Archives for posts with tag: Black & White


The Birds (II), 2013

Interlude #1



ifetime #1, #2, 2013

All That Before, 2013

The Undercover Man, 2013

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To see some great abstracts head over to my ace collaborator Richard’s blog, CK Ponderings. Richard’s posting our next collaboration there on Sunday.

Stephen, 2013

This is my friend, Stephen, taken in Café Eterno on Neal Street, London, UK. It was a nice change being able to take a portrait indoors (and of someone I know), especially given the chilly weather. I have to point out that we spent most of the time laughing so this shot is not representative of our lunch. Thanks very much for letting me take the shots, Stephen!

Cuckooland, 2013

Cuckooland, 2013

This was taken on Kingsway, London, UK.

Cuckooland  is an album by Robert Wyatt. It was released in 2003.
It was my first step into the world of Robert Wyatt and what a wonderful surprise. He is possessed of one of the most achingly, beautifully sad voices. He used to be in Soft Machine, and then Matching Mole, but I think I prefer him as a solo artist and he seems to get better with each new album.

Robert Wyatt is another artist who divides opinion, so I won’t go on…here’s the fourth track from the album, Forest.

In our house, this CD can be found: dining room, right-hand bookshelves, third shelf down.

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Thanks to the usual suspects (John, Deanne and Terry) for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our latest collaboration was posted on Richard’s blog last Sunday. Check it out.

Street Portrait (for and of Jonathan), 2012

This shot was taken around the Inns of Court – I’m not sure of the exact location. Jonathan was finishing his lunch when I asked him if I could take his portrait. He very generously agreed – and I took four shots with slightly different settings. This is my favourite. Thanks, Jonathan. I hope you like your picture.

A while back Cath at Settle and Chase and Philippa at seascapesaus suggested Richard Cooper-Knight and I take photographs of each other at work. Despite collaborating on a fortnightly basis for six months, we had never met. That is until 8th November…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

So, it happened at last – the meeting of the Richards, Guest and Cooper-Knight – and the ultimate in collaborations.

It was a great day, and we are unnervingly similar in our photographic ways (to the point of turning up with the same camera bags, and reaching to shoot the same thing at the same time on more than one occasion). I’ve said it before in my comments on Richard’s images and I’ll say it again – there is no way I could walk up to a complete stranger as he does and ask if I could take their photograph. I like the candidness of street photography, but doubt very much I would be able to pluck up the courage and go that step further.

The ultimate in collaborations, then, and probably the least comfortable for each of us… The portrait! We decided upon one formal and one candid shot each, and these are mine. The formal shot was taken outside the Tate Modern, as the afternoon was coming to an end and the darkness of an overcast November drawing in. The candid shot links in with Richard’s shot of Tim the musician, as that’s who he was photographing at the time.

Richard by Richard (Candid)

A cool resolution to a great day, but no, I didn’t manage to get a shot of Paloma Faith (though I did know who she was…).

Richard Guest:

I met Richard in the Royal Festival Hall for a sandwich. After lunch, we decided to explore the South Bank – first roaming the South Bank Centre. I spotted a young couple who looked great and were obviously deeply into each other and asked if I could take their portraits. He said yes, but she said no, so it didn’t happen. Not the best start, but we were off, exploring the centre – it’s all concrete, metal and glass, and offers a nicely brutalist backdrop for candid shots.

I have to admit, and I’m sure Richard was doing the same I spent quite a lot of time watching Richard at work. And like he said we were often drawn to the same subjects.

As we made our way along the South Bank, we quickly fell into a pattern of talking, taking shots and surreptitiously trying to shoot each other. I took the candid shot of Richard not far from the National Theatre.

Richard Cooper-Knight (Candid), 2012

The next interesting area for me was the London Studios and the group of photographers pressed against the railings, trying to get a shot of Paloma Faith. A stone’s throw from there we spotted Tim, AKA Flame Proof Moth and I legged it down to the mudflats to photograph him. Meanwhile, Richard took some great shots of spectators.

After that we went off the tourist trail, down side streets and focused more on urban subjects, eventually returning to the Thames path and Tate Modern. There we agreed to take each other’s portrait.

Richard by Richard (Formal)

Richard Cooper-Knight, 2012

There were more  photographs after that on the way to a pub called The George, but the thing I enjoyed shooting the most that day was the breeze.

Hope we can do it again soon.

This is the thirteenth collaboration between Richard from CK Ponderings and I. This time, it was down to me to set the theme, and I chose Electricity. Hope you like the results…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

Electricity, 2012

Richard’s turn for a theme this time around, and the title Electricity sparked off a number of ideas (I apologise; I couldn’t resist that one… Puns over, I promise…)

The weather kept me indoors and, not being brilliant at dark shooting, I needed something with a good contrast to show up readily in the image. I had a go at using an extension lead to create a word, but my patience ran out quickly when it didn’t do what I wanted it to, and when both the lead and my camera nearly ended up out of the window, I called it a day on that front…

In the end, I settled for the plug from my phone charger and, after toying with a light background, the dark shiny cover of my printer proved useful.

Comments and suggestions warmly welcomed on this post, though highly charged ones are not. (Sorry… couldn’t help myself…)

Richard Guest:

Electricity, 2012

For our thirteenth collaboration, I decided on Electricity as a theme, because I thought it would act as a spur to me to make an energetic, spiky, zappy image. Interestingly it had the opposite effect (I rejected a few street shots, because they looked like I was trying to make some kind of point). This is a light fitting in an office building.

Here’s a track by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band from their 1967 album Safe As Milk entitled Electricity. The album’s great – it treads a fine line between experimentation and classic song structure and a young Ry Cooder plays guitar and arranges two songs. But the Captain’s voice is the thing!