Art

Portraits of boats

This weeks posts have a very heavy Maritime theme and I am going to continue that today (must be the sunny weather).  I am fascinated by the sea and the surrounding coastal landscape, especially inspired by interactions between humans and the deep, churning, waters.One manifestation of this fascination is boats.  When ever I am at the coast I come away with a good number of images containing boats.  It doesn't matter what size or shape, I photograph them.  A lot of them are quite similar I have to say, but they do make for some nice images.  They are also useful devices to add foreground interest to a scene.

 

This one was interesting as it was beached amongst the reeds. The sun just appeared from behind the clouds, boosting the contrast within the scene.

 

Until next time.

Photography Exhibition at the Cluny, Newcastle

Just a heads up, I am exhibiting 6 prints from my "In the shadows" Project at the Cluny in the Ouseburn. My prints feature alongside fellow photographers Chris Moody and Dave Park.  We had our opening night on Friday, which was exciting.  The exhibition runs until the 17th February.

My project is an abstract look at forgotten, everyday items that help us in our working lives. Objects that that are often paid no attention, but are integral to work and life in general.  It is a slightly different direction for me, so I would be interested in any feed back on the exhibition. Till next time.

Announcing the Photo Hub, Newcastle

A few months back, friend Chris Moody and I, decided to try and put together something that would serve the North East photographic community in various ways.

We were initially lured to the idea of a retail operation combined with a cafe and studio.  So we started running some ideas and more importantly, numbers, and came to the conclusion that this was not feasible or applicable in the current retail market and economic climate.  We threw hundreds of ideas around, but the main idea that stuck was that we wanted it to be a community based project, reacting and adapting to the needs of the local photographic community.

After many discussions and a lot of planning, the Photo Hub was born.  The idea of the Photo Hub was to be constantly moving and incorporating fresh ideas and trends at the drop of a hat.  The Hub was based on online social networking communities.  There are hundreds of photographers who communicate and chat on the various networking sites and the role of the Photo Hub is to bring them together physically.

The aim is to offer support, help, tuition and networking, in a friendly, professional and encouraging environment.  We aim to accommodate photographers who's experience level ranges from beginners all the way through to Professionals and bring them together to chat, have a drink and discuss the various aspects of photography.  Most of all we want the Photo Hub community to dictate and participate in the Hub's future direction.

It all kicked off last Sunday (4th Nov) with our very first event day.  Held at the Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle, we held an afternoon of talks and activities.  We were also joined by various suppliers who exhibited their goods and demonstrated the latest in photographic gear.  Big thanks to the guys from Lencarta, Direct Digital Imaging (bringing their Phase One cameras with them)  and Intro 2020 for joining us.  Also thanks to Chris Ireland at completecaptureone.com for supplying our raffle prizes.

Thanks to our guest speakers for some very informative workshops and seminars and for a showcase of some truly inspiring images. Shout out to Phil PuntonJohn PictonMontana Lowery and Mark Pinder.It was an excellent afternoon and the feedback we got from the audience was great.

As part of the Photo Hub we will be holding monthly meets (first one TBC) and every six months we will be holding bigger event like the one at the Star and Shadow.

It's all very exciting for everyone involved. If you would like more information on the Photo Hub, then please visit our facebook page.

Lastly, and most importantly, a big thank you to everyone that came and made the afternoon really enjoyable and worth while event.

 

Project - No Ball Games

Wandering around a few months ago I was struck by the utter chaos and dirtiness of backstreets in my local area. I found it quite funny how the council and residents/shop owners, spend so much time and money making the fronts of their buildings look so inviting and yet the backstreets and side alleys are left to fend for themselves. This struck me as odd, because in many cases, at least where I live, these streets are quite well used by people, or in some cases the streets are open to the impeccable fronts of other streets.Despite the lack of care and attention paid to such streets and alleys, there two things you are not allowed to in almost all of them, they are "No Parking" and Definitely "No Ball Games!"

This has formed the basis of my project to document the backstreets and alley ways of Newcastle.

 

 

This is on going, long term project.  I will be posting a couple of images at a time to keep you up to date with my project.

 

The Space in between

On Friday night three of my friends opened an exhibition of thier work at the Cluny. I went along to photograph the event and to look at some very good work.The exhibiton is on until the 31st of March and I recomend popping along for a look. The Exhibition includes work from photographers Al Palmer, Dave Park and Christopher Moody.

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Thanks for reading.

www.darrenobrien.co.uk

Gabriela Herman

When trawling one of my many blog readers I recently came across the work of Gabriela Herman. There was a collection of images from her Beetlebung Farm diary and I was immediately hooked. There is a subtle innocence about these images and at the same a certain sense of menace, which I cannot quite pinpoint. It possibly has something to do with images of knives and the graphic use of beetroot juice. Any way on with the images

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Thanks for reading, to see more of her work visit www.gabrielahermen.com

Al Palmer - Coastal

From my blog you can probably tell that I am quite into fashion photography, but I do appreciate good photography of all kinds. Al Palmer is a good friend of mine and his work differs considerably from my own and although not all to my tastes his work is very good. The coastal project has inspired me to start working on some projects of my own. In these images I really like the tranquil yet brooding nature of the images which instantly screams England, but yet could really be anywhere. Anyway enjoy the images and hopefully we will see more from this project in future.

Thanks for reading.

Find more about Al Palmer and his work at www.alpalmer.co.uk and read his blog at http://shoutingtocommunicate.wordpress.com