Max Colson: Tales

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

Tattoos and Tattoers for Japan

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Recently I’ve been spending a fair bit of time photographing with the very nice Henry Hate and the rest of his tattoo & piercing team (the very talented Matteo Ceccarini, Adam Lewis and Kat Fury) at Prick Tattoo in East London. I’ve been at Prick on various days, the most recent being the shop’s Tattooers for Japan event to raise money for the earthquake relief. My tactics on this topic were fairly simple really – I just wanted to convey the process of a tattoo session in a photo story. The following images are a few excerpts from some of the sessions that I was present at on that particular day.

I reckon the final edit will work more as a mosaic of moments from the different tattoo sessions, broken up with a few portraits, but for the moment I just want to get some sessions up and serialised. Let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas on how I should approach this:

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert, before his tattoo session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert's tattoo design

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert, halfway through his tattoo session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London

Linda's Tattoo Preparation

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Linda, halfway through the session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London Henry Hate

Adam, before his tattoo session with Henry Hate

Prick Tattoo East London Henry Hate

Adam, halfway through his tattoo session with Henry Hate

Prick Tattoo East London Kat Louise Fury

Prick's chief piercer Kat Louise Fury

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Lucy, halfway through her session with Matteo Ceccarini

Manual Labour (going back to the basics)

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Well all I can say after my experience of the group tutorial sessions is that I’m impressed.

Some of the work from people on this course is really getting me going, making me want to go out and improve, and I don’t think you can ask for much more than that. I need to learn more and I need to learn more fast. I can confirm that I’m getting some great incentives to do so.

I think out of the things that I’m learning at the moment it’s developing a simple, careful, shooting methodology. I need the patience and the trust in my sense to find a scene amidst the chaos of wherever I’m shooting, and then being patient enough to sit with it, work it, work it again, and if all of the shapes of the scene are not there then leaving it, and coming back to it later when everything might hopefully be in place. And remember that there are only a limited number of frames: Foreground. Check. Background. Center. Check. Foreground. Right exposure? —-> Yep, seriously!

Really rudimentary, downright simple, basic stuff. I need to be slower. Back in the day everyone shot film and knew that each frame cost something. I sometimes pass over both.

There’s this phrase from the very helpful book ‘On Being a Photographer‘ (by the Magnum photographer David Hurn and the photographer/academic Bill Jay) which is haunting me at the moment:

“Very few people who take photographs are visual. They do not see. They record – but that’s not seeing. It’s very hard to see…”

At first I thought Hurn was talking about photographers not seeing images of historical significance and whilst yes you could infer that, I think really he is talking a lot more simply. It’s just about composition: I need to spend a serious amount of time looking and framing, and working out where the shapes are before I decide to haphazardly press the shutter and jump onto my next whimsical fancy. Breathing easy might help too.

To anyone who’s reading who is not on the course, we have just completed our first assignment shooting people at work. I took some okayish pictures and here’s one of them:

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