Sunday, 25 November 2012
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012
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Saturday, 18 August 2012
Recently I had the privilege of working with two amazing ladies - Lonnie B and Rebecca Hughes. Between us we came up with a fantastic photo shoot involving a large warehouse and a kendoka warrior. After the shoot we wrestled with how to best present the wonderful images we'd made.
Bearing in mind that we're all pretty geeky, and that the images were very dark and edgy, the idea of a graphic novel seemed very apt.
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Monday, 6 August 2012
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
I only met him quite recently, but already we are firm friends, due in no small part to his excellent appreciation of coffee, and wicked sense of humour. I have even enjoyed a couple of impromptu photo shoots out in the streets of Hythe with him and beautiful models.
Paul has a studio in Hythe High Street, where he paints his amazing wildlife and landscape scenes, and also art nudes. He runs several classes which are well attended, covering a range of topics, and he is a big fan of cool headwear.
I love this photo of him, because it's a stereotype image of an artist in many ways, and yet a true depiction of my friend - somebody who in no way could be called "stereotypical". I love the colours on the palette too!
Visit Paul's virtual studio at http://www.paulappsfineart.com/ or find him on Facebook and Twitter!
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Photographers are damned creatures. If we dare to flaunt our wares in public, at a wedding or an event, it is inevitable that we will be challenged with the phrase "Oh - you're the PROFESSIONAL photographer are you?" by some ancient relative with a bigger lens on his Nikon.
Often I have even been asked directly "So what makes YOU a professional photographer?" - usually backed up with a withering glance at my woefully inadequately-sized camera/lens. My favourite reply is simply "I am being paid"
The double standards are that whilst we're being told by such antagonists we're no bigger/better/bolder than anybody else out there, that we are not required or wanted out there, when we DO produce the goods, the excuse is made that it's because we have "a better camera". I find this baffling - surely EVERYONE can buy these cameras? Surely the playing (or perhaps poppy) field is levelled?
If the "better camera" is the explanation, how come there are so many awful photos on Facebook?
These series of psychadelic photos were me having a bit of fun on an app available for free, to everyone. Amateur or professional...
Amusingly I've already had somebody point out the simplicity of what I've done - it's not like I've "done it myself" - ANYONE could take that app and do this...
But the fact remains - I've DONE it. I've taken action. I've chosen my path. And here is the result.
And that - Mr Wedding Antagonist, is why I am a professional... choice, and actions.
Monday, 11 June 2012
Way Ahead Photography is proud to announce that Luke will be undertaking an exciting new photography project called Trading Faces. This project is already underway and expected to take several months to complete.
Once Luke has photographed as many traders as possible, the plan is to hold a "safari exhibition" in the high street. The photos will be displayed in the windows of shops and businesses taking part, and the public will be invited to collect or download a map showing the location of each exhibit. As an addition to this there will be a "treasure hunt" style quiz included with the map - which will give one lucky person the chance to win a free portrait photo shoot at the Way Ahead Photography studio!
Luke is already under way with the project and is looking forward to meeting and photographing as many people as possible. If you have not already contacted him and would like your business to be involved, you can contact him by phoning 07956 584178 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course keep checking back here for progress!
Monday, 30 April 2012
I've been doing a lot more running lately, and I'm proud to say I've got the 10km well and truly bagged.
But rather than bore you with running information, or describing the terrible chafing injuries etc... I thought I'd tell you what was on my iPod playlist.
Aha - Take On Me
Kansas - Carry On My Wayward Son
Rush - Spirit of Radio
AC/DC - Fire Your Guns
Wolfmother - Joker And The Thief
Vince deCola - Training Montage (from Rocky IV - my "power song"!)
Some runners - the real experts - run without music. Which I can only express awe for - I simply could not do it. Because the music I listen to, is not only to help me run. It's the REASON for running.
Running allows me the space and time to escape to the world of music, to let my mind float away with those memorable melodies, and killer riffs. Without running I simply would not find the time or inclination to stop and have a bit of a listen to some prog rock, or pop on my headphones and enjoy a bit of Gaga.
