Has anyone noticed how different their hometown seems since lock down has gradually lifted? This town is starting to act a little more normal but it certainly doesn’t look it right now. Below are some examples of what I mean; my town just feels lost among old crumby advertising boards and paths overgrown with weeds and shrubbery. Admittedly it has never been the prettiest of places but before at least it was familiar and tidy. Surely I’m not the only one whose still getting used to how their town feels and how surreal it seems that it’s almost functioning in this mess. Hopefully we can all do our part in cleaning it up and continuing to stay safe.
Even though lock down may be coming to an end gradually but please don’t forget we are far from the safe zone, so please be wary and be safe. The weather is very tempting to go out and travel lately, why not simply go out for a little walk for a bit, if you don’t have a garden, or a near by quiet place you know of, so you still get out for an hour or two while avoiding crowds and are able to social distance properly. I feel grateful now more than ever to have my studio in the location that it’s in and I hope you guys find that little space to clear your head and remain safe and aware. Here are some lovely photos from my little space I like to visit.
Right now we’re all adjusting to what is being referred to as the ‘new normal’ and to help us do this, there are little things throughout our daily lives that we try to keep doing. One of things include going outside for an hour everyday, of which we’re now doing more than ever as it simply allows us to breathe and reduces our stresses for a while. If you’re anything like myself and are filled with anxiety about stepping outside right now, the one things that seems to help is taking a camera and looking at the interesting and beautiful environment around me. Here are a few images that were recently taken from a short trip around an interesting local park. If you’re struggling to get outside but know you need to, then maybe take something with you that you can use to be inspired by what you see, whether it’s a camera or a notebook and pen, just enjoy being outside and don’t forget to stay safe.
As we all know, right now the world is a bizarre and a scary place. The only thing we have at this point in terms of normality is each other and what we know. If you guys have a passion or even want to try something new, (IE. photography, dancing, crafting, etc.) then try to find small ways of making it part of your routine. From simple things like listening to music more, craft sessions online or even using a table as a photography studio. There are so many ways to keep the arts close to home, especially right now, you just have to try. To show this works, below are images that were all taken at home.
Let’s all keep our love and sanity together and we will get through this #bekind
Almost a year a go a friend and myself took a trip to Burton and took a range of wonderful and bizarre images and this month we did it again. This time, we went to a different area and it wasn’t long after storm Dennis either. It was a wonderful place with incredible architecture and history. As you can see, there were a large variety of subjects to photograph and had fun doing so. This may not seem anything overly amazing to write about but it’s just a reminder that it’s good to unwind and just simply create because you can, with or without friends. It’s just important to remember to have fun with your craft.
January and February is that time of year as a self employed artist where it can be very quiet, so quiet at times that it can be hard not to feel a little down. However, it’s the perfect time to take a step back and reevaluate and focus on art as a business. It’s the time to reset your aims for the year ahead, in order to make your business successful for another year.
Let’s all cheer to a new year and new business goals to keep the arts and small businesses thriving.
As far as being self-employed goes, people think you can take time of whenever you want, which I suppose is technically true, as many of you may know that’s rarely the case. However, the end of the year is the most important time or year to take a break and just let go a little. Don’t forget to take a break yourself and give yourself a bit of healing time, to relax, to gather your thoughts and think about your goals for the year ahead.
Here are images from the last photo shoot of this year and no matter what/if you celebrate, have a safe and wonderful end of year and a successful new one.
As you may have noticed there’s been a bit of a change on the website recently, this is because I was recently reminded that if you want to be known for something more then you need to make that happen. It hasn’t been a case of focusing on the wrong thing in photography but more of not focusing on anything direct at all, this needed to change. In this case that meant giving everything a bit of a darker make over while also showing other things I enjoy that aren’t necessarily dark in subject, ie. Documentary photography. After much digging and plotting I’m going back to my roots in order to show you all the sort of artwork I want to show and sell. Some people may like it and others may not but that is up to them,either way from now on I’ll be advertising my darker work, whether they’re prints or creative portraits. I hope you guys enjoy the content and to remember if you’re feeling a little lost, just take some time and think about the reason you decided to do what you do.
This October has been the first time in a while I’ve really gotten back into dark photography; so as photographers and as friends, the three of us teamed up to create a story each that involved the other two people. This is a great exercise to do with friends because it really gets your creativity flowing again, you get to encourage each other and feed of each other’s ideas. It’s really brought back my love of creating macabre shoots again and if you’re ever feeling creatively blocked, ask or rope your friends into doing an exercise like this and you’ll be back to your artistic self in no time. I’ve just got to keep that feeling going now it’s back, so here at SE Photos, we invite you all to come with us on this journey into the darker side of art. We’re open to collaboration or commissions as well as prints for sale and we hope you enjoy this journey with us we progress further.
I wish you all wonderful creativity and a happy All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain and stay safe
I don’t know if anyone notices this but as soon as it hits half way through the year everything comes flying at you at 150mph. With everything going on (work & life), it can be hard to do something artistic for yourself. With that in mind, me and a friend have decided to have a bit of fun with the little spare time we have. We’re both fans of digital manipulation so we put our slightly ‘quirky’ heads together to create a little experimental show. A small budget and a small day out has become a very big idea. Our show is about our day trip to Burton and how we may have seen the same places but we certainly saw them from two perspectives. We want to stretch people’s thoughts and opinions on what people can see and create with their imagination even from a simple day trip to Burton.
