Giacomo Brunelli, Photofusion , Brixton march 2010





This was only a small exhibition at photofusion in Brixton of about 15 prints of Giacomo Brunelli but it was such Excellent  quality. What he had created was a variation of street photography. The work reminded me of William Klien. It had a real surreal twist to it. The objects in the picture where animals but the shots where not staged. It was a real gem well worth the visit.


eye of newt
eye of newt (Photo credit: Seán Venn)


Deutsche Borse photography prize 2010 The Photographers Gallery

As ever always an excellent trip to photographers gallery. This time it was the very prestigious Deutsche Borse Prize. The winners Where Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Sophie Ristelhueber and Donovan Wylie.

Anna Fox took contemporary portraiture in an outdoor environment. They where interesting but not really my thing. Sophie Ristelhueber took images of various areas of conflict. I liked the images of the roads with bomb holes.

The main two pieces of work was interested in was Zoe Leonard and Donovan Wylie. Zoe Leonard was trying to capture the changing face of the area that she grow up in. She was documenting the little shops that we’re being closed down due to the opening of large modern shopping complex. Her work really made me think about Edward Weston early work documenting the depression in the U.S.

The work the really attracted my attention was Donovan Wylie. He is from northern Ireland. He had documented the demolition of the maze prison. In superb large format C prints. He had taken 7 different images of the same point of a block of the prison being knocked down. So it went from full fence to clear space. The deconstruction of the fence was really powerful. Maybe this was because it was showing the end of an era. I also liked some picture that where in the official book. He had taken images of each prison cell all taken from the same angle. Really strong repartition. All that changed was the curtains. Really considered and beautiful.


Framestore 4pm 8th march 2010



We was met in foyer by this

This was the Oscar they won for the Golden Compass. That’s a impressive way to walk in to a building. We met up with Ben Owen it took us down stairs to show us a show real of what Framestore produced. They have worked on the CGI Harry potter, Avatar, Where the Wild Things Are and Sherlock Holmes. They have also done adverts for Pg tips and L’oreal. They have been in business for 25 years now and have branches in Iceland New York and London. In the future they are are hoping to spread out more into computer games having already worked on Dj Hero. They have worked on music Videos for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Arctic Monkeys.

The parts of the Avatar film they worked on where the opening scene coming off the plane and the scenes in the machinery hanger and when they leave under fire at the end in helicopter.  The films they are working on at the moment are prince of Persia, Your Highness, Salt and Clash of Titans. They had just signed the contract to work on Neil Gamons The Graveyard book.

He was very positive about sending your work to the company and told us about. He told us about the summer internships that were offered. He said even if you don’t have any finished work. So long as you come across as enthusiastic you are in with a chance.

Molinare 4pm 8th March 2010


Everyone headed the warning and arrived early for our first appointment at Molinare. I think myself like the rest of the group was nervous on going into the first company. We met Mike McMahon who was a former student at Glyndwr University several years ago. He was very friendly and went round the group asking what we were interested in. He then introduced us to Mark Foligno the Managing director of the company. He was very relaxed in his approach to our group. Asking us where we were from and our intention of the trip. He was talking to this guy who turned out to be Paul Andrew Williams the Director of London To Brighton. He said, “ As students forget all the rules”. This really put everyone at ease and set the tone for the rest of the visit.

The company deals in Post Prediction the flow of work is the film is finished its then edited goes to the audio team then to the pictures team. This is called grading, which means setting the continuity of the film. The scene we was show was a film called hawk. Which was being filmed in Wales. It had two shots of a mouse and the man looking for the mouse in grass. Both shots were filmed 6 months apart. This gave a totally different lighting. The scene with the mouse is called a pick up as it was filmed after the event off the location. We was also showed

So they split up the picture and the sound. The (rushes) images are then scanned in conformed (in order). Then if any text needs to be added it’s put in after all the process. The film is then. The film is digital film is then scanned back to 35mm film using a northern light scanner which scans at 2k. It is then run through an Arri Laser which creates the master negative.

In the Foley suite they add the sound fx to the film. I found this the best part, as it was so simple. On the floor they had every type of surface you could image. These were used for recording footsteps on there was brick, laminate, wood, soil, metal, concrete and tiles. There was also a big bag of she’s for whatever the screen requires. All the info they need to create a sound is on a screen. They normally have one week to record the sound and one week to fit it to picture.

