It had been raining all week in Cumbria from Monday to Friday so what were the chances we would have a decent day for the wedding on Saturday? Well for Sam and Lucy the sun came out and although some clouds appeared later in the afternoon we were almost done. We all went off to Holehird the gardens of which are maintained by the Lakeland Horticultural Society. Spring is upon us and the flowers had started to open their colours for all to see and what a great backdrop it made for their photographs. So here are a few of them for everyone to enjoy!
Archive for March, 2010
Everywhere we look in life there are divisions between people. Language causes natural division, if you cannot understand what the other person is saying it is difficult to build a rapport. Lands also are a natural division between people with boundaries being set to mark ones territory over another. None of this seems to help society function and I am of the view this was not the original intention. So how do we build bridges across these divisions? Many would submit that great sporting events help bring people together. Of course that might be right but only in a limited way. Sporting events usually bring out our desire to support our own team or country so whilst we may admire performances from competitors from around the world we still tend to focus more on our own land. Music I suppose spans many divisions and we can truly enjoy the rhythm’s of different cultures without feeling a need to compete. It struck me recently that photography is also a good medium to build relationships across the world. I have a number of photography sites saved to my favourites list that I look at on a regular basis. As I was browsing this list the other day I took note of the fact that they were from all corners of the globe. We can admire all sorts of photographs that people from many different languages and lands produce without feeling any urge to protect our own turf. When I look at other photographers pictures I can gain inspiration to try something new and different and I am sure many other photographers feel the same way. We learn by what we look at and listen to, unfortunately we seem to live in a world where many do not listen so maybe more looking would help! So here are some more photographs to look at. Emma wanted some casual shots and we thought we would try a new location recently found. Hope you like them.
I wrote in an earlier blog about my favourite advert of all time which was the Guiness Horses crashing through the waves. Of course Guiness have made great use of Black & White because it reflects perfectly their outstanding product! When it comes to photography what is your favourite, Black and White or Colour? My favourite photographer when I was younger was Bailey. I loved his photographs but probably was also influenced by the whole Bailey image. I have always thought that Black and White conveys a sense of mood which is very difficult to achieve with colour. So when I am doing photography purely for my own satisfaction I can indulge myself. These are some images I have just converted. Taking photographs of children can work equally well, in my opinion, with either format. Colour seems to capture happy expressions and convey in a way that warms the heart.. The interesting thing is that whilst many old technologies disappear as advancements are made, for example vinyl records, black and white tv’s, cassettes etc, in photography many of the old technologies stick around. Black and White is one of those because it has remained relevant as a medium in which to express images. That’s my view anyway!