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27 July 2020:

Swan at the Industrial Estate

A-088. Swan at the Industrial Estate - by Greig Clifford
Copr. Copyright © 2020 GREIG CLIFFORD.


I think most of us would usually expect to see a swan gliding gracefully along a river in a setting far more scenic than that of an industrial estate. I was surprised to see it here and I think the pigeons were too!

So, when presented with this opportunity it was natural to want to grab a shot quickly for fear of disturbing the moment, but that wouldn't necessarily have made the most aesthetically pleasing of images, or help build a deeper thought behind the image, which is what I try to do.

Whilst keeping my distance so as not to cause any distress, I calmly and quietly composed the shot looking to divide the frame in an interesting way... using the wall edge, it's baseline, and it's shadow to split the scene into three sections. I felt this gave the image a firm visual structure that went well with the stark concrete surroundngs.

T
hen it was just a matter of waiting for a little extra something to build that all important narrative. I'm hoping there's enough elements for you to create your own ideas around the image. For me, it felt like it could be a metaphor for homelessness, a comparison with the people I see on the streets of Brighton and London, curled up in a corner taking no part in the world as it moves on around them... and that being in this situation doesn't mean one ceases to be beautiful, just in need of help.



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.



21 July 2020:

Leaving the Roost

A-087. Leaving the Roost - by Greig Clifford
Copr. Copyright © 2020 GREIG CLIFFORD.


This is an image I've revisited a number of times since first making it in 2014 and until now I had felt unsure of showing it. I think my trepidation arose partly because this is a composite image, and as such I felt it wasn't a true photograph in the purest sense, which went against my goals at the time.

However, as my interest in some great pioneers of photography grew, I realised compositing was an important historical tool in a photographer's artistic armoury. I realised I could in fact make this image in my darkroom quite easily and so to do it digitally really wasn't quite the cheat I initially felt. Besides, I just couldn't seem to forget about the image. So yesterday I completed a final edit, cropping to a square and converting to black and white, adjusting contrast to suit my taste. I now feel it is finally finished and feel I can move on from it.

This was my old sofa slowly rotting against a back wall in my garden. One morning a young seagull spent some time there and I quietly photographed it as it tried to get comfy, before it eventually stretched it's wings and moved off.

At the time I wanted to capture an image with a feel similar to those old Victorian photos and paintings found in stately homes, of prize winning cattle, horses, dogs and other estate and farm animals. The even light that morning gave me the opportunity to treat the bird in a similar way but my mind started to change as I took more shots.The rotting sofa added another element, a surreal sense of the unusual, of things not in their normal place.

It felt there was an opportunity for something a little more 'arty' here... I liked the precise posing of the bird, seemingly choreographed (and this is my nod to the original inspiration), but I still felt like something was lacking. Compositing the bird three times allowed me to highlight the distinct poses, add to the weirdness a little more, and also create a narrative to work the mind in other ways. Two birds watching a third getting ready to fly from the roost, a symbol of growth and development, from sitting, to standing, to flying... perhaps in search of a better (newer) home and more prosperous times?



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.



14 July 2020:

Steven Herbert, drummer with The Howling Tides.



The Howling Tides are one heck of a cool rock band I saw supporting Myke Gray on his UK dates before the Covid-19 lockdown. This was shot at the Underworld, Camden, and I was quick enough to capture a stick trick throw from their drummer, Steve Herbert.

There'll be more from this gig on my music photography website soon(ish).

In the meantime go check out the band, they are on the WDFD Records label roster. If you like their music BUY IT! Supporting labels and artists helps support the people behind the artists too :)



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 :)




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