It's been a little while since my last post!

Hi,

I hope you're all well?

It has been a little while since my last post but that's a good thing, for me anyway. I've been pretty busy, pretty hectic working on some new things and balancing some other work at the same time. This is just a little catch up and a chance for you guys to see what I'm doing and what's coming up.

So first of all, my previous blog post with the review of the paper from Permajet was a resounding success. I've had a lot of very positive feedback from different people, including some nice comments from Permajet's Managing Director, over in the UK. They have since sent me a stack more paper (I mean a stack too! Check out the photo on my facebook page) so that I can get a better feel for their products and review some more of their paper. This is coming up probably towards the end of the next week.

I was recently asked to submit some work to 'In Focus' magazine. In Focus is a digital magazine produced exclusively for the iPad and features a variety of work, reviews and news from the professional photography industry. Unfortunately due to some timing constraints it didn't make this month's edition but I'm hopeful it will be in next month's issue.

I've been creating some new work and I'm currently figuring out a way for it to fit into a nice, coherent project. At the moment it's a collection of separate photographs but I've got some ideas on linking them together so it's just a case of deciding where I want to go with that work.

Next up I'm heading over to New Zealand at the end of the year where I intend to create a new personal project, the details of which I'll let you know a little closer the time. It will be a landscape/nature based project but I have to do a bit more research before I have a direction and intention for where I'm going with it.

Slightly further away I'm hoping to finalise a booking for a gallery exhibition next year, probably around May and it will be held locally in the Sandgate/Shorncliffe area. There's one or two little things I have to tie up with the gallery before it's finalised but it's an exciting prospect that I'm very much looking forward to. Of course there will be invites for each and every one of you that are able to come and view my work. I'll be sure to let you know once we're set for dates.

Right now I'm busy with other work and jobs that are keeping me from posting a little more than I'd like to but I'm hoping that you won't begrudge me that!

The next few posts are likely to be reviews as I've had some in the pipeline for a while and I'm keen to get them finished. I'll show you some more new work soon too. In fact I'll share a little something from my current working project at the bottom of this blog post.

That's really all I have time for now. I'll be in touch soon.

Take care, 

Best wishes,

James

The edge of light

The edge of light


I've been quiet, I know!

Hey,

I hope everyone is keeping well. This post is partly to let you know that I still exist and partly to let you know what I've been doing and what's coming up soon. 

So, where to begin?

I've taken a little time away from here recently, mainly as I have a new project that I'm really focussed on but also to get away from the noise. When I say noise I mean monotony, boredom, the soul sapping crap that seems to be populating our news feeds, our facebook feeds and everything in between. I wanted to take a step away from my social media (You may have noticed the disappearance of my social icons) as it was doing very little to inspire me. In all honesty it has been frustrating me and I needed a break away from it to recharge and re-energise my creative spark.

I'm feeling good now though. I have some fresh ideas, some thoughts and a new direction (more on that to come in the future). During my break I've come to appreciate the little things, the details in life that we're often to busy to notice as we rush around filling our day. I've slowed down, I've stopped and considered the form, the shape, the structure of everyday things that so often pass us by. I've been photographing these details with only my smartphone. That's my challenge and there's no better forum with which to share this kind of mini project than on instagram. The last couple of weeks you will have seen the early stages of this if you follow my instagram feed. Many of them are natural/geology related (As a Geologist by trade, I can't help myself). All of them are natural objects, forming interesting shapes and patterns. I'll continue with this for a little while I think. I'm enjoying the slower pace...

What else is going on?

I'm very busy in the background making some connections and with this I will be trialling and reviewing some new (to me) products. The first is a new type of paper that I've come across from a company called Permajet. I met with a Permajet rep at a recent Expo and had a good conversation about their products. They have a beautiful range of papers that I have offered to put through their paces and review them for Permajet. From what I've seen so far from the feel of the samples, I'm very excited. The demo prints that I've seen look stunning so I can't wait to try them for myself. If i like the results there is the possibility that I may become a brand ambassador for Permajet which would be excellent for both them and myself. A review will appear sometime next week.

Another new thing for me is the trial of a different brand of editing software. I'm having a play with Capture One Pro 7 built by the folks at Phase One. This is not new software but another alternative to the Adobe range of products and their continual insistence that we join their subscription based model (Which I'm not a fan of). To give you an idea of how it fits in, it's somewhere between Lightroom and Photoshop but very powerful in it's own right and could be a replacement for Lightroom if all goes well. I'll have a review of it sometime soon too.

That's about it from me I think?

I apologise if it's been a bit long and tedious but hopefully you hung in there until the end, which is now...

Take care,

James