April 3 2015

Things on my mind today:

How love changes like a song heard in the wind; sometimes faint, sometimes strong, but always heard;

Believe – achieve! Kiss this future…

Committed to the future

Committed to the future

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

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January 31 2015

Things on my mind: A friend; A farewell; A laugh; A wish.

This Tokyo Night

This Tokyo Night

This Tokyo Night

This Tokyo Night

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January 27 2015

What they say about leaving images marinate can be true, in that images you might initially overlook seem to transform with time and you find yourself thinking how the hell did I not see this before. Conversely, an image that gets your immediate attention can also transform with time and elicit a similar ‘how the hell did I not see that’ reaction.

This is an image I had lying in iPhoto and once I clicked through it I knew I had to do a little work on it. This was taken in Tokyo last year. Late night Tokyo. Is there anywhere better in the world to shoot late at night?

Thing is here though, that I cannot decide to leave the image in colour or to leave it in black and white. What do you think? I posted the colour one on Flickr – but I do like the B+W as well.

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This Tokyo Night

This Tokyo night

This Tokyo night

 

 

 

 

And one more in the Trees need to cheer the fuck up series.

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

January 24 2015

Blank pages, blank screens. Fingers perched on keyboard, ready to go, like a child waiting to jump over a skipping rope.  But nothing comes. Take the easy way out and bullet point things. Be lazy and don’t elaborate.

Things on my mind today:

I need to get out shooting. I need for the new camera to arrive and to get out. It is an excuse. I have cameras. Any one would do to get out and get new photographs. I am just lazy.

Organisation: I need (there’s that word again – need) to get things organised. I need to get things organised so I can move forward.

Fun: I need to rediscover what fun is.

Final image in the series of three from Tokyo.

Tokyo night [3]

Tokyo night [3]

When I first took up photography, I was drawn to photographing trees. Still am in a way. But, fuck! They need to cheer the fuck up!

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

January 19 2015

Photographic processes. At times, mine is a little scattergun like. I shoot, I save in iPhoto and the ones that jump off the screen I drag into Lightroom and process and post to Flickr. I rarely have more than 4 shots lined up that I want to post to Flickr and when I do I get itchy and want to start something new. This has served me very well over the past few years, but now I feel I need to be more systematic about what I have done. I need to group and knit together the various little projects and themes I have worked on over the past few years.

This means I am doing some housekeeping on the images I took in 2014 and posting ones that have been sitting unloved and unnoticed in iPhoto. When this clearance has been done, then I am going to start a 52-week project; posting one image a week. I am endeavouring to do this to work on the skill of editing. Life is difficult when there is choice, as I always say, and discarding images in preference to others can be a challenge. Any time I enter a competition I struggle to select – to select a winning image 🙂 . It is hard. Just today a friend on Flickr told me the images I chose in my end-of-year review would not have been his choices, and I think if I was doing it again, I probably would choose 12 different images.

Anyway, let’s see if I can work in this direction.

Looking back through last year’s images, I found this one taken in Daegu, South Korea. I like the fact that in this image there is a reflection on the man’s face. It is like a little sign telling us not to intrude and at the same time serves as a mask for the man.

What you will see in me will not be anything new

What you will see in me will not be anything new

And talking of series: One of the ones I have been working on which is all about phun, is Trees need to cheer the fuck up. And you know they do. Shot was taken with the 1-hour Photo app and is straight out of the camera. Check the whole Flickr set here. 

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

 

 

 

Trees need to cheer the fuck up

I love trees. There is something so attractive about them for me. I love the fact that they are fixed to the ground and grow towards the sun. That their leaves form, change colour, cover the branches, obscure the light, and then change colour again and fall to the ground. As a child every tree would invite me to climb them. In autumn there were apple and pear trees that would magically have food hanging from the branches. Birds make their homes in trees, raising and rearing their young in there. As an adult they have provided me with numerous photographs, and recently I have been fascinated by the apparent fact that a line of trees together will all reach the same height. No height envy among trees.

But they do need to cheer the fuck up. Here are some images of trees spreading their misery:

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The mental health of trees is often neglected

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Some trees claim to be misunderstood

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It is too late for this tree to cheer up

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A lack of affection are common causes of depression in trees

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But seriously, trees do need to cheer the fuck up