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My Photography Course Killed My Creativity.

My Photography Course Killed My Creativity.

I am grateful every day for the fact that Lincoln College gave me a degree in Photography, I want to be honest when I say that whilst I was taught a bucket load of skills that I can treasure for the rest of my life,…

Black & White Infrared Around Lincoln, UK

Black & White Infrared Around Lincoln, UK

Black & White Infrared Around Lincoln Photographic Series. Infrared is MY FAVOURITE genre of photography and that is a massive statement for a photographer to make. I’ve always been a fan of all the genre’s equally but over the last few years, Infrared has seriously…

Gregory Crewdson Homage; Around Lincoln

Gregory Crewdson Homage; Around Lincoln

Gregory Crewdson, mainly known for his dramatic cinematic style in photographs. I studied Gregory a lot during my college years however, never fully got to create a homage to him as my projects were always getting driven into a different direction. Admittedly the photographs from this series could have been done MUCH better had I not been sat in a car with a dirty window screen however, this is my first of many attempts at doing a Crewdson homage and I hope you subscribe to my blog if you’re interested in following my photographic journey that little bit more.

 

Gregory Crewdson Homage
An image by Gregory Crewdson. The main inspiration for this post.

As you can see the photograph by Gregory is very atmospheric. Its tones are cold and there’s just generally something really eye catching about it. 

I love looking at others photographers works at the best of times and letting my mind run wild at the stories behind them but when you’re creating a homage, you kind of have to look at those technical parts of the image to understand exactly how or why it’s been shot the way that it has and thats what I did the night before I went out and had a go at shooting my own.

Gregory Crewdson Homage; Around Lincoln

So let’s take a look at what I created in all of 5 minutes. I like to limit my time as it really gets my brain working and I’m much more switched on about what it is I am doing or trying to achieve than giving myself a whole afternoon dedicated to getting one photograph.

It’s a Sunday afternoon, the carpark at tesco is practically dead, the sun is setting and light is becoming minimal, even without an edit this looks to the naked eye something that Gregory himself would have taken, it was like being inside a Crewdson photograph already.

What do you think first and foremost? Out of the two images that I managed to produce I personally prefer the one with the trolley present in it. I think it tells much more of a story compared to the image that doesn’t involve the trolley. 

I like that you can see the sky in the reflection in the glass just as you can in Credson’s image. I stuck to the bluey hues and turned the temperature down enough to keep a bit of warmth to the lights that were lit up in the image but the lights were quite ‘white’ lights to begin with anyway.

Let me know what you think and if you have a Homage to Crewdson himself, link it below in the comments.

 

The Week In Photo’s – 26/05/2019

The Week In Photo’s – 26/05/2019

  The Week In Photographs 27/05/19     The Week In Photographs 27/05/19

Electric Blue Hair and A Dull Week.

Electric Blue Hair and A Dull Week.

Here I am with another update with everything that i’ve been up to over the week including my electric blue hair. This week, as per usual has been incredibly dull and writing these weekly update posts just reminds me why nobody would watch my vlogs…

Why I’m Giving Up Commercial Photography.

Why I’m Giving Up Commercial Photography.

I’ve thought long and hard about this decision. It’s coming up to my 11th year in practicing photography and it’s forced me to make some difficult decisions along the way. I not that long ago finished my degree at college. I’ve been fighting the demons in my head who tell me not to give up photographing people because I will be wasting my degree and it’s taken a lot of uphill battles with myself to realise that that is a load of absolute bullshit.

My HND (The first two years of my degree) was all to do with Commercial photography however, the final year wasnt and then I wasn’t studying HND in Commercial Photography, I was actually studying Lens Based Media.

I learn’t a lot about photographing things other than people – I focused one of my final major projects on fine art infrared landscapes for heavens sake. Why on earth did I think that stopping photographing people would be a waste of my degree…

The reason behind the decision…

People. Potensial clients and other photographers are the bane of life. It’s hard when you go through years and years of education wracking up thousands of pounds debt as well as purchasing the expensive equipment that you need to be able to do your job and people see you as ”expensive”. It’s such a shitty, degrading feeling when someone comes to you, wanting your services but then rapidly changes their mind as soon as you send them your more than reasonable price lists. Anyone who thinks £400 for a half day wedding is an absolute cheap skate, seriously. When you add up the costs of equipment and hours you’re going to spend working on taking the photographs, backing up, editing and prepping for release £400 is pretty cheap..


 

There are photographers out there that ruin it for the photographers who have spent the time and money getting the training to be the best they can be and charging as little as £50. At the end of the day, these photographers clearly don’t feel like their work is worth anything more than that and do you really want someone, with such little faith in their work to sell it so cheap??? They’ll probably shoot on a crop sensor, not back up your images, over edit and give you like 12 pictures and half of them will be blurry.

I’ve decided that I have so much respect for my work that I will no longer be giving people the privalidge of my creative eye. Not for less than the right price atleast. I am sick and tired of settling for less than I am worth just to get the work. I’d much prefer to work a different path within the photography industry than allow, tight arses, people who want the world for pennies to dictate what my work and time is worth.

 

P.s This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly, I’ve been toying with this idea since before Christmas and Just over the last few days I’ve seen and experienced things that have cemented my idea in stone.

 

Love, your no longer commercial photographer,

SHANNON MATTHEWS

 

 

Photoshoots and Moodswings

Photoshoots and Moodswings

Monday started quite rocky for me mentally. Sometimes I get myself stuck in a rut with life due to being lazy and it is lazy. Later on in the day I started to feel quite poorly and had cold and flu like symptoms to I…

A Photoshoot In The Park

A Photoshoot In The Park

They say spontaneous shoots are the best and they would be absolutely right! A photoshoot in the park is one of the most pretty locations, in my opinion when it comes to capturing mummy and baby together. Not only is it relaxed, but it also…

Tupholme Abbey At Dusk.

Tupholme Abbey At Dusk.

Here I am again, at Tupholme abbey. One of my favourite places to go, (Tupholme abbey at dusk is especially magical!) mainly because it’s easy to get to. I’ve been here in total darkness before with a friend  for one of their photography projects.  We went back to visit me, Stewart and Nicola, whilst on a little ghost hunt. There is supposed to be a ghost of a white dog, Stewart said are you sure it’s not just a sheep  – He had a valid point.

The way that the moon placed in the arches of these windows was absolutely stunning and captured my eye completely. I thought it was stunning so I  did what I do best and took a photograph. These images were taken with my Canon 6D and edited on the Adobe Lightroom mobile app with a preset in the black and white section.

I thought that these pictures were really something beautiful to look at and fit’s the complete theme of the night, spooky, magical and just mystical. I would love some feedback on these images. What do you think? Personally, I think that the contrast is really lovely in these images however, some people might think that this is too much contrast.

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Please let me know what you think of these images! All feedback welcome.

Exploring an Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire – Photography Post!

Exploring an Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire – Photography Post!

Sometimes I forget how beautiful 50mm images look and it wasn’t until I saw these Images that I truly rekindled my love with this beautiful lens. I edited these images on the Adobe Lightroom mobile app. Abandoned Church In Lincolnshire I find graveyards really peaceful places…