Photography is a passion. I have been fortunate enough as an adventure travel photographer and designer to visit may countries and see some incredible sights. Most of the trips I have undertaken have essentially become visual diaries. I do not have any major trips planned until October 2013 when I will join an expedition high into to the Arctic in a tall ship to participate in an arts project supported by the Arctic Circle, a New York based arts charity. I expect some dramatic images from that. In the meantime I will post a selection of images reflecting my current experiences. I hope you find them interesting. Chris
After disembarking from a ferry in Dublin very early in the morning, I had a few hours to kill before meetings friends for a wedding. Being much too early to check into my hotel in Naas, I found myself wandering round this beautiful graveyard! Don't ask me why but this does seem to be a bit of a theme at present. having lots of time to hand took a series of photographs using slightly underexposed, multiple exposures with hand held flash to generate these very atmospheric images. Post processed using Nik software and photoshop.
Monkwearmouth Bridge in Sunderland taken from the banks of the Wear. This is my first serious attempt at a large scale, stitched, HDR image in Autopano Giga. My learning? Take photographs on as small a resolution as the camera will allow and use a tripod. This image was composed over 210 photographs taken with a 50mm 1.4 lens at f1.4. Not a good idea f8-11 would have been better. The processing took forever as the files became bloated incredibly quickly!
On Easter day I took a stroll through Sunderland Cemetary and decided to experiment with a bokehrama photograph. This is essentially 27 images, taken at f1.4 with a 50mm lens and then stitched together in Autopano Pro to create an image with an incredibly shallow depth of field. Whilst not technically difficult it was quite time consuming. Luckily my subject matter was very patient!
For the past few days we have been working flat out to finish the forth annual AkzoNobel Award for Health & Safety. These awards are cast as a solid piece of lead crystal, with a multitude of internal colours swirling round inside the cast, reflecting the company's involvement in the production of paint through brands such as International Paint and Dulux.
Once cast and polished a stone base was carved and bonded to the cast and the block cut into sections on a diamond saw to create three distinct awards. The concept here was to reflect the wholistic nature of the company, addressing - the product 'paint', collective identity and the all embracing importance of H & S in industry.
See more of the production process here
See previous year's awards here
This week we installed a commission that we have been working on for the past 9 months. What a great piece of work - well actually 27 pieces, as the commission was for three artworks each made of 9 individual cast glass panels weighing about 13kg each! One on each floor of the building. It looks fabulous and once the specialist lighting is installed it will be truly spectacular.
The work was commissioned for the Great North Childrens' Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infermary, Newcastle and contains 'life casts' of the hands of a number of young patients, nurses, consultants and Katya Filmus as the artist and person who did all the mould making and casting! The rear of the panels are also detailed with transcriptions of many 'get well' messages, and letters of love and support - all in three dimensions! The National Glass Centre has an amazing array of facilities enabling us to undertake an incredible range of creative art projects.
The production process for this was pretty complex, involving 'hands-in' workshops for all concerned and then the production of a bewildering arrangement of positive and negative moulds in plaster, silicone and plaster/silica in order to make moulds suitable for melting the 40% Gaffer Glass lead crystal. Once cast the panels were then polished brought to high polish using rociprolaps - a process that took about three months!
We are grateful to the hospital for enabling us to produce such a beautiful sculpture for them and hope that it will bring enjoyment to people for years to come.
See more pictures of the production here