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Only into the second month of 2016 and there are some exciting projects underway. Just returned from a six week adventure in Canada filming a couple ethnographic observational documentaries for entry into Raindance. It was so cold. Our equipment had to survive -47C temps out on the frozen ice and it proved to be a technical challenge. The footage though is amazing and February will be Final Cut Pro month here in the studio. Tons of editing and sound mixing/ dubbing to be done as we construct our story from the hours of video.We also are working with a team building a pilot for a new television mocumentary. Met with the creative team last week and producers this week so we will see what unfolds. Having made the move now to include more filming instead of shooting only stills I am really excited about the journey which lies ahead. Looking forward to having more to write about soon.

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  Temporary gallery forming at www.stuffcarlsees.com until I get some time.

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An ongoing iPhoneographic phenomenological study on the package diets through the observation of university students. At this point its just some test work – a sketch — but there is merit in moving this forward in a manner brewing in my mind and in sketchbooks.

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I’m so busy with teaching, my Masters thesis, running a business and planning the next photo project that I no longer get a chance to take the Mamiyas or Hassleblads out and just play. I’m hoping that will all change soon. My iPhone thankfully allows for the continued pluck of that sweet creative string to make sure the tune is still true.

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A variety of out-there-in-the-world-stuff taken with a camera phone. The making inspired by the people being.

Autumn’s a’cummin’

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Got out and did some blackberry picking around the abode this weekend after reading about this blackberry article found in the September issue of Waitrose Kitchen – Hedgerow Harvest by food writer Nikki Duffy. I was so inspired I gave up an autumn swim session at the lake for a 7:00 am pickaroo along our country road hedge. No regret – my time blackberrying was spent in solitude and proved to be delightful. Some iphonegraphy to accompany the day. BTW – It makes for one heckuva yummy muffin so I’ve scheduled another pick and bake session this weekend. Highly recommend it!

10 minutes of cloudbursting

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HOLA POLA : London

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Images all shot on the NPC 195 Land using expired (2007) stock of Polaroid 690 Colour film.

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Looking to Close

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5:00 pm.

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The Hunt

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Beginning the Close.

Wow — it’s been March since my last blog. Incredible. Between building that “other” business and the run up to competing in the 2011 Escape from Alcatraz in San Fransisco (if you’re thinking about it do it! It’s amazing!) amongst other things here and there, the time has slipped on by. Courses have been selling out — and the students — all the classes — have just had so much amazing energy. It’s been a privilege to teach folks from all around the world. This summer has seen two sold out Photographers’ London courses at Central Saint Martins and next week that creative juice course Art of the Snapshot begins and I am excited about what work will be created. I’ve developed a few new workshop exercises which will get the wheels turning and challenge the senses so I look forward seeing those results.

But there is also a bit of history dripping away at the moment as we come down to the final weeks at that gorgeous old campus building on Southampton Row. Last week I watched the building’s insides be removed box by box, door by door, skip by skip. I, along with many other grads and lecturers will miss this old place. The ghosts and history that linger in the too hot classrooms in summers, the too noisy streets during workshops, and the too many stairs to carry all the equipment nights. But this was a home, and I for one have enjoyed it’s uncompromising edge.

I’ll be trying to post a few piccies as my week at Southampton moves through but for now here are some recent shots of the beginning of the close.

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Untitled

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2010

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A view through a room.

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The view of Coleshill in Amersham today. Looks like some scene in Switzerland.

The morning after.

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The scene around our house this morning. Abandoned cars from a hill just too icy and steep to climb. People are saying a few flakes of snow and the UK shuts down. Folks — this is 8 inches of snow! Any place would shut down that isn’t properly equipped.

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However as much as one wishes to shout against it — complain about it — it is beautiful isn’t it?

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Morning Rise

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Congratulations to Alison Branagan for her monumental achievement of getting her first book published. Alison is an amazing woman completely dedicated to inspiring and educating entrepreneurs (especially those of a fine art background) in the mechanics of business. I had the pleasure of being one of the consultants on this book and have witnessed it grow. I wish every success to Alison on this project.

Buy the book.

Attend her workshop.

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No. 42

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Lake Geneva.

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I was able to enjoy this view as my office today. Brighton is not a place that I feel too warm towards … but today it was absolutely spectacular. The surf was so fresh, and I certainly had a joy editing a colleague’s book while having a pedicure done by Mother Nature herself.

