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May you live in interesting times. So the supposed Chinese curse goes and one would be forgiven for thinking we’re all the victims of this one at the moment. Sadly, in the midst of the financial and medical crisis, we also have various political crises on both sides of the Atlantic. Even TV shows from only a year or so back look like fictional recollections of a mythical time of freedom and prosperity. Next wee would have been the On Landscape conference but with England in full lockdown, we’re happy we made the decision to postpone when we did.
History teaches us that most crises always look less severe in hindsight so I hope you all have the confidence to live these things out patiently and adapt where you can. The longer nights are drawing in here in Scotland and Autumnal colour is petering out. We’re looking at winter projects to take on including a possible darkroom to add to our photographic studio. Andrew Sanderson’s article in this issue has inspired us to look at alternative printing methods like platinum/palladium, cyanotype and Van Dyke. Whilst we’re limited in our socialising it seems apt to make the most of the seclusion.
The good news is that sunrise is now more accessible to sleepyheads like me and I’m hoping to get out to catch a few in the weeks before Christmas. Until next issue!
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We are all exposed to a massive amount of photography, growing at an exponential rate, but how many of these images ever really stick with us? How many have the profound effect that the artist probably hoped for? How many times have you viewed an image that changed your life? more
If you ever think “what would Ansel Adam’s work be like if he’d taken up colour photography instead of black and white?” then the answer is, depressingly, pretty bad as his short trial of early colour film goes to show. If he’d used colour film from a young age and developed his craft I don’t think he would have been too far from what we see from William Neill. more
There's a world of difference between going out and photographing what you love and being commissioned to photograph a location for a job. You might be lucky and the commission is to photograph an area you know well and have lots of insider knowledge about best times and weather conditions and the client has lots of time for you to choose the best day to visit. more
I was clear on what story I wanted to tell and I was clear on how I should do it. I worked with “tilt&shift” architectural lenses; for me, these were no longer mountains, but sculptures more
If I think about it, photography was probably waiting, silently in a corner, for me to get to a stage where I could become a lifelong partner with it. If I’d chatted it up earlier, it would probably have become a passionate but transient fling. more
It has become quite apparent to me that Eric’s goal with his photography is purely selfless – he wishes to inspire the world to take better care of wild places. more
"Quiet", Margaret Soraya’s solo exhibition opens at the Taunus Gallery in Frankfurt on Saturday 31st Oct and runs through until January 2021. more
Being an artist has meant not steering my creativity to push an agenda. I think Ansel Adams had his internal turmoil about keeping his motives pure: even after becoming a de facto spokesman for the Sierra Club where he lobbied Congress on environmental matters more