I was lucky enough to get time last night to head along to the British Press Photographers' Association (BPPA) launch of their book UNSEEN which showcases work of BPPA photographers that may or may not have been seen before. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'd got a dps with an old image from the Paris riots - I'd had no idea I'd been selected until I saw a copy of the book on the night. Anyway the BPPA and skateboarding duck did a great job with the publishing of book. Cloth bound, 170x240mm and with 108 photographs it's well worth a look. You can purchase it from a number of places including Fixation, Jacobs, the Flash Centre and even here at Amazon.
That's all for now, I'm off later today, heading back out to France to shoot at Altitude again.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
For anyone who hasn't seen this it's well worth a look. Brooklyn born and bred photographer Bruce Gilden shooting in a very Brooklyn manner. I've always been interested in Bruce's work but have never seen him at work before. Favourite line has to be 'I didn't know you owned the street!' Classic viewing for anyone who's ever had inhibitions about street photography.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I forgot to mention, but thanks to Danfung you can see a short film of behind the scenes footage from the shoot in the post below. Check it out here
Danfung, who's a photojournalist, shot in on the Canon 5D as he got to grips with his new camera before heading back out to Afghanistan this week. See his other work here
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Sin City poster follows the graphic novel genre and was therefore a good starting point, showcasing the classic low angle, strong lighting and aggressive urban feel.The first challenge was where to shoot it. I wanted it to look like it was shot at night and I also wanted a urban backdrop. However to try an find a suitable location and the logistics of shooting on site with our budget meant that I was going to have to cheat it. In order to get an urban look with a slightly grungy feel I wanted residential rather than office blocks in the background. Therefore I started to scour my image archive a found some images I'd taken back in 2006-07 in Hong Kong.
First problem was that were shot in the day, in fairly bright sunshine, so my photoshop skills were tested as I attempted to turn this into a rainy night scene!
With the background sorted I opted to shoot the models on a blueish background as it meant that cutting them out wasn't so important. Each model was shot individually and then comped into the group shot of the three of them. I lit each model with three lights, using a a hairdryer and plant sprayer in a low-tech but completely adequate way of making them look like they were outside in a rain storm (...with a bit of imagination).
Once that comp was completed it was just a case of popping them onto the backdrop of the city and adding the rain and some ambient touches to give it a slightly more graphic novel look in order to get the image you see at the top of this post.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Audio interview: Adam Patterson in conversation with Greg Funnell
Watch out for Adam's work which will also be appearing in the next issue of eight magazine. If you want to see more of Adam's his website is http://www.adampatterson.net