Close to Home

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

 

Travels

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 creat because you can, with or without friends. It’s just important to remember to have fun with your craft.

Time to Refocus

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.

Even the Wicked Rest

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.

 

Roots

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.

You Got A Friend in Me

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

Beautifully Bonkers

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.

Beautifully Odd

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?

 

A Splash of Colour

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.

Temporarily Absent

 

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.