Month: February 2015

Journal de France

This is a close-up documentary, capturing the life and ideas of acclaimed French photojournalist Raymond Depardon, while he goes on a cross-country RV expedition photographing rural landscapes. It is a moving look into the life and work of Depardon. It shows the passion that is needed to be a journalist.


Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

This is a brilliant interpretation of the nativity of the West’s view of how it can help in any given situation. Showing that whatever is attempted by western influence is not necessarily best. It is interesting to see all these facts, cleverly edited into this documentary for the BBC.

The strength of the idea and thought that has gone into this documentary is overwhelming.  With the simple notion of sifting through the journalistic archives of the BBC, to create a new body of work.  It is clever the way he leads us through the journey that Afghanistan and the Middle East has taken over the years, bringing us to the situation that we are living in today.

I can imagine that the views of the documentary are not well received by the establishment.  There is an overwhelming thought that highlights that maybe, today’s world situations have actually been created by us in the past.  With all this information available in the public domain, highlights that the views of the media alter, creating complexities of what right and wrong actually are.

The documentary reflects the grey areas that occur when the depiction of good and bad are to be acted on. The thought that different governments, attempt to influence the thoughts of different countries and societies under the pretence of good actions, is worrying, as it would seem that the ‘clean up’ operation is could be more of a ‘cover up’ operation of our failings.

It is highlighted in the documentary that the military when looking for the ‘Taliban’, used what they believed to be good sources, were drawn into ancient tribal conflicts, rather than actually discovering who were ‘Taliban, contaminating the situation and ending up in conflict with everyone.  Maybe this can be brought into the idea of the modern Hollywood blockbuster, that we can make things right and better through our actions, where maybe we have made things worse.

It has to be said that this is an edited view of Curtis; however the evidence seems to be strong. I would recommend everyone to watch this documentary, as the ideas raised need to be discussed.

The Truman Show directed by Peter Weir 1998

This film makes you look at what is real and what is not.  The thought of being viewed during all your daily life can now be classed as a reality. The only difference is that we are not being directed, or are we?   With all the C.C.T.V. cameras in operation today it can be assumed in most areas, our actions are being recorded, if not being viewed.  It opens the thought to what is reality.

Who can accurately describe what reality is? The biggest issue is perception. In this film reality is directed by one man, creating the perception that all is normal and true, when everything is imaginary.

The thought behind the film is clever, perception of a given situation can be endlessly argued by anyone that was present at the time. The reality will be amongst all of the arguments, but not always corresponding with each other’s views. This can be recognised by anyone in their lives, as we all can associate with the restrictions of memory.

The film also reflects on the view that we are being manipulated, to do things for others without realising. To me this is a reference to the media and the politicians of any given country. We as the participants in our current global story, have our thoughts and ideas guided, by the views and ideas of the governments and press. The views of the people of the different countries of this world, will differ on most given situation depending on the public views of their given governments.

It also touches on the idea that we as the public are more interested in fiction than in reality.  It shows that we concentrate more on a directed, imaginary depiction of reality than our own lives.

My perfect travel kit

The Fujifilm Blog

CP+, an international comprehensive camera and photo imaging show presents the latest products and technologies, all in order to help further the development of the photo industry and photographic culture from Japan — the heartland of the photo imaging industry — to the world

CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015 will be taking place in Yokohama, Japan next week and I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to go along to help out.

I’ll be there for a week and I’ll be shooting for work pretty much constantly, but will hopefully also get the opportunity to shoot for myself, something that will be made especially amazing since I’ll be in great company with an amazing bunch of professional photographers:

Damien Lovegrove – portrait photographer and lighting guru from the UK
Chris Weston – wildlife photographer from Switzerland / UK
Knut Koivisto – portrait photographer from Sweden
Tomasz Lazar – reportage photographer…

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Cardiff After Dark by Macief Dakowicz



Cardiff After Dark by Maciej Dakowicz

Having looked and read the book i am pleased to say it is worth a look. The quality of the imagery is strong. The observing viewpoint is pleasing, and not to the article. Even though these images are from the city of Cardiff, anyone from any city will be able to recognize to subject.

As a photographer i can appreciate the time and effort that the artist has taken on the project, and am aware of the predicaments that he would have been putting himself into.

The chosen images are strong and represent the truth of the city life drinking culture that we have in the U.K. at the moment.

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Finding Vivian Maier. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel

There are a few different documentaries regarding the finding of Vivian Maier’s work, for this post I will be looking at the one produced by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. It has been nominated in the 2015 Oscars on the documentary feature category. I feel that this feature has a bias towards the involvement that John Maloof has had in the building of the success of Vivian Maier’s work. Yes he has had a major influence in the recognition of the work, however was it purely for the recognition of the work or to create value to it.

The documentary is a riveting watch. Highlighting the luck and intuition of Maloof to purchace the work in such a raw form. The shear quantity of work that is now available from the collection, and the collect-ability of it is astounding. It has to be said that without the work of people like John Maloof, in developing this identity of Maier’s work it could have been destine to be a statistic of landfill.

Vivian Maier’s work needs to be viewed and appreciated. In the documentary is is questioned whether Maier would appreciate the recognition that her work now possesses? Personally i think that anyone would appreciate their work achieving genuine acclaim! The question I think that needs to be answered is how happy a life Vivian Maier could have had if she had the confidence to exhibit her work? The feeling that I arrive at through the documentary is that Maier had some setbacks in the early part of her life, even to a level of abuse, sadly we may never know the reality of such a deep and personal lady.

i would recomend everyone to take the time to watch this documentary, as it is in a way a rags to riches storry, sadly though not for the original artist. This can be mirrored though the years by some classical artists that include Vincent van Gogh! If in years to come Maier’s work is is as revered as van Gogh, it can not be a bad thing. The way it gets to that point, and the legalities of the journey, will be an interesting process to witness.