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14 September 2020:

I

A-099. Stepping Out - by Greig Clifford

I feel there are points in life suited for moments of reflection, times to take stock, to acknowledge any progress and achievements, to learn from the adversities, and to set new goals for the future.

Since 2010, it has been the world of music that has given me the most opportunities to practice my photography and fortunately I've seen my work published on album and EP covers, within the pages of national print magazines, and many many online publications.

More recently though, I decided to double my efforts and pursue a career outside the music world too, following my love for creating artistic street and fine photography... as these web pages show. I've had some initial success... including print sales, an honourable mention in a competition, and having my first images chosen for curated exhibitions.

And so, as Covid-19 wracks the globe and my music world remains on an enforced hiatus, now would seem like a good time to mark my development so far, and look at how to build on it for the future... With that in mind I would like to introduce my first photobook... I.



I sometimes find it difficult to title my images in a meaningful way... and a photobook is no easier! I do like the fun of alternative meanings... in this case " I ", as a Roman numeral meaning "one" (to indicate the first book); as a sound-play on "eye" (the photographer's eye or camera lens); and also in the first person sense of " I ", because all these photos contained in the book are very personal to me and hold a little part of my character within them.

Therefore this collection of images is special to me... seventy one images that I am particularly pleased with and proud to have created. I believe they are representative of how I see my artistic style, particularly in a compositional way, and show a broad view of my photographic journey so far (to March 2020)... including a few hints towards my music photography work. In general, though, the images are mainly aesthetic slices of life as I saw it. Most of the images are listed on the archive page available to buy as signed prints, but not all. Some images are exclusive to this book only.

Greig Clifford - I - photobook with leatherette hard coverGreig Clifford - I, photobook with soft cover

It is available in two formats... an exclusive leatherette covered hardback with photographic paper pages (limited to just three production copies) and a regular soft cover version (perfect for coffee tables the world over). Both versions are the same size (21 x 21cm), the images printed at the same size in each version, in the same order over the same number of pages too.

The books are available to purchase directly from myself. The soft cover version is priced at £10 plus postage and delivery costs... and for the leatherette hard cover version I am open to offers.

If interested, please message me using the info address at the top of this web page, or via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

For a list of images in the book have a look here.



If this post is the first of mine you have seen, or you are relatively new to my work, please know I'm always keen to make new contacts and push my photography to wider horizons. If you like what you see, say hello!

If you are able to help bring my photography to a larger audience, then lets talk! I'd be glad to hear from you!




09 September 2020:

Stepping Out

A-099. Stepping Out - by Greig Clifford
Copr. Copyright © 2020 GREIG CLIFFORD.


One more shot (the last one I promise) from my recent testing of the Revoring vari ND and CPL filter from @hyfiltersglobal (due for general release in November, I believe). Using the Neutral Density filter has allowed me to select a slower shutter speed to create blur in the moving figure.

Regular readers of my posts will know how much importance I place on composition. Photographed from Brighton's Palace Pier, I framed the ruins of the distant West Pier so it was fully visible within the ornate railings, but it was also key to me that the ruins lay on the vanishing point in the frame, to which all the lines between the decking point.

I like single vanishing points (one point perspective), I think their use creates strong dynamic images. One of my favourite visual artsists, Stanley Kubrick, made great use of them. This image is slightly odd because it has a second (false) vanishing point too. It is caused by the shadows... following them obviously leads to the sun's position in the sky and I think it adds a cool subliminal effect that jars the senses a bit.

I also really liked how the blurrier leg copied the next post's shadow angle, and created some nice triangular geometry with the other leg and other post shadow too.



If these images are the first of mine you have seen, or you are relatively new to my work, please know I'm always keen to make new contacts and push my photography to wider horizons. If you like what you see, say hello!

If you are able to help bring my photography to a larger audience, then lets talk! I'd be glad to hear from you!

Finally, prints of this image are available, starting at affordable prices to encourage new collectors. Signed archival quality prints are strictly limited in number. Your support is very much appreciated.




24 August 2020:

Racing the Breaking Wave

A-093. Racing the Breaking Wave - by Greig Clifford
Copr. Copyright © 2020 GREIG CLIFFORD.


Recently I was given an opportunity to test the new Revoring vari ND lens filter from @hyfiltersglobal. After a successful Kickstarter campaign it comes to market soon, in November, I believe. It serves a dual purpose as a variable neutral density and a circular polarising filter, both adjustable independently from each other. And unlike regular screw-on filters this one is adjustable so it can fit multiple lenses of different sizes.

I made this image from Brighton Palace Pier looking over the beach towards the evening sun. I felt the higher viewpoint really showed the scale of the waves and I wanted to show some of the movement and the rolling effect as they broke closer to shore. I needed a longer shutter speed to do that. I adjusted the polariser to improve contrast in the water but even with an aperture of f22 and at ISO 100 the scene was still too bright for a slower shutter. However with the variable ND filter I could adjust to what I wanted, in this case down to 1/50s, still quick enough to shoot handheld but slow enough to streak some of the faster splashes. The filter performed well here, with no flare despite shooting towards the sun.

Hopefully, you'll see why I wanted to catch this scene. I loved the angle of the light, the size and power of the waves, the woman adding a sense of scale and a human element I that I always like to include if I can. I like the way the sea appears to be alive, targeting her, chasing her, snapping at her heels. I like that she is outrunning it, her own power too great to allow her to be caught.



If this image is the first of mine you have seen, or you are generally new to my work, please know I'm always keen to make new contacts and push my photography to wider horizons. If you like what you see, say hello!

If you are able to help bring my photography to a larger audience, then lets talk! I'd be glad to hear from you!

Finally, prints of this image are available, starting at affordable prices to encourage new collectors. Signed archival quality prints are strictly limited in number. Your support is very much appreciated.




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