Zebra Crossing

In April this year, I had the pleasure of judging a photography competition at the Nottingham Outlaws Photographic Society. I was more than a little surprised when this photograph popped up on the screen. It really tickled my fancy, as I have never seen a show-jumping zebra! You’ve probably guessed what I failed to see on the night – it’s a very clever composite,…

Masquerade

Homage or Plagiarism? After a recent portraiture session in the studio, where I used a lot of masks I had made for the occasion, I was discussing how I might present them with Jan and she suggested combining several heads in one shot. Mulling it over, I remembered the iconic Queen album cover and decided on a similar treatment for Masquerade, as you see…

Death of a Gangster

This is one of the most frustrating pictures I have ever produced. I planned it meticulously, basing the central pose on Michelangelo’s statue, “La Pieta”, and researching Renaissance painting before translating the story into a modern setting. I organised the models into a classic triangular shape, and instructed them on how each one should react to my prompt. There are a very few touches…

Going for Gold

The mammoth task that is compiling records, creating proof sheets of the 55 images below and loading award-winning images on CD – all in pursuit of the accreditation EFIAP/Gold – is now finished. After I post it all off tomorrow, all I can do is wait, with bated breath (what is bated breath?), to find out if I have been successful. This will take…

Taking a Photograph … and … Making a Picture

Although I spend a lot of time creating composites, I also enjoy portraiture work. On being asked recently how much work goes into a portrait, I replied, “Very little”. But, as often happens, that little question stuck in my mind and, conscious of how time can fly by when I’m engrossed in working on my computer, I decided to keep a record of just…

The Many Faces of Jay

Jay is many things … an actor, a model, an entrepreneur, a man who makes things happen and a dead pirate captain. This is a small selection from a morning in the studio with Jay, some are composites and some are pretty well straight from the camera, and all are a reminder that you just never know what is going to happen in the…

Bring in the clowns …

… well, there ought to be clowns, no? Meet Martyn and Mason, admittedly not quite your usual fun-filled entertainers, and perhaps more the stuff of nightmares than likely to raise a chuckle, but – you know – I think they’re more likely to stick in your mind than the last time you saw clowns at a circus. Just don’t upset them …..

Steampunk / Gothic Day Out

A recent shoot at Studio 3 by Severn … as well as being hugely enjoyable, it yielded an initial six acceptances into FIAP International Salons … and, hopefully more to come when I get my computer head back on in 2019.

The Bravest Beagle

This is Vinnie, the Beagle. I met Vinnie and his owner at Skylarks Nature Reserve. When they walked along behind us, Vinnie shied away from Jan’s mobility scooter and I commented that dogs often did that. But the real explanation was actually heart-breaking. Vinnie had spent the first three years of his life in a laboratory in France and been with his new owner…