If it’s to see family or a work trip or for any other matter, the one thing these journeys all have in common is the motorway or country roads. I’m the passenger in the car as I don’t drive and it is a wonderful thing. I love being the passenger because it’s often you often find the most unexpectedly stunning views while on the road. Surely there’s an irony of being stuck in a car on a huge tarmacked surface while seeing nothing but beautiful green and intriguing land. It makes me appreciate the view we have in the UK along with how hard it can be being a driver and trying not to look at the incredible view at the same time. In addition to this, it’s also quite bizarre how different the world looks through a front seat compared to a back seat window, despite it being the same car and a similar place. Here’s a look into what interesting landscapes I’ve seen and that you might have even gone passed at some point yourself. Where was the strangest place you found beauty?
Due to recent cirumstances, it has meant that I’ve had to go through my drawers full of photography stuff. I imagine we all have those bit and bobs related to our craft that we put in a drawer and forget about. So here is an example of a couple of things that were found in the drawers. I found two lighting gels and some random props and decided to just have some fun with them. To be honest, never having really used gels before for a proper photoshoot, it’s safe to say that they are a lot of fun. Have you guys out there ever had a clean out of your arty storage and forgotten about half of the stuff that was in there? If so, what have you found and did you finally make use of them or throw them away, let me know in the comment section.
Hi there to the wonderful people who read this blog, this month has been a little bit manic so unfortunately, there hasn’t been much productivity in terms of photo shoots and blog brainstorms. So for now, here are some images from my last photo shoot that was more of a practice shoot for location purposes, although I’m pleased with these images. Sometimes we have to remember that real life must come before our online obligations and presence. Don’t worry, next month will be back to normal, all being well.
These days it seems that the more you progress in photography, the more people tell you to avoid pretty sunsets and landscapes. However, sometimes I reckon it’s good to go back to basics, it’s sometimes harder than it looks. Everyone has taken photos of landscapes and sunsets in some form or another when starting in photography so why not do it again. It’s been fun to go back to basics in one sense but with more knowledge the images produced are naturally stronger. Below is an example of a few ‘pretty’ landscapes and sunsets that have been taken lately, I know I wouldn’t have been able to take this sort of things so easily when I first started photography.
Here’s a popular question among photographers. What is your opinion on digital manipulation? There are people out there who believe a photograph is only a photograph if it is completely untouched and straight from camera, even though images have been manipulated since the invention of dark rooms with dodging and burning. However, that is their opinion, do you share that opinion? If so, that’s fine because what kind of world would it be if we all had the same opinions? As you may have noticed by now, I’m not that kind of person. I really enjoy experimenting with all sorts of manipulation, in-camera, digital or on the print itself. This year has been a time when I’ve been learning more about Photoshop and the things you can do with it. Manipulations can bring your image to life in a way you never thought about and can really make you think about taking it to the next level. It’s very early days yet with Photoshop and all the bizarre things it has to offer but that’s the joy of experimenting. Here is just a small variety of different manipulations that have been made this year.
Do you ever find that yourself going to work (or studio) and find yourself doing the same thing day in day out? Me too. Recently I found myself questioning my routine of a working day, being self-employed, it’s quite easy getting hooked on the ‘importance’ of certain things such as a website and sticking to a working day. Not only have I written a list of things that I’m going to be changing over the coming weeks but I’d thought I’d try something completely new. I treated myself to a Hoya Infrared filter and it’s wonderfully bizarre. Sometimes you have to remember to really step out of your comfort zone and try something brand new (within or outside of your craft). There are so many little things you need to do to create a strong infrared image from making sure there aren’t any light spots and a working with a new way of editing, it’s a really fun challenge to change things a bit. Sometimes trying something new can really make a difference to your routine and change your mentality towards a normal working day.
Below are a few images I’ve created, I know they are far from perfect but that’s the joy of starting something new.
In Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent, there is a derelict site called the East-West Precinct that was once a bright, thriving and colourful shopping centre and bus station that had cafes, music shops, restaurants and so on. Unfortunately over the decades, this once grand centre has become nothing but reminders of a bright part smothered in rot and decay. It was officially abandoned around 2013 (this was when the new Hanley bus station officially opened) and has remained standing as a local eye sore. Fortunately for local residents, it is being demolished this year and myself and another photographer (and friend) have been granted permission to document the deconstruction of this grand dismal site. We hope to create something interesting from it, so that the local community can access the images that we produce and will be able to see progress from how it use to look to being an empty piece of land in one place.
Below are a few images of what the old shopping centre currently looks like before demolition
This year is going to be one of those where I start as I mean to go on (hopefully), meaning to do something meaningful and productive each day, in terms of marketing and photography in general. So far the main task has been to create mock ups and select images that could be sold digitally to those who would like something a little different to spruce up their desktop or android. This is because the world we live in is surrounded by all things digital and there are infinite ways to access anything online (especially images) so it’s all about experimenting and pushing myself into the digital world in hopes something good will come of it.
Do you guys have the same problem when it comes to your own work? If you’re feeling confident enough to share a few tips then don’t be afraid to comment below.