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Saleaj: black Fashion Week, Lisboa.

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Employer: Sara António/ Saleaj

Director: Patricia Rodrigues

Role: Camera Operator and Editor

Date: 2014

This video documents fashion designer’s “Saleaj” set at Lisbon’s Black Fashion week.  This video was picked up by Black Fashion week Lisboa, who have used it for advertising and have since asked for more videos to be made.

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Read This Blog – Then Go Read a Book

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If you’re reading this blog post, chances are that, like me, you’re reading “stuff” all day long. You glance at the news headlines online and scroll through the blogs you subscribe to; you sift through emails and text messages; you open the mail, read office memos, and so on.  Thanks to these multiple demands on our attention, I suspect many of us who enjoy reading find it difficult to put aside some time to sit down and read a book.

For a bookworm like myself, this is also a practical problem.  When people know that you love books, you tend to receive books as gifts, such as at Christmas or on your birthday.  Similarly, should you find yourself at an event where books are being given away, or where there is a book-signing, you can’t help but pick up a few volumes for yourself.  Within the past six months alone…

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New Showreel and How You Hope a Job Interview Doesn’t End.

A few months back I wrote a blog about a failed job interview, as people seemed to like it here is another one. Above is a new After Effects Showreel I have created too, take a look if you have a minuet free.

I knew this interview wasn’t going to go well, firstly I was called Tom straight after I had introduced myself as David. Secondly he didn’t want to see my showreel and thirdly this gentlemen was bald. For those that do not know I am cursed with hair that looks like that of a poor-man’s Dennis the Menace. It is a hair that makes even barbers sigh on the occasional time I walk into their shop. In short it resembles a birds nest, without the utilitarian function. While no birds have nested in it (as far as I am aware), it is very possible for things to make a temporary home- spiders, bees, the odd ex-girlfriend who I assumed had run away who now spends her days eating the spiders and bees.

While I have no problem with baldies per say (Darwin, Bruce Willis and the most majestic of all creatures the naked mole rat), they have a problem with me- or more accurately my hair. This beautiful mop is an affront to their shiny lifestyle, an attack of their follicle-less head. I am a reminder of their youth (a misjudged reminder of course, put a oversized- fetus and a tiny bald person next to each other and you would never work out which one was which).

The interview went like this:

Bald Interviewer: So Tom

Me: David

Bald Interviewer: Your CV ends mid 2013.

Me: I have been doing a variety of jobs, some have been based in Portugal were I work as a photo manipulator, my online portfolio shows a range of new videos. This CV is personalized for this job and contains only the most relevant information.

Bald Interviewer: Yeh Whatever. Do you play Golf Tom?

Me: David.

Bald Interviewer: hmm?

Shit, this is an unrehearsed question! Code Red. Code Fucking Red. Think fast. Do crazy Golf and Wii Sports count?!

Me: Poorly, but from the companies website I see you do. I do however play tennis.

Nailed it.

Bald Interviewer:  Tennis is a women’s sport. Everyone plays Golf at my company Tom.

My company?! Does this idiot own the business?

Me: I’m a fast learner sir.

Smooth.  

And so the interview went on rather well and then came the closing lines:

Bald Interviewer: Your a likable guy Tom*

Me: David

Bald Interviewer: But I don’t like you

Me: …So…how long until I find out I am successful?

Damn you hair!

*The general consensus is that this is incorrect. I am in fact a grumpy bastard. 

 

Second a Day 12th Feb

This is quite a funky creative new year resolution. Mine was to carry on writing my personal book journal, why personal I here you ask? Mostly because my last years book journal proved a) That I read a lot of crap and b) I’m not very good at reviewing books.

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It’s been 6 weeks since I started this project – here are my latest updates.

I’ve been a little behind in editing recently as we’ve been so busy at school with the Little Shop of Horrors show. However, I’ve caught up now and I’m pleased to say that we have another person joining in the project. Her name is Iulia (pronounced U-lia!) and she is doing a drawing a day, like Chae-eun.

Here are some of her wonderful drawings!

