YouTube Channel launch

It’s been a while but there’s been lots going on in my photography life. I’ll catch up about that over the next few days but for now, here’s the Channel trailer for my YouTube channel that I have launched, featuring my photography, travel, time lapses and life.

I’ve been acquiring new gear, learning new skills, including video editing and music creation. There’s lots to talk about over the coming weeks. I’ll look forward to that, so stay tuned.

Photo in 24HourProject exhibition in Lima, Peru
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Showing at the 24HourProject Exhibition in Peru

17 October - 3 November 2018

Earlier this year, I was the NZ Ambassador for the 24HourProject, where photographers from 104 countries and 850 cities all around the world came together on 7 April to document their lives and surroundings to share with each other and a global audience. The project’s mission is to connect emerging photographers, aspiring photojournalist and visual storytellers from every city of the world to document humanity and make a difference by raising awareness about global issues and empowering NGOs.

The NZ project went really well, with photographers coming together in Wellington, Auckland Christchurch on the day to make photographs of their surroundings and people over that 24 hour period. There were a a great bunch or local organisers involved, so grateful acknowledgement to them for bringing their local photographic communities together to get involved.

A nice little development came along where one of my photos has been requested and printed for an exhibition of photos from the global project, to be shown in Lima, Peru from 17 October - 3 November. This photo was taken in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 April 2018, at 5.19pm. This was on my way home from a meeting when I was going home to have dinner with my children before bed time. There was a Festival in the city, so I met up with another photographer - Nathan Frost - and we spent half an hour there. These two women in the black dresses were promotional workers for The Rock - a NZ Radio Station covering the music festival - the woman on the right was on her phone in the background, sweeping passed. I saw her coming so I re-composed to make room for her, and waited until she was in frame before I pressed the shutter. 

Many thanks to Renzo Grande, the organiser of the global project for the opportunity to exhibit among many other contributors to the exhibition. I look forward to hearing further news about it over the next few weeks.

Back in London - some local street shots

I’m back in London for a short period, so our kids can visit out grandparents. It’s also a good opportunity to bring my Fujifilm X-T1 for all kinds of photography while I am here.

My mission is to really work my exposure triangle in these little projects. For my street shots, I’m trying to keep the shutter speed up at around 1/1000 and my ISO down at 200 as much as I can. The light needs to be stopped from about f5/6 to 11 to get good sharpness throughout the depth of field, but with the 35/1.4 lens I’m using for most of this trip, stopping outside of this range brings its own special something anyway.

Here’s a few shots taken in the 4 days we have been here so far.

App Review: The Photographer’s Ephemeris suite

In astronomy and star navigation, an ‘ephemeris’ gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects like the sun and the moon, as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time. The Photographer’s Ephemeris app is an amazing, comprehensive app that helps you to check what the quality of light is going to be at any given position at any time of day, so you can plan where you need to be and when in order to get the shot you want. I’ve also reviewed two other related apps by the same developer - The Photographer’s Emphemeris 3D, and The Photographers Transit. These are fantastic apps with a host of features. Check out my blog on giffgaff.com to see how it can help you to make brilliant landscape photographs, whether you’re taking photos using your smartphone or dedicated camera. 

Kerala Floods Art Auction Fundraiser
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Yesterday evening, Labour List MP Priyanca Radihakrishnan organised an art auction at the New Zealand Parliament to raise funds to assist those affected by the floods in Kerala - the worst that have happened there in over a century. The fundraiser event featured Chris Carter who is a former Labour Minister of Government here in New Zealand and UN advisor for the Rakhine State in Myanmar, as well as previously holding the role of Programme Manager of the UNDP Governance unit in Afghanistan. The auction featured some amazing pieces of art sold to the highest bidder by guest and very able auctioneer, Michael Wood, MP for Mt Roskill and Undersecretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities. Also in attendance and speaking on the night was Jenny Salesa. MP for Manukau East, Minister for Ethnic Communities well as other portfolios. Jacob Rajan, acclaimed playwright and actor was also in attendance and spoke about his personal connection to the unfolding disaster in Kerala. I decided to try to help by donating this piece for auction to help to raise funds for the cause: 'Connection' was recently exhibited and was shortlisted for the final of the 2018 Wellington Regional Arts Review.

It was a successful event, raising funds for the Kerala disaster assistance appeal. Here are a few photos from the evening, just to give you a flavour of what happened. Tricky light to take photos in, that's for sure.

 

 

The red pin
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Last night, 24 August 2018, was the opening night of what is likely to be my last exhibition for the year. I am part of a quartet of photographers showing Point of View, a group exhibition located at Photospace Gallery on Courtenay Place in Wellington, New Zealand, until 15 September.

It was a fun evening with a good 50-60 people coming along for the two hours of the opening, including one of my portrait sitters, my local MP and friend, Paul Eagle.

