Arts

The Story of the Desert as Told by the Dubai Photography Exhibition: Inhabited Deserts.

Dramatic Landscapes. Some of the most dramatic landscapes across the world have been captured by UAE-based explorer Max Calderan and Italian photographer John R Pepper through their much renowned collaboration. It was never going to be the usual desert landscapes when John R Pepper decided to embark upon his Inhabited Deserts collection. With a determination […]

Aura Photography’s Clairvoyant and Colourful History.

Aura of the Object in Art. From an artwork’s unique presence in space and time stems a mystical force that comprises its “aura” – the loss of which by 1936 cultural critics like Walter Benjamin were lamenting. In his essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” Benjamin wrote that images were […]

Psychedelic Images of Tokyo by Jean-Vincent Simonet.

Psychedelic Experience. Tokyo at night can be a near-psychedelic experience in itself, and this is echoed in the warped images created by Swiss photographer Jean-Vincent Simonet who prints onto plastic paper then washes the photograph with chemicals, all part of his latest body of work entitled In Bloom. After visiting Tokyo, Japan for the first […]

The $90.3 Million Painting That Reveals Unique Photography Methods.

A Masterful Piece of Art. The 1972 painting entitled “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” by legendary British painter David Hockney fetched the highest auction price ever for a living artist as it sold for a jaw-dropping $90.3 million last month. A man in trunks swimming underwater is being carefully observed by a […]

Vanishing From The Museums.

Confronting the absent. Largely absent from Parissien museums are works and faces of photographic pioneers who have become invisible; so, curator Fannie Escoulen is inviting visitors to walk across the city and confront it. “The history of photography has been written, in general, by men,” said Fannie Escoulen. A provocation, not an exhibition. On November […]

Analogue Limelight

In an increasingly digitalised world, why is there still a special place for the physical? After connecting on Instagram around two years ago, James Moreton and Raph Hurwitz conceived AllFormat – a global photography collective. After developing a loyal community of followers, as well as selling-out two published zines, the group has since expanded to […]

A Career Shaped By The Photograph

Starting Out For more than three decades the biggest names in show business have been photographed by Derek Ridgers, but it all began by chance, one night in Finsbury Park, north London. With a Miranda SLR slung over his shoulder, Ridgers walked into the Rainbow Theatre on the night of 13 January 1973. He had […]

How Well-Being is Improved by Photo-a-Day Projects: Following the Story of an Artist who Started Out in Project365

Project365 Well-Being is reported to be improved through the online sharing of everyday images shot by amateur photographers. To reference it, it is known as “Project365” in photo circles; it begs the question: how can your life be changed by a Project365? A precious hobby, such as photography, can be measured in days, months, or […]

Very First Photography Show is Recreated By Virtual Reality.

Transported To The Past The world’s first photography exhibition is being experienced once again for the first time in 150 years with people being transported back in time thanks to Virtual Reality. A selection of prints were then presented by photographer William Henry Fox and now the event from 1839 is being replicated in a […]

Top Magazines Have Banned Photographer Terry Richardson

Leading Magazines Ban Fashion Photographer Leading magazines such as Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, and Vogue have banned the fashion photographer Terry Richardson from shooting. It was on Monday that Condé Nast, which owns some of the most famous magazine titles in the world, circulated an incriminating email that was leaked to British newspaper The Daily […]

RIP: John Hurt

Over the weekend, the acting world lost yet another of its fine members. John Hurt CBE – a man of enormous talent and film credits to be in awe of – had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2015, yet announced later that year it was in remission. Which makes it all the more sadder to […]

Using Lightroom to edit your iPhone photos

Even with the new iPhone 7 causing a stir with its brand new camera functions, the old iPhone 6 is still a heavy-hitter when it comes to High Quality images I always tell those who join me on my Beginner’s Photography Workshops that activating the shutter is just the start, and learning how to edit […]

Who Needs a Photo Studio to Get the Job Done?

Turns out a simple white background and a couple of strobes is all you need As promised yesterday, over the next few weeks I’ll be re-sharing photography content with you from the past 12 months. Today’s post has been taken from the 2015 Recap Newsletter When Disney illustrator Pernille Ørum asked me to provide her […]

Danish Imports: The Opera Singer

We’ve come to the end of our revisit to the Danish Imports exhibition, and today we’re finishing off with somebody who I’m very fond of. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these interviews and the images that accompany them. A lot of love and time went in to the planning of the exhibition itself, and there […]

Danish Imports: The Freaks

“I won’t tell you the name I was born with, because what’s a name, anyway?” These are the words of wisdom from the polite, baratone vocals of the tattooed gentleman that is Enigma. Covered from head to toe in jigsaw puzzle tattoos and sporting a pair of silicone horns to boot, Enigma and freak show […]

