Good Times and Good Memories

I gave my first-ever talk about my photographs at Keyworth Camera Club this week. It was a good evening – I was made welcome by a crowd of friendly people, who gave me the following review. I am still smiling at the memory.

September 13th saw Jacqui Jay Grafton EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE5* give us her presentation New Tricks and it proved to be fascinating, educational and inspiring. Jacqui’s images covered fantasy images of unreal scenes that captured the imagination with their beauty and creativeness, the techniques behind some of them involving many hours of dedication to piece them together. Other pictures were classed as photo-realistic – montages that are much subtler and have the look of a straight photograph, and those that were as taken. Nearly all of Jacqui’s pictures featured people, some being professional models, others being members of her long suffering/eager to pose family.

Jacqui gave her talk in an easy to understand manner, was open to questions, and had us all laughing many times with her exploits with models that couldn’t speak English, ripping duck-tape off a naked man and of what other people have thought of her work.

Our packed audience appreciated the work that had gone into Jacqui’s images and all have taken away some new tricks that can be applied to their own work. Thank you, Jacqui, for giving us a very entertaining evening supported by wonderful imagery.

Time Waits for No One

Time Waits for No One

Penance

This is Mason, a toughie on the football field and confident enough to pose naked, knowing the finished photographs would be exhibited internationally. My aim was to create a loose interpretation of Atlas, bearing the world on his shoulders.
So far so good.
To spare my female blushes, his fiancee was on hand to make sure no dangly bits would intrude into the picture. After much discussion, while I waited with my back turned, I heard the words, “duct tape” and “Nooooo!”.
Well, yes, the duct tape was used and there were muted screams (of pain) and a few tears (of laughter) but said dangly bits were neatly tucked away and the photographs were taken. So far, Penance – as it was eventually named – has won a couple of awards, so I think it was worth all the anguish.
Not quite sure what Mason would say, though.

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