For it to be Different

On the 30th of December I went for a mid-afternoon stroll with my camera along the Staveley Section of the Chesterfield Canal. Under the bridge at the Staveley Canal Basin was this Graffiti. It stopped me in my tracks.

In a moment of self-reflection I pondered what this meant to the person who wrote it. Perhaps nothing, then again perhaps it was reaching out to someone who walked the same path they did and hope they would understand what it means. To me it gave me creative scope to interpret it myself based on my own life experiences and direction.

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I love to post my work alongside lyrics/songs that have some meaning and bring the image to life. With this one, I think “Under the bridge” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers works really well.

I don’t ever want to feel
Like I did that day
Take me to the place I love
Take me all the way

Constantine the Great

Constantine came to Britain in AD 305. After his father’s death in AD306 Constantine was proclaimed Emperor by the soldiers in York. Constantine united the whole of the Roman Empire under one ruler bringing to end 80 years, three generations of fragmented rule. Constantine’s place in the history of York is firmly sealed.

During Constantine’s reign Christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. … In 313, Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan decriminalizing Christian worship.

This statue of the Emperor Constantine is located on the site of York Minster Where he was declared Emperor. On the limestone statue base are the words “Constantine. By this sign conquer”.

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Constantine The Great (AD 306-337)

Shooting the Shadows

Light impacts what we see and how we see it. it is the fundamental thing that brings photography to life.

In a lot of photographs it is the lighting that makes or doesn’t make an image work. Knowing how to work with the light will help enormously in capturing photographs that come alive.

The absence of light, darkness, is often overlooked by a lot of photographers because they are too busy concentrating on the light. Shadows play an important role in bringing images to life.

Helping to direct light to a specific point in a composition, shadows can hide and reveal features that you may prefer to be hidden. Shadows also add drama, mood and emotion to the image.

My own style of working with shadows is usually shot during the night or winter mornings when I haven’t the time to photograph on the streets.

Below is a few images of my shadow work.

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Building Light and fences
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Tree Branches
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Building light and fences
Day 03 - Shadows
Sun Shining through a fence
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Evening Sunlight through Window Blinds
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Building Light and fences