Martin Parr - Only Human

Martin Parr is well known for projects such as The Last Resort. An entertaining 1980’s photo book that seems to poke fun at the obscurity of little England. However Only Human felt a lot more mature and I mean this as a glowing positive. It’s very easy to view Martins work as shallow fun, a point and a laugh at the lower classes of our society. But this show very quickly represents a more complex artist at work.

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From shooting single photographs to shooting stories

I’ve been trying to explore ideas around bigger projects. My mind is chasing opportunities for interesting  subjects to capture. I’ve had a lucky start here as I live in London which is seeing a lot of political activity on the streets recently. The fear of, or enthusiasm towards Brexit has presented me with opportunities to practice creating these bodies of work. I’ve been visiting the protests trying to discover how to tell a visual narrative via my photos.

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How to become a rad street photographer (by somebody still learning)

Over the past year I’ve noticed street photography gain more and more traction on photography blogs. Almost all are offering valuable tips such as where to stand, why you should get closer, what camera you should be using or what focal distance is best for street photography. These are all valuable things to know but I’ve been trying to think back further. What do we need to know before learning technicalities? First of all what are we supposed to be shooting as street photographers and why are we even doing it? 

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Mid (photography) life crisis and why there's more to photography than Instagram.

Like many other people I research a lot of photographers. I buy books and I watch photography lectures or documentaries. The world has seen some pretty incredible photographers whose work we appreciate very much. Images that each of us will forever praise, print or share. But what about our own work? What are we producing that holds value?

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How the Fuji X100F has liberated me as a photographer

I feel more free to document my life now, not just take photographs for other people but instead appreciate all the strange little details of my own life. My camera is such a joy to use that I’m freezing and collecting tiny little moments that I would previously have lost. What this FujiFilm camera has taught me is that taking photographs is a link between my mind and my eye. The camera is just there to capture my thoughts and fleeting moments of interest.

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Digital Camera Magazine Shootout feature

recently I was invited by Digital Camera Magazine to join them for a day out shooting urban photography down on London's South Bank. The idea was to join them and another London based photographer for a 'Shootout' to see how we would interpret their challenges on the day with the results being used for a 6 page feature in the magazine. Both flattered and excited at the invite I jumped at the opportunity to have some of my work printed in the UK's top selling photography magazine!

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The iPhone 6S camera is all that and then some.

Today I took the iPhone 6S camera out for the first time so I thought I'd give it a quick review. Until recently I've only had an iPhone 5C and I wasn't overly keen on the photographs it took. I felt confident the 6S was going to be the always in my pocket camera I needed and initial impressions have blown my expectations away.  This camera is stunning!

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