Photo Book of the Month: Laura El-Tantawy's Post Script

Post-Script photo book by Laura El-Tantawy

"Standing in the Shadow of the Pyramids,
The beginning meets the end.
Here I choose to my bury my most valued possession,
In a place I once called home." - Laura El-Tantawy

 

I came across Laura El-Tantawy's work at last year's Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery. Although El-Tantawy didn't win the prize, for me, her work was the most engaging, topical and compelling of all the other shortlisted works... By a country mile. 
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Kingfisher in Flight

Here's an exciting clip of a kingfisher hovering in flight at our local pond...

Kingfisher hovering in flight animated gif

 


Photo Book of the Month: Tessa Bunney's Järvenjää/Lakeice

Lakeice, Tessa Bunney - Photo Book of the Month

 

Play the word association game with me and if you say Bradford, I'll say Impressions Gallery. I can't visit the city centre without a trip to this special photography gallery.

 

So when we recently traveled to Bradford registry to record the birth of our newborn boy, of course I dragged the family to check out the gallery's latest exhibition (Kurt Tong's 'The Queen, The Chairman and I'). After checking out the exhibition I took the customary browse around the book shop. Read more


A Sweet But All Too Short Affair With Royalty

Kingfisher caught mid-flight wings open
Despite being a keen naturalist from an early age, I've always tried to avoid wildlife photography. I found the idea of it too time consuming, too expensive, too niche and too competitive. Over the years however, slowly but surely I've found my camera pointing more and more at the natural world.

 

When I finally succumbed to the idea and began to actively seek wildlife to photograph, I promised myself that the one species I wouldn't pursue with my lens was the Kingfisher. I felt that this was a bird that had already been photographed from every possible angle and it would be impossible to find a new way of photographing it. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am, racing through village with my camera, hoping to catch a glimpse, anticipating that exhilarating flash of royal blue!

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Head Above the Clouds on Ilkley Moor

Cloud inversion settled over the Lower Wharedale Valley

 

It's a dark, foggy Monday morning. The kind of morning that makes everything feel like a drag, even, no especially, getting out of bed.

 

Despite the dull, dank start to the day and a touch of man flu, I force myself up and out of the house. Commuters have already begun their autonomous walk to the train station. As I drive passed these shadowy figures, draped in murky cloud, I start praying that my hunch is correct.

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New Woodland Walk Abstract Phoodle

A new abstract taken on a woodland walk...

Woodland walk abstract photo


David Bowie of the Bird World... Coming to a Town near You!

 

I'm standing in Ilkley Town centre on a Saturday afternoon. I have the train station to one side of me and the bus station on the other and I'm carrying a rather large and conspicuous lens around my neck. This is not the kind of situation I envisaged when I began my love affair with wildlife photography.

It seems at the age of thirty five I have finally relinquished any notion of being cool and have plummeted to the lowly ranks of looking like a train and/or bus spotter. But there’s something these passers by, with their quizzical, puzzled and slightly pitying expressions don’t know. They don't realise that the berry laden trees which divide the bus and train station are a prime location for spotting the David Bowie of the Bird World… The Waxwing!
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January's Photo Book: Byker Revisited

Byker revisited by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen in book of the month

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Byker Revisted

If you were a child of the 90's you might already be aware of Newcastle's Byker District. Maybe, like me, you also reveal your age by referring to ITV's most celebrated duo as "PJ & Duncan" too!

Whenever I'm in London I always try and visit one or two galleries. Actually, that's true of most paces I go! But back in November I down in London and keen to checkout Tate Modern's new extension aka the Switch House. While doing so I stumbled upon several photos of Byker, taken by photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.
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Photo Walk Through the Turner Prize... With a 2 Year Old

So you think Trump and Brexit are divisive subjects? Try reading the comments board of the Turner Prize!

While it may feel like discussion over Brexit and Trump have been going on forever, the UK’s most famous (or infamous) art prize is an old hand at peddling controversy and polarising opinion.

I have my own history with The Turner prize and it seems to have serendipitously played a role in some of the more significant moments in my life... Read more


2016: In Light of Kids & Dogs

Toddler on the neach at Saltburn by the Sea

What can I say about 2016 that hasn't already been said, argued, analysed, chewed up and spat out again?

It has certainly felt like a defining year. I've had a really prolific and creative year, have experienced some truly magical moments with friends and family, but it's also been a tough year, where I've experienced some hard and unfamiliar challenges.
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