Every Saturday Partridges hold a food market at Duke of York Square, just off the Kings Road in Chelsea. It’s a great place to get pictures. Here are some of my favourites from a visit a few weeks ago.
Just got back from a great weekend at Clothes Show Live 2014, held at the Birmingham NEC. I took lots of pictures of the fashion shows there, including the Alcatel One Touch fashion show.
Lots more images on my Fashion page.
I’ve been reading a fantastic book by Stephen Shore called The Nature of Photographs. It’s a very short book, easily read in one or two sessions, but it explains beautifully how to look at and understand photographs.
It’s especially interesting for anyone who still believes the old maxim ‘The camera never lies’.
Shore breaks down the process of reading a photograph into four levels:
Let’s look at these in a bit more detail.
According to Shore, the Physical Level of a photograph comprises of:
The Depictive Level breaks down into:
The Mental Level is a little more difficult to grasp, but Shore explains how it is shaped by decisions made at that Depictive level while remaining separate from that level. He suggests focus acts as a bridge between the Mental and Depictive levels – not just lens focus, but focus of the eye, attention and mind.
Perhaps paradoxically, at the mental level he argues it is possible for a photograph to have deep mental space, while at the same time possessing shallow depictive space, and vice-versa.
Shore covers the concept of mental modelling last, but it could be argued that the mental model is in fact the driver for the whole photographic process. The mental model Shore talks about is the ‘filter’ through which the photographer sees the world, and ‘sees’ images.
He points out how the model operates unconsciously for most photographers, but how by making the model conscious a photographer can bring it under control to work in conjunction with the other three levels.
I won’t go into any more detail, but suffice it to say you should read the book if you’re interested in photography. Each level is beautifully illustrated with outstanding examples by leading photographers such as Gary Winogrand, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus, and of course Shore himself.