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Magazine 5: Creative Review December 2016

Continuing the series of photographs of photographs of magazines - double exposures taken using a Fuji X-Pro2. Sometimes I draw or rip or screw up as well, but not in the case of the above two pictures. I had some doubts about tearing up an expensive magazine but then I figured I only put them in recycling anyway so why not? Besides, playing with them is more fun than flicking through them, which I've generally done in any case by the time I get to making things like the above. I do worry that perhaps the pictures I make are not sufficiently far from the original pictures to warrant posting them on the web and sometimes I decide that they're too dependent on the original image for their meaning or their beauty and in those cases I won't post them; the ones on here are the ones that have made it through this filtering stage, though feel free to disagree with me in the comments if you think I'm blatantly ripping people off; on a bad day I'll sometimes even agree wit…

This is how it is Now

We Are Cuts pop-up, Best of British 2016

@petersham

Elephant adjusted

Zibaldone

The Lake Twins Twins Twins

Watching the Lake Twins at Work

The Beauty Myth?

Outside the Front Door - Saturday Morning in St Margarets

The Hive, Kew Gardens

An unexceptional photograph of an exceptional installation. More about it here. The artist, Wolfgang Buttress (what a name eh? Marvellous), has a website here wherein (whereon?) there is some gorgeous drone footage.

CMM redux

Pointless Images of Beauty no. 3

Reflections on Well Street

You may have seen this: 

The story is partly outlined by clickbaiter Jonathan Jones in the Guardian here. The photographer is Joel Goodman, and more of his work can be seen here. He's a very talented photographer, although he's described getting the above shot as simply being "in the right place at the right time". What's really interesting though is not whether the shot took skill and talent - of course it did - but whether, having been taken, it merits the plaudits it has earned, and in particular whether it is comparable to a Renaissance painting or other pieces of Serious Art. Seems spurious and a waste of time? Hmm.

Some thoughts:

1. It has caused outrage - from moral condemnation of the scene and characters depicted (decline of England, destruction of the West, fall of civilisation blah blah blah), to condemnation of the photographer for supposedly celebrating rowdiness and inebriation. But didn't this picture cause outrage once?


What''s more, …

Pointless Images of Beauty no. 2

Pointless Images of Beauty no. 1

Wedding

Baristas - K

Drive - Port Magazine 19

Original Photos: Blair Getz Mezibov / Juno

Richmond

Kew Gardens

By the Thames

Kew Gardens

Rip Out Your Heart

Phillip Stephenson

Coke

Yeah right whatever

Introversion and Photographing People

Hmmm. A bit of a conundrum. Despite the blog and Instagram account, I'm a bit of a quiet person. I get embarrassed easily, I don't like being the centre of attention. However, I have to take photographs or I feel incomplete - do you know the expression "a day without an argument is like an egg without salt"? That's how I feel about taking pictures. The rationale behind this blog is photography and I have changed my life as a consequence of my love for it. But I am not a social success, I find socialising painful, and like any true introvert, rather than getting energy from being with other people I find it enervating. Which presents a problem for me because the thing I most like taking pictures of is people, they're the grail for me - everything else seems a bit pale and dull in comparison. Trouble is, because I don't find being with people easy I have to adopt a persona, I have to pretend to be relaxed and happy chatting and interacting when really I'…