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A beautiful summer afternoon in a farmer’s field with a picnic basket of goodies, friends and a Polaroid back attatched to a Mamiya. There are times when digital and all its perfection is just not worth the effort and the painterly sketch, with all its accident and chance is a lazy heat welcomed on a Sunday in July. Who cares if the image sways outside of the technical perfection that digital demands. The loose line and heavy exposure, the dizzy uncertainty is as fun as a new love. What a grand toy this Polaroid material is — too bad there will be those who will never know what it is like to experience it, to play with it, and have that love affair that is as exciting as a new muse.

Nothing to do with photography but my love for bike design — this is simply gorgeous:

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New Work

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New Work

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“brighton love” Brighton, UK 2008

A while back a group of us got together to volunteer our time to Comic Relief. What an awesome night it was and it felt so good to be on the phones and help raise money for such a good cause. As an expat it was a great way to meet people from all over the UK and have a quick chat while filling out the forms for their donation.

Being Comic Relief I thought it was only fitting to put down the professional guard and expose the more comic side to my persona – thanks Julia for this great shot!

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If you have not done so – I STRONGLY recommend getting involved with Comic Relief.

Leaving the study of LINE behind, having recognised its power to direct and set up an architectural structure to a photograph we are now going to go another direction where we are going to make the viewer grasp a bit in order to get a foothold on what they are looking at.

Compositional Elements assignment 3

DUE DATE – 06:03:07 @ 6:30 pm.

ABSTRACT FORM

Using the camera to capture that which the eye does not see is a very effective tool in creating creative, punchy images. There are many ways in which this can be achieved – over/ under exposure, white balance play, dramatic out of focus images, intentional blur, obscure cropping, colour play through colour filtration. And all of these are obtained by adjusting the controls on the camera and nothing else.

Y our assignment for next class is to have a selection of 10 images which have been created by turning the real into the surreal simply by amplifying the controls on the camera to create effects. You are now taking the rules and tech knowledge that you learned over the workshop and going against the grain. Getting magical and creating, making.

Enjoy your adventure!

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Compositional Elements assignment.

DUE DATE – 28:02:08 @ 6:30 pm.

Line

The formation of line allows the eye to be led through a photograph. It is a strong compositional element which can form directions for the viewer when the viewer looks at the work. Line can set boundaries, define shape, evoke mood, or most accessible lead the viewer towards a direction.

Exercise No.1

Produce 10 images that show line. It can be a literal documentation or something which you observe and organise pictorially. Be sure that LINE dominates the photograph. Use this word “line” to be the stimulant to thinking and observing the world in this way. Suddenly lines will pop up all around you and some will even make great images!

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Think of the shape of line, the direction, the colour. Think of plays on the word of “line” and see if something clever comes up. Whatever you do use “line” as an inspiration and then as you begin to record it, as you are shooting keep asking yourself “how can I make this clearer or better – how can I improve on this.” This focus should pave way towards stronger image making.

Enjoy and see you next week back at the ranch.

We witnessed your works on playing with APERTURE to control the DEPTH OF FIELD in order to select an area of the image that you wished to remain sharp and then send the rest of the image into a gradual softer focus. The images were successful although there were some exposure teethinh problems with synchronising shutter speed to accommodate alterations in your aperture reading. We went through the adjusting EXPOSURE VALUES in order to make things right.

For your next weeks assignment the goal is to focus on SHUTTER SPEED and have two photographs showing an object blurred through movement and an object frozen in movement while keeping the EXPOSURE VALUE the same.

An example of each up on Flickr for February 7th please.

Enjoy!

Just announced today that Central Saint Martins ART OF THE SNAPSHOT is confirmed. They are however still taking bookings until February 16th, 2008.

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New artwork

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Parking Lot, Hoover Dam, Nevada C- Print 2007, 1200mm x 900mm

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Neue Deutschland  2007,  C -Print 1200mm x 900mm

Patents Office

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C-Print 500mm x 500mm

Vintage Sophie

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For Wendy and Sophie.

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Nevada series no.2

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Nevada series

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Beekeeper

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Vertical no.1

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Polanude 1

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Inspired by a woman athlete who has one leg and will not let anything stand in her way of accomplishment.

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Souvenir 1

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Materials: Polaroid SX70 film.