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About a year ago, as a form of therapy really, that I launched my Facebook page as a complement to my website. I've long been a photographer but I'd never really pushed it at people so I decided to be a bit more "in people's faces" with it. As they say in the movies... it's been emotional!

I really have to thank the band of faithful followers and friends who have encouraged me to push my work out there. Without that encouragement I wouldn't be writing this today.
I also need to thank the people who have allowed me to take their picture, either of them or their families! That said I'm reasonably sure they're all happy with the pictures they got in return!

It's hard to believe that in such a relatively short period of time the page has over 70 "likes". That means at least 40 odd people I don't know have looked at and liked my images! The truly amazing thing is that I've not really pushed myself so the growth is all "organic". I am trying to change that this year

I'm still slightly surprised when I think that people have paid me money for my work and paid me to take their picture! I find it truly humbling to be honest but yes, it's also very cool.

I hope that people continue to enjoy my work and that new people find and enjoy it. There's quite a big moment looming on the horizon and I make no apologies for mentioning (yet again) that I will be showing work over the second May bank holiday at the Mentmore Art Show. Looking at photographic images on the web is all very well but if you really want to enjoy an image then you need to see a print. If that print is mounted and framed all the better.  

There's a tendency for some people to be slightly dismissive of photography these days , people don't always appreciate the artistry that goes into conceiving and executing a photographic project. Photographers don't produce these pictures by accident, we see what we want, we figure out how to achieve it and we shoot it and we often put as much thought into how we present it as we do shooting it. 

I'm going to finish this blog with a big "Thank you" to the people who had enough faith to entrust me with their likeness... First up is "Simon's Gang" you could consider this my first ever "commercial shoot"

Old Skool!Of course the smiles do spoil the mean and moody look

Next up we've got the simply gorgeous "Pippa" who along with her mum became the first shoot for someone I didn't actually know beforehand!

Dolly 1Dolly is her favourite toy but I'm afraid to say she really didn't get a look in!

I can't say thank you to anyone without saying thank you to "Leigh". Approached by a complete stranger, totally out of the blue who handed her his card and said "Let me take your picture", she was apparently unfazed because she emailed me a few days later and we arranged her first shoot! I've "shot" her a number of times now in various guises and styles. I'm not sure if she realises just what a big help she's been to me in allowing me to practice technique, try out ideas and generally just get out and about with my camera. It's an image from her very first shoot (not just with me either!) that adorns my "hire me" page. 

Oh really?!?She's in her element now, relaxed and confident.

These people should all take a bow.
Next stop for me (and Danbo!) will be New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia! It's a hard life eh?

Thanks for reading (and supporting me)

Mark
17th April 2017
 

Sally's bandI hate to say this but they were playing tunes more normally associated with christmas.

I can't kid myself any longer... Summer is officially over but that means the autumn is here! I know people from all around the world will probably same the same thing but there is no more beautiful country than England in the autumn. The land turns from greens to golds and browns. Forest landscapes that had been mostly uniform in colour suddenly vie with each other for which can display the brightest reds, yellows, browns and golds. The forest floor becomes a sea of colour. Early mornings will see the mushrooms and fungi pushing their heads up towards the sky. I do like to get out and about with my camera this time of year and rather than my usual desaturated colours I'm looking for the most vivid, the brightest. It's a great time of year for photography!

Of course what does frustrate me is that during the week on my drive to work I drive through a landscape lit by the diffuse sunlight shining through mists and fogs, softening the edges unable to stop and take it in, just let it wash over me, refresh me if you will. Not to worry it'll be the weekend soon and the morning will be dull grey and drizzly, still it keeps the crowds at bay I suppose.

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I published two or three very different sets this month, there was urban decay of "St Dunstan's in the East" a ruined church in the middle of the City Of London

The damage doesn't look bad from here...As you "climb" St Dunstan's Hill from Lower Thames street, this is the sight that greets you.

These images are part of what I call my "urban decay" project. A growing collection of images that show the abandoned or run down world that lives side by side with fast modern world we inhabit.

I also published something very different, "Division" these are Leigh and her partner Gideon in their "Airsoft" gear. We had such a lot of fun doing this set. I think they just enjoy any chance to have their gear on and to get their pictures taken, for me it was a chance to work with multiple models. I'm pretty pleased with the results. 

In my last blog I mentioned my intention to get out and about with my film camera and I have been. I'm about halfway through the roll. It's been strange but also very interesting.  I've been thinking about the shots a lot more (and I'm not exactly a "hold the shutter release down" and see what I get kinda guy as it is!) and not getting the instant feedback of a digital camera is both frustrating and exciting. I had a couple of rolls of film developed but sadly there were no usable images on either roll.

Thanks for reading.

Mark
15th October 2016