March 2, 2014
On one of my explorations of Bradford I decided to take a look around the War Memorial. A new memorial wall has been erected to remember the fallen of recent and unfortunately, future conflicts. The memorial is situated next to the Alhambra Theatre In complete contrast to each other. And it was this that made me look at how war is portrayed with the aim of engaging new generations to reflect on the consequences. But when I shot this image it struck me that having such a devastating episode in our history played out on stage with all the advertising leading up to it, has sanitised and in a weird way trivialised it. The book War Horse set out to show a side of WW1 we hadn’t seen before. The use of horses still on the battlefield in this industrialised slaughter only seems to emphasise the insanity. This was the turning point in how we would fight future conflicts, no more cavalry charges in bright uniforms but horses used as they were on the land but with shell bursts and gas attacks.               With all the technology and the masterful puppetry that War Horse the show can bring, it will never live up to the horror of war. I suspect that audiences will be attracted to the special effects rather than the story itself, I hope I am wrong, and as the story unfolds it will make people think.    

On one of my explorations of Bradford I decided to take a look around the War Memorial. A new memorial wall has been erected to remember the fallen of recent and unfortunately, future conflicts. The memorial is situated next to the Alhambra Theatre In complete contrast to each other. And it was this that made me look at how war is portrayed with the aim of engaging new generations to reflect on the consequences. But when I shot this image it struck me that having such a devastating episode in our history played out on stage with all the advertising leading up to it, has sanitised and in a weird way trivialised it. The book War Horse set out to show a side of WW1 we hadn’t seen before. The use of horses still on the battlefield in this industrialised slaughter only seems to emphasise the insanity. This was the turning point in how we would fight future conflicts, no more cavalry charges in bright uniforms but horses used as they were on the land but with shell bursts and gas attacks.               
With all the technology and the masterful puppetry that War Horse the show can bring, it will never live up to the horror of war. I suspect that audiences will be attracted to the special effects rather than the story itself, I hope I am wrong, and as the story unfolds it will make people think.   
 

March 2, 2014
The ever present threat.

The ever present threat.

February 1, 2014
The cost of a one day 1 to 1 tuition is £50 
for 2014,    2 can book for the price of one, bring a friend and share the cost.  
I run the tuition all year round alongside the Saltaire Photo Walks to give people a choice as to how serious they want to take their photography.
What you will learn

 Getting off the auto setting


Creating well exposed photos


How to get sharp photos


How to blur backgrounds


What is ISO and why do we need to change it


Which settings to use for landscapes


Basic composition techniques and rules, and break them when needed.   


How to see differently. 

When a day is unavailable I will put it up here.

If you feel more comfortable bringing a friend to accompany you on the 1 to 1 tuition then that’s fine. You can share the cost of the tuition.  

 
Pay on the day by cheque or cash. 

Spend a day learning the basics of photography. We will explore one of three locations to suit your photography interests.If you are wanting to move away from the program setting and have more control over your images then this workshop is for you. We will cover exposure, depth of field and composition. When you feel happy to put this knowledge into practice we will then explore  the location you have specified. Feel free to ask anything you are unsure about as the day progresses. The three locations for you to choose from are- Bradford city centre, Saltaire and Cononley village
Participants to provide there own packed lunch in order to maximise tuition time as local cafe’s can be quite far.

Bradford has an interesting mix of subject from architecture, urban, semi rural and industrial. The city has changed so much in a short space of time so it would be interesting to document how the city is evolving visually.  Directions and map of Bradford. Meet at the entrance of city hall Centenary Square.

Saltaire has similar mix with the added attractions of the canal traffic, architecture associated with the canals and the textile industry and that of Sir Titus Salt. It is a living village, that in itself presents photo opportunities. Directions and map of Saltaire Meet at the gates of Saltaire United Reformed Church. 

Cononley is a village just outside Skipton set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The village is one of the most picturesque and is worthy of exploration itself. The countryside around it is all a landscape photographer could ask for including a rare site in Yorkshire a lead mine in the style of a Cornish tin mine.  Directions and map of Conconley. Meet at Cononley railway station

The cost of a one day 1 to 1 tuition is £50 

for 2014,    2 can book for the price of one, bring a friend and share the cost.  

I run the tuition all year round alongside the Saltaire Photo Walks to give people a choice as to how serious they want to take their photography.

What you will learn

  •  Getting off the auto setting

  • Creating well exposed photos

  • How to get sharp photos

  • How to blur backgrounds

  • What is ISO and why do we need to change it

  • Which settings to use for landscapes

  • Basic composition techniques and rules, and break them when needed.   

  • How to see differently.

When a day is unavailable I will put it up here.

If you feel more comfortable bringing a friend to accompany you on the 1 to 1 tuition then that’s fine. You can share the cost of the tuition.  

 

Pay on the day by cheque or cash.

Spend a day learning the basics of photography. We will explore one of three locations to suit your photography interests.
If you are wanting to move away from the program setting and have more control over your images then this workshop is for you.
We will cover exposure, depth of field and composition. When you feel happy to put this knowledge into practice we will then explore  the location you have specified. Feel free to ask anything you are unsure about as the day progresses.
The three locations for you to choose from are- Bradford city centre, Saltaire and Cononley village

Participants to provide there own packed lunch in order to maximise tuition time as local cafe’s can be quite far.

Bradford has an interesting mix of subject from architecture, urban, semi rural and industrial. The city has changed so much in a short space of time so it would be interesting to document how the city is evolving visually.  Directions and map of Bradford. Meet at the entrance of city hall Centenary Square.

Saltaire has similar mix with the added attractions of the canal traffic, architecture associated with the canals and the textile industry and that of Sir Titus Salt. It is a living village, that in itself presents photo opportunities. Directions and map of Saltaire Meet at the gates of Saltaire United Reformed Church. 

Cononley is a village just outside Skipton set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The village is one of the most picturesque and is worthy of exploration itself. The countryside around it is all a landscape photographer could ask for including a rare site in Yorkshire a lead mine in the style of a Cornish tin mine.  Directions and map of Conconley. Meet at Cononley railway station

January 28, 2014
Shipley Glen

Gouged by ice, boulder strewn,

Of hunter-gatherers and the flight of the hunted.

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January 17, 2014
Auto Solves Dark Matter

Most if not all professional photographers will tell you to stay off auto, and for the vast majority of situations it is best.

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January 5, 2014
Life And Death

Life And Death

December 29, 2013
Shipley Glen

Shipley Glen

December 29, 2013
Shipley Glen

Shipley Glen

December 29, 2013
Shipley Glen

Shipley Glen

December 8, 2013
Thank you

Thank you to all those who have liked, re-blogged any of my images, it’s very much appreciated. You have made an old and doddery photographer very happy.  

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