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Turn To The Left – Fashion


I’ve always been upfront about what I like to shoot – people.   All faces are different.  Each one comes with an owner and a past.   I try to get at a little piece of that – a moment when there is nothing between their mood and the lens.    It’s more real than landscape or  nature photography.   I enjoy those things, but I can’t connect with those things.  A landscape can be a conduit to how humans have behaved.   But the human face is the direct story.   It’s who we are. A few weeks ago […]

The Fuji XT1 Review


Cameras are tools.  No more, no less.   Photographers fetishize over them.  They slaver over pixels and gawk at charts of performance.   If you’re one ‘those’ photographers, please turn away now.   You won’t like this. Give me a canon, give me a nikon.  Hell, give me a pentax.  I’ll give you a pictures that won’t be that different from one another.   Camera companies share sensors and ultimately they’re all working off 18% grey.  So it all comes down to what you can do with it and what feels right in your hand and looks good to your eye. […]

1,000,000 Views


I first joined Deviant Art 3 years ago and then totally ignored it for two of them.  But last year I finally got around to posting on it.   I use it as a sort of sounding board for ideas on processing.  Rough stuff and images that are 90% finished get aired there.   After a slow start  my images began to take off.   I won two Daily Deviant awards and suddenly started to get followers. While poking around the stats section I noticed that the hits were beginning to build up.  At first I was thrilled to hit […]

A Model Profession


I’ve worked with over 100 models.  That makes me experienced enough to say that I’ve seen the good and bad in the model profession.   There have been horror stories, no shows, indifference, lack of self awareness, diva-like behaviour, lies,  drugs and most scarily – self harm.  On the other side of the weighing scales I’ve seen diligence, attention to detail, professionalism, athletic ability, artistic integrity and confident self worth.  If you work with someone new, you never know what what you’re going to get. Some photographers will only work with the same few models.  There is a reliability there, […]

A Magazine Cover


I’ve been following PH Magazine for a few years now.  It explores the artier side of photography, which I’m quite partial to.   Each month you get a theme and 5 or 6 photographer’s portfolios in that genre.  There is also a brief biog and links to the photographer’s sites.   I get to explore new work, I haven’t seen before. So it was a very odd feeling to be asked to be one of the contributors to the Art Nude edition.  Probably because I plough away in the quiet furrow of Ireland.  Which isn’t exactly a hotbed for art […]

Knocked Up


Building a website couldn’t be that hard.  Or so I thought.   It has to be logical.  Just follow the right steps: Buy domain. Use wordpress. Pick theme. Install pages & images. Voila. Done. Except it wasn’t.  The domain host software, the theme and WordPress decided they didn’t like one another and wouldn’t play nice.  It was illogical and I’m a bit Spock-like in my quest for logical.   So a holy war was declared on WordPress.  It was going to bend to my will.   Despite having zero coding background, it was time to roll up the sleeves and […]