ensor

The Framers Gallery are hosting an exhibition of black and white images created by photographer and award wining black and white printer Adrian Ensor. ‘Monumental London’ runs from 16 July to 12 August at 36 Windmill Street. London, W1T 2JT.  It’s well worth a visit for anyone with even just a passing interest if not an absolute passion for quality black and white silver-based photography.

Tower Bridge © Adrian Ensor

Choosing as the subject for this series, great landmarks of London, Adrian prowled the streets in the early hours looking for different and unusual takes on these well known locations. Shooting square on medium format to create 6x6cm images he would later return to his Fitzrovia darkroom in order to process and then print.

St Paul’s © Adrian Ensor

Having twice won the coveted Ilford Printer of the Year Award and with an intimate and extensive knowledge of both chemistry, emulsions and papers Adrian is able to have a clear pre-visualisation of how he wanted his final picture to look. As a result he has made a unique take on a number of sites familiar to millions yet now observed in a different yet refreshing manner.

For anyone with a wish to experience working with Adrian first hand then watch the Shadows and Light 2013 programme. Julian and Adrian intend to team up next year in order to offer a one day black and white photography and darkroom workshop. Expect the unusual!


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Wayland’s Smithy – mixed lighting

Adjacent to the Ridgeway, on the chalk downland above the Vale of the White Horse and under 2 miles walk from Uffington Castle and the White Horse itself. This shoot required carrying almost 60kgs of photographic equipment half a mile (0.8kms) from the car – surely one of the over-riding reasons why I took up this profession?

Wayland’s Smithy, take 1

Wayland’s Smithy, take 2

Details: Phase One c/w IQ160, 35mm, ISO 200, 1/4sec , f12

The difference between these two images is purely time. They are 5 minutes apart and in that time the ambient light level dropped by over 2 f-stops as the next rain storm approached.

Again the versatility of working with the Phase One & this time shooting tethered direct into a Mac enabled me to set-up, light & shoot all of this in just 3 frames. My intention was to frame this ancient chamber tomb with the silhouettes from the beech trees whilst lighting the the tomb entrance in particular in such a way to lead the eye inwards and add to the mystery of the place. Lit with a combination of Lumydine and Elinchrom Ranger lights supplied by TFC in London. Legend says (amongst other things I’m sure) that if you’re a traveller whose horse looses a shoe then leaving it overnight here will mean that when you return at dawn it will have been reshod by Wayland himself.

Two other essential tools to me on this shoot where:

The Photographer’s Ephemeris (more soon) in conjunction with the weather from the BBC online.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris


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