Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Vintage Glastonbury - 2013 Was About the Rolling Stones

After Glastonbury I bathe in a post Glastonbury glow as I trawl through my images.  My memories of of music and people and much else floods past.  2013 was vintage.  Because the Stones played and it was such a privilege to be there.  As the girl in the Nelson Mandela Bar said after the gig - that was the Stones.  I cannot believe I saw them.  And so it was it was like a surreal dream.  They came on and you just couldn't believe they were real.  And with time and the smoke and the emotion and the colour and the sounds it became more and more surreal.



And there was such warmth from the crowd to them.  Clearly it was special for everyone.




And then there was the D800.  It was the first major event I have shot with it.  There has been so much written about it by people who get it one day and review it profoundly the next but who don't try it out in the heat of a must get the shot situation.  Well this is undoubtedly, for me, the best camera in the world.  Yes there are other more expensive cameras and there are quicker cameras.  And there are more forgiving cameras.  But when you get it "right" with this camera it has a tonal range and quality that is above and beyond my expectations.  Difficult to describe but the D700 became an extension of my photographic vision and in time so will the D800.  And it will take time because it is unforgiving.  Especially when in one minute you move form a dark festival tent and flashing strobes into bright sunlight and then onto night time.  But it has all the right capabilities and more.



Sunday, 9 September 2012

The "Glastonbury Vibe" Coming to an iPad Near You

There are several reasons to be cheerful. Our Glastonbury book has gone to the distributor.  When I say our, I mean this is a photographic documentary of the Glastonbury Festival and contains images from both Alasdair and myself.  250 images to be precise.  So it has been a serious undertaking and covers 3 Glasto festivals.

I find writing a cathartic experience.  Also I enjoy the challenge of doing a photo book.  It is a historical record of my photography at this time.  This time around I have used Apple's iBook Author.  This was not an easy decision as it restricts the book to those that have an iPad.  Nevertheless I am using iBook Author because it allows me much greater flexibility in how I present the book.  I have been able to include YouTube clips from some of my favourite Glastonbury sets which help to bring the book alive.  Also I very much appreciate the ease with which you can produce what is a very slick presentation format.  Like much of what Apple does - it just works.  And effortlessly.  Following on the challenges and tribulations of trying to achieve photographic quality in an eBook format, by comparison iBook Author is a dawdle and much more.

So the book should be in the iBookstore in the next few weeks.  I will confirm the date nearer the time.

Meanwhile it is back to the mountains.  Where I belong :-)




The Golden People - Death of Michael Jackson



Trash City Mega Phone Music


Silhouetting The Ting Tings on the Other Stage




The Boss on the Pyramid Stage

Monday, 4 June 2012

Tabernas Turbidites and Cowboys

I always wanted to visit Tabernas in Andalucia and see the deepwater turbidites.  And also the cowboys.  For a week last week we drove around the ramblas and inspected the world class outcrops.  Many thanks to my colleagues and I dedicate these images to all those in Car 5.  May you always be strapped up and your sense of humour never leave you :-)

And here are the outcrops and the cowboy.  I include the perro who is  a contemporary Spanish native.

Perro.

Looks marginal to me - the devil is in the architecture.

Tabernas Europe's only desert world class mostly confined tubidite systems.


Modern cowboys have PDAs and still shoot.




Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sunday Morning Reading

A couple of articles in the FT make interesting reading this morning.  One does not expect quality photographic critique on the FT, but these days you take it where you can get!!

The first is an interview with Cindy Sherman.  For those not familiar with her work then this article reveals a great deal.  It is a prelude to her forthcoming retrospective at MOMA.  Say no more:

Cindy Sherman in the FT.


The second is a more difficult concept to get your head around but nevertheless a thought provoking one.  A review of a project on Israel with a group of the most famous photographers in the world.  Sounds extreme and from reading the article, seems.  If you are interested on how Koudelka and Shore and Struth spend their days then this a is a little, but not huge insight.

FT Ways of Seeing.

Finally the reason for my long time silence is that I am busy and that includes another book.  I always wanted to publish my Glastonbury homage.  And with a year off - the Olympics in June will use up all available portaloos in the country- this is the time to do it.


As a taster here is a photo from Chumbawamba in the Avalon Tent - not many musicians can play the tie!!










Thursday, 29 September 2011

Everest Here Continents Collided In a Store Near You

Finally and I mean what an amazing feeling to have this book out there!!

You can get a copy here:

https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000001219/Everest-Here-Continents-Collided.html

Enjoy the book.  I wrote it for you :-)

Alex

 Now what will I do next?  Maybe climb a mountain!!!


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Latest book to the distributor

Everest Here Continents Collided has now gone to the distributor.  I expect the 160 page book to be available from eBookit in a couple of weeks and thereafter Amazon, iBookstore and Barnes and Noble by October.

You can follow the book blog at

Everest Here Continents Collided

Elsewhere you can already find my "Kate and Wills Royal Wedding" book on Amazon or iBookstoe.  Again in eBook format.