Cottingley Fairies Tribute

Each month the French photography magazine “Chasseur d’Images” proposes a theme for readers to send in photos and I often try and come up with ideas to submit. This month’s theme was fairy tales, and this captured my imagination as I’m interested in fantasy fiction and enjoy taking photos of models dressed up. However, with the deadline approaching and the Covid restrictions in place, I started to wonder how I could find a suitable model, costume, and makeup. Then I thought about the “Cottingley Fairies” phenomenon and decided to try and recreate one of these photos. Although the photo wasn’t chosen, I thought I’d show the results here, as I’m pleased with how the photo turned out.

First Frost

A hard but beautiful frost this morning.

In Search of Imperfection: Film Photography

I’ve been thinking about trying some film photography for a while now. There’s a couple of reasons for this:

  • Digital photography is great, but the lack of limits means you take a tonne of photos then need to spend a serious amount of time in front of the computer sifting through them

  • Camera equipment these days is so damn good, that anything other than technical perfection, has become unacceptable

Near Misses When Photographing Bees

Sometimes when you click the shutter, you’re just a little too slow and the scene you wanted has changed.

Bee Macro

I’ve been back out pointing my camera at that most affable of small creature, the bee.

More Macro

Photos fresh from the early evening. The long grass is teaming with life. Biology in action.

Macro

I got out and took some more macro photos yesterday.

Pea Macro

Some of the peas we bought were already sprouting in their pods. We put them in a small dish on the kitchen counter.

Old Masters: Richard Avedon

While flicking though “La Photographie du 20e Siècle” I came across this lovely portrait of the actor Charles Chaplin on his last day in America.

Old Masters: Irving Penn

An attempt to copy Irving Penn’s famous portrait of Pablo Picasso.