This month sees the return of Derby's Format Festival (24th March-23rd April 2017).
The festival is a glimmer of light in the grim and dim of another Northern City seemingly abandoned under the unwatchful eye of our great leaders. Such is our HABITAT - which so happens to be the theme for this years imagery.
The adjacent pair are the photos I submitted for display in Derby's Quad center.
The first is entitled "DRI's Last Stand", having been taken a few days before final demolition of the City Centre's hospital, the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (now relocated, as with so many cities' amenities, out-of-town)
The second image, which was accepted as part of the Format exhibition, is entitled "Shopper's paradise" and continues the narrative of abandonment. This scene depicts derelict land further down the same road in Derby.
These images were chosen to reflect the decay and desertification within this HABITAT, along with the element of sky which reflects it's own natural beauty and, for me, a glimmer of light back into the main subjects.
"The big shop is open and the world is
[Closing lyrics to 'Shopper's Paradise" by Carter USM]
Now and then people ask if I do much post-processing.
Yes I do!
As a really rough guess I'd say 50% of the images I display have been through 'the digital darkroom'. The extent of processing varies, but I try to keep in line with the recording of real moments in time, unstaged & undirected. And often I use post-process as a means of maintaining reality. This obviously excludes 'faked' images which are self-evident, if not labelled as such. Mostly I am merely trying to enhance my captures into the same images made more artistic and aesthetically pleasing.
At the simplest level it's shifting colour hues and tones. This is a necessary process, even if you use the camera's 'auto' settings (you're just letting the camera do all the hard work for you!)
More advanced processes (see gallery) are neither 'magical' nor 'manipulation', but using available technology to utilize the full range of detail and tones already captured by the camera's sensor (in much the same way they did over 100 years ago with the development of more light sensitive film).
Is it artificial?
Yes it is. It's a photograph!
A small hamlet nestled in the forested hills of Congjiang County, Guizhou, is the unique home for approximately 2000 members of The Basha Clan, a sub-group of the Miao ethnic group and the last of the ancient Gunner Tribes of China.
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May today's Full Moon help lift your heart this Valentine's.
For the Bhil People of India it brings a little weight as it marks an occasion to remember and mourn deceased ancestors, but also joy as an auspicious time to bring an end to their suffering.
This gallery features some of those people as they meet on the February Full Moon at the Holy rivers of Beneshwar.
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A short slideshow on the wild landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
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A landscape series depicting Summertime on the East Tibetan High Altitude Grasslands of China's Sichuan, Qinghai & Gansu Provinces.
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The first in a series of two galleries featuring the people of Old Badami Town (Karnataka State, India). These pictures were captured over the course of two days in two parallel streets by two photographers.
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