dust 460x270 - The best London Tube photo ever?

Could this photograph from 1937 be the best ever composition taken on London’s tube? It’s certainly very unusual. The photographer, E.O.Hoppe, a German who settled in London, was noted for many iconic images of the time. Hoppe’s 1937 photo – British Museum station subway What is Hoppe’s photograph telling us?Read More →

IMG 3827 460x270 - London's Old Bailey: Does the Fleet River run beneath?

Stephen Fry’s recent ITV programme “Key to the City” – (6 August 2013 + itvPlayer) looked at many unusual aspects of the City of London, including the Old Bailey. One of the surprises was The High Bailiff of Southwark Charles Henty, & Fry himself, opening a hatch in the cellars toRead More →

pigeon 460x270 - Pigeons make lovely subjects!

In the days before Ken Livingstone decided to make it, well, illegal, to feed pigeons, Trafalgar Square was positively brimming with the birds and people came from afar just to feed our city’s grey feathered friends and have their photographs taken covered from head to toe with the birds. Certainly since Ken’s pogrom itRead More →

IMG 5618 460x270 - Selfridges and the Oxford Street Hill

Selfridges store was built in what was the unfashionable end of Oxford Street. Despite being surrounded by exquisite properties in Marylebone and Mayfair, this part of Oxford Street was the home of the poor and even though the street gained a prominence for shopping, the better stores stayed to theRead More →

selfridges 460x270 - Flat pack store built for ITV's popular Mr Selfridge

The popular TV series Mr Selfridge has everyone watching in awe. The re-creation of the famous Oxford Street store is perhaps one of the programme’s biggest assets. The exterior of the store has been faithfully recreated down to the last detail – in CGI of course! However something seemed seriouslyRead More →

rockinghorse 460x270 - London's 'British Lion' 1909/2012

Summer of 2012 – I was asked to do a brief project as a homage to a photographer. After some thought I choose Alvin Langdon Coburn and his iconic London at the turn-of-century pictures, particularly those of Trafalgar Square. Coburn’s “British Lion” London Aspie’s 2012 version Who was Coburn? Wikipedia says: “Alvin LangdonRead More →

abbeyroad 460x270 - Abbey Road - the crossing's authenticity

The cover picture of the Beatles’ Abbey Road has been called an icon of the 1960s. “It’s a very simple, stylised shot and is a shot people can relate to…” says Sarah Wheeler, at Bloomsbury Auctions, where a rare shot showing the Beatles walking in the reverse direction was auctioned.Read More →

hiddenlives 460x140 - Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees

Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees is an exhibition at St Pancras International – 6th to 31st January 2013 The project is a collaboration between the International Rescue Commission, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, and award-winning photographer Andrew McConnell. The IRC says the work “is about challengingRead More →

meudon 460x270 - Revisiting Meudon

Meudon is a major icon in the history of photograph and its often used as an example in the evolution of photographic composition. I wanted to see if Andre Kertész’s famous 1928 Paris scene still existed, so turned to Google maps for this task. Street View doesnt actually take one to where Kertész tookRead More →

photogallery 450x270 - Shoot! Existential Photography

Finally made my way to the Photographers Gallery for Shoot! Just in time for the exibition closed just a day later on 6th Jan 2013! Despite some misgivings I actually enjoyed the fun of the fair! The best bits in my opinion were the series depicting Erik Kessels at aRead More →

hamptoncourt 460x270 - A couple of pics from Hampton Court...

I havent forgotten London Aspie! Been thinking up new concepts for 2013 and also have a potential definition of photography as art. (Yes photography is art – its that simple!) Whilst not exactly existential photography, I’ve mentioned Hampton Court on these pages before so why not again! The day before New Year’sRead More →

d300n 460x270 - Review of existential photography stuff on the web

Here’s a round of web related items that look at existential photography in its various forms – and the many elements that can be attributed to photographic existentialism. First off is Dylan McBurney’s A Form of Photographic Existentialism? McBurney discusses the existential elements of photography and how photographic aspirations are strongly linkedRead More →

d300 460x270 - Massively doctored images - are they photographs?

As the Daily Mail reports, David Byrne’s composition for Landscape Photographer of the Year won him the prestigious award. However he was discovered to have massively photo-shopped his winning image. To achieve such a result, the sun needed to be in two places at the same time! The low-res imageRead More →

d300n 460x270 - Black & white or colour? Space & dimension in photography.

A new exhibition in London puts Henri Cartier Bresson’s monochrome pictures against those of colour photographs. The famous man said “Photography in colour? It is something indigestible, the negation of all photography’s three-dimensional values.” People often wonder which is better. Black & white or colour? Both are great actually. WeRead More →

d300n 460x270 - Existential Photography Competition

Competition? About Existential Photography? Yes, why not! Actually its a competition that has ended – but one which I’ve just discovered. (perhaps this is the gist of all ends having a new beginning LOL) Digital Photography Review has just run a competition: The existential photographer – reveal yourself. Digital Photographer says of itsRead More →

d300n 460x270 - Why I am an existentialist photographer

Why I am an existentialist photographer? Why not? Lets look at this from another perspective. Famous British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote a book on why he was not a Christian. Marx wrote copiously on his philosophies but he claimed he was not a Marxist. Has anyone ever written a bookRead More →

d300 460x270 - Why am I not a photographer?

Why should I be known as a photographer? Can’t I just be myself? Couldn’t I call myself someone with a camera fad? Do I have to ask if this question’s really important? Bertrand Russell wrote a book on why he was not a christian. Marx wrote copiously on socialism butRead More →