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Christmas Time

The Camera Doesn’t Lie?

Here’s an interesting story from the Guardian today. Narciso Contreras a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist was fired from the Associated Press for photoshopping one of his images, the before and after are below. 

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What’s interesting is not that he has been released into the wild but rather the idea that photographs tell the truth in the first place. There are 100 ways of telling the same story and there are 100 more ways of showing it. What’s interesting here is not that the camera was digitally removed but rather that it wasn’t cropped out in the first place, in my mind there’s very little difference between the two. In Flat Earth News Nick Davies shows how journalists distort facts to fit their agenda- here’s looking at you Daily Mail. Photography is no different, there might be 100 photographs of me on facebook looking miserable and bearded but that doesn’t mean… oh ok bad example. Bad examples aside you get the picture (see what I did there?) a photograph is nothing more than a set of eyes that can only see what is deemed important, to me that is a very strange version of reality.

A photograph deemed expectable by the Associated Press (again read Davies’s book to read more about them) would have been one of a few hundred images taken that day, the lens would of been chosen that showed the subject in the best or worst way, the photographer might cut out any unwanted distractions, such as other cameras, a street lamp or an annoying passing car, if not while taking the shot then defiantly in post. The colours would be sharpened, perhaps drastically changed (blue sky for example) and finally eyes and lips might be sharped, surroundings might be blurred slightly. All this is deemed perfectly acceptable even though it is far more perfect than life could ever be.     

Photojournalists and Photojournalism are important and with the rise of camera phone amateurs we should all be sad they are going extinct, but that doesn’t mean you should trust the image, even if it hasn’t been photoshopped…   

3D Printing A Lens

With constant spam from Kickstarter and Indegogo about affordable (around $2,000) desktop 3D printers I took to twitter to vent my confusion in 128 characters:

“While I’m glad the future is now, what dos anyone need with a home 3D printer?” 

I got nothing. One could say this is due to my minor twitter following and my minuscule dent in the constant cesspit of twitter self gloats and 24h annoyance. However I would rather see it as proving my point: there really is no need for one. And then I came across this tumblr, where someone has actually printed his own 3D lens. A photograph of what it takes is below, and while nothing special I am deeply amazed by what you can now do in your own living room.

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The future really is now! And if you excuse me I am off to buy a 3D printer, you can get on for only $2,000 I here…  

 

2014: Lets Raw

Taking a cue from Katy Perry I thought I would start the new year with a raw. This post will also introduce my Dog Benny as my glamorous assistant.

Taking a photograph in Raw format is perhaps the simplest thing you could do to help improve your photographs. Shoot with a DSLR? Then go to your photo settings and select RAW. Simples.

Raw-formats are an unedited photograph, much like a negative with 35mm print cameras it is up to you to so the colouring yourself. I use Adobe (bridge or Photoshop) over the Canon format but there are many software, (some free and others rather expensive) for you to pick, heres a great list for you to decide with. For those like me who always manipulate the colours in post anyway this is a really handy feature as you can play about with the colours until your hearts are content.

Benny!

Using Raw you can also do a cheat HDR effect, I am agnostic with the effect this process gives off, but it’s there if you want. Simply do two versions of the image showing off the most detail and merge them in photoshop, below is one of my attempts froma trip I took last week in Portugal. OK guys, enjoy!

 

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British Library on Flickr!

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Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges is a lovely little book that I often enjoy flicking through. It is a encyclopaedia full of imaginary creatures from the obvious (Dragon) to the obscure like the Á Bao A Qu, a transparent little creature who constantly tries to reach pure Nirvana. 

 The British Library have done something weirdly simular by publishing what will be a million pictures on their Flickr Page. Some are bizarre like the one above, others bizarrely mundane like the photograph defining what “A Student” looks like. Defiantly worth a look! 

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Russian Snowflakes

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has created some stunning double lens reverse macro shots of snowflakes using some cheap second hand lenses. Stunning. Follow this link  for more information and look at my previous blog post on double lens reversal shots to see how easy it can be! He really is an inspiration

 

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