If after all these Squares you’re hungry for some fresh air, why not go with Frank for a Beach Walk? He’ll take you along with him twice a week, reflecting on what he sees and experiences: sand, shells, surf – it’s all there. Today it’s Storms, and I managed to find some stormy photos for him which he’s included. His thoughts are refreshing and wide-ranging: just the thing on a January morning.
Jude over at Travel Words has an ongoing photo challenge this year. Every week she asks us to consider a different aspect of photography, and look at ways of addressing it. I’m a bit late in my response, but … here goes.
How to photograph a subject using a background which is a pattern without distracting from the subject.
I chose three photos in the end, and in the case of the two taken at the Albert Dock Liverpool, I think the pattern becomes part of the story.
Here’s a double decker bus. A double decker bus which has been re-purposed as a diner. I could have gone in close and taken a ‘portrait’, but decided I wanted to show the bus as part of this community, serving among others perhaps, those unseen office workers in the geometrically-windowed building behind. Or even the deck hands in that ship.
Here, I was just inside a building near Tate Liverpool. All the action is outside. So this picture is back-to-front. The background is in the foreground, and behind it, the couple, waiting for … who knows? But they, more than the pattern, are the subject.
Finally, some street art in Hither Green, London. But which is the subject of this picture? The reflected light cast from an adjacent shop? Or the pattern-costumed whooping crane?
This has been fun and has made me start to think a bit more about my photos and how I might improve them. So thank you, Jude.
This week’s Lens-Artists challenge invites us to look at what’s On Display. At this time of year, there are Christmas lights, tempting displays of food and ideas-for-presents in the shops. But I decided to go down several different paths: the workaday world of the security camera:
Staffing the security cameras at Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility.
Security cameras at a tunnel entrance: Docklands Light Railway, London. I quite like it that this phone image is a little muzzy.
Public service broadcasting in the form of a domestic tv, and a public screening of the Tour de Yorkshire in the village next door, in 2017.
Our French friend Francis watches a documentary about Yorkshire.
Watching the Tour de Yorkshire on a giant screen, West Tanfield, 2017.
And finally – works displayed in an art gallery. Let’s start at the London Mithraeum,
The entrance to the London Mithraeum.
…then pop over to Tate Liverpool.
Yayoi Kusama: The Passing Winter, 2005
Jim Lambie: Zobop, 1999.
Billy Apple: relation of Aesthetic Choice to Life Activity (Function) of the Subject.
Before ending up at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire, to see the David Hockney exhibition, ‘Arrival of Spring‘.