Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Hip Hip

My name is Justice, and I am a Hipstamatic addict!
I won't be giving up my hi-tech equipment, but the fun of the simulated lo-fi has me hooked.
I am blaming Sarah of Eyeshoot for my affliction/obsession, though I admit this may be entirely without justification.
Anyway, I would strongly suggest if you don't already have Hipstamatic installed on your iphone, do not be tempted by it. There is no escape once it has you in its grip.
The ridiculous number of weird and wonderful film, lenses and flash options...along with the bewildering permutations in which they may be combined...either manually or (with just a shake of the phone) randomly...well, let's just say this way madness lies.
Madness, and surprise, and wonder...and beauty.

Just say no, kids!

Monday, 23 May 2011

New Work - Industrial Processing

Nearly two weeks since my last post...life has been busy! Happily though, I've been able to put some time into new work and not been completely consumed by the day job. One of the things I was looking forward to after moving from the empty expanses of Suffolk countryside, was photographing the industrial architecture and landscapes of my new home in the North West. These images are some of the first results of that endeavour.
The Potential Difference I     2011
I've also been experimenting with some post-processing to create specific atmospheres for these photos. HDR is in danger of becoming a cliché it seems (and with so much of it being overdone to the point of ridiculousness, that's not surprising). I don't want to go down that route, but the techniques intrigue me, and there can certainly be creative validity to it. So instead of running my photos through a piece of $30 software, I've taken a little time to more gently and carefully alter the work, hopefully with some success.
The Potential Difference II     2011
The idea of photographic purism doesn't interest me in the slightest. In fact, since the advent of Photoshop and high-quality digital equipment, I think it's an irrelevance. If one chooses to place artificial limitations on oneself instead of using the tools available to express one's creativity, that's fine. But don't preach to me about my work having less validity because I have taken the image from the camera and turned it into something different.
England's Green and Pleasant     2011
It's certainly possible to go too far, and it's certainly true that post-processing won't (in most cases) turn a bad photograph into a good one. But then, much of this is subjective. Personally, my aim when shooting is to achieve the composition I want (and I don't always follow the 'rules' on that either)...but what I do with the raw image I capture is determined not by artificial restraints, but by my creative concept and vision.
Black Gold, Black Sky     2011
These images are post-processed in this way for a very specific reason, because the contrast between the skies and the man-made elements is enhanced and emphasised, and the effect of our presence on the environment is dramatised. In the last two, of the Stanlow oil refinery at Ellesmere Port, this concept is distilled into a depiction of the industry and landscape both in harmony and in opposition, the sky itself seemingly created by the smokestacks of the giant plant below.

Less valid than an unaltered photograph? Some may think so. I think not.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A Gentleman and a Scholar

So, returning a few favours to some of those who have been kind enough to feature my work recently, I created a Treasury of my own. With Fathers Day not far off (and my own birthday also approaching), it's a collection curated with the modern man in mind.

And again....

This time on the main front page!

Monday, 9 May 2011


On Etsy's UK front page...

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Poetry (and Music) of the Clouds

Into/Through l (The Brain is Wider)    2011

"The brain is wider than the sky"
Emily Dickinson

Into/Through ll (When The Day Arrives)    2011
"And when the day arrives I'll become the sky"
Trent Reznor 

Into/Through lll (Kiss the Sky)    2011
"Excuse me, while I kiss the sky"
Jimi Hendrix

Monday, 2 May 2011

Shades of the UK

A black and white collection from the UK Photo Team.