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Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

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Car park portrait

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Shot a quick portrait whilst out and about earlier today on top of a car park in East London. No funny business.

I photographed it completely wide open on a bright sunny day, which isn’t how I normally shoot at all so it was nice to try out a different technique…

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October 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Frieze 2011

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Frieze 2011 Max Colson Photographer Photography

I went to the Frieze art fair the Saturday just passed, which was quite an interesting experience. I didn’t go there to take pictures really, although I did bring my camera with me and fired off a few frames inadvertently. Mainly I went there to check out what new artists are doing and what’s out there at the moment. As there was so much stuff to see and I only had four hours I didn’t obviously see everything but there was definitely some great stuff there.

I just have to say this artist Walid Raad whose work I saw there was just brilliant. Maybe I’ll ask Santa to buy me some of his work for Christmas 🙂

Here are some other snaps from the fair:

Frieze 2011 Max Colson Photographer Photography

Frieze 2011 Max Colson Photorapher Photography

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October 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Historical re-enactment at home

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One of the main bits of feedback about my last photo essay (on Napoleonic historical re-enactment) was that although there were some nice single images they didn’t come together as a story that well. They didn’t really have a point besides showing that a particular hobby takes place. If you want to see what this piece of work looked like you when I submitted it you can see the website here.

My strategy with the first iteration of my re-enactment project was slightly misguided. After going through all of the images I had shot I saw that I had three categories of images (portraits, action shots, and anachronistic scenes) and so I decided to make sense of them by presenting them in their 3 simple categories. Obviously this was slightly silly; in effect my submitted piece of work was less an exercise in telling a story and more one in which I simply categorised some images of historical re-enactment. Nice if you want to look at a catalogue  of images, not so nice if you want an actual story about the hobby.

I guess what I’m interested in is giving the viewer a sense of the background on which re-enactment takes place, which is on the lives of women and men with historical interests in the UK. I will be doing this not only through some multimedia videos that I am currently producing but also through a series of portraits that I am doing in and around where re-enactors live. I will be using all of this to add another dimension to the images of the re-enactments taking place. Here are a few that I shot recently with the great Keri Tolhurst.

Napoleonic Historical re-enactment Max Colson Photography Photographs

Napoleonic Historical re-enactment Max Colson Photography Photographs

Napoleonic Historical re-enactment Max Colson Photography Photographs

Napoleonic Historical re-enactment Max Colson Photography Photographs

Model Railway Club – Portraits

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I haven’t posted up any new stuff up for a long, long time I realise. I also have suddenly become aware that I haven’t really been using this blog to chart and discuss the development of my photographic ideas either; note to future self.

But here’s some new stuff I shot today – I was hanging out at my favourite model railway joint and I after catching up with some of the guys I took some portraits. These were all pretty quick, using available light (strip lighting from the ceiling). I want to experiment a bit more in the future.

David

Alan

Manus

Chris

Robert

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October 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm