If I am going to devote tonight’s piece about the latest issue of Black & White Photography, I really should have a B&W photo at the head. I must admit that of the photos I took today, this I thought would be the least worst picture in B&W. But actually, it’s not too bad, even if I say so myself.
There were two articles that attracted my attention the first was a piece by Homer Sykes, there’s an exhibition on his article at;
This was a piece about British customs, now admittedly some of them may seem a bit wierd, like the chap who covers himself in Burrs and tours the local pubs, being given his drink via a straw because he is wearing a back-to-front balaclava which is burr covered. I cw joy reading about the oddities of our country. I’m willing to bet though, that there are places in the world that are equally strange.
The next piece was by Jamie Johnson;
This was about how new book, Growing up travelling. Jamie has become firm friends with an Irish Traveller family and has been photographing the family over the years.
The thing about both articles is that the photo’s are of people. Flash may have been used but no studio work. This feeds two aspects of photography; one that pleases me, and one that doesn’t. This isn’t really street photography, but it is people mostly outside in a relatively every day setting. I have spoken before about my love of this genre. The second factor is that this isn’t studio work, formal portraiture. Now that I don’t enjoy. When I was a member of a camera club, we had a couple of portrait sessions. I never enjoyed any of them. I think it was the attention to detail with the lighting and backgrounds that was needed that I didn’t enjoy. I think the immediacy of the “spontaneous” street shot is more interesting.
Once again, I enjoyed the magazine, and can now go back to the two books that I currently have on the go, The Ecclesiastical history of the English people, and On the Trail of Stardust. Two books fast the opposite ends of time. The later the book of my latest obsession; more on that later.