14 February 2017

Artist Michael Henley with one of his works hanging at The House of St Barnabus, Soho


Michael has kindly agreed to answer the questions for my Interviews with Creatives series over at my website here. I'll put the interview up once it is completed.

1922 (Warning: A bit sweary).

I'm not on the best of moods at the moment - tired and mardy. And one of the things annoying me is that, in terms of lighting for cameras, we're virtually living in Edwardian times. Look at all this shit:



All I wanted was a portable softbox, nothing difficult. But I had to spend £130 to get a shit-list of heavy duty crap that I have to haul around and put together like the sort of tent that Jerome K. Jerome would have recognised. Hello?! It's 2017 - minute round black screws that will get lost the second time they are used are not needed. Steel knitting needles like tiny tent poles that you have to force into a piece of round plastic with the attendant risk of ripping the reflector / cutting open your palms are not needed. Flimsy horrible black nylon bags with velcro fastenings are not needed - what IS all this crap? Have you been to a festival in the last 25 years? HERE'S A CONCEPT FOR YOU, ELINCHROM: POP UP TENTS. They're a thing, they have been for decades. You don't use frigging poles any more, you don't risk injury putting the tent up. Plus the thing is so cheap you can leave it behind at the end of the festival. If your pricing structure were applied to tents people would buy original Airstream trailers just to go to Bestival. Come on, design some easy to use modifiers, reasonably cheap - otherwise I'll have to.

11 February 2017

Anselm Kiefer at White Cube, Bermondsey

I hope to go back next weekend as I only had about five minutes in there today but whoa! It brought me up short - I've visited White Cube a number of times previously but I've never wanted to go back to revisit something I've seen until today. It's late and I'm tired so I'll not write now - hopefully I will have more to say after a longer visit. All I would say is that if you get the chance, do go - it's not particularly child friendly, I'd suggest, but for adults it is thought-provoking, stimulating.


Oh, and for the photo nerds: taken with a Fuji X-Pro 2 and 35mm f2. I don't know what shutter speed or aperture - sorry! A bit of fiddling in photoshop to straighten it up and here it is.

UPDATE: 
Went back yesterday and the exhibition was in the process of being dismantled. :(

29 January 2017

Trump'ed on

You're probably sick of reading Niemöller's quote but here it is again - why not have another butcher's':

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

(from The Holocaust Encyclopedia).

I've read it so many times throughout my life that when it appeared in my Facebook feed I'd roll my eyes and scroll past wondering why some unimaginative ass had bothered to post it yet again - didn't we all already know it off by bloody heart?

And now here I am, another unimaginative ass, posting it on the web and ensuring that both my readers are pissed off and bored. Only it does have a new urgency now doesn't it? I mean with The Orange One in power it becomes resonant again, it has gravitas. Replace Jews with Muslims and we're on the path to understanding Trump's divide and rule, his spurning of the slowly won gains of recent years, the gains Brexiteers and Trumpists like to, in their minds insultingly, call "liberalism" or "political correctness" - you know, those phrases that are used to undermine the simple ideology of treating others with respect, treating others how you'd like to be treated yourself. It isn't difficult to understand any of this: the undermining of social bonds, the splitting off of those of a different sexual or religious persuasion, the finger pointing ("if you want a good job, chuck out the immigrants"), the silencing of scientists and the media. Once you get over the shock, even the outright lies are understandable - deplorable (yes, I use the word advisedly), but they fit right in with the game-plan, with the move to demagoguery, with the concentration of wealth and power in a few hands.

We can fight amongst ourselves, those of us in the middle or to the left: yes, there isn't much to admire in fundamentalist Islam. Yes, it's a bit boring to be lectured on the importance of being nice to everyone and kind to everyone but what about ISIS and it's alright for you with your job and your security and you don't know what it is like to live on a run down estate in Middlesborough. Yep, all true. But what is also undeniably true RIGHT NOW are the parallels between Trump's campaign, his early days in office, and what happened in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. Which side of the wall are you going to be on?

22 January 2017

14 January 2017

A wedding here today. Lighting and weather likely to be challenges but the venue itself? Fabulous. Hopefully I will have some photographs up in the future; informing me as I photograph today may well be Mike Johnson's post here and the article he references in the New Yorker here. In the meantime, here's some fearful otherness from way back inspired by this:


Welcome to Mrs Lemon's: Sic transit gloria mundi.

See more at http://patrickdoddsphotography.co.uk .

Something of an online zibaldone, albeit not on Tumblr where one might otherwise expect to find such things, "Mrs Lemon's Visit to Japan" takes its name from a poster seen in Cornwall advertising a talk at the local Women's Institute. I hope there is something here you like.

NB If you go back in time far enough on here some of the photos start to disappear - not sure why. Whatever is happening with the missing pictures, apologies.

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Patrick

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