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katethesmith:

A little while ago, my partner entered his photo into a competition, not thinking much of it. He was then informed that his photo was in the top 10, and will be displayed at Birdie Conference. This was great news, and considering we were coincidently travelling to London the same day for a family…

Creative Cargo →

katethesmith:

Since August, I’ve been involved with a fantastic project entitled “Creative Cargo”. This is a Strong Island project aimed at promoting Portsmouth’s cultural and creative industries.

I have spent the last month and a half managing the restoration/up-cycling of the steamer cases at the heart of…

We're thrilled to announce the ten BIRDIE Comp winners! →

birdieconf:

To celebrate the launch of our new photography conference, BIRDIE, we decided to run a little competition.

We asked how you would represent the last 12 months in a single image and we received a ton of excellent entries. The wait is over and the results are in! So without further ado, we’re…

My image made the final 10!!!!

billieraephoto:

Old Vic Tunnels, London

I finally found the Old Vic Tunnels of London. They are like nothing I’ve seen before and I really enjoyed walking through them, seeing the different kind of people who were attracted there. A few artists were working along one section of the tunnels. I love seeing all artists at work, its great seeing someone’s vision come to life. How they create something that they original saw only in their mind.

(Source: billieraephoto.co.uk)

billieraephoto:

Shoreditch, London

I love old posters on walls. They’ve become a part of a series that I’ve been meaning to pick up since I started it during my first year of my photography degree. The series is called ‘You had to be there’ and looks at event posers after they have occurred and how unimportant they become, slowing decaying.

If you look close you’ll see a piece featured by the fantastic Portsmouth street artist My Dog Sighs.

(Source: billieraephoto.co.uk)

katethesmith:

Spice Island Winners Exhibition - Zodiac Gallery, The Portsmouth Guildhall

I managed to miss the Spice Island Art Trail (again!) this year. But I did make it to the winners exhibition which has some great pieces in it.

The overall winner was Kas Williams, and quite rightly so. The intracate paper sculptures are just stunning. I admire artists that can create something so beautiful out of everyday objects.

My favourite pieces from the rest of the exhibition are from the “Brick House Man”, Lyn Richards. His house portraits are unique and beautiful. Individually, they make great mementos for home-owners. Together, they’re like a giant lego set, sitting comfortably aside each other, creating one of a kind street scenes.

There is such a broad range of art on show this year, with Fiona Harvey (photograph), Michael Wright (oil paintings), Julie Chappell (computer bugs), and Jessica Taylor (rigging tapestry) also exhibiting, all with fabulous work. Head down the to Guildhall to see the show, running until Tuesday 8th July.

My current thoughts →

katethesmith:

A lot has happened since I last posted on this blog. I’m still trying to fight my way into the art world. I’m still meeting as many people as I can. But one big thing has changed…I left my job. It begun as a Christmas temp job. Two and a half years later, it was time to call it quits. I wasn’t…

~4 more frames and it’s off to be developed :) #leica #leicam6 #m6 #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead

~4 more frames and it’s off to be developed :) #leica #leicam6 #m6 #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead

sagansense:

In the current issue of Q Magazine you’ll find my portrait of Professor Brian Cox.

This was such a satisfying shoot to do. I thrashed out the concept of Brian sat at a table looking at a space shuttle mid-launch with Russ, Q Magazines Picture Director the day before the shoot. The thought of doing this as a digital comp just felt naff to us so as ever I suggested and promised to pull of an idea that I had no real clue how best to achieve. (Russ is used to this…)

All we were certain of was that we wanted this shot to all happen in camera. No digital trickery or retouching and apart from having to retouch out the Magic Arm that was holding the model shuttle aloft (the small room wouldn’t allow me to position it in such a way as to hide it) we achieved our objective.

Everything was done in camera.

I built and painted the model shuttle through the night and heart in mouth made the ‘take-off’ smoke cloud in the morning before the shoot drawing on my complete ignorance of basic electrical wiring and hoping my death trap of a setup didn’t electrocute Brian halfway through the shoot. When I switched on the smoke model for the first time I was so pleased and had high hopes it was going to be a good one.

Anyway, after about 18 hours of solid work to build it we had the shot nailed in about ten minutes. Brian enjoyed it and for my part, in recent years this portrait is a personal highlight.

(behind-the-scene photo © Russ O’Connell)

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jackdalyphoto:

Suited

Last night I set out into the night with a well dressed Dan to shoot some action inspired well dressed bits. I love working with people and creating a storyline to what we’re doing and not just shooting images. I could have shot Dan in a suit posed up against a wall looking at camera, but wanted to create a narrative to the story, something that would give the images life and energy. We went for urban action, infused with him in a suit, I love the images and they have a James Bond goes Dior look which worked great for the narrative.

Stocking up on @Poundland #35mm film #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead #filmnotmegapixels :) (at Commercial Rd)

Stocking up on @Poundland #35mm film #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead #filmnotmegapixels :) (at Commercial Rd)

#nofilter this man let me take his photo. He was very diaper looking #leica #leicam6 #m6 #voightlander #nokton #classic #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead (at Fareham Leisure Centre)

#nofilter this man let me take his photo. He was very diaper looking #leica #leicam6 #m6 #voightlander #nokton #classic #believeinfilm #filmsnotdead (at Fareham Leisure Centre)

Vintage green #hoya filter for my #leica #m6 #leicam6 #believeinfilm

Vintage green #hoya filter for my #leica #m6 #leicam6 #believeinfilm