Lots of great conversations too, including people wondering what paper I had used to print two sets of my photos on to, as I had omitted to include that detail on my information about the sets. Fortunately, the excellent printer I use, Oliver Zavala from Picaflor Fine Art Printing, was on hand with the information. It is called German Etching: and it performed really well for the grey scales of my urban landscapes set, as well as the deep blacks for my portraits.

The red pin in the title of this post, referee to what happens when a Paiul Eagle,  is made at an exhibition. And the reason I point this out is that this has never happened to me before last night. I had an interesting conversation about my set of photos taken at a second-hand shop (known as op shops in New Zealand), and the equipment I used to make the photographs. After talking for a time, the lovely woman said that she was really taken with a particular image and wanted to buy it. So, I'm chuffed. My first ever gallery sale. I hope to sell a few more from that set in particular, as I have pledge 10% of the net proceeds to the charity that the shop supports. Here's the set below:

I'll post each set into its own set on my online gallery in the next few weeks. Do come along and have a look if you get the chance.

 

 

 

App review: Easy story-telling on social media with Article

Article helps you to tell your story in a fast and easy way, without stressing too much about design and layout. All that is taken care for you through a few easy-to-select options. You can build an article quickly through combining photos, videos, text, maps, even music and more. You can also publish your Articles to Facebook as Instant Articles, which means they are treated as native content and load instantaneously on your audience’s phones. Read my short review here on giffgaff.com 

New group photography exhibition: Point of View, 24 August - 15 September 2018
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It's been a busy year in terms of engaging with my photography practice. With what is my third, and most likely final exhibition this year, I am please to announce that I have 32 photos as part of a group exhibition at Photospace Gallery from 24 August to 15 September, 2018. My work will encompass three different themes, the urban landscape, social documentary, and portraiture. The body of portraiture work I will be showing is a series of photographs of people connected to our home in Wellington. The people portrayed are friends, family and neighbours that visited our home over a two-week period in July and August, 2018.

For my social documentary set, I chose to make photographs at a charity shop in my neighbourhood. Op Shops serve a critical social function in New Zealand, selling second-hand donated goods at low-cost to raise money for social enterprises and charity. More often than not, staff in these shops are volunteers, donating their times to sort through the community donations, and serving people who come in to buy things. For this series, I wanted to document my local Op Shop in Wellington and the staff that volunteer there. Though part of a bigger operation, it is a small shop and very popular in my neighbourhood.

My urban landscape collection reflect upon my journey since moving to New Zealand some 12 years ago. When I first moved here, I hadn’t ever lived anywhere much other than a big city, other than a few months in an English or Welsh village here and there, and some time in village India when I was a child. I remember a feeling in New Plymouth in 2005 on a Saturday afternoon when the shops would start closing up and the hustle and bustle would vanish into the approaching night: some kind of emptiness. These photographs were taken from a bus seat, traveling from Wellington to Whanganui on a Saturday afternoon. I needed to get there to pick up our car that had broken down a couple of weeks before, ironically, trying to get back home from New Plymouth. When I showed these photographs to people, I admit that I hadn't heard about Peter Black’s Moving Pictures photographs, and I had never seen them. People told me I should, so I did. Over 30 years after Peter made his images, my feeling is that although time moves on, other things don’t appear to.

Please come along to the exhibition, and it would be great if you could come along to the opening night too.

My TEDxSydney photos published in CX Magazine, August 2018 issue
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CX Magazine featuring my TEDxSydney set-up photos

My photography has made it into a print magazine for the first time. I have been published online several times, but this is the first print edition, so I thought it was worth noting. It was a surprise to see my photos appear in CX magazine this month. This is a trade magazine, with an audience of trade professionals and technicians in entertainment and audio-visual across Australasia. Here's a PDF snippet of the magazine to show my photos in context. Check out the link to take a look.

App review: Photofox delivers Photoshop-style editing for your iPhone or iPad

The new version of the Enlight (now called Enlight Legacy) app, is now called Enlight Photofox. If we cut to the chase, the key feature in this powerful app is how it uses layers and blending modes to help you turn creative ideas you might have to brilliant art on your iPhone and app. And in order to help you to do so, it uses excellent tutorials that are easily accessible even while you are in the middle of an editing process. Check out my latest review on giffgaff.com here.

App review: Tell better stories on Instagram and Facebook with Unfold

Instagram is changing, and fast. But what remains consistent is how it provides a platform to share more than just images and videos. It offers you an opportunity to curate your media to tell great stories about your life and what you're into. When you're on a Instagram or other social media platforms, what you might come across is collage formatted stories with multiple images layered together in different shapes. Lots of different apps can help you to design your Instagram stories to engage your audience, but Unfold specialises in just this, and it's clean interface helps you to focus on your crafted posts. Read more in my review on gifgaff.com here