Monday, 25 June 2012

Telling Tales...

When I was growing up in Dublin, it was a big treat to go to the movies. Back then, in the Seventies it was movies like Jaws, Star Wars, Enter The Dragon, the list could go on and on... that captured my attention. I was able to lose myself in the story, I would identify with the main character and always save the girl! I was always hooked by the fantastic posters! The colours, the way images blended into one another, amazing.


I have always been into stories, either watching movies or reading books. As I have said before, one photograph is not enough for me; I have to take 3 or 4 and I always want it to tell a story. Often this means literally 2 or 3 photographs. A great example of this is the amazinphotographer Duane Michels, he manages to tel quirky and interesting stories with his pictures. He often presents them in the wrong order and the story is totally different!


Getting back to what I like to do; it has become easier since I joined NAPP, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The learning I have had in the last six months has been phenominal, and coupled with the great books produced by Kelby Media, I now have the skills to produce my own 'movie' posters. The tell little stories that I have in my head... Enjoy

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Axminster... where they make the carpets...

We recently had a fantastic family holiday in Devon at Spiller's farm in Musbury, near Axminster. We stayed in a cottage attached to a small farm. What a great time we all had! It rained quite a bit, but that didn't dampen the holiday spirit. We really enjoyed the country living for the week and Keith and Bridget, the cottage owners were brilliant. A big thank you there!

On one of the afternoons, I think it was Bank Holiday Monday, we had had a busy morning and Mrs H and I managed to escape for a few hours, so we headed into Axminster. I had always wanted to see the River Cottage Canteen, this is the town its in.

Anyway, after a 15 minute drive we got there. And the place was deserted. I was so surprised. This was 4 o'clock in the afternoon! So I took some photographs. the way I have always wanted to take them; townscapes with little or no one in the shots. I must be honest, I hear you shout, just get up early and you will get these shots! I don't do that early! Anyway, here are the shots.... enjoy


Information on Spiller's Farm can be found here....a truly wonderful place to stay for a holiday!