I photographed a few more hand shots for my project last week and wanted to let you all know about them. These two pairs are from my fine grandparents. Grandfather is a keen gardener and uses his hands a lot outside, and my grandmother has kept her hands in brilliant condition considering that they have seen many years of hard use.
Keeping things simple can work so well in photography. I discovered this again whilst photographing the presenter and model Laura Schofield a week or so back. The aim was to play with expressions and personality. A simple intimate set up meant that I was close to Laura, and could interact with her easily and she had room to move and be herself without damaging the way the lighting worked. I shot handheld and could experiment with cropping and angles in any way I liked. Basically we had fun and photographed it - the best way to capture genuine expressions.
It always nice to look back at the end of a year and see what you got up to. This year has been a big one for me - I have moved to London, gained loads of exciting new clients, photographed in some amazing places and met stacks of brilliant people.
Most of all I made many images that I am really proud of...
People and Animals
I started my People and Animals project with Monika and Patryk and their many cats. Since then I have shot a load more people for this project and it will be continuing into 2012 as well. If you know of any people who spend their life alongside animals then please do put me in touch.
I also spent a crazy afternoon not speaking to my subjects for my Silent Portraits project/experiment. This was totally fascinating and taught me loads about people and how to interact and play with them when taking their photograph. Check out the blog post for more about what I learned from it: click here.
I photographed the Mount's Bay gig rowing team for Crew Clothing in Cornwall on a beautiful day and got to have great fun with a load of lovely people, ride along in some fast moving rowing boats and run around on a beach. Basically my perfect assignment: interesting people, a pretty place, the sea and a beach! Massive thanks to Crew for the great job.
University of Bristol
I also walked around most of Bristol for the University of Bristol photographing students for promotional material. This was awesome fun as I love Bristol, plus it was great to give back to the University that gave me so much whilst I studied there. See more here.
The Green Magazine
The Green magazine has recently published a lovely shoot of mine with Leanne Cole a top ballet dancer. We photographed her at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park. This was such a fun location to work in with so many great photography opportunities, I would happily go back their another 10 times and don't think I would ever run out of location ideas.
Faces are totally fascinating to me. Members of the same family sometimes look really alike and sometimes very different. I recently had the chance to photograph 4 women from 3 generations of the same family. Looking closely at the photos you can see certain features running through this family whilst other parts of their faces are very individual and tell us much about their experiences.
This was an unusual photoshoot for me as I normally look to get a reaction and an interesting expression from the people that I photograph - but in this series I wanted to study the faces and did not want any expressions to get in the way of that message. It was difficult to get people to look calmly into a camera without laughing, smiling, or pulling a silly face, and took just as much effort to draw out these calm emotionless faces as it does to get a genuine smile on other photoshoots.