A bit of winter sunshine, taken in Greece.
I was drawn to the simplicity of the stark geometric shapes and reduced colour palette.
This is a block of flats, painted white to reflect the merciless heat of the sun, with a blue sun screen canopy on the top floor.
I thought about photoshopping the bushes that stick out from each floor, but they break up the brutality of the architecture and add interest. These distractions from the strong composition add interest that makes the viewer look longer.
The thought processes can flash through one’s mind – “I wonder what they are, Ah, herb bushes. Someone must look after them. A hint of humanity. I wonder what it’s like to live there…”
Composition is more than pure geometry, it gets engaging when our curiosity is linked to people, even in small ways.
We were staying with some friends in London. I like London a lot. I first came here when I was ten, on a school trip and my love for this city has never left me. I am always impressed by the quiet spaces and secret places that London preserves to insulate us from the noise and rush of the city.
One sunny morning I spent some time in quiet contemplation on the balcony. I was looking at the London skyline and watching the jets glide overhead, wondering where all those people were coming from and going to. Then I looked down.
I didn’t have my ‘proper’ camera to hand, so out came my trusty iPhone again. A quick dust of the lens and I had this picture.
Threes are often quoted as a pleasing number for composing pictures. I do have an iconoclastic streak when it comes to rules, but in this case I’ll go along with that. Especially when it helps to be playful with the language.
This works for me. I hope it works for you too.
A self portrait this time. Taken in Sheffield. Getting closer to objective reality.
Playing with my iPhone camera is still producing interesting pictures. I have a new rather powerful SLR camera to replace my last one and more pictures from that later, and probably musings on the technology fetish aspect of photographers.
In the meantime, it’s not really about the technology, rather about what you do with it that counts.
Stripping back photographs to a minimal essence is a rather rewarding and somehow meditative experience. It makes me think harder and I need that.
Again this one is a straight shot, apart from a little cropping. In case you wonder why these are cropped, we make cards from these and many others that you won’t see on the blog and we give them to friends. I’m not doing this to make money.
I’m exploring different ways of looking at people.
I like the contrast of the sharp graphic lines with the softer edges of the figures.
This picture has two main compositional elements, see if you agree with me:
There is the lead-in of the bright points of light from the left and the centre of the spectrum hub is placed on a vertical golden section.
I had considered cropping the image to make the centre of the hub sit on the intersection of vertical and horizontal thirds but in this case it did not work as well so I left it like this which for me is far more satisfying
This photograph does not follow many of the conventional rules. It is asymmetric and not composed with the golden section.
It works for me though. The colours make this picture and the starburst highlights make it look like a picture that NASA’s hubble telescope might have taken.
It is more earthly, but quite what is difficult to tell. this underlying mystery holds the attention after the bright colours have done their work.