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Art – Arty – Artist … is it?

If you have perused through my photography diary blog thing… I really don’t know if its a blog or a diary or what it I should really refer to it as.

Anyhow, if you’ve had a look at my pages you may have come across a couple of posts asking about art and photography.

I find it hard to get my head around some aspects of photography being referred to as art, yet some photography is clearly artistic and some great efforts go into setting up and capturing some photographic scenes.

Photography takes knowledge, skill, vision and a varying degree of imagination so the photographer should receive commensurate praise and reward as any other artistic medium.

But then what is art?

Tracey Emin CBE is an established artist who was criticised in some areas of the British media after being shortlisted for The Turner Prize for her work My Bed.

Its easy for some to scoff this kind of work but what are they scoffing at, the artist or the art world?

I know what I thought at the time and to be honest I wasn’t impressed but then it wasn’t and still isn’t a world I am immersed in.

I feel differently about such exhibits now and think actually it was very brave to put such a personal thing on display to the public, after all it wasn’t just an unmade bed unlike my photos I am about to show.

I think what confuses me is the part of who decides something is art and who decides what its value is?

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So without wanting to sound like I am mocking the artists or the curators and supporters of art, can you, should you ever stumble across this post, tell me something…

Is the art in the unconscious state of sleep, the semi-wakened state of removing bedding to get out of bed, perhaps my decisions on composition and processing the images or even all of these in combination.

If I was to print these where would I suggest they are hung?

How much would I even consider charging for them?

Perhaps they are of no value because I am me; just a run of the mill normal bloke not selling myself as an artist?

I really aint being condescending, thats not who I am. Just very simply, if you are into art, are arty, an artist or just have an opinion, please fill in the gaps for me.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

March or Die.

It can sometimes be hard to decide what images to share with people. As a photographer it seems natural to want to show ones best images but sometimes the best technical or aesthetically pleasing isn’t the best for the text and story.

That kind of sounds like I’m making excuses for images that people might look at and think the composition and other aspects should or could’ve been done differently.

Yes they could but its about the story… March or Die is the title for a movie about the French Foreign Legion that I have seen but remember pretty much nothing of.

I have just returned from a trip to Fuerteventura and when I spied the landscape ahead of me it was the title of that movie that immediately sprung to mind. The wife didn’t find that very reassuring when I blurted that out as we strolled off into the hills.

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I very nearly signed up to the French Foreign Legion when I was a lot younger. I think at 16/17 years old I was stubborn enough to have been mentally strong enough to cope and I’d like to think at that age I would have managed the physical demands but I was talked out of it. The whys, wheres, and hows are far too long winded for this ‘photo diary/blog’ but I do sometimes wonder how things might have panned out if that was the route I ended up following.

It would be great to have an opportunity to enrol on the training without having to commit time following that training but even if that was possible, I’m a lot older, heavier and most definitely not fit enough; I’d probably end up in hospital after day two. Thats if I’d managed to survive day 1!!!

Anyhow, back to the photos. All taken handheld with a Fuji XT2 and prime 35mm lens.

Thanks for stopping and looking at the images. Constructive comments always welcome.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy or James.

The fox, The Tiger and The Giraffe.

I’ve been asked to take part in an interview as a photographer. I’m flattered to be asked especially as the person is an excellent photographer.  I’ll put up a link if it gets published anywhere.

It made me have a look at some of my past images. They’ve been a bit random and I didn’t realise how many animal photos I’ve taken.

I’ll post a few on here. Lets see if these get more views than “A cheeky bum flash” (no link added because the post doesn’t seem to need advertising.. The modern world!).

If you click on the images they should enlarge… should!!

Just a few for now and I may post some other over the next couple of days if I get the chance.

I do not have the details to hand for the fox cub or the tiger cub however the giraffe was shot on a Fuji XT2 using a prime 35 mm lens so with the sensors crop factor that gave me roughly a 50mm equivalent.

Technically these images are not fantastic but unlike an adult human model one can not ask them to stay as they are while camera adjustments are made. I’m not a big fan of too much editing so these may have had some alterations but nothing major. The lighting for the fox is pretty much the true light that I had.

Enjoy, comment and feel free to add links to your photos either on word press, instagram or flickr.

As always, thanks for stopping and having a look.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

Improvising

Improvising and having a pragmatic approach is something I have learnt that photographers have to get used to. Especially if they are not the sort of person that sits down and writes a check list (note to self… consider a check list!).

Actually it might have been a bit sad to have done a check list when just heading out for a Ruby and a cheeky half  or two!!

I was very kindly invited along to my second meal with The Punk Rock Curry Club by Garry Bushell. I do try to carry a camera of some sort most of the time and decided to take my Fuji XT2 along for the night rather than my usual Canon kit. Partly because the Fuji is smaller and less intimidating for people and because I bought a new Godox flash & wireless trigger that I wanted to try out.

The flash is as big as the camera but it all fits rather neatly into a little camera bag. Something I would not have been seen with in my teens & twenties & perhaps even my thirties as it looks a little nerdy… Heck! Even just having a camera wasn’t really seen as cool….. Oh how things have changed!

[At this point I adamantly refute any allegation of standing in the mirror trying to figure out how to hold a small camera bag; trying to look a little less like I’m carrying a man bag.] 

You might be thinking so he has a camera, wireless trigger and flash, that all sounds good so where or why did he need to improvise? I’m getting there…

I forgot the bloody battery for the flash and unfortunately the flash does not use any of the batteries you can buy in any old corner shop or petrol station, so I was a bit stuffed. The available light in the pub & the curry house was not really sufficient to get any really good photos. I took a few but can’t say I was overly impressed with them. I thought a high ISO and then pushing the image a little in editing might work but nah! What I should have done was just set the ISO a bit higher and I might not have had such noisy photographs.

I did however decide to improvise a little as we were heading back to the pub.

I haven’t taken any portraits for a while and haven’t really given this camera a decent work out to see what I can do with it. Nor have I given any real thoughts to night portraiture. So here was an opportunity but I had to make the most of available light and spotted a fried chicken take away on the high street provided my much-needed improvised light-source (Looking back at older posts light seems to be a constant theme).

Jose Olan

Fuji Xt2 – Fuji XF35mm ISO 3200 f/3.2 SS 1/160

Jose Olan & Jet Baker : Jet Baxter

Fuji Xt2 – Fuji XF35mm ISO 3200 f/3.2 SS 1/160

Thank you & good luck to Jose Olan who is currently on tour in the UK with Bad Manners   I hope he has a great time. Thanks also to Jet Baker of Buster Shuffle for standing around in the cold to have a portrait taken.

As usual a big thank you to you for stopping, reading my sometimes rambles and for looking at the images.

I haven’t posted in a while and will be unlikely to post again before Christmas but will hopefully get a chance to respond to any comments. So based on that I hope it’s not to early to wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy fun-filled 2018.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James.