Monthly Archives: August 2015

GLS #2 – All the World’s a Still Life Stage

 

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I love still life. I really do. A few years ago I studied for a Humanities degree with the Open University…just for fun. I studied History of Art and learned that fine art has a hierarchy of genres. Still life is considered the lowliest genre but there’s something about it which appeals to me over enormous religious and historical statement pieces and magnificent landscapes. It’s the intimacy of it; the careful arrangement of objects which together form a narrative. Why were they chosen? Why were they placed just so? Where is the light coming from? What shadows does it cast and what do they add to the image? Continue Reading →

GLS #1 – Doors ‘n’ Windows

France 200

 

A door just opened on a street

A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

The door as sudden shut, and I,
I, lost, was passing by,–
Lost doubly, but by contrast most,
Enlightening misery.

Emily Dickinson

Isn’t that a beautiful simple little poem? I discovered Emily Dickinson a few years ago. She was a prolific poet but very shy and only ever had a dozen or so of her verses published in her lifetime. I felt a bit of an affinity with her. Over the years I have taken thousands and thousands of photographs yet rarely had the courage to put them in the public domain. Continue Reading →

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks

I was saddened to read of the death of the wonderful Oliver Sacks today. He announced in February that he had terminal cancer. He was a brilliant neurologist and speaker and I enjoyed his books and lectures. Visual hallucinations are very common among the mainly elderly patients I examine in practice. Often these patients are too frightened to admit to them unless questioned directly. The perception among the general public is that hallucinations = going mad. In fact some 10% of visually impaired people experience hallucinations and these have a name; Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Oliver Sacks himself was visually impaired and experienced these hallucinations first hand. Continue Reading →

iPhone Portraits

Hipsta Portrait 135

I primarily shoot portraits but have never thought of the iPhone as a portrait camera. It isn’t really. it’s a fairly wide-angle lens and wide angle lenses aren’t terribly flattering to faces, particularly noses! Basically, the longer the lens, the more the features are flattened and flattered. Many pros use a 70-200mm lens. I love my 135mm prime. But nothing ventured Continue Reading →