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Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Apulia comes to London

London celebrates with Apulia, throughout a week of exclusive events

Entitled “Home, my Place in the World”, the project organised by Accademia Apulia UK, is aimed at introducing the international community to the best expressions of culture, art, creativity and cuisine from one of the most beautiful and traditional regions in Italy, Puglia

The series of events will unfold between 16th and 21st of July 2012, across a number of exciting venues in central London, including La Galleria Pall Mall and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Taking centre stage will be the eponymous art exhibition ‘Home, My Place in the World’ hosted at La Galleria Pall Mall, which will be opened with a private viewing on 17th July. 

Paying tribute to the concepts of identity, tribalism, and homelands the exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video-installations.

According to the International Organization for Migration, in 2010 the number of migrants at worldwide was estimated at 214 million – a figure likely to increase as the world faces economic strife, conflict and environmental shifts.

In this context, the concept of ‘home’ or ‘homeland’ takes on a whole new meaning. Whilst in the past homeland was represented by one’s place of birth, now it is the place where one feels at home. From this perspective,‘political’ barriers between states lose their meaning with everyone becoming citizens of the world.

This summer, when athletes and visitors from every corner of the planet converge on London to celebrate the achievements of mankind, the importance of the World’s rich heritage will be reaffirmed.

More details onApulia and ‘Home, My Place in the World’ can be found here

Photo by Nicola Vinci

Ashes and Snow

I found these rather remarkable images over at 10th Village, this is an interesting blog site where unusual and arresting images can be found, as they say  10th Village is where photographers , art enthusiasts and trendspotters connect over personal ideas.

Ashes and Snow by Canadian artist Gregory Colbert is an installation of photographic artworks, films, and a novel in letters that travels in the Nomadic Museum, a temporary structure built exclusively to house the exhibition. The work explores the shared poetic sensibilities of human beings and animals. Ashes and Snow has traveled to VeniceNew YorkSanta MonicaTokyo, and Mexico City. To date, Ashes and Snow has attracted more than 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by a living artist in history.

The project states: “No longer shown as merely a member of the family of man, humans are seen as a member of the family of animals.”

All Images Gregory Colbert

There are many more of these unusual images to be seen here

Enough Awesome Photography Links to Drown a Fish

From Toad Hollow via Lightstalking or to put it another way, Canada to Australia to UK

It’s been a really fabulous week for photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet for the very best tutorials, photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone here.  This week’s list comprises a fabulous set of links showcasing some really incredible works as presented by gifted artists and photographers.  The Toad really hopes you enjoy viewing these images and posts as much as he did in bringing this list to you.

Check out the Toad’s book featuring a very unique look at Vancouver Island and some of the eclectic architecture and features of the area.  “Beneath the Veneer” is available in both hard and soft copy and is presented in the classic photobook style.


Here are some of the tutorials for the full Monty go here


photoFXlab Tutorial – Blake Rudis creates and shares a new video tutorial, this time discussing the merits of photoFXlab, a free image manipulation tool.  Blake’s tutorials are very comprehensive and this one includes him showing the viewer how he used this tool to create a composite image.

My HDR Workflow – A.D. Wheeler takes us along on a video tour showcasing his personal workflow for creating very natural and beautiful HDR landscape images.  A.D. does wonderful work in this genre and this tutorial is sure to teach everyone some tips and tricks on how to work in this style.

ChromaLuxe Metal Print Review – metallic based print mediums used for photography can produce stunning results, we always encourage our customers to order our prints on metallic paper.  Blake Rudis shares his insight into this specific medium by providing a great write-up and some example images to illustrate the incredible results one can achieve.

The Photography Blog: Full-time photography is an endangered species, but so what?

Something I have written about before and has garnered some agreeing nods from not just photographers but people who care about imagery is highlighted again in this article by Alex Hare in The Independent. The reduction of quality in images used by the business world.

The problem is not just about the fact that it is becoming extremely difficult for anyone to earn a living as a photographer but also the reasons include the acceptance of really poor quality images by the advertising world and those involved with promotion of business and the impact that has on all of us as we become accustomed to and finally inured to crap images. This is dumbing down, we see it in all areas of journalism, we see it in the media, everywhere we look now there is a reduction of quality and professionalism gives way to the expediency of the bottom line. Sure no one can run at a loss and if there are cost savings to be made they are likely to be welcomed. But how businesses present themselves to their customers and potential customers, their professionalism, their intent on quality indicates what they consider their worth and that conveys to their customers. If a company does not think it is important to show off what they do as well as possible why should you trust them?

The British Journal of Photography carried an interesting piece about the photographer that has just won the prestigious World Press Photographer award.

It reported that the photographer in question, Samuel Aranda, was staring at his finances wondering how he was going to pay the next month’s rent when he received the call confirming his win.  On one level I find this slightly reassuring but, on another, very depressing.

Reassuring in that it means I’m not alone in wondering where the next pay cheque will come from, but depressing that even someone contributing regularly to major publications and providing us with important photo journalism of world events is under the financial cosh from doing so.

This anecdote is indicative of the experience of many of us in full-time photography.  No one can recall a time when there was less money available for photography whilst a demand to fill all the pages in our papers, magazines, websites or PR and advertising campaigns remains so strong…….

I found this cheap-skate, corner cutting photography insulted my intelligence and it seemed to me that if they couldn’t be bothered to show the country at its best in their advertising, then I couldn’t be bothered to go there.  It obviously costs less than commissioning some quality photography of what is undoubtedly a stunning country but, and I kid you not, it made me decide to got to Greece instead that summer in protest!

The bottom line is, I think we are at risk of losing something here.  I don’t mean some fancy, creative career for people like me that do photography full-time, rather a stream of quality photography that can only be produced by someone putting in the (full) time and dedication required to do it.

This has nothing to do with the amateur Vs. pro debate, by the way.  There are stacks of great photographers in the amateur category but they have other jobs and their work is therefore sporadic and limited in volume.  The issue is that without photography being valued enough to make it pay a full-time job, how can we have the flow of good photography the market is capable of carrying if the majority of the image suppliers are just dabbling, albeit to a high standard, during their weekends and summer holidays?...READ the full article here

Every week I get requests to offer an ‘exciting opportunity to my students’ this always entails an organisation or company asking if I will promote their event to my students. The events are usually commercial events and often not very exciting; vintage fairs, unusual theatre productions, fashion events and a whole host of other things not worth mentioning. These offers almost always expect to be provided with images from the students at no cost, sometimes including full copyright and no payment is offered for attending the event (one even suggest that the photographers might want to pay £20 to photograph a play!). They are saying ‘basically we want someone to do something for nothing’ and the benefit, ‘to improve their portfolios’. So, one, they are cheapskates, they should budget for a professional photographer if they need images, secondly they are prepared to use potentially poor or lesser quality images from students to promote their company or event, so what does that say about how they think of themselves. I get similar requests from charities that are holding funding events and these in general I do promote through this blog assuming the charity is doing something worthwhile.

Read the article join the debate, although we will never stop the rot completely we might manage to slow the slide towards mediocre images pervading our lives.

To end on a lighter note when searching for a photograph to illustrate this article I found sites just full of bad photography, here are a couple, click on the photographs to find more

Bad Paid-For Photos – Ellen Degeneres Photo Gallery

You Are Not a Photographer | Exposing fauxtographers since 2011

Here in Oxford the bicycle reigns, Steve shows it is much the same the world over.