The King’s Cross show is on until the 15th of August. Follow the link above, or use the diary to find out about all the other shows and events that are on. They’re mostly in the King’s Cross area and most run to the end of June. There is a lot to see!
This is one of two of my new wide-o-rama pictures that are in the LIP Annual Show which runs from 18-21 October at Strand Gallery on John Adam Street (just behind the Strand at the Charing Cross end). Like a good member I’m doing my bit by sitting in the gallery on Friday morning, the 21st so drop in, say hello and look at the other 120+ pictures. Click image to buy a print.
This picture is made from four cameras triggered simultaneously. It’s a weird feeling taking a picture when someone else is pressing the shutter release on their camera a few feet away. More fun is pressing the button and making 3 other cameras take a picture (so we took turns). These were made in 2007 with Jawed Ashraf, Helen Cheng and Dayton Taylor, so long ago that I’m not certain which picture is “mine” and who was triggering – not that it matters. I dug it out because I went to a talk at the Blurb pop-up shop by Wassink and Lundgren where they showed a series which you can see here (if you click on Artists & Guests then WassinkLundren then ‘show work’ then Tokyo Tokyo). It’s clear they didn’t use synchronised cameras but it’s a nice idea. As regular readers will know, Jawed and I did similar things with lightsquare (where we tried to catch the flash from the other camera by shouting) and Twins 1 and Twins 2 (2004) which are more automated and random than any of the stuff above. Then, of course, we had to make a movie. [Pic]
At last, a book of contemporary street photography and even better, I have a photo in it (not this one, it’s the ‘wait’ picture that was blogged in July ’03). I’ve only just got my copy but on first browse it look great. You can like it on Facebook or perhaps you’d better buy it first on amazon. Update: The paperback is here.
I’ll be running the next street photography workshop on July 25 / August 8 – see the Photofusion site for more information. This shot was taken on the previous running when I was demonstrating how to be unprofessional by gate crashing someone else’s shoot. Here’s the gallery of participants’ pictures. [Pic]
This is one of two of my Wait pictures which were published in the latest LIP magazine. You can find it on sale at the Photographers’ Gallery and a handful of other places in London (see list on first link). It’s hard to be too excited about this because aside from the fact that the two chosen pictures don’t make a lot of sense on their own, they edited my text, without any discussion, including adding a line of observation at the end (“I do see them as still figures surrounded by bustling street life”) which I didn’t even make. Sigh. You can see more pictures from this series here along with my original text (which doubtless would benefit from editing but by someone else).
According to this survey digital cameras are the most confusing gadget and 46% of us don’t read the manuals. I spend a fair amount of time teaching people how to use their DSLRs so don’t find any of this surprising. Compared to the simple, manual only, film cameras that I learnt on, the modern digital camera is incredibly complex with a horrible interface and for the novice, an indecipherable manual. [Pic]