Saturday, 22 September 2012


Last night I watched a brilliant documentary with David Hockney called "Hockney on photography and other things", during which Hockney spoke about his photography techniques, tips and stories behind his images.

I have always liked his cubist inspired photographic collages which really explore perspective in photography more for what they are trying to achieve than how they actually look. For me they look a bit scruffy and need a nice tight crop on them to make the look finished.

What I hadn't seen before was his polaroid composite pieces where a larger image is made up up lots of closely shot and tighly cropped polaroid images and I think they are absolutely breathtaking.

These two are, in my opinion, his strongest pieces and what i think is some brilliant about them is when you take the time explore each picture they each have their own compostion, perspective and story. Yet they have been taken with an overall composition and story in mind and our brains have to compensate for the perspective changes.

David Hockney, Sun on the Pool, 1982

David Hockney, Mother, Bradford Yorkshire, 1982

Time to get myself a polaroid camera and try to get close to recreating something as special as these I think!


Thursday, 20 September 2012


What happens if you have a 30 minute train journey, nothing to read and a camera phone?


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Say cheese! [actually, say cakes!]

When a friend asked me to take some pictures for her new cake business I didn't hesistate to say yes, but then the fear set in. What if they end up looking like diy snaps, what if I get the style wrong, what if I set the camera wrong and waste the whole day with blurred shots etc!

Anyway, a couple of weeks of worry later it is all done and thankfully I pulled it off. The 'client' was very happy and I actually quite enjoyed the process :)

It was my first real attempt at doing reportage when the last cake was being decorated and trying to set each cake differently certainly stretched my imagination but anyway the proof of the pudding is in the eating [sorry], so here are a couple of pictured from the day

P.S. The payment method of cupcakes [the ones in the pictures] was gratefully received by all of us four, even if A could only look at them!



Monday, 17 September 2012

Trip to the park

Yesterday we went to the park for a play and a picnic. Then on the way back H wanted to check progress on the cinema.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Red sky at night

While his bath was filling, H and I watched this beautiful sunset
It got me thinking about some other sunsets I had seen around the world.

Gloucester, MA, USA

 Disneyland Paris, France


Monday, 10 September 2012


Mobile phone cameras have developed so well over the last coupe of years. Look at the detail captured in this picture taken with my iPhone 4S. Yummy!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Autumn watch

This leaf made me think that autumn is upon us.

Not long now until crisp leaves, misty mornings...

...and Christmas!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Colour Splash!

I have been experimenting with Colour Splashing and I have surprised myself with how well they have actually turned out.