Aside from my tasks I undertake as part of my Masters degree I like to keep up with personal projects. This week I set out to photograph low light portraits both inside and out. I have found shooting personal projects keeps me motivated.
For this set of images I was shooting on my Sony A7RII and cracked the ISO up to make up for the lack of natural light..
I sat the model near the window so I could use the light coming in from the street
When I was outside I was always looking for artificial like which I could utilise such as the blue lights of the ambulance, park lights and street lamps.
Also exactly two years ago today I graduated! Its been a crazy two years with lots of photography ups and downs but just scrolling through my blog I can see how my photography has developed. It’s exciting to think about what I might be creating this time next year..
Two weeks ago, on my way to visit my grandparents I got given a leaflet advertising the ‘Peoples March’, a demonstration against Brexit, in Central London on the 23rd June. I am always on the look out for new photography opportunities and as I was already heading up to Birmingham to catch up with some university friends this proved the perfect pitstop.
I arrived at the meeting place half an hour before the start, there was an air of both excitement and confusion among the people gathering to make their voice heard. It was clear the amount of people far exceeded expectations at over 100,000 and many had no idea where the march actually started..
Through sheer luck and determination (and no logic) I ended up at the front of the march along with all the tv cameras and political figures.
It was a purely peaceful protest with samba bands, face painting and people singing. With so much going on it was hard to know where to look let alone photograph. I aimed to capture a mixture of people along with incorporating the backdrop of Central London.
The light was extremely bright so I used a ND filter and focused on shooting with the sun behind me. If you want to see more images from the protest check out my latest Instagram story @madisonbeachphotos.
And if you’re looking for some travel inspiration check out Emily’s blog. Emily is one of my closest friends; both my roommate in Bangladesh and travel buddy in Eastern Europe and has just moved to Australia! A great travel writer and even better friend, head over to her new blog and give it some support!
When it comes to photography I am a great believer in saying yes to as many opportunities as possible to expand your skills. Earlier in the week I was invited by family friends (who have 10-year old twins) to come to the circus.
I have shot much performance photography in the past but thought it’d be an interesting way to stretch myself. Inside the circus tent itself I wasn’t allowed to shoot video or use flash, but I often find restrictions can make you think outside the box.
It was a small circus but this worked to my advantage as I could get a front row seat and get up close to the incredibly talented performers.
Last year I won the Ginnel Foto Fest Analogue awards. Part of my prize was being sent a box full of film. Some I’ve used before such as portra and Agfa, but there was also a roll of Kodak Tri X medium format film estimated to be 50 years old.
I have always wanted to shoot it so last weekend when me and my cousin went to Peacehaven. A small suburban town on the English coast where my cousin, Harry, grew up.
I got some surprisingly good results..
If you ever get your hands on some expired film be sure to double check if your local lab develops it. After walking 40 minutes to mine it turns out they don’t develop expired films. If you’re based in the UK I would strongly recommend AG Photolab who are super friendly and based in Birmingham. I sent the film off on Wednesday and got it back today!
Having lived in Bangladesh for four months one of the things I was most excited about when I returned home was to get all my films developed (and seeing my family..). I am very happy to finally share the images with you which have been featured on Huck Magazine. Hit the Link to see the article!
I am currently based in Bangladesh working as a community worker and documenting my adventures. Follow my blog to keep updated with the ups and downs of living in such a beautiful yet challenging country.
I am currently getting settled into the village which I will be calling home for the next 3 months. I have spent the last few days learning how to fit in.
We first headed to our local market, a 3 minute walk from our compound. Our group descended on a fabric shop, giving them the most business they’ve had all year. We sat on stalls lining the middle of the shop and swivelled and pointed to fabrics we liked the look off. Two hours later, and £6 down I had got enough fabric to make two traditional tops and a pair of trousers.
After browsing the market for an hour or so we headed back to our compound and went straight to our onsite tailors office to get measured up and put our orders in. With a little luck not everything was lost in translation and I won’t end up with an intricate, Bangladesh inspired onesie.
At our onsite tailors
We have also now started to visit the different communities we will be working in- by rickshaw. My first time in a rickshaw did not disappoint, I absolutely loved it. We got stuck in the mud, nearly fell out a few times and scraped a cows bum but I’m already looking forward to the next time we get to ride them.
Taking a break at a community library
The communities have all been very different; from a native tribe to an all girls school where a hundred kids followed us and said ‘how are you doing?’ in their best British accents. Even if they weren’t expecting us every community laid on a spread of cakes and tea, lots and lots of tea. In Bangladesh it’s very common to have at least 3 tea breaks a day. I am currently made up of 40% tea and 60% rice.
I’m looking forward to having my first day off for a week tomorrow and then getting stuck into our community work.