Category: thoughts

carnival time again

Image of a West Indian Carnival Parade

Leeds West Indian Carnival is the oldest and one of the biggest West Indian carnival events in Britain today. Started in 1967 by Arthur France, and a group of Caribbean strengths in Leeds, it is now in it’s 50th year, and…

ch-ch-changes…

Transferring 'blog Splash Screen from Google

It’s been a bit quiet on all my platforms recently – those who know me personally will have some idea of some of the things going on over the last year, and that I have had quite a lot on…

happy new year!

Ridgefest

And so, again, it is new years eve. for those who know me, it’s been a bit of a difficult year, with quite a few things going on. As photographers, we capture memories. And here are a few of mine that…

working for free

Working, maybe...

There is a lot of discussion in many creative circles abut the issue of working for free. Many people are very violently against this idea, for a number of reasons. Of course, it’s perfectly reasonable to be against working for…

basic respect

Fat Shame

I have recently become embroiled in a bit of a discussion on a certain facebook group. I am not going to say which one, but I am going to show a couple of examples of the issues I will talk…

disappointing eclipse pictures

Solar Eclipse from Leeds 20th March 2015

In the wake of Britain’s nearly total solar eclipse The Guardian published a set of disappointing pictures from their roof which was shrouded in thick white smog and cloud. While not a total washout, certainly the eclipse in Leeds was…

a man about a drunk

I have commented a few times on how business and pleasure don’t mix. That is, if you are trying to do a job, don’t get too pissed. This is something in my nightclub work I can be not very good…

a detached night

A nightclub crowd dancing

This night was quite interesting as a photographer. I felt off all night – my back hurt and I had a dodgy stomach. I’ve managed some quite good shots, but it is interesting that in many of them my detachment…

light night

zoom burst

An event I always try and get to is the annual Night Light in Leeds, where various art installations and projections take over the city.  I was all set to be really organised this year and plot a sensible path…

shooting strangers

girls walking home

…photographing a stranger can constitute harassment. In general, harassment requires repetition. There are some cases where it may not – for example if I were to I sneak up behind someone at ground level to capture an ‘upskirt’ this could clearly and rightly be defined as sexual harassment. But the defining factor here is that the person concerned would have an expectation that, although they are in public, the public do not have a reasonable right to take picture of their gusset…

iss flyby

iss flyby

As a photographer, like anything, there is always a possibility that nature will not play ball. I think this rates highly as one of those. The International Space Station actually passes quite frequently and visibly, but this was supposedly a…

the cost of my work

girl and chicken at a nightlclub

…I could price this picture as follows:

Canon EOS 1000D – £399 – I think this was about the price when the model stopped being the current one, obviously it is replaced with the 1100D now…
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 – £550 – this is what i paid for my copy.
Jessops afd-360c – £79 – got of lightly here, the flashgun is quite a cheap one.
Kood UV filter – £10 – again, very light. I tend to use a cheap filter for protection in clubs as they get covered in smoke and crap very fast.
Batteries – £1.99 – for the flash, from Aldi.
Taxis to and from the venue – £11
Refreshments while working – £20 – beer basically. ok, I might be stretching it a bit now…

Total: £1070.99

I wonder what the girl on the left (who did download this and put it on her page) would say to receiving the bill?

the demise of jessops

canon eos 60d

…when I paid, the spotty adolescent fool working there tried making conversation about prime lenses, getting it all wrong and thus showing his ignorance, and then aggressively tried to sell me extended cover based on incorrect ‘knowledge’ he had about my current insurance policy. Which of course now may have been useless anyway.

So what this collapse basically means for me is I have lost (most likely) the protection of the Sale of Goods Act over my purchase…

the evil airbrush

girl with accordian

…And at the end of the day, fashion photography is marketing. Whilst many of us will happily buy a misshapen carrot, if you want to advertise carrots you would show them in their best light. If you don’t like it then just avoid the fashion industry, as it is not going to change. Sorry.
Sozzani’s comment is meaningless. I would warrant that the ‘very few’ who don’t use Photoshop don’t use it because they use something else…