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Nightlight – ambient lit streets, windows and alleys

I hope for the viewer to take away from this series that there is beauty in the most unlikely of places, especially the places that are more often than not overlooked in daylight but once lit up at night take on a whole new personality.

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The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield


For years light has fascinated me, particularly window and street light. It gives so much mood to streets and alleyways. Film noir lighting in old movies inspires me with this type of photography. The technical side of the work is a challenge and a lot of thought has to go into the shooting, production and editing the images to get the desired outcome.

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Betting Shop Back Entrance, Staveley, Derbyshire

I started this project around 5 years ago and shoot new material in the autumn and winter times. This  is mainly for convenience due to my work constraints. It is handy living in a town centre… there are lots of lit areas that have interesting points about them. I’m looking to create moody striking images that bring the everyday mundane to life through the use of the available ambient light. The series is shot entirely on manual mode so the exposure can be controlled effectively.

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Inside view of a manufacturing plant, Staveley, Derbyshire

The quality of light that is illuminating the scene can be a challenge. Digital noise can be an issue if not controlled properly through efficient use of ISO, although quite high settings have been used modern day digital cameras far exceed the limitations of the digital cameras even 10 years ago and can produce excellent results in the most dimmiest of lit scenes.

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The Flyover Bridge, Staveley, Derbyshire

The idea that light passing through, bouncing off and illuminating objects giving remarkable shape and structure to the most mundane things seen in broad daylight is fascinating.

Day 68 - Light Retail Therapy
Town Centre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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Town Centre, Staveley, Derbyshire

 

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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

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Minimalism in the Ordinary Stuff

Sometimes “less is more”, in its purest form minimalism photography is taking the ordinary and giving it a dramatic twist utilising light and composition to capture simplicity. Concentrating on colours, lines and textures and leaving the interpretation to the viewer in a subjective way.

I base my own minimalism photography ideas on texture, composition, colours and shape. I see details rather than the whole picture so zoning in on patterns, textures and shapes is quite natural for me. I more or less exclusively employ the “rule of thirds” with my minimalism work… It just seems to be more aesthetically pleasing to me that way.

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Pointed Cement Joint 
Day 01 - Swing
A park swing base
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Drain Cover
Day 04 - Sidewalk
Edge of the pavement curb stones
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Latch on a sandstone wall