I'd like to begin by wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy new year, and to share with you ten of my favourite images from 2015.
I am lucky enough to share my work across quite a wide range of audiences, but one comment I receive about my work is common to all of them, that my portfolio and the media used is very mixed, that it encompasses many different genres.
I don't see anything unusual in this, and I am not the only Photographer who shoots a very mixed bag of images and I have never really seen the point in limiting oneself to any particular genre, maybe this makes me a 'Jack of all trades and master of none', but I don't see it like that, for the most part I just shoot what interests me and that might be a Landscape, or a portrait, a still life or a composite of all three!
Of course, there is nothing wrong in spending a career chasing the perfect landscape, or creating a name for yourself shooting nudes, or fashion or whatever - each to their own! I guess I wanted to mention this as some are critical of what I have done and what I will continue to do, to create images that encompass the widest possible range of subjects. Perhaps that unnerves some of my critics who feel that any artist should focus on just one style or subject, which is fine, it is all subjective, but sometimes I think they speak more about their own failings than mine - I just shoot light, and light wraps everything in beauty and interest and light is what photography is all about!
Anyhow, in no particular order I'd like to share my personal favourites from 2015, it has been extremely difficult choosing ten images that some you may have already seen - and I apologise for that, but if you enjoy them half as much as I enjoyed creating them, then I guess that I have achieved what I set out to do, to create something worthwhile.
If you click on the images, you can see them at a larger size, and please do feel free to share this Blog with others who may find it of interest.
|This image was shot at a place very dear to me using 120 Fomapan 100 roll film in my Mamiya, for me it captures and transmits the quiet and magical essence of that place.
|Take one DSLR, a wide angle lens, some fill flash and an eight year old boy.......
For me this picture encapsulates the simple joys of summer, and youth and sheer fun.
|Another 35mm film image that I love, also shot at Roker on my Kiev 4a. This image conjures all sorts of stories along with a mood and atmosphere which film delivers in bucket loads.
Thanks for watching, I have certainly found this process rewarding and I hope that you have enjoyed them.
And once again, with all the very best wishes for an amazing 2016. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them.