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Street Portrait (for and of Leon Hart), 2016– Street Portrait (for and of Leon Hart), 2015 –

I ran into Leon late last week – I’ve not been taking many street shots recently, so it was great to catch up, and Leon was good enough to let me take his portrait. Thanks very much, Leon! Hope you like your picture.

This is the fourth time I have taken Leon’s portrait. I first photographed him in July 2012, (and posted the shot during science fiction fortnight on TFIPM, naming it after Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man (1951). You can read the original post here). I ran into Leon again in March 2014 (in the meantime I went to an exhibition featuring his exceptional work at the Brick Lane Gallery) – and he was good enough to let me take a second portrait; you can see that one here. And the third one was a lucky encounter on an unauspicious photographic day and can be found here. Check out Leon’s work here: http://www.leonhart.co.uk

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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La Rossa, 2015

La Rossa, 2015
Street photography and digital manipulation

From the moment I started taking street shots in earnest, I wanted to see them next to abstract paintings. It seemed like it would make an interesting fit. Since then I have taken a lot of street shots and developed a more abstract way of working with the images I take. So it seemed natural to bring the two strands of what I do together. La Rossa is a work in progress, or rather an element of a larger work. Having taken the step of combining works I discovered what La Rossa is missing is another element: a tabletop sculpture…back to work.

La Rossa (I), 2015– La Rossa (I), 2015 –

La Rossa (II), 2015– La Rossa (II), 2015 –

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La Rossa is the third track on Van der Graaf Generator’s 1976 album, Still Life. You can listen to the song (9:54 of sonic heaven) here.

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Leon Hart, who has been a friend of TFIPM for a long time and been thrice captured in street portrait form, (the last time being here) has an exhibition of his paintings from the last two years coming up at the Leyden Gallery in London 24-28th November 2015. Leon’s work is great, so this is a must see.

Leon Hart Flyer 2

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And finally, Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out!

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Street Portrait (for and of Leon Hart), 2015– Street Portrait (for and of Leon Hart), 2015 –

This is the third time I have taken Leon’s portrait. I first photographed him in July 2012, (and posted the shot during science fiction fortnight on TFIPM, naming it after Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man (1951). You can read the original post here). I ran into Leon again in March 2014 (in the meantime I went to an exhibition featuring his exceptional work at the Brick Lane Gallery) – and he was good enough to let me take a second portrait; you can see that one here.

The shot above was taken last Friday – I was just giving up on the day, when I spotted Leon again. It was really good to catch up. Thanks very much, Leon! Hope you like your picture.

Check out Leon’s work here: http://www.leonhart.co.uk

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have started a new blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest.

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– Street Portrait (for and of Leon Hart), 2014 –

I first met Leon Hart in July 2012, on Great Queen Street. He was good enough to let me take his portrait, which I posted on TFIPM a few days later. As a result, Leon and I started up an email conversation and I discovered he was a painter and artist. I checked out a lot of his work online (at: http://www.myspace.com/esoteric_art). In March 2013 I got to see the work “in the flesh” at an exhibition called Beauty Never Sleeps at the Brick Lane Gallery – and it was exceptional stuff. Sadly, I missed meeting Leon for a second time then, but did manage to catch up with him a week or so ago. Thanks very much Leon! Hope you like your picture.

Check out Leon’s new site here: http://www.leonhart.co.uk

And the original post?…it was science fiction fortnight on TFIPM and I named my portrait of Leon after Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man (1951). You can read it here.

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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The Illustrated Man (for and of Leon Hart), 2012

One of the things I love about running this blog is how much it forces me to come into contact with people. I had it in my head that I would do a post for The Illustrated Man – not exactly a stretch finding someone with a decent set of tattoos. By chance I ran into Leon Hart, who very generously let me take his picture and agreed to me publishing it here. As is customary for me now, I gave Leon my card and he later got in touch. And here is the killer: Leon is an exceptional painter and artist. His work’s great and you can see a selection of it here: http://www.myspace.com/esoteric_art. Thanks, Leon.

The Illustrated Man was (gasp!) not a novel, but a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. Another self-imposed rule broken. Although, the book does have a framing device – a man whose body is covered with tattoos which are animated and relate the eighteen stories in the book. It was published in 1951. A film adaptation was released in 1969, starring Rod Steiger* Great film.

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For the time being I’m  naming my posts and photographs after Science Fiction novels (and on this occasion short story collections).

As always thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion. And to my collaborator and all-round cool dude, Richard over at CK Ponderings, who was naming his photographs after Pet Shop Boys songs, but has just finished that and has compiled a playlist of great merit. Also, if you’re interested in learning a little more about J.G. Ballard, whose Concrete Island I used as my first title Bill Chance has written a great review of The Collected Short Stories here.

*and his dead tiger, Viz fans.