Off to Buxton & Working in the Rain

August 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Time to get back on the road and where better than a trip to Buxton in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Artist & Designer Fair takes place on 13th & 14th September in the Octagon Hall, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 1000 - 1630 both days, admission is free. It will be particularly nice to be working so close to home, something I have not had the opportunity to do since I started trading just over 5 years ago.

On sale for the first time will be a number of framed abstract images created photographically by using Intentional Camera Movement. The pictures have been printed on textured paper and the edges finished with a deckle edge. After mounting they are framed and ready to sell.

I have also a couple of other new images to which I have introduced the look of a picture taken with a vintage camera. Hard to describe, best seen first hand.

If you are anywhere near Buxton during the event please pop along to see what I expect will be some outstanding art and photography from  very talented individuals.

Rain, water, sea spray, enemies of camera equipment, unless of course one has top of the range weather-proofed items. Even then I would be reluctant to expose them to the elements. I have a couple of rudimentary rain sleeves and during the inclement bank holiday decided to put one to the test on the sea front at Southend. Actually pleasantly surprised at the ease of access to camera controls as well as the very certain way it kept everything, apart from me, dry.

One should not always assume you need good weather to create interesting images, in fact poor weather can actually enhance the uniqueness of images, one of which I show below. Quite simply I shot the helter-skelter at Adventure Island through a rain soaked pane of glass, ensuring to focus on the raindrops and thus blurring the background.

As well as being creative I used my walk to increase the stock images I have available on Alamy, now totalling almost 4500. I enjoy shooting for stock, the most unusual and mundane images are often bought by a picture editor looking for a particular shot to illustrate an article, advertisement or web site.

I have just finished a news agency commission featuring people! The pictures were quite good and I made good use of off-camera flash. Having seen the results I think I will be taking more people pictures. I can not post any pictures as they are syndicated for publication.

That's it for now, our much delayed and messy house move is getting closer although after the debacle of recent days it will be anyones guess when it actually happens, the only thing I am certain about is that I along with Elaine, I will be at Buxton 13th & 14th September.


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