Danish Imports: The Neuropsychologist

Grasia Maria Banegas initially moved to Denmark from Honduras in Central America as a volunteer for MS (Action Aid Denmark), to join an educational program called Global Change, where she trained to become a campaigner and youth facilitator.  Coming from one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world, Grasia fell in love […]

Danish Imports: The Boxer

The next story from last year’s Danish Imports photo exhibition comes from Michal Jezierski, who had a very long and interesting story to tell about his move to Denmark. Michal Jezierski is perhaps one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and is full of positive, life-affirming quotes. Originally from Poland, Michal moved to America […]

Danish Imports: The Journalist

Continuing the Danish Imports theme, today we take a look at Brazilian Noemia Colonna’s story. “Sometimes it’s good to be like the Brazilians,” is Noemia Colonna’s advice to the Danes. “We’re easy-going, more flexible and and not too obsessed about planning and privacy. Breaking the rules is a great way to see what happens out […]

Danish Imports: The DJ

This is the third instalment of my Danish Imports blog posts, looking at the stories behind people’s decisions to live, work or visit Denmark. Today’s story focuses on Danish DJ, Nikolaj Yu Andersen. You can read previous stories about Meriel or Luke if you’d like a quick recap regarding the ideas behind the images and […]

Danish Imports: The Architect

Today I’ll be sharing the second story behind one of my Danish Imports subjects, Luke Lorimer. If you missed the first post then you can read it here. These images were used for my first exhibition, Danish Imports, which was held at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen throughout August and September, 2014. Australian classically-trained pianist Luke […]

Danish Imports – One Year Later

Exactly 12 months ago I was celebrating my very first photo exhibition here in Copenhagen. It was something I’d been thinking of doing for a couple of years and it was a definite learning curve for me. Not only was I under pressure to include a selection of images I was proud of, but also […]

It's Marathon Time

You can’t really miss all the maps, posters and warnings that are dotted around the city at the moment. That’s right; it’s that time of year again where 12,000 people put themselves to the test and run for 26.2 miles. The Nykredit Copenhagen Marathon (to give it its official title) is without a doubt one […]

Danish Photographer wins prestigious prize

World Press Photo of the Year 2014, First Prize Contemporary Issues. Photo by Mads Nissen A photograph that highlights the difficulties facing sexual minorities in Russia has won the World Press Photo contest’s top prize. ‘Jon and Alex’, from a project called ‘Homophobia in Russia’, shows a ‘intimate moment’ between a gay couple from St. […]

Danish Imports – a photo exhibition

If you’re new to Denmark, and even if you’re not, you might be interested in my new exhibition taking place this evening (Wednesday 13th August) at Generator Hostel. Danish Imports aims to shine a different light on the many people who have in some way contributed to Danish society but were not born on Danish […]

We have our Danish Imports!

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog calling for non-Danes to step forward to be part of a new exhibition I’m hosting. The response was insane, I’m pleased to say, and after some heavy vetting, I managed to narrow it down to just a few people. To quote the official Facebook Event Page, ‘Danish Imports’ […]

Expats & foreigners wanted for new photo exhibition

Right then, who wants to be photographed? More importantly, who can tick off each and every one of the requirements on this list, and wants to be photographed? i) You were not born in Denmark ii) You have either A) Moved here permanently or, B) moved here temporarily iii) Or, you might be visiting Copenhagen […]

Best. City. Ever.

The rain clouds are gathering outside my window (and thousands of other windows I imagine) as I write this. But rain is one thing this city has seen very little of this year and I doubt any of us can argue that the weather has sucked. As the summer starts to wind down and we […]

A simple soundcheck

I recently had the pleasure of photographing the DJ and musician Ashibah as she prepared for a performance at Generator Hostel in Copenhagen. She’d brought with her a collection of musicians, instruments and a sound system, which, at first sight, beautifully contradicted each other. There was an acoustic guitarist sat warming up on one side, […]

A touch of vintage

Finding something stimulating to do in Copenhagen over winter hasn’t been tough exactly, but of course it seems to get harder as the weeks draw on. At this time of year, finding events to take pictures of has been equally challenging, as most organisers and promoters use the dark nights and cold weather to plan […]

Jesus he knows me, and he knows I'm right

According to recent figures published this week in the Copenhagen Post, the Church of Denmark (folkekirken) has seen a “historic” loss of members in 2012 – expected to be around 20,000 by the end of the year. I find it ironic that this should be the case only days before the world is “about to […]

Does networking have to involve alcohol?

Networking in any profession is extremely important. Getting out there and meeting new people is the cheapest and most effective way to promote yourself and your services, and when you combine this with moving to a new country then the benefits increase. I was straight on it when I first moved over to Denmark and […]

James Bond: Skyfall premiere

The last time I was photographing celebs on the red carpet was at London’s Leicester Square, for the premiere of Julian Fellowes’ The Young Victoria. I arrived late after a job interview (which I didn’t get) and wasn’t allowed access to the press pit, so had to settle instead for a wet area on the […]