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Richard and I have just completed another collaboration. To see the results, please visit Richard’s quite superb blog, CK Ponderings.

Here’s a sneak preview of one of my images to whet your appetite…

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Richard from  and I have just completed our first collaboration of 2014. To see the results, please visit Richard’s quite superb blog, CK Ponderings.

Here’s a sneak preview of my image to whet your appetite…

Richard from CK Ponderings and I decided to concentrate on one theme leading up to the end of 2013: the roads we live on. This time I suggested that we use the word Lines to inform our photographs. So, our third visit…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

IMG_9043On The Street Where You Live, 2013

The last in our triptych of On The Street… shots proved an interesting theme. Richard’s idea of stripping it back has given new impetus to my shots, and I am aware that I have almost been trying too hard with my photographs – and certainly those in collaboration with Mr Guest – meaning that they haven’t always turned out as I have wanted them to. I therefore kept it fairly simple from a photographic perspective – telegraph poles are as abundant in my road as they are in most people’s – and played around a bit more in post-production.

Richard Guest:

On The Street Where You Live IV, 2013

Familiarity has, I think, led me to stalking the road after dark; things seem much better defined under sodium lights. Sounds are sharper, scents more intense and there are fewer people about. And I have two of my favourite critics with me.

Street Portrait (for and of Richard), 2013

Today, Richard and I met up in Central London for an afternoon of photography. Our wanderings took in bits of Covent Garden, Charing Cross Road, The Mall, St. James’ Park, Mayfair, Oxford Street and environs, The Photographers Gallery, some back streets round same, Soho, Piccadilly Circus etc and the North and South Banks of the Thames. I fear my legs will fall off. This shot was taken just outside The Royal Festival Hall. I really dig Richard’s new bearded look. Thanks very much for letting me take your portrait, Richard! And for being such a great photographic companion. Hope you like the picture.

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Richard and I have just completed the second part of our ongoing collaboration. If you would like to see the results, please visit Richard’s superb blog, CK Ponderings.

Here’s a sneak preview of my image to whet your appetite…

Richard from CK Ponderings and I met up recently and discussed changing the way we work together. We decided to concentrate on one theme for all our forthcoming collaborations for the remainder of the year. Richard suggested the roads that we live on as our subject. Mine’s a mile long. How could I resist?

Richard Cooper-Knight:

IMG_6840On The Street Where You Live, 2013

Richard’s idea of a long term project really intrigued me, because it allowed different aspects of the same theme to be explored. When he mentioned it, I’d had the song On The Street Where You Live going around in my head for a few days (no, I have no idea either!), and it seemed to fit the theme perfectly. Richard fancied keeping the first post simple, so this is the entrance to my road. It’s a quiet suburban street, with around 90 houses in it, ranging from terraced 3-bed properties to detached 6-bed ones. There are families and retired couples, people are friendly but not in your face. It’s not in the hub of town, but has easy access to shops, and a couple of decent pubs selling real ales. The sea and the South Downs are both within walking distance and all in all, it’s a nice place to live.

Richard Guest:

SONY DSCOn The Street Where You Live, 2013

Having enjoyed the simple approach Richard and I took to the last couple of collaborations, I suggested we start this one with a single shot based on the theme with no other restrictions or complications. My road is a mile or so long. There’s no way I can capture it in a single shot, so I opted for focusing on a detail. I pass this wall pretty much every morning and evening and I associate its pattern and texture with the road as a whole.

Richard and I have just completed our thirty-first collaboration. If you would like to see the results, please go to Richard’s blog.

Here’s an edit of my image to whet your appetite…

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This is the thirtieth collaboration between Richard from CK Ponderings and I. It was my turn to set the theme. And to celebrate, I suggested we go back to how we collaborated for the first time – a theme interpreted any way we liked, no restrictions, one image…hope you like the results…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

Another World, 2013

Another World, 2013

A nice theme from Richard this time around, and, when he let me know what it was, I had an idea that I would find the image I was looking for during an upcoming long weekend in Glastonbury. This was true, but none of the shots I took to match the theme really worked that well. When I saw this one, however, the match seemed to leap off the screen.

Oddly, Richard’s idea about the theme being interpreted any way we liked and without any restrictions also fitted well. Given that I have been playing around with Photoshop a lot over the last few weeks, the only thing I did with this shot was to straighten it a little. Stripped back and back to basics worked really well with this one!

Richard Guest:

Holstenwall, 2013

Holstenwall, 2013

After a few misfires, I decided to approach the theme literally and create another world. In a frenzy of craft activity, the model was constructed by myself and “Hannah” from stuff we found in our making things box, (and “Hannah” did all the mark-making).  As we built our town, we took test shots and it was those that convinced me the surroundings (our hall) should be a part of the picture. The figures are from street photographs taken in the last year or so (none of which have featured on TFIPM before). I love it that although our approaches are very different this time around, there is some kind of indefinable kinship between Richard’s image and my own. My title this time is a bit of a cheat – once I’d seen Richard had chosen a shot of a definite place – Glastonbury I decided my contribution had to have a fictional place name. Holstenwall is the name of the village in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) – if you haven’t seen it, put it on your list!

SONY DSCRichard from  and I have just completed our twenty-ninth collaboration. If you would like to see the results, please visit Richard’s superb blog, CK Ponderings or click on the sneak preview above.

This is the twenty-eighth collaboration between Richard from CK Ponderings and I. It was my turn to set the theme and I wanted to build on the work we did for the previous collaboration. The initial photographs had to be taken in response to the phrase “rip it up” and emailed to the other Richard. The idea was then to work on the other’s photograph, but in a radical way  – using the original photograph as a beginning point/ building block for a new work and effect a total transformation.

Here are the original photographs:

Rip It Up, 2013 by Richard Cooper-Knight

Rip It Up, 2013 by Richard Guest

And here are the transformations:

Richard Cooper-Knight:

Guilty, 2013

I think I was out to impress this time around. I didn’t go as radical as I could have done last time around, so this time the gloves were off. Richard’s image proved an interesting one to work with, and his concept of ripping it up and starting again looked promising, although my limited experience of using Photoshop as a art tool meant I didn’t have the ability (or the time to experiment) as much as I wanted to.

The title comes from a word on the newspaper and, coincidentally, the fact that I have not long finished a period of jury service.

Richard Guest:

RCK RG Rip It UpThere are things in life one can’t quite express, 2013

Originally I had the idea of making 3D objects based on elements in Richard’s photograph and then re-photographing them. To find these elements, I isolated areas of colour in Photoshop, initially laying them out so that I could examine them. But the “sheet” soon became overcrowded and I found myself composing a picture and forgetting all about making objects.

The title of this collaboration is based on a song by the wonderful, and woefully under-appreciated Orange Juice. You can listen to Rip It Up here.