Once the sound is completed Dolby are called in this cost £5000 whoever the company is in the world. Some of  The films they have worked on are :Hawk, Dammed United, Dead Man Runs, Moon, Everybody’s fine and London To Brighton.


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Aldi (disused)

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On saturday i went to the disused Aldi Complex in Colwyn Bay After getting in touch with the Manager Graham Bowser. I spent about 1hr in the empty building using what little light was available to me. I got some impressive results. the rest of the images can be seem here

The image where going to be used in my Fallen Grande unit. until  i went to the Gun sight on the Great Orme. I had to work hard to get in the location but im pleased with the results


Creative Features

Due to work commitments I could only attend one day at the Creative Features Event that was put on by the uni. i was really impressed that Glyndwr University had put on this event. To meet people in the industry. I went to the Tuesday. I so a lecture on illustration which was not really relevent. i still found it interesting and constructive with what they had to say about portfolios. Try and make them eye-catching but not complicated to look at. As employers have so many to look it will be just glazed over.

I did find the meeting with Craig Barrett really interesting and inspiring. He was from a company called Mills Media. He talked about what he did in his just. He made the group aware that working on location you had to think on your feet often. here’s a copy of the Reply to the email I sent. After asking him to look at my website. I found his comments constructive and worthwhile.

Hello Alan

Thanks so much for your email and apologies for my slow response. I actually got some time away and I’ve returned to a very heavy work load.
Your kind comments were very welcome. The day for me didn’t go at all to plan. I was brought in to give one-to-one help with students wanting to see me and show me their work. I was not expecting to sit in front of 30 students and give a talk! As a result I was very concerned that the students didn’t get much from the time, hence my thanks for your email.

I have had a look around your site too. Some really nice stuff emerging there. If I can be brutally honest I feel you are probably still developing your own style or signature. Maybe looking for something that fits. That is not a criticism. I just remember being in a similar situation with my own personal work, technically good, able to mimic, but struggling with making it truly my own. To be honest I still don’t think I’m there yet! Not sure I ever will…The most important thing is to keep trying. Personally I think that your black & white abstract building details are your strongest work and what struck me immediately was that if you combined your ability to see those abstract scenes with your band location work I think you are on to something. You might think I’m way off and if so I apologise, these are very much my personal thoughts, just thoughts from a third-party perspective.

Again, really good to hear from you and I thank you again for your time to email me and for attending the session.

Kind Regards

Craig Barrett
Video Production

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In summer last year i took pictures at the Welsh Liberal democrats Autumn Conference . I took pictures of Conwy Valley Councilor Mike Priestly With Nick Clegg. I was pleased to find the images have been used in his promotion in the up coming election



VFM Scooter Meet, Llandudno

This is as near as i will get to Quadrophenia. ‘We are the mods we are the mods’

Here are the images of the previous mentioned photo shoot which i under took in Llandudno. I found the day an enjoyable event. In the morning i was trying to capture what was going as this is what i was asked to by Organizer Ian Granger. It was really difficult not to get carried away and remember I had a job to do as i was in my eliminate taking pictures of the bikes and the people. I was there for a good three hours and took a variation of images.

I was asked to return for the evening. As there was a live band playing. i had to catch some of the Characters as well at the event. The lighting in the venue was not great but i think i did it justice. I was really confident at the end of the event in approaching random people i liked the look of. im sending the pictures to Ian on tuesday


Scoter Rally , Llandudno

I have approached to the organizer of the event to see if i could take photos. I have spoken to Iggy a few times now. The event is coming up this weekend so i have asked him is there anything he would want pictures of  specifically. It should be a good challenge as Llandudno will be packed as it is also the weekend of the extravaganza in the town. So keeping people out of the shots could be difficult. I hoping to get some real strong colours and some reportage of the event. I think there will be some interesting characters.


Im covered in Bees

Councils work together Found a good article on the b.b.c website about the councils of north Wales working together to recycle. I wonder will this impact on the facility on the Wrexham industrial estate. Which only works for the Wrexham area which I think is a waste.

I’m getting more and more disgruntled with this project. Apart from my blog I still don’t have a clue what is expected of me. Every lecture attended seems to be about design. As much as I find them interesting. I don’t see the connection with creative lens media