Writings / tag / simon

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
 

Welcome! This is the new look to my site and I really hope that you all like it. Of course I'm happy to hear opinions as always.

So June is nearly over... I'm not sure we've had much of a summer so far but I suppose there's still time for a change. June has been a strange month. A month of highs and lows. As an example its taken me 10 years but I finally managed to have a glass of wine on my patio enjoying the evening sun while waiting for my steak to cook (albeit a chicken "steak"!). Not something I've achieved since!

yes, its a little robot man!He's cool!

I also spent a really pleasant afternoon in a drizzly Bury St Edmunds takig pictures of Simon's gang, I'm pretty pleased with the results if i'm honest. What I didn't expect was the reaction the shoot would provoke! It proved to be a very popular with everyone that looked at it and on the back of it I have another shoot planned for this coming weekend with a more local lady and her 10 month old... That'll be a new experience for me so watch this space!

Misty WoodsA rare autumn sunny morning and an early morning walk, the sun shinging through the trees and the mist.

On the "low" side of the scales, my website broke and this is more of a problem than it seems at first. It left me with a quandary. Most dedicated photographic software solutions are "paid for"  solutions and can I really justify spending upwards of £20 per month to support an already expensive hobby? Not really.... I know what you're thinking, "Hang on! you write software for a living! write your own solution!" Well, I suppose I could but I'd have to learn a whole bunch of new technologies (not such a bad thing) , I'd then have to reinvent the wheel (not such a good thing) and any time I spend creating and maintaining my software is time I'm not out and about with my camera (that's a bad thing). I looked at several different solutions but kept coming back to the same conclusion... I chose Koken as my solution in the first place because it was the best free solution available. As a software engineer I know that software does occasionally break and the issue is that I didn't have a suitable strategy in place to cope with a disaster, I wouldn't do it in my professional life so I only have myself to blame for not doing it with something I rely on for personal reasons. This time around I will have a strategy in place. Lesson learned.

I hope you all like the new look and feel. I think its brighter and cleaner. It's less cluttered. I have plans for an even less cluttered version that showcases just the images I consider to be my very best. More on this next time!

Mark
June 2016