I Still Cannot Believe It…

…I am an Art Programme finalist.

My latest vlog sees me attend an Intellectual Property Law Workshop at the Travers Smith LLC offices as part of the CSR Art Programme.

Last year, during the degree show, my “Women in Sports” project was selected to be part of the programme as it helps us, as students, to transition from studying to the real world. When it comes to creative degrees, there is a huge gap when it comes to learning/knowing your rights as an artist and how to run yourself as a business/brand. This is where the lucky few who are picked to be in the programme get to learn about from professionals on the field, while at the same time, have their artwork displayed in the offices for the academic year.

I hope you enjoy watching the vlog.

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5 Favourites from My Second Film Roll in 2017

My Canon AE-1

Well, what can I say, I am on a film roll.

Get it….film roll…on a roll…

Oh, forget it if you don’t get it. I am not one for telling jokes. 😂

Anyways, I took more pictures on my second Kodak ColorPlus 200 film soon after I finished the first one. Click here if you missed my post on the first roll of film.

It literally took me most of February to finish shooting with it. My kids and the weather played a big part in it, unlike the first film which took me two months.

I won’t bore you loads of words this time, as I am not feeling very well this week. I just wanted to keep the weekly post consistency in this blog going.

Photographs were taken between 01/02/2017 and 21/02/2017 with a Canon AE-1 using Kodak ColorPlus 200 film. The film was processed on 22/02/2017. Digitally scanned using the Epson Perfection V750 Pro on 01/03/2017. Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Without much further ado…

Which is your favourite from this selection?

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Taking Instant Pictures

Last year, I bought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera. My intention was to get kids at my son’s school excited about photography during the Winter Fair, but that was a bust 😔.

I guess, I was just too excited and I failed to do my photobooth homework well.

With more practice, I will definitely be back.

Fast forward to May, 2016, having not used the camera for a while due to other commitments, I decided I would actually make use of my Instax camera, but I needed a challenge. Shooting using film, instant or otherwise, in this day and age of digital photography is not cheap. Anyway, I dusted off my cool blue Instax Mini 8 camera, bought my film from Amazon UK and came up with an idea to shoot using the film.

The Kenya Sevens team were going to be in town for London 7s and I thought I would do my own version of the squad profiles using the camera. And this was the result…

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFon7YsiBr2/?taken-by=ek13_photos

 

There was a lot of buzz from this image on my Instagram and I knew I was on to something. Even Fujifilm UK reposted my image on their feed.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFt_1GpgjZR/?taken-by=fujiinstaxuk

 

I actually even used the camera to collect signed prints from a few people during London 7s which I will be posting on my Instagram feed in due course. One of which I kept from the Kenya 7s team – Collins Injera – as he became the ‘All Time Try Scorer’ of all time in the Sevens World Series.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFqZoUGiBqC/?taken-by=ek13_photos

 

What next? I have something planned for June using my Instax Mini 8 and I am so excited about it. My son even wants one now. So I may just upgrade to the Instax Mini 70 in Island Blue and gift the Mini 8 to him on his 6th birthday.

#filmsnotdead

Man Like Nells

https://www.instagram.com/p/BCouHw2iBhj/?taken-by=ek13_photos

What else can I say, but what a pleasure it was to photograph Nelly. The caption on the IG post says it all.

Sometimes it just take a bit of courage and self believe to see a project through. Being a creative is all about knowing and feeling the right vibe with your subjects.

With Nells (as he like to be called) it was smooth sailing.

Follow him on Twitter or preferably on Youtube to listen to his music. Very talented young chap in my books.

Photography into Art

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge b.1982 By Paul Emsley (b.1947) Oil on canvas, 2012 1152 x 965 (45 3/8 x 38) NPG 6956 © National Portrait Gallery, London; A National Portrait Gallery commission given by Sir Hugh Leggatt in memory of Sir Denis Mahon through the Art Fund

It is when you see an artist use a photograph to create paint a portrait and not any portrait at that, but that of a royal, you begin to see the importance of photography.

On Friday, 11th January 2013, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled the portrait of Kate Middleton aka HRH The Duchess of Cambridge painted by Paul Emsley.

The portrait will be on display at the gallery until 1st September 2013.

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Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, was born in Berkshire and attended Marlborough College. The Duchess studied at the British Institute in Florence before enrolling at the University of St Andrews in Fife to study History of Art. She married His Royal Highness Prince William at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011. In January 2012, St James’s Palace announced The Duchess’s patronage of five charities, one of which is the National Portrait Gallery. Her first solo public engagement was the opening of the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition and Her Royal Highness has shown a keen interest in portraiture and photography in particular.

Glasgow-born Paul Emsley grew up in South Africa and won first prize in the BP Portrait Award (2007). Painting Her Royal Highness at the beginning of her public life, The Duchess was able to give Emsley two sittings, the first at Kensington Palace and the second at the artist’s studio. Emsley’s subjects are frequently located against a dark background and emphasize, ‘the singularity and silence of the form.’ Previous portrait commissions have included the author V.S. Naipaul (2009) for the Gallery’s Collection and Nelson Mandela (2010).

Paul Emsley says: ‘The Duchess explained that she would like to be portrayed naturally – her natural self – as opposed to her official self. She struck me as enormously open and generous and a very warm person. After initially feeling it was going to be an unsmiling portrait I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling – that is really who she is.’

National Portrait Gallery

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Paul Emsley briefly explains how he used photographs to create the portrait of the Duchess.