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Two days of variation
17th October 2010 - 0 comments
As a photographer there aren't many subjects I wont try. in fact I'll point the camera at just about anything which falls within the boudaries of decent, moral and legal. This weekend I've enjoyed four of the subjects which attract me most.
One of the subjects I particularly enjoy is Performing Arts and I've had the pleasure of working again with Surface Area Dance Theatre. As part of Dance City's celebration of five years in thier new building SADT were performing Dust and they asked me to become involved as photographer. I was invitied into the studio space they are using in a redundant office building in the centre of Newcastle, no shooting unfortunately due to the size of the room as it may have caused a distraction to the invited audience. It did however allow me to get a feel for the piece and give me some ideas of what to capture.
Afterwards I headed back to my car which I'd left in Mannors multi story car park, one of the many buildings erected in the 1960s/70s as part of T Dan Smiths vision for a new city. To many these buildings form nothing more than a concrete jungle but there is a certain grace in the curved lines used on some of the structures. I decided to see if I could make something of the raised walkway but wanted to put my own stamp on it. I love the natural world and how, despite mans invasion on our planet, nature continues to stake it's claim. I also love the idea of things seemingly out of place. in the middle of this concrete jungle I found a fallen autumn leaf, that leaf was to become a key feature of my shot as I placed it right in the foreground. Taking a low perspective also helped to accentuate the prescence of the leaf, the only sign of the natural world in the concrete jungle.
On Saturday morning it was back to nature but with mankind making an unwelcoe presence. My car was booked into the garage for a service so, while I waited, I wandered off in the direction of Cobalt Business Park with my Lowepro bag faithfully slung on my back. There are a number of old railways and waggonways in the area and they have been integrated into a much valued green space and nature reserve. My personal mission was to go looking for fungi so I made my way into the undergrowth in search of these minature marvels of nature. Of course crazy photographers aren't the only humans attracted to these secluded dens, lager cans were strewn everywhare. I did find what I was looking for though and spent a good hour getting my macro lens down to ground level to capture the minature world beneeth my feet.
Later on Saturday I was back in Newcastle and back with Surface Area Dance Theatre to take some shots during thier dress rehersal at Dance City. Armed with my recollection of the previous days performance and a 50mm f1.8 on one camera with 70-200 f2.8 on the other I set about capturing some great images of Nicole and Molly. I was also welcomed to stay for the next rehersal by The Bare Toed Company with thier performance contrasting sharply with Dust. Unfortunately I was unable to stay for the evening performance but I would have only capture a few extra long shots. Most of what I needed I managed to get from stage level during the rehersal.
Finding myself in Newcastle with time on my hands and sunset not far off I'd have been daft not to take advantage of the situation and spend a little time doing some cityscape shots. The quayside area never fails to provide with it's fine collection of iconic bridges and the wonderful architecture which has resulted form the recent regeneration the area has undergone. On arriving at my chosen destination I could hardly believe my luck, the Tyne was so flat calm it was a perfect mirror. So that was me thoroughly occupied for the next couple of hours putting my own spin on the classic locations and searching out new ideas whilst making the most of those perfect reflections.
A busy start to the weekend has resulted in some great images covering at least four subjects. Could it get any better?
Something in the pipeline
01st October 2010 - 0 comments
A dance event. Haven't done any dance photo's for a while and I get the feeling this will be something quite special. I've been invited to photograph the main event which is on a Saturday evening in a few weeks time as well as the technical rehearsals during the daytime. I've also been invited in to a studio space the dance company are using on the day before and they're also staging a performance in a well known newcastle location during the following week though I may be away then so will have to miss that one, regrettably.
I'm looking forward to this.
My first blog 12/09/2010
12th September 2010 - 0 comments
Well this website fianlly went live today with my own domain name, I just have to continue fine tuning things to get the site the way I want it.
I got out to do a sunrise this morning, something I don't seem to have done much of this year. It's not that I like to stay tucked up in my bed in the mornings, no way, I'm mad enough to get up during what most sane folk would term "the dead of night" in order to get to my chosen location in time for sunrise. I just don't seem to have made as much effort of late having had too many other priorities to handle.
Anyway, back to this morning, and what a crazy morning it was. I'd originally intended to head for Whitburn, there's an interesting bit of coastline there even though high tide today would have presented a few challenges. I also want to get a shot of Souter Lighthouse. so I set off at twenty to five and headed southwards but as I joined the A19 at Cramlington the sky was making me change my mind, a large patch of flat greyness seemed to be lingering over the South Tyneside area so I did an about turn and headed further North instead. Where to go was my next thought. With such a high tide there are a lot of places on the coast that would normally be ruled out. My first thought was Creswell as I've never done a sunrise there yet.
On arriving at Cresswell I looked down to the beach, or rather what little beach there was and certainly no decent rocks in view. Damn I thought, this won't do so I climbed back in the car and probed my mind for another location. The Howick/Craster area has a lot to offer but I doubted I'd get there in time for sunrise. My next thought was Newbiggin, anothet spot I'd never done a sunrise at.
I initially scouted around Church Point but found very little to inspire me. Relocating to Needles Eye at the other end of the bay I finally found some decent foreground rocks to perch upon and await the sunrise. But, and there's nearly always a but, a strip of cloud on the horizon meant that the sunrise wasn't going to be much to get excited about. I did come away with some decent images and managed to capture a sunburst through a gap in the clouds but it's fair to say i've had more fruitful mornings.