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Defining My Style - Portrait Photography

Style is usually something that defines your work. Something that is recognisable in all of the work that you produce, that allows people to distinguish your work from everybody else. This is something that can take decades to achieve, but something that I am constantly working on.

I have recently re edited some older shoots, working on getting a cohesive feel to my images. Having recently read Annie Leibovitz’s At Work and some interviews with the great Peter Lindbergh as well as his book Shadows on the wall, I now have a different thought pattern and view for the kind of portraits I want to create. With this new way of thinking still fresh in my mind I went through a couple of older shoots, picking images that I would have usually looked over, and edited them in a way in which I feel represented the feeling I wanted to portray. Previously I had gotten a bit lost in creating images that did not necessarily have a deeper meaning or portray anything at all. Without meaning the photographs become meaningless. Snap shots of a person instead of capturing their true self. This is a lesson that I am glad I have learned as it will help me now create more powerful portraits.

I have always admired the feeling of timelessness that you get from black and white images. The lack of colour also helps to keep the focus on the subject without the distraction many colours can have. These are the the main reasons for choosing black and white for these portraits. I am not saying that colour has no place in my work, its just for the time being, black and white best portrays how I want the images to feel. I have also chosen to reduce the contrast from my usual portraits giving a softer look to the images, but at the same time keeping them dark and moody. I am a fan of the moodier look and a darker black point that slides away into a soft vignette.

More of this style of work will be coming throughout 2019 as well as some new fine art projects!

- Kalum

Update! - Sunday Morning Stroll

Hi All!

I thought i’d share some shots from a recent walk around my neighbourhood. It is easy to forget that you do not have to travel far to find beautiful shots. These were taken in a woodland not two minutes away from my house.

They are a bit different to any other work that you have seen before, however I feel it is a useful tool to switch subjects to keep perspectives and creativity fresh. I will also be working on some more fine art work, both portraits and landscapes, which will be on my site in the coming months, and they will be available as prints. So keep an eye out for those!


New Creative Blog Announcement!

Oh, hi there! I see you’ve found your way onto my new weekly blog - welcome! This is a new blog that will have weekly posts about my experiences through the creative world, from getting started, to making an impact and creating work that will get you noticed (that’s the aim anyway!). 

Let’s rewind just a touch so that I can tell you more about myself. My name is Kalum and I am a photographer from Bristol, England. I am in my mid twenties and very much in the middle of my quarter life crisis (a story for another day and yes it's a real thing). I am a professional photographer. I hesitate to add the prefix to that statement as I am unsure what it means to be a ‘Professional’  photographer. In this instance I am using the word ‘professional’ to mean that this is my only form of employment and I get paid for (most) of the work that I do. The reason I hesitate to use the word professional is because, a lot of people seem to think of professional photographers as being the most famous, not knowing that professional means being paid for the job you do. 

The reason behind this new blog is to share my journey through the ‘professional’ world of an artist or more commonly used term - creative, so that you may learn and gain some insight from my experiences. This blog is not just aimed at photographers however, I aim to write this blog from an artists point of view so that my experiences can be shared and used throughout different fields within the artistic world, whether that be graphic design, painting, film making , photography and so on. The creative and the business worlds are two different beasts that more often than not need to be tamed in different ways. In my experience it is very easy to let one take over the other, which for any artist, is not a good thing. The business side of the job can cage your creativity and with it your passion for the job, which is the whole reason for doing it in the first place. This is what we must aim to avoid. 

The second reason for writing this blog is to push myself creatively, in a field where I know little about. I am talking about writing. I am not a writer, but have always loved the idea of being a writer, and the best way to improve at something, is to do it! This will be the subject for my first blog post - Do by Doing. By stating this, it also acts as my excuse for any poor writing and incorrect grammar - I am still learning so bare with me!

By following this blog you can expect weekly articles about how to keep your inspiration and drive for your work as well as experiences from my own personal journey will hopefully give you guidance. My aim is to help you navigate the world of the ‘professional’ creative by learning from my experiences. In the upcoming weeks you can expect blog posts about - what it means to ’find your niche’ within the industry, how to deal with creative block, how to get the clients and the jobs you want, and much more!

So if this sounds like something that may help you, subscribe to the blog and leave a comment! Also please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any thoughts or questions, or if you just want to talk! I know very well that this way of life can sometimes be a lonely one especially if you do not have like minded people around you, so if you want someone to bounce ideas off of or just talk about your passion please feel free to get in touch!

See you next week! 

- Kalum