Friday, 19 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Annis Abraham Jnr. and his forum were the main supporters of my Cardiff City project. In the early stages of our collaboration I have interviewed Annis, added pictures I've done up to date and send to press as PDF. Interview is dated 21.12.2012.
I also interviewed Gwyn Davies, but never published it. Maybe I will find time to prepare it as well.
The final product of what you see below is 'City - The Season' book which is available from my website.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
In 2010, when I was a 3rd year student at Newport, I decided to work on the project depicting life of people with African descent, who are living in Poland.
My first trip took 2 or 3 weeks. After that time, when I came back to Cardiff, I realised I ended up with a number of pictures I had no idea what to do with. They were clearly not enough to comment on what I 'discovered'.
What I brought with me were stories written down in my notebook.
This picture comes from time I was trying to understand what I want to say and how I want to do it.
Today, I feel it is the time to get back to the project and finish it...
Maybe this is the way it could go (along with the portraits)?
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Picture taken in 2010. My sister is leaving High Wycombe, where she studied and lived for the last two years.
She just said goodbye to all her friends. She will live with me and Binta for now, study at University of Wales, Newport.
I've only discovered this image 2, 3 months ago, and I shown it for the first time during my exhibition at Fundacja Spot in Poland. There is so much work from this project that I've never shown... It will be exiting to add it to the existing edit.
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Monday, 6 October 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
One of the biggest disappointments of it all was the small crowd actively protesting against the summit... I thought people will be outraged, out on street, screaming their hearts out. Of course there were, but it seems to me, the majority of citizens here are rather comfortable with the way things are. Funny, at times it felt like there were more photographers then protesters themselves. Surrounded by lenses I thought, there was no point to shoot like everybody else. Classic Ducumentary(esque). I had nothing to loose, as I wasn't working for anyone or on a project. I decided to push my picture making. Do something I haven't done yet.
During the march in Newport, I have had some problems with one of the lady photographers. I have no clue who she was, but she looked like she was working for some agency or a newspaper. She was constantly trying to move me away from places I was photographing from. I guess, in her opinion, I was to close for her to not to include me in her pictures. I never knew there was some type of fucking etiquette when shooting events like this. What I know is - I don't really like it. If you are shooting an event, try to shoot it the way it really looked. There was a massive number of photographers. Plenty of Documentary Photography students from Caerleon must have had something to do with it... Just get them in. Don't alternate the news and convince people you were the only one witnessing what happened...
Anyways. Next summit is in Warsaw, Poland. I might go, as it will be interesting for sure.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
I remember exactly, when I met Peter Jones for the first time.
I was working at Third Floor Gallery, when an older man came in. First thing I have noticed about him, before a single word was even spoken, were his hands. They were shaking (as I've learned later it was due to Parkinsons disease). He greeted me and asked about requirements to present his work during upcoming TFG's Stand Up Slideshow (SUS is something like an open mike for photographers). He stayed at the gallery for a while and when leaving dropped simple 'see you on Friday'.
SUS is for fun, so we never have expectations about people's work. We just enjoy to talk about pictures. Few times however, we were surprised. Even fewer the way we were with Peter's work. Before the presentation Peter introduced himself to a small crowd gathered at the gallery. He said he is over 60 years old farmer from West Wales. He said he used to take a lot of pictures before and he'd like to share some of them with us...
I was moved by his work. The guy is really talented, it seemed unbelievable he was never published or exhibited before. Recently I saw some of his new shoots on Facebook and I couldn't stop myself from asking few questions about his life and practice. Below is what he had to say. The images come from his 'Welsh Farming Community' project.
Because I achieved some moderate success I went and bought a Leica m6 along with 2 lenses: 35 and 50mm which I still use. My method of taking photographs involves being as unobtrusive as possible, looking for a likely situation or person that catches my interest I move quietly around them hoping they're unaware of me. My equipment list is still very minimal... Developing tank and cheap Lidl scanner.
My difficulties start with trying to load film onto spiral with hands that tremor and fingers that don't respond to instructions. Also when confronted with an exciting subject I shake all over. I have overcome this problem somewhat by doubling film speed to 800 so I can use faster shutter speeds. I don't shoot a lot of pics and am disappointed if I don't get a meaningful image per film.
I crop my images because it's an essential tool in concentrating the elements within a frame to make a picture more meaningful, in other words cut out the crap. I use white borders because I like velvety blacks which are enhanced by the use of them.
The project "Welsh Farming Community" was born several years ago when I found several images in my collection with a similar theme I organized them into a file and have added to them since. The objective of the project is to record, in a non judgmental way a disappearing way of life. Some of the images span a period of 40 years and will come to it's conclusion when my shutter stops blinking. The project consists of shots which have been made within a small area of Ceredigion.