So while my legs are exploring the local terrain, my mind, ears and heart are elsewhere, lost in a world within itself, with a language we all understand (to quote Sir Stevie Of Wondershire)...
Running enthusiasts can check out the stats for today's run here: http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_GB/plus/#//runs/detail/139773726/1360905466/?sitesrc=PLiAPP_fbk_pub
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
"Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested", a photo by Way Ahead Photography on Flickr.
Great time today with my youngest playing with his remote controlled car. It's his birthday soon and he's very excited (and hence waking up very early).
It's important to enjoy these times, because I know all too well that one day, he won't want to play with his dad... best to take it while you can!
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Finally I've got round to re-doing the Way Ahead Photography website, after several years of it remaining untouched.
Monday, 16 January 2012
I love Mondays! My day to do all the little things that need doing, see all the people who matter and generally enjoy myself!
Today is a glorious sunny winter day, and so I took a few moments to sit in the conservatory and play my guitar, just for fun!
Friday, 13 January 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Today was back to school and back to work day. It felt rotten saying bye to my kids after such a fantastic Christmas break, but that's reality.
Started work in earnest today on the new Way Ahead Photography website. The new version will be far more "professional looking" - I am very keen that it should be fed by and tie into the various social sites that I use to promote my work, also it will be far more iPad/iPhone friendly. After all - most of the creative people I mingle with have one or both!
This return to web design after several years of freedom proved quite frustrating at first - once again CSS proved inconsistent, flawed and sometimes downright silly. After a while though I found myself back in my old world, and quite enjoying myself!
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Well what can I say. 15 years as an IT guy, 4 years as a photographer - of COURSE I love coffee.
A couple of years ago, my wife, well known for her cunning and guile bought me an amazing coffee machine for my birthday. There was just one catch. It needed a kitchen to be installed in... so naturally I agreed without any fuss to buying a new kitchen.
Yes - she is THAT cunning! :)
Anyway the coffee machine remains one of my very fave things, I feel very lucky to have it. Especially at about 6.45 most weekdays, when I stagger downstairs, drop a mug under it and hit a button.... aaaaaaah COFFEEEEE! :)
Today's photo is courtesy of a chum on Instagram who claimed that day 1's photo lacked enthusiasm, and that I needed to dose up on caffeine before day 3. In fact, I've dosed up FOR my day 3 shot. So there :)
2/366 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize..."
2/366 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize...", a photo by Way Ahead Photography on Flickr.
(Quoted from the Book of Philippians)
This is my watch. I just got my watch back from my wife - I lent her it for a few months because her watch broke. But she got a new one for Christmas, which pleased me no end :)
I am very proud of my watch because it is very symbolic of a great success.
Last year I set some goals at the start of 2011. One of these was to meet one of my photography heroes, Rankin. And I did. This watch, one from a very limited edition, was a gift from Rankin and Swatch, given to all those who attended the opening of his fantastic Eyescapes exhibition in London. At the exhibition I met him, talked to him and was very much inspired in many ways. He was a great guy! And I even got to take his photo - which was quite a moment!
So - yay! I did it! In fact I met ALL my goal targets last year. Well done me! But... what now?
It would be very easy to relax, feel smug, and keep harping on about past successes. Humans are very good at it. But the downside is that this can knock us off target, it can slow us up, or even kill our progress.
Ironically past achievements mean very little. They are in the past. They don't exist any more. They amount, to very little more than nothing... except good memories.
The only thing to do is press on, something I am setting as a massive goal for 2012...
Monday, 2 January 2012
Well last year's 365 fell apart somewhat. I got about 180 days or so in, roughly halfway and hit the wall.
A wiser man would probably quit at this point. But I'm very stubborn...
Not only that I have a feeling 2012 is going to be another very significant year, so I want to document it as well as I can. Aaaaand - I might even try and do my blog alongside so people have something nice to read.
But no promises mind. I can be pretty unreliable at the best of times :)
Wishing you all a fantastic 2012.