I've seen a lot of photography videos and listened to a lot of photography podcasts but this is the best thing I've heard / seen in a long long time - Cig Harvey's passion, wisdom and honesty are inspiring and a beautiful combination: watch this and weep at your own inadequacies (well, if you're me - you might be better off than I).
Not my favourite activity (says the blogger). Maybe I should hire a publicist? Anyway, here's a link to a website I've been working on: Patrick Dodds Photography - Arts. Snappy title eh? No, I know, but anyway, it's a work in progress. Portraits and theatrical productions mostly, with some other creatives (performers, painters) thrown in for good measure. More to come in due course.
My maunderings over the net today, aided by an alcohol-induced malaise the size of the Pacific gyre, took me to this picture which I'm led to believe is one of Steichen's, though TBH it looks like Kate Moss to me. Anyway, be that as it may, I think this may be the most beautiful photograph I have ever seen, almost perfect in it's imperfections, more beautiful than even anything by the God of Photographers, Paolo Roversi. I'm going to try and find out more but in the meantime, swoon baby swoon!
Addendum: why so taken with this? Well, let's see:
1. Her beauty - eyes, eyebrows, lips, nose, hair, skin...
2. The perfect intensity of her gaze.
3. The imperfections of the picture: it's slightly slanted, it's a bit discoloured, it's not quite symmetrical.
4. The (warm?) wind blowing from right to left, ruffling the coat a bit and sending out a tendril of hair on the left of the picture.
5. The coat, the beautiful coat.
6. The tones. Her make up.
Try as I might, I cannot remember seeing a rickshaw driver in India that looked like this. When I saw her I had to ask if I could take a picture and she just shrugged so I took a couple of frames before the lights changed. Not only beautiful but inspirational, she gave London an extra glow in the unseasonably warm September evening. To be honest though, London seemed a bit crazy with heat tonight - flesh and drink and skimpy and brash and tattooed and LOUD and a section of summer stolen and then reused on a Wednesday night in mid-September.