Tag: art

To Specialise or Not – That is the Question

Francis Hodgson, photography critic and Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, has written an interesting post called Teenage Kicks about the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans who currently has an exhibition at Tate Modern in London. Tillmans is a fine-art photographer, essayist and campaigner (most recently campaigning against the UK’s exit

Photographers Block and Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone

Photographers, like artists in any medium, constantly struggle with how to keep their creative juices flowing. All of us, at any and various times in our lives, enter that period of time when it seems impossible to come up with something new and sometimes seem to lack the inspiration to even

Photography should not be what you see, but what you make others see

The French artist Edgar Degas said:  “Art is not what you see, it’s what you make others see”. And so it should be with photography. It is inevitable that in photography what you ‘make others see’ will be a variety of things because  your images will always be open to multiple interpretations. Indeed you could

A Thousand Words is Worth a Picture

I’ve been running this blog for over three years now and, hopefully, have learned a few things along the way, not least of which is that blogging regularly is pretty hard to do. Coming up with something original to say or, in the case of a photography blog, something pictorially

Is it Important to Have a Photographic Style?

I’ve been thinking about photographic style of late prompted by a few online articles I’ve been reading. There are many photographers whose style is instantly recognisable. I’m thinking David Bailey (at least in his B&W portrait on white background days), Jill Greenberg, David Lachapelle, Helmut Newton and Ming Thein to name

An Interview with Talia White

Here’s a great interview with the model and photographer Talia White conducted by Matt Leach. It fits perfectly into my ‘muse as artist‘ series and is a great addition to this set of interviews. Their photography sites can be found at: Matt Leach Photography Talia White Photography Enjoy!

An Interview with Claire Seville

Claire Seville is a Birmingham based photographer who specialises in boudoir, pinup and alternative fashion photography. She runs her own one woman business whose strapline is “photography for bad girls”. Claire is also an ex-model, cabaret dancer and DJ so is, I reckon, fair game for one of my muse

Saving the Library of Birmingham’s Photographic Archive

The new Library of Birmingham was opened in September 2013 by Malala Yousafszai the young Pakistani human rights activist and Nobel laureate. The old Birmingham Central Library, famous for its brutalist style architecture was opened in 1973 and is due to be demolished this month it having twice failed to

The Muse as Artist

According to Greek mythology The Muses, who were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne,  were the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. A muse is also a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for an artist. Many famous artists

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