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Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Every year I make an effort to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge, London.

It showcases some of the best photographs of animals complete with the story behind the picture and, for the gearheads, all the metadata you can eat. Some years are better than others, but this year the focus was back on the animals and I think the lineup was really strong. Continue reading

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Instagram and the snapshot aesthetic

I recently read The Photographer’s Eye by Michael Freeman, and came across some interesting lines on the ‘snapshot aesthetic’, whereby lacking composition is pitched by casual photographers as a deliberate technique. The book predates Instagram, but I think the comments are given extra context by the rise of social media and phone photography.

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Silence by Tadao Ando

Stumbled across this fountain, by Japanese artist Tadao Ando, in London’s Mayfair district today. This is one of those situations where you have to kick the camera into manual and decide whether you’re going to focus on the reflection on the surface or the pattern beneath the surface, a decision made more difficult by wind rippling the water. When I got home and saw the pictures on a big screen, the shot I least expected to work was the keeper. Continue reading