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The inspiration for my latest workshop

A few years ago I was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas and right by the escalator a photo of Michael Jackson grabbed my attention.  The quality and texture of the photo was mesmerising.  Unfortunately my knowledge of what kind of print I was looking at was limited and it started a personal journey where I had to find out more about what this printing process was.   The most distinctive feature was the uneven/brushed edges ( in hindsight that should have told me in an instant what I was looking at).     At first I tried to copy this look in photoshop, and I deeply apologise for this ... take this as my public apology..... trying...

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the Painted Banana ... or ... Inspiration vs Copying

There are few things in life that remain original  .... it's been said "everything has already been photographed",  when you pick up your camera you are merely taking a photo of the same subject in a different time frame, slightly different angle and slightly different light. . . . So when I went to the Ashmolean museum for inspiration on my ongoing still life project I couldn't help wondering where their inspiration came from? . It's quite obvious that they must of been "inspired" by each other but who was their equivalent of a "17th century Dutch master" that inspired them? At some point someone, somewhere, decided to pick up a paintbrush and paint the bowl of bananas that laid in front...

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It's only a photo...

I heard someone utter those very words a few days ago ..... "It's only a photo", unfortunately I couldn't say anything .. that's the problem with eavesdropping ... you can only listen and not participate in the discussion.  . . . I often think about what it takes to do the images on billboards I see splashed on my daily journey. A simple photo can have an army of people involved .... especially when you start thinking of all the meetings it must of created before the actual photo was even taken. . . .   My own images might not involve a bus load of willing or paid helpers but they still require a lot of planning. This portrait is a good example of...

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Behind the Behind the scenes ...

I recently posted this picture on my FB account ... It's a picture I've been dying to do for the longest time ... . .. There's a photo of Marilyn Monroe looking out from her window ......... I've always wondered what the view from the other side looked like? I really wanted to capture the mood before she opened the window. There must be a moment where you compose yourself before exposing yourself. . . My first attempt was far to dramatic ... it was to extreme in contrast ... The subject was lost in the room and unrecognisable. Also it didn't look like she was waiting to open or look out the window. . . The next attempt was better ........

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