Painterly panoramic work looking down on Paleokastritsa. A bit of a challenge with my Benign Positional Vertigo but hopefully worth it 🙂
This is how I see things. For me there are only a few things that are of prime importance in a camera and lenses. They have to be small, light, well built, reliable and take well exposed and sharp images which is why my current choice is the Olympus OM-D system. The thing that I most enjoy about photography is finding subjects/locations and imagining how they might look when I’ve had a chance to work with my images. So there’s a sort of feedback loop already going on in my head when I’m looking around and taking pictures.
What the camera sees is one thing what my mind’s eye sees is another thing entirely. What I’m always searching for in a scene are aspects such as perspective, textures, compositional elements and lighting etc. and well beyond that how I can work with these when I’ve downloaded my images which brings me on to processing (hate the term), for me, by far the most important and exciting part.
A while back I stumbled across the perfect description for my type of work “Paintography” some years after I stumbled into it completely unaware that there was such a thing. I guess this is where the photographer in me stops and my artistic side takes full-rein if indeed one can separate one from the other. Put simply, this is the point where I have complete artistic freedom to explore and mix different techniques and open the lid on a Pandora’s box of artistic possibilities, such a large box that even after some years I’m very much still discovering and experimenting with new things.
I’ve just had my seventh work “explored” on Flickr. As many of you know I don’t very often produce absolutely “straight” photographic work which, on the whole, I think that Flickr explore seems to prefer so I’m always surprised and delighted when one of my works appear there. By way of a little celebration I thought I’d post them here in chronological order. The first work entitled “Last of the Summer Wine” is a pretty conventional work but still a surprise when it appeared in Explore.
And then came this work “Between the Ponds” which came as a real surprise as it’s an out and out, full on painterly work and generally-speaking more reflective of my style and interest.
The next two works “The colours of spring” and “Under Pressure!” again in a painterly style and, in the later case, the first of my “Klimtesque” style works to be explored.
This work, “Good Light” is a bit of both, certainly not an out and out straight work and not overtly painterly either., a sort of halfway house if you like and marks a bit of a change in my style.
My most recent explores ” Come all ye faithful” and “Dreamscape” have really pleased me as I think that they reflect the direction which my work has taken recently.
Another place that I sometimes post my work to is to the Olympus Gallery. Understandably perhaps they nearly always favour straight photography as they’re a manufacturer of photographic equipment but it would be nice if they occasionally recognised that not everyone that uses their equipment produces conventional photographic works.
I came across this brave little lad on About.me https://about.me/ricojay and I was moved by his story and thought maybe I could help in some way. Please see the video below. I have decided that I will donate 50% of any profit on the sale of my works on Pixels.com http://leigh-kemp.pixels.com/ to the fund http://www.dreamordonate.nl/2289-rico-jay-for-america
This way you get something nice to hang on your wall, scatter on you sofa, wrap around your i-phone or yourself on a cold night (duvet covers) 🙂 or use to carry your shopping around in etc. and he gets one step closer to his dream.
Please watch the video and visit his website and consider donatiing either directly to his fund or through purchasing one of my work he needs all the help that he can get.
The Rico-Jay fund is now official, please see https://www.gofundme.com/ricojay in English. I just put my money where my mouth is and donated to his http://www.dreamordonate.nl/2289-rico-jay-for-america fund. Please make a donation and help this child. I have been conversing on Twitter with his mum and have some great news, he is in hospital in Holland to receive treatment and can now eat normal food, something that you and I take for granted. Imagine how amazing this must be after 7 1/2 years of not being able to do so!. You can follow him @RicoJayFund on Twitter https://twitter.com/RicoJayFund
According to my WordPress stats report thingy this posting was the most read in 2015. Thank you all and please let’s keep it this way in 2016 and tell your friends about his story and his fund-raising site.At the time of writing (30/12/2015) his fund has raised 22% of the €40, 000 target that he needs to travel to America and receive the specialist medical treatment that he needs. Every donation gets him one step closer to his dream.On his and his parents’ behalf thank you all for your continued kindness and generosity.
One of my older photos taken earlier this year given a new look but the message remains exactly the same, maybe more so. All around me every day I see incredible affluence and seeming indifference to the plight of others less fortunate than themselves. It should be hard to believe that this photo was taken in “leafy” Surrey. Of all of the many photos that I’ve taken this year and all the work that I have produced to date I think that this one means the most to me.
Tip, if you are doing a new cover for your Flickr page leave some black space above and below the artwork area so that you can position it vertically, if you click on the above image it will take you to the image on my Flick account and you will see the blank space above and below the “banner” area. I also saved the work as a multi-layered PSD file with the graphics layer overlayed over the image area and a third black layer. This way you can change the background image very easily and also update the graphics layer as you wish. You should also make sure that your graphics don’t get covered by the Flickr buddy icon